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29 March 2019

Sydney excels in national research engagement and impact assessment

The University of Sydney has performed strongly in the Australian Research Council's first Engagement and Impact Assessment of research at Australian universities.
27 March 2019

Celebrating disability-inclusive education

The Centre for Disability Studies today held a round table event at the University of Sydney to celebrate advances, and inspire further progress, in tertiary education opportunities for people with intellectual disability.
27 March 2019

University of Sydney research shines in ERA results

All 22 broad fields of research undertaken at the University of Sydney have been rated as above or well above world standard by the Australian Research Council in a report released today.
26 March 2019

Education creates opportunity for students in Uganda

When Eddie Woo and Annabelle Chauncy sat next to each other, their connection was instant. But it wasn't chemistry, it was mathematics that linked them, and a plan to educate some of the most disadvantaged children in Uganda.
25 March 2019

Are we ready to rise up against racism in Australia?

Political philosopher Tim Soutphommasane and journalist Osman Faruqi had a timely conversation about hate and race politics in Australia, to mark the UN International Day for Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
21 March 2019

What is needed to improve diversity and inclusion in Australia

Harmony Day, a day set aside every year to celebrate Australia's cultural diversity, is celebrated on the same day as the International Day of the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. It is a day for both the celebration of multiculturalism but also a day to resolve to eliminate racism and xenophobia.
18 March 2019

NSW finances face a serious squeeze unless radical action is taken

A new report by the Sydney Policy Lab at the University of Sydney reveals that any incoming NSW government faces a difficult fiscal situation, potentially threatening funding for public services.
15 March 2019

University community booked for 2019 Sydney Writers' Festival

More than 30 University of Sydney academics, students and graduates will join a powerhouse line-up of speakers at this year's Sydney Writers' Festival.
07 March 2019

Winners and losers of Australia and Indonesia's trade deal

Dr Patricia Ranald from the Department of Political Economy scrutinises the recently-signed free-trade deal between Australia and Indonesia that has been eight years in the making.
07 March 2019

New Arts and Social Sciences flagship themes to fix the future

Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Professor Annamarie Jagose has announced six flagship themes that humanities and social sciences research at the University of Sydney will become known for over the next few years.
01 March 2019

How queer texts combat homophobia in schools

Schools teach academic skills - but they are also sites of learning about tolerance and hate. Embedding queer texts in the English curriculum could lessen gender-based bullying and affect real social change, write Sydney experts.
01 March 2019

NCP Trusts: not just for tax evaders and money launderers

New research by the University of Sydney Law School's Dr Derwent Coshott has outlined the economic benefits that can be reaped from Non-Charitable Purpose (NCP) trusts.
26 February 2019

New research casts doubt on cause of Angkor's collapse

New University of Sydney research has revealed the ancient Cambodian city of Angkor underwent a gradual decline in occupation rather than an abrupt collapse.
22 February 2019

Is ASIC the watchdog that no one fears?

The Banking Royal Commission has raised questions about the role of the Australian Securities and Investment Commission, writes Professor Jason Harris, specialist in corporate law at the University of Sydney Law School.
22 February 2019

Law reform needed for granny flat arrangements

When "granny flat agreements" go wrong, the consequences can be disastrous and costly for parents and children alike, writes property law expert Patricia Lane from The University of Sydney Law School.
21 February 2019

Amateur video evidence vital to holding police to account

Six years after amateur video footage surfaced on YouTube allegedly showing police excessive force at the 2013 Mardi Gras, new University of Sydney research shows the important but unpredictable role that amateur video can play in holding police to account.
11 February 2019

Future insecurity: exploring malicious uses of digital networks

A year-long Global Forum at the University of Sydney will investigate how the malicious use of digital networks by states and other global actors is producing a new precariousness in global politics.
11 February 2019

Why is there concern about corruption in Australia?

What does Australia's orange ranking in the Corruption Perception Index actually mean? Sydney Law School PhD Candidate José-Miguel Bello y Villarino explains.
01 February 2019

Banking royal commission to have 'monumental impact', say experts

Ahead of the banking royal commission's final report, University of Sydney experts say the findings should be a "wake up call" for the corporate regulator and are hoping it will provide the industry with clear guidance.
01 February 2019

FoodLab Sydney launch: first food business incubator to use Detroit model

The University of Sydney launched the FoodLab Sydney project, led by the Sydney Environment Institute, applying food security research to support local food entrepreneurs and residents of the City of Sydney.