The first ever Refugee Alternatives Conference will explore alternatives to current refugee policy and develop sustainable solutions to one of the global community’s great modern challenges.

UNSW students and alumni share their tips on making the most of the university experience.  

From 'Speed Friending’ to comedy shows and live music, UNSW O-Week, from 20–24 February, provides the perfect opportunity to discover what university has to offer.


Dr Jane Goodall

Renowned British primatologist Jane Goodall and American physicist Brian Greene are among leading international scientists who will give talks in Sydney this year through UNSW Science partnerships.


UNSW Commerce student Adam Hegedus and friends in Timor-Leste. Photo supplied.

"Be curious, proactive and explore all opportunities because you never know where they may lead you." That's the advice from UNSW Co-op scholar Adam Hegedus for the thousands of new students starting university.


Jacqueline Lindeman’s redesign of St Canice's Church explores old and new built forms

​A historic church in Elizabeth Bay near Sydney’s Kings Cross has been given new life by UNSW Master of Architecture students aiming to build engaged and resilient communities.


From left: Ms Judith Neilson, founder of White Rabbit Gallery, Professor Ross Harley, Dean of UNSW Art & Design and Emeritus Professor Alec Tzannes. Photo: David Roche

Philanthropist and White Rabbit Gallery founder Judith Neilson has made her second major donation to UNSW with the announcement of The Judith Neilson Chair in Contemporary Art.


An amphipod. Image: Wikimedia Commons

The discovery of extremely high levels of pollution at the bottom of two of the Earth’s deepest oceanic trenches highlights the far-reaching impact of human activities, says UNSW marine ecologist Katherine Dafforn.


On Saturday 11 February, as New South Wales suffered through the heatwave’s peak, temperatures soared to 47℃ in Richmond, 50km northwest of Sydney. Photo: Shutterstock

Australia's recent heatwave is a taste of what our future will bring unless humans can rapidly and deeply cut our greenhouse emissions, write Sarah Perkins-Kirkpatrick, Andrew King and Matthew Hale.


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To resist mergers, councils in city areas will need to secure much wider support, writes Amelia Thorpe.

Emma Johnston

Professor Emma Johnston. Photo Jacky Ghossein

Unprecedented "marches for science" through major cities across the globe in April will bring leading scientists, including Nobel Laureates, together around  a political, and a more fundamental, challenge, writes Emma Johnston.


Dr Hugh Mackay delivers the 2017 Gandhi Oration at the University of New South Wales. Photo: Maja Baska

Social researcher and author Dr Hugh Mackay AO speaks on the topic “The state of the nation starts in your street”, discussing why our neighbourhoods matter and how good neighbours build strong communities. Dr Mackay delivered the 2017 Gandhi Oration at UNSW.


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Calls to abandon imperfect student surveys and replace them with 'proper' measures of teaching effectiveness overlook the fact that no single, perfect alternative currently exists, writes Merlin Crossley.


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The IMF has been raising concern about inequality since 2010, but this has not translated into concrete action within the fund's own policies and programs, write Christopher Sheil and Frank Stilwell.


Molecular image, monochrome. Kate Patterson , Author provided

Colour is a powerful tool for scientific storytelling, even if it's not quite true to the science, writes Kate Patterson.


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The recent decision to effectively ban e-cigarettes will hurt poor and disadvantaged smokers the most, writes Colin Mendelsohn.