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12 January 2021

Living with menstruation is more than pads and toilets

Dr Erin Hunter, lecturer in Global Health at the University of Sydney, was a key contributor to UNICEF's Guidance for Monitoring Menstrual Health and Hygiene. The guide provides an evidence-based approach to assessing the effectiveness of programs developed to help girls and women address their menstrual needs.
07 January 2021

What's behind Trump supporters' brazen storming of the Capitol

A sense of impunity and the Republican party's 'power at all costs' attitude are behind the absurd protests, the Senior Lecturer in American Politics and Foreign Policy argues in a piece for The Conversation.
18 December 2020

University of Sydney welcomes new Federal Ministry

The University of Sydney Vice-Chancellor and Principal Professor Stephen Garton today thanked Dan Tehan MP for his service as Minister for Education and welcomed Alan Tudge MP in his new role.
17 December 2020

Truth can be obscured by bodycam footage: research

A study on how viewing footage may affect a police officer's statement about an event shows that footage does not always replicate what an officer experienced.
16 December 2020

Who cares for care workers?

The intricacies of the employment-care work connection must be better factored into policy, a new expert report asserts. Now, more than ever, bolstered child, disability and aged care arrangements will benefit all Australians.
16 December 2020

Australia likely no longer key migration destination

Save for India, people from other countries are lukewarm on migration to Australia, finds a study based on open-access web data. The study also reveals that while Australians are highly engaged in migration as a subject, they feel neutral about it in practice.
16 December 2020

Sydney University and General Electric to drive Australian manufacturing

GE subsidiary GE Additive and the University of Sydney are creating a high-tech hub to usher in new era of advanced manufacturing in Australia. Advanced manufacturing could add up to $30 billion to Australia's manufacturing output by 2026.
15 December 2020

Smart Summer Books

We asked the Heads of Schools in Humanities to nominate some of the must-read academic books of 2020. Grab a cup of tea and get into them.
14 December 2020

Sydney wins prestigious global education award

The University of Sydney dominated this year's QS Reimagine Education awards, with the Business School's Job Smart Edge initiative winning the overall Global Education Award for its comprehensive program to provide international students employability skills and experience for their future careers.
14 December 2020

Four reasons why the cashless 'welfare' card trial must stop

Associate Professor Ruth Phillips argues against a program that limits what people can buy with welfare payments. The program has just been extended by two years.
10 December 2020

China debate borrows language from the Cold War

Professor James Curran at the University of Sydney delivered an address at the Australian Institute of International Affairs in Sydney about the current problems in Australia's relationship with China.
08 December 2020

University of Sydney first choice for school leavers in NSW

The University of Sydney continues to be the preferred university for New South Wales school leavers, according to data released this week from the Universities Admissions Centre.
08 December 2020

University of Sydney researcher joins prestigious authors list

The American Library Association has selected a book on why the US has failed to intervene in genocide as one of its top academic titles for 2020.
04 December 2020

Should Australians be worried about waiting for a COVID vaccine?

The news that Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine has gained emergency approval in the United Kingdom and may be distributed to selected high-risk groups as early as next week is welcome.
30 November 2020

Technology fast-tracks hydrogen-fuelled future

University of Sydney researchers have developed an efficient process to convert water into hydrogen - a breakthrough in the development of this clean energy resource.
30 November 2020

Why single, older women without children face economic insecurity

A first-of-its-kind study examining the economic security of single older women without children has busted the myth that people without children must have uninterrupted careers and healthy retirement savings.
25 November 2020

Electric 'aero-ambulance' developed at the University of Sydney

'Vertiia', designed to take off like a helicopter and fly like a plane, will improve patient transfer times and safety. It aims to be the most efficient and longest range eVTOL (electric vertical take-off and landing) aircraft globally.
20 November 2020

Sydney has the most influential academics in Australia

Two academic rankings lists published recently cement the University of Sydney's position as a world leader in research.
20 November 2020

Fast weight loss and healthy lifestyle provides diabetes hope

A new global study combining fast weight loss, healthy eating and physical activity has been more successful than any previous diabetes prevention study.
18 November 2020

Is it time for Australians to stop cooking with gas?

It is time for a serious rethink on the way many of us cook and heat our homes, writes Dr Madeline Taylor and Professor Susan Park from the Sydney Environment Institute.