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03 March 2021

International experience for students continues during pandemic

Despite the COVID-19 border closures, University of Sydney students have still obtained international experience as part of their degree.
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

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.