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23 March 2018

Everything you need to know about daylight saving

Daylight saving is a ritual observed by over 40 percent of the world, but why do we change our clocks and how does it impact your sleep? University of Sydney experts explain.
09 March 2018

6 reasons to join Sydney's Women in Wikipedia edit-a-thon

University staff, students and community will address Wikipedia's gender gap while celebrating Women's History Month at our Women in Wikipedia: 2018 Sydney Edit-a-thon.
08 March 2018

Why we need to make room for food

Every year we lose two million hectares of land to urban sprawl. With Sydney’s property market booming, an expert panel explained why we need to make room for the production of nutritious food.
06 March 2018

Significant gaps between working women's career goals and reality

Australian workplaces are not ready to meet young women's career aspirations or support their future success, according to a new national report by University of Sydney researchers.
06 March 2018

Sydney Policy Lab fellows combine theory and practice

Gender equality, valuing the benefits of infrastructure projects and online dispute resolution are among the policy issues being tackled by the University of Sydney’s inaugural Sydney Policy Lab fellows.
02 March 2018

Government's foreign donations bill is flawed

The federal government's bill is highly vulnerable to a constitutional challenge and needs to be redrafted, writes Professor Anne Twomey from the University of Sydney Law School.
15 February 2018

Experts call to prevent injuries at indoor trampoline parks

Injury experts are urgently calling for a mandatory Australian Standard to prevent the rise of serious injuries linked to the booming use of indoor trampoline parks.
12 January 2018

For women fighting the gender pay gap discrimination law is limited

Discrimination law has limited capacity to address the gender pay gap, writes legal expert Alice Orchiston.
20 December 2017

Where to take refuge in your home during a bushfire

With the bushfire threat expected to be extreme this summer, Douglas Brown, PhD candidate with the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning shares his recommendations for survival.

18 December 2017

How Christmas traditions evolved around the world

Professor Carole Cusack from the Department of Studies in Religion explores the distinct variations of Christmas, including the Dutch Sinterklaaas and the European Krampus.
18 December 2017

Surveys show the public has lost its appetite for shark culls

A Senate committee has recommended an end to sharks culls and nets. According to surveys, the public is on board with the idea of ending policies that are lethal to sharks, write Drs Chris Pepin-Neff and Thomas Wynter.
14 December 2017

How to rock white sneakers without eco-guilt

Iconic Stan Smiths can be styled with almost anything, but most white sneakers are costly to the environment. Lisa Heinz, a PhD candidate in the Sydney Environment Institute, explains the alternatives.
14 December 2017

What councils can do to improve active living and health

For the first time Tamworth Regional Council held a workshop this week on how a healthy built environment can positively influence active living.
12 December 2017

The public fear sharks less when they understand their behaviour

Researchers surveyed more than 500 visitors to an aquarium ‘shark tunnel’ to understand how attitudes to sharks and government shark policies can change.

08 December 2017

Children negatively impacted by early intervention restrictions

As the government extends its income management program, new research indicates the original rollout in the Northern Territory did not improve school attendance and birth outcomes, and had negative short-term effects.

28 November 2017

9 changes our experts say could improve your digital rights

University of Sydney researchers surveyed 1600 Australians for the Digital Rights in Australia report, funded by the Sydney Research Excellence Initiative. 

28 November 2017

It's not too late to fight for our digital rights

Experts say it's time to protect digital rights, as a major survey details public attitudes to digital privacy, surveillance, and online freedom of speech.

27 November 2017

Majority of Australians say online privacy beyond their control

A survey of 1600 Australians details attitudes to online privacy, surveillance, digital disruption at work, and online freedom of speech.

17 November 2017

In a post-truth world, who can we believe?

In our new normal, experts are dismissed and alternative facts flagrantly offered, writes Professor Nick Enfield.

10 November 2017

Government partnership to establish community languages institute

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announces a state government investment of $7.6m to create the Sydney Insitute for Community Languages Education (SICLE).