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13 May 2019

University of Sydney experts take NAPLAN to task

The federal election has largely overshadowed the 12th iteration of NAPLAN, commencing this week. Yet that does not mean the tests are uncontroversial. University of Sydney experts deconstruct the debate surrounding them.
07 May 2019

Kakadu needs a new approach to cleaning up an old mine

A new report has found Australia's largest national park is at long-term risk unless the clean up of the Ranger uranium mine in Kakadu is done comprehensively and effectively.
29 April 2019

Sydney's hidden housing problem

A new report released by the Sydney Policy Lab has found low income and vulnerable groups are being forced into informal and sometimes illegal housing arrangements, due to a lack of affordable alternatives.
24 April 2019

Benchmarks for aged care work conditions urgent: experts

A new report released today has called for urgent reform of the working conditions in the aged care sector, which will address the shocking stories emerging from the aged care royal commission.
17 April 2019

Tim Soutphommasane to lead Screen Diversity and Inclusion Network

Professor of Practice (Sociology and Political Theory) Tim Soutphommasane has been announced as the new Co-Chair of the Screen Diversity and Inclusion Network (SDIN).
15 April 2019

Shark bite research reveals politicians' fishy behaviour

More than a decade's worth of research has revealed how politicians manipulate highly emotional incidents like shark bites to influence public sentiment and protect their own interests.
08 April 2019

Chinese investment in Australia falls by 36.3 percent in 2018

Chinese investment in Australia fell by 36.3 percent or $8.2 billion in 2018, according to a new report by KPMG and the University of Sydney Business School.
04 April 2019

Sydney places 25th in the world in global impact ranking

The University of Sydney has been ranked 25th in the overall 2019 Times Higher Education University Impact Ranking.
01 April 2019

Vast majority of NSW hate crimes race and religion related: study

A new University of Sydney study provides the most comprehensive picture of the patterns of hate crime in Australia to date.
01 April 2019

Multidisciplinary Sydney experts support landmark UN report

University of Sydney science and law experts contributed to the most comprehensive and rigorous assessment on the health of the planet completed by the United Nations in the past five years.
29 March 2019

Addressing the future use and misuse of our data

Hosted by the University of Sydney, the ethics of data science conference brought together world-renowned experts to address the current crisis in confidence around machine learning, artificial intelligence and data use.
29 March 2019

Sydney excels in national research engagement and impact assessment

The University of Sydney has performed strongly in the Australian Research Council's first Engagement and Impact Assessment of research at Australian universities.
27 March 2019

Celebrating disability-inclusive education

The Centre for Disability Studies today held a round table event at the University of Sydney to celebrate advances, and inspire further progress, in tertiary education opportunities for people with intellectual disability.
27 March 2019

University of Sydney research shines in ERA results

All 22 broad fields of research undertaken at the University of Sydney have been rated as above or well above world standard by the Australian Research Council in a report released today.
26 March 2019

Education creates opportunity for students in Uganda

When Eddie Woo and Annabelle Chauncy sat next to each other, their connection was instant. But it wasn't chemistry, it was mathematics that linked them, and a plan to educate some of the most disadvantaged children in Uganda.
25 March 2019

Are we ready to rise up against racism in Australia?

Political philosopher Tim Soutphommasane and journalist Osman Faruqi had a timely conversation about hate and race politics in Australia, to mark the UN International Day for Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
21 March 2019

What is needed to improve diversity and inclusion in Australia

Harmony Day, a day set aside every year to celebrate Australia's cultural diversity, is celebrated on the same day as the International Day of the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. It is a day for both the celebration of multiculturalism but also a day to resolve to eliminate racism and xenophobia.
18 March 2019

NSW finances face a serious squeeze unless radical action is taken

A new report by the Sydney Policy Lab at the University of Sydney reveals that any incoming NSW government faces a difficult fiscal situation, potentially threatening funding for public services.
15 March 2019

University community booked for 2019 Sydney Writers' Festival

More than 30 University of Sydney academics, students and graduates will join a powerhouse line-up of speakers at this year's Sydney Writers' Festival.
07 March 2019

Winners and losers of Australia and Indonesia's trade deal

Dr Patricia Ranald from the Department of Political Economy scrutinises the recently-signed free-trade deal between Australia and Indonesia that has been eight years in the making.