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26 February 2021

Australian-first snapshot of healthcare-associated infections

A new Elsevier publication co-edited by academics in three states has started the process of bringing together information about healthcare-associated infections nationally, in line with international best practice.

19 February 2021

Myanmar's young protesters are funny, brave and media-savvy

Young anti-coup protesters in Myanmar are using pop culture references to Hunger Games and Game of Thrones, and punk and pop music to get their message across and they won't back down, writes Dr Susan Banki of Sydney Southeast Asia Centre.
18 February 2021

What experts think of Facebook's news ban

Facebook has banned the sharing of news content in Australia. University of Sydney experts in computer science, media, business and health comment on the implications of the decision.  
18 February 2021

Banning news links just days before Australia's COVID vaccine rollout? Facebook, that's just dangerous

The combined effect of Facebook's ban could be damaging to public health messaging, right before Australia's COVID-19 vaccine rollout, writes misinformation researcher, Maryke Steffens.
17 February 2021

Can bots influence elections with the 'megaphone effect'?

With speculation increasing of an election in Australia later this year, a new study has found Twitter bots can amplify tweets from candidates. But is anyone listening?

16 February 2021

Lynette Riley for NSW Aboriginal Woman of the Year

Associate Professor Lynette Riley, an Indigenous education expert, is on the shortlist for an award that recognises a role model who promotes economic, cultural and/or social wellbeing of Aboriginal people in NSW.
12 February 2021

Mr Morrison, please enshrine our climate targets in law

Australia is on track to create carbon reduction targets that are on par with other nations. Yet history proves this won't happen without an enforcement mechanism, writes Professor Tim Stephens from Sydney Law School.
02 February 2021

Sydney and Melbourne increasingly divided at homeownership level

Sydney and Melbourne are becoming divided at the home ownership level, with renters clustering with renters and homeowners with homeowners, new research reveals.
25 January 2021

How much is news worth to Google and Facebook?

Are Google and Facebook really prepared to pull services from their Australian users rather than hand over some money to publishers under the bargaining code? Associate Professor Tim Dwyer explains.
21 January 2021

Migrant teachers offered path to Australian accreditation

Teachers with overseas qualifications and years of experience can now fast-track their accreditation into Australian schools with a bridging course developed by University of Sydney.
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.