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13 September 2018

Freewheeling bush adventures in a wheelchair

Her studies were almost over and alumna, Helen Smith, had plans. Then a single event meant she had to reach her goals via a very different path. Now she's pushing against the barriers.
12 September 2018

Community language teaching offers migrant women pathways to work

New research on community languages teachers in NSW has revealed the majority are university-educated migrant women looking to return to work and further study after raising families.
05 September 2018

How the Philosopher and the Wolf inspired new self-reliance

Alumna, Stephanie Fynn (MIDEA '14), creates sensory worlds for people with disabilities. Here she explains how Mark Rolands' The Philosopher and the Wolf made her think differently about her approach to what she does.
04 September 2018

7 steps to success and what's holding women back: study

From the 'maternal wall' to the 'boys' club' and beyond the glass ceiling, a group of geoscientists has taken the microscope to their backyard. The results are revealing.
31 August 2018

The challenge of eliminating corruption from Indonesia

Corruption has been a long-time problem for Indonesia. As other obstacles to economic and social progress have been tackled, alumnus, Laode Syarif, is working to eradicate corruption wherever he finds it.
29 August 2018

Drought-affected habitats endanger koalas

Koala populations were already threatened before the current drought tightened its grip on the country. As their habitats dry out and koalas are forced to hunt for water, a world-first research program is urgently looking for solutions.
27 August 2018

Pop-Up Research Lab to explore 'Brave New Law' in tackling biotech

With recent biotechnology breakthroughs bringing scientists closer than ever to engineering human genes, lawyers and policy makers need to take their own 'giant leap' to keep up, says a University of Sydney sociologist.
24 August 2018

The Game of Homes: will the housing crisis ever end?

Ahead of his appearance at the forthcoming event, Outside the Square, Peter Phibbs, Professor of Urban Planning, offers a frank assessment of the issues causing the housing affordability crisis.
16 August 2018

How our millennial Indiana Jones became a global health warrior

Captain Sophie Hollingsworth has accomplished more in her quarter-of-a-century than most people do in a lifetime. With every door open to her, why did she decide to study a Master of Health Security at the University of Sydney?
31 July 2018

The Obesity Collective: new joint initiative to tackle the crisis

University of Sydney partners with a coalition of researchers, health professionals, government and private sector representatives, campaigners, non-profits and consumers to transform the way we think and act on obesity.
18 July 2018

Top honour for University of Sydney economist

University of Sydney economist Professor Deborah Cobb-Clark has been awarded one of Australia's top economics honours.
17 July 2018

6 ways politics "trumps" health in America

The Trump Administration has shown time and time again that public health takes a backseat to political promises, writes public health law experts Professor Lawrence Gostin and Professor Roger Magnusson.
11 July 2018

Volunteers shine at University archaeology dig

Archaeologists don't see much Indiana Jones-style action, but at a long-running University dig in Cyprus, archaeology professionals and volunteers share the adventure.
10 July 2018

Could mental health apps lead to overdiagnosis?

Mental health app marketing commonly presents mental health problems as ubiquitous and individuals as responsible for mental wellbeing; overdiagnosis and denial of the social factors related to mental health could result.
09 July 2018

Teachers need more support, less admin to deliver quality education

New data shows the majority of teachers (91 percent) reported administrative demands were a hindrance to their core job, according to a University of Sydney survey.
25 June 2018

Will robots inherit the earth?

Ahead of her appearance at the next Outside the Square event, the New Scientist reporter and University of Sydney Science graduate sits down to discuss the implications of Artificial Intelligence.
20 June 2018

From protest to party: conference honours 40 years of Mardi Gras

An international academic conference commemorating 40 years of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras will be held at the University of Sydney next week.
18 June 2018

Grants success for University of Sydney humanities researchers

Humanities academics from the University of Sydney have secured the largest number of 2018 grants awarded by the Australian Academy of the Humanities.
14 June 2018

New research cuts through the chatter to decode our needs

Innovative research by the University of Sydney is set to transform our built environments. Trending topics will be captured and used to inform policy making through the federal government's Smart Cities and Suburbs program.
24 May 2018

New EU privacy rules could lead to better protections in Australia

Could the tough General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) lead to better protections in Australia? Professor Vince Mitchell from the University of Sydney Business School explains how the regulations might create pressure for change in Australia.