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26 November 2021

New Julius Caesar looks at the consequences of failed politics

Dr Huw Griffiths, senior lecturer in English Literature, reflects on the retelling of history and political stories in a powerful new production of Julius Caesar.
24 November 2021

Queen Elizabeth II: the twilight years of a record-breaking reign

At 95, Queen Elizabeth II is the longest reigning British monarch. But in recent weeks, she has been absent for medical reasons, says Dr Cindy McCreery. Could she step down or will she go on to celebrate her Platinum Jubilee in 2022?
15 November 2021

Xi Jinping puts his stamp on Communist Party history

David Goodman, professor of Chinese politics and director of the China Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, reflects on the key aspects from the Chinese Communist Party's sixth plenary in Beijing.
12 November 2021

Australia's richest poetry prize winner announced

Sydney poet Emily Stewart has won the 2021 Helen Anne Bell Poetry Bequest Award. It is Australia's richest poetry prize, valued at $40,000 and dedicated to celebrating women poets.
10 November 2021

Could counselling for footballers change off-field behaviour?

Chair of Social Work Professor Jioji Ravulo has spent eight years counselling rugby league players about their off-field behaviours. In a new paper, he shares insights into supporting the mental health of elite athletes under pressure.
09 November 2021

COVID e-Gate combines contact tracing information, temperature screens

The University of Sydney and Sydney Children's Hospitals Network have developed an Australian-first COVID-19 e-Gate integrated entry screening system with The Children's Hospital at Westmead.

08 November 2021

From Downton Abbey to Down Under

An ancient funerary figurine whose well-travelled history includes links to Tutankhamun and the set of Downton Abbey has been donated to the University's Chau Chak Wing Museum.
29 October 2021

Facebook and the Metaverse: should we be worried about privacy?

Facebook has announced a name change for its holding company at its annual conference to reposition itself as more than a social media company. But what does it mean for user privacy?
28 October 2021

Artist Sarah Goffman responds to the Chau Chak Wing Museum

A new exhibition at the Chau Chak Wing Museum uses recycled materials in its thoughtful, playful interaction with the collection.
22 October 2021

Sydney Rare Book Week: explore the treasures of the library

The library's collections encompass the precious, the beautiful and the downright weird. During Sydney Rare Book Week, we celebrate these riches, from valuable comics to texts that shaped history.

07 October 2021

Lift in restrictions: Sydney experts on what we can expect

Experts in health, psychology and pandemic modelling comment on what Australians can expect as the nation emerges from pandemic restrictions.
07 October 2021

Review of COVID and mental health finds hope but growing inequalities

Australia's Mental Health Think Tank review of mental health impacts of the pandemic has found most people will recover. However, those hit particularly hard will find it difficult to bounce back, write Sydney experts.

23 September 2021

Sydney student tackles master's degree from home in Delhi slum

Tushar Joshi has won the Sydney Scholars India Equity Scholarship, commencing a Master of International Relations. Due to COVID-19, he is studying remotely from the one-room home he shares with his family of four.
21 September 2021

First Peoples arts company shares unique insights with students

Moogahlin Performing Arts, the renowned Sydney First Peoples arts company, is in residence in the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies enabling students to observe the process of fine-tuning a script with actors.
09 September 2021

Your child's well-being must come first: 5 lockdown tips

Social and emotional well-being is the greatest cost of lockdowns, for both students and parents, writes Dr Nikki Brunker in Education. Schools are supporting students, and we can look for glimmers of hope in supporting our children respond to challenges.
06 August 2021

$6m bequest for archaeology from former professor and curator

Archaeology professor, curator of the Nicholson Museum for 37 years and founder of the Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens, Professor Cambitoglou has bequeathed $6 million to the Institute.
28 July 2021

Do search engines influence you more than you think?

The Australian Search Experience is a citizen science project calling on Australian Internet users to help solve search engine secrets. Why do search engines order and display information the way they do? Help us find out.
15 July 2021

Tokyo 2021: our experts on the Games and the impact of COVID-19

Tokyo 2021 will be unusual in many ways. Sydney researchers discuss the COVID-19 Games, and why the Olympics (mostly) go on, even in the toughest of circumstances.
05 July 2021

Facebook still allowing hate speech on public pages

Researchers at the University of Sydney and University of Queensland are calling on Facebook to do more consultation and offer better training for page moderators to respond to online hate speech in the Asia Pacific region.
24 June 2021

Being Anglo-Saxon a matter of language and culture, not genetics

A new study from archaeologists at University of Sydney and Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, has provided important new evidence to answer the question: Who exactly were the Anglo-Saxons?