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05 June 2023

Sydney invests in Australia's research future with innovative fellowship scheme

An unprecedented investment by the University will support up to 40 new continuing positions, empowering the world's most talented emerging researchers to undertake innovative research to address some of the biggest challenges of our time.
31 May 2023

Race against time to preserve rare Pacific recordings

Language and song archive PARADISEC, led by Dr Amanda Harris and her team at Sydney Conservatorium of Music, celebrates 20 years of safeguarding language and music records for community and researcher access.
30 May 2023

Succession: why I deeply love the music of the hit HBO show

Dr Alison Cole, a leading expert on film scores and lecturer in Composition for Creative Industries at Sydney Conservatorium of Music, unpacks the beauty, humour and grandeur in Nicholas Britell's score for hit TV show Succession.
30 May 2023

Facebook fitness and Insta-vitamins

A new study led by researchers from the University of Sydney has found young women's engagement with social media plays a major role in shaping how they think - and act - in relation to their health.
22 May 2023

The gaming audience is queerer than ever

Dr Xavier Ho, a Junior Visiting Fellow in the University of Sydney's inaugural Hunt-Simes Institute in Sexuality Studies, explores the steadily growing global market for queer games.
18 May 2023

Sydney Con unveils busts of women composers to inspire students

The Sydney Conservatorium of Music has unveiled busts of three composers and musicians in its library to inspire students, as part of its ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusivity.
18 May 2023

Eurovision: Why we keep falling for the keytar

Dr Paul (Mac) McDermott from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music ponders the enduring love of the showy but impractical instrument, the keytar, after Perth band Voyager's captivating Eurovision journey.
17 May 2023

Lech Blaine named Charles Perkins Centre 2023 Writer in Residence

Journalist Lech Blaine, author of 'Car Crash: A Memoir' and Quarterly Essay 'Top Blokes', will join the Charles Perkins Centre as the 2023 Judy Harris Writer in Residence.
11 May 2023

Eurovision 2023: What Australian viewers can expect

Researchers from the Computational Social Science Lab at University of Sydney have conducted a Hackathon bringing together 20 Eurovision experts to analyse how fans across the world are engaging on social media for Eurovision 2023 in Liverpool.
05 May 2023

What the Ed Sheeran case can tell us about 70 years of pop music

Dr Jadey O'Regan, a pop music expert and lecturer in Contemporary Music Practice at Sydney Conservatorium of Music, explains why the Ed Sheeran copyright case matters when thinking about musical inspiration, influence or theft.
05 May 2023

Exhibition of Chinese miniature treasures used on clothing

An exquisite exhibition of miniature wearable sculptures, once worn on traditional Chinese robes, is on display at the Chau Chak Wing Museum at the University of Sydney until April 2024.
24 April 2023

From Henson to Christo

Some of photography's best-known luminaries feature in a new Chau Chak Wing Museum exhibition examining the interaction between photography and performance.
24 April 2023

Discover staged photos before the smartphone 

The Chau Chak Wing Museum presents The Staged Photograph, an exhibition exploring images from the mid-19th and early 20th centuries from Australia, Britain and the United States.
18 April 2023

From living in a Delhi slum to studying at Sydney

A life-changing scholarship has brought Sumit from the Tigri slum community to the University of Sydney to complete his dream postgraduate degree.
11 April 2023

How female 'eclipse chasers' contributed to science in Australia

Dr Toner Stevenson from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences writes about the forgotten history of late 19th century women and their contributions to astronomy.
06 April 2023

What role can Passover play in the cause for animal liberation?

Professor Danielle Celemajer, Deputy Director of the Sydney Environment Institute, explores how the Jewish Passover seder might help us approach the momentous challenge of animal liberation.
27 March 2023

Designing better buildings to stop water damage

Associate Professor Arianna Brambilla from the School of Architecture, Design and Planning will work with the Victorian Building Authority to establish best practice guidelines around the construction of moisture-resilient buildings.
24 March 2023

Climate Fiction: can novels help us reckon with climate change?

Dr Meg Brayshaw, John Rowe Lecturer in Australian Literature, reviews J.R. Burgmann's debut novel Children of Tomorrow and explores whether literary fiction known as "cli-fi" can make us feel for lives unlike our own.

23 March 2023

Can Holocaust education prevent antisemitism?

The recent Nazi-tainted demonstration in Melbourne has highlighted the vulnerability of our ethical codes. Associate Professor Avril Alba examines whether historical reflection on the Holocaust can itself ensure ethical action in the present.
22 March 2023

Humanities and medicine excel in QS Subject Rankings

The University of Sydney has performed strongly in the 2023 QS World University Rankings by Subject, with seven disciplines ranked in the global top 20 and 30 in the top 50.