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06 April 2022

University of Sydney rises in QS subject rankings

In the 2022 QS World University Rankings by Subject, the University of Sydney has nine subjects in the top 20 and 28 subjects in the top 50 globally.
30 March 2022

New public policy institute welcomes Chair

The James Martin Institute for Public Policy, of which the University of Sydney is a founding member, today announced the appointment of its new Chair of the Board.
22 March 2022

Sydney road networks could influence COVID spread, study shows

All roads lead to COVID, but some are more susceptible than others, a world-first study by Australian researchers has revealed.
18 March 2022

Net Zero Initiative to accelerate decarbonisation agenda

The Net Zero Initiative harnesses the University's research expertise to develop new technologies and systems to support the world's decarbonisation.
25 February 2022

A Colombian-Australian with a border collie walks into a vet

A new generation of Australian veterinarians will be trained in diversity and inclusivity, thanks to a world-first cultural competence guide for the profession developed by University of Sydney experts.
25 February 2022

Russia-Ukraine war: experts explain

University of Sydney experts weigh in on the rapidly escalating Russia-Ukraine war.
21 February 2022

'Rebellious lawyer' joins Sydney Law School

The lawyer and activist will challenge students and staff to consider the ongoing impacts of colonial laws on First Nations and the importance of dismantling systemic racism in our society.
07 February 2022

Why Ukrainians are ready to fight for their democracy

Dr Olga Boichak, lecturer in Digital Cultures and Ukraine expert, maps the strategies of Russian interference across 30 years of Ukraine's independence.
04 February 2022

Building legacies

The intersect of sport, law and business might seem an unlikely one, but for Craig Carracher it's proved to be a source of learning that has led him to own the biggest real-estate residential portfolio in Australia.
03 February 2022

COVID-19 guide developed for Pasifika community

University of Sydney and Multiculturalism NSW create easy-to-read COVID-19 information for Pasifika communities in six languages with infographics.
02 February 2022

Beijing Olympics: How will China handle COVID-19 and protests?

David Goodman, Director of the China Studies Centre and Professor of Chinese Politics examines the dual threat of COVID-19 and potential political protests at the Beijing Winter Olympic Games.
01 February 2022

Myanmar coup condemned by academics one year on

The University of Sydney's Challis Chair in Jurisprudence, Professor Wojciech Sadurski, has joined Australian and international academic colleagues, signing a joint statement opposing the military coup in Myanmar.
25 January 2022

Kirsten Andrews appointed Vice-Principal (External Relations)

Today Vice-Chancellor and Principal Professor Mark Scott announced Kirsten Andrews has been appointed to the role of Vice-Principal (External Relations).

24 January 2022

IT students help train custodial staff using virtual reality

A group of international students at the University of Sydney have developed virtual reality materials for the training and recruitment of NSW Youth Justice Officers. The virtual element is crucial; privacy and logistical concerns prevent face-to-face training.
21 January 2022

Should Indonesia relocate its capital?

Sydney experts comment on Indonesia's rapid-fire plan to move its capital from Jakarta to East Kalimantan, Borneo by 2024.
19 January 2022

COVID-19 and schools: we're heading into a teacher shortage crisis

Associate Professor Rachel Wilson in Education and Dr Giuseppe Carabetta in Business argue for a long-term plan for recruiting and retaining teachers.
12 January 2022

Sydney researchers awarded ARC funding for 78 research projects

The University of Sydney has received more than $36 million from the Australian Research Council (ARC) to fund 78 research projects.
23 December 2021

The effects of the Spanish Inquisition linger to this day

Two hundred years after its abolition, the Spanish Inquisition leaves a stain. The locations in which it was strong have markedly lower levels of economic activity, trust and educational attainment, write Dr Jordi Vidal-Robert and colleagues.
21 December 2021

Stories that challenged our thinking in 2021

Although COVID-19 again dominated the headlines this year, our people continued to test our preconceptions across a range of areas.
20 December 2021

Hot housing market puts renters off having more kids

Based on data from a nearly 20-year period, University of Sydney research shows Australian renters are less likely to want and have more children when the property market booms. The opposite is true for home owners.