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29 November 2023

Thirty years of Indigenous history captured on film

The recent history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Sydney is chronicled in a new, free, photographic exhibition at the University of Sydney's Chau Chak Wing Museum.
28 November 2023

How would a second Trump presidency reshape the US government?

From sweeping out opposition to gutting the civil service, Associate Professor David Smith predicts what Trump 2024 would look like.
20 November 2023

Not too late to innovate on gig economy regulation

Expert suggests industry self-regulation could produce more sustainable outcomes.
03 November 2023

Sydney academics awarded prestigious ARC Grants

University of Sydney academics have been awarded more than $24 million in funding for 42 new research projects, spanning accessible playgrounds for children with vision impairments, attracting and retaining quality teachers in early education, and developing facilities to improve renewable technology.
12 October 2023

Emerging labour market requires new regulation

New protections are needed to account for the emergence of the gig economy and the rise of labour hire operators, and to allow these new and evolving forms of business to maintain their social licence to operate, writes Associate Professor Chris F Wright in his submission to the Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee Inquiry on the Fair Work Legislation Amendment (Closing Loopholes) Bill 2023.
10 October 2023

The Voice could advise on how to address natural disasters

Disaster events like bushfires are predicted to increase in both frequency and severity as the climate changes. The Voice to Parliament has the potential to be an effective way to adapt to this riskier future, write Professor Claire Hooker and Associate Professor Michelle Dickson.
10 October 2023

Exhibition records colonial relationships with Pacific Islands

The stories of eight Pacific voyagers who visited Sydney in the 18th and 19th centuries are told via their descendants and compatriots in a new exhibition at the Chau Chak Wing Museum.
30 September 2023

Universities are too complex to be characterised by one number

Rankings try to characterise a university with a single number but it's more complicated than that, explains University of Sydney Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor Emma Johnston.
26 September 2023

Pacific Rim university leaders join forces on regional challenges

Senior leaders from Pacific Rim Universities this week discussed higher education's role in addressing major challenges facing the region.
21 September 2023

Museum's teaching program wins international prize

The University of Sydney's Chau Chak Wing Museum has won the 2023 University Museums and Collections Prize for its object-based learning (OBL) program.
08 September 2023

How Australia can achieve net zero

The University's Net Zero Initiative has released a portfolio of "ready-to-go" solutions and technology to address key issues in the transformation towards net zero.
04 September 2023

Health evidence against gas and oil is piling up, environment experts report

Scientists and medical experts have launched a report that demonstrates the many risks of oil and gas development for human health and wellbeing in Australia.
04 September 2023

Parents worst affected by COVID-19 lockdown

A University of Sydney study of the second longest lockdown worldwide found that mothers, in particular, were the loneliest demographic and suffered the largest physical and mental health declines as a result. The research was published in Nature Human Behaviour.
01 September 2023

What will putting the interests of Qantas ahead of Qatar Airways cost? $1 billion per year and a new wave of protectionism of legacy carriers

The government's decision to deny Qatar Airways the right to fly an extra 21 flights per week into Australia's three biggest cities might just be returning Australia to the old days where we protected Australia's national carrier at the expense of Australians, writes Professor Rico Merkert.
30 August 2023

What you need to know about the 14 October Voice referendum

Amid the political debate, the logistics of the referendum has received less attention. Constitutional law expert Professor Emerita Anne Twomey breaks down what to expect on the day and afterwards.
22 August 2023

Powerful firms that put the 'con' into consulting

Conflicts of interest, poor culture, and lack of transparency in the consulting industry cost the public billions and hollowed out public institutions, writes Professor Jane Andrew for 360info.
21 August 2023

Universities can help fix governments hooked on consultants

There is no question that we need a more active, creative, and capable public service. To do that, education and research in the area needs urgent attention, writes Professor Duncan Ivison.
03 August 2023

How do the Voice to Parliament ads try to influence voters? And is it effective?

The effectiveness of four different advertising campaigns for and against the Voice to Parliament have been analysed by Associate Professors Tom van Laer and Catherine Sutton-Brady from the University of Sydney Business School.
31 July 2023

Sexual consent education program wins $1.1 million research boost

Professor Lee Wallace and Dr Victoria Rawlings from the University of Sydney's Sydney Social Sciences and Humanities Advanced Research Centre (SSSHARC) to support Consent Labs with school programs that seek to prevent sexual and gendered violence.
19 July 2023

How the Voice 'yes' and 'no' camps have sold their messages

Expertise, familiarity and likeability are pitted against 10 reasons to vote no in the pamphlets for and against the Voice to Parliament, writes Associate Professor Tom van Laer from the University of Sydney Business School.