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Cultural graffiti wall

Research shows social class has a strong influence on cultural tastes

A major national survey of over 1,200 Australians, led by Western Sydney University, found that social class has a strong influence on a person’s cultural tastes – with level of education and occupation being key factors in determining cultural preferences.


Frederico Girosi

WSU to play a key role in multi-million dollar digital health research and development Initiative

Western academics are set to play a key role in the Digital Health CRC, with the University’s Associate Professor Federico Girosi named as Chief Scientist and Director of Research of the Centre, and Professor Athula Ginige named as research theme co-leader.


Ivor Indyk

Alexis Wright’s Tracker wins the 2018 Stella Prize

Alexis Wright’s ground-breaking collective memoir Tracker, has won the 2018 Stella Prize – one of Australia’s most prestigious literary prizes.


Art by Dave Foster, 380 language groups for Australian Geographic.

Indigenous language link reveals common ancestor

New research has found a ground-breaking link between Australian Indigenous languages, demonstrating for the first time that all Indigenous languages descend from one common ancestor.


newborn baby

World-first study links birth interventions and long-term childhood illness

A team of leading international researchers have found significant links between medical interventions used in the birthing process – such as caesarean section and induction – and a child’s long-term health.


Pregnant woman

Rethinking childbirth education could save $97 million p.a.

Research led by The University of Notre Dame Australia, NICM and Western Sydney University, shows antenatal education not only reduces the rates of medical interventions during childbirth, but can save the healthcare system up to $97 million per year.


Stem cell cataract research

Western Sydney University leads world-first cataract research

A team of researchers from Western Sydney University are on track to significantly improve the lives of children and adults with cataracts thanks to their development of a world-first process able to generate light-focusing lenses from stem cells.


Dr Michael Mohammed Ahmad

The Lebs: challenging literary traditions and perceptions of Australianess

Dr Michael Mohammed Ahmad’s new novel The Lebs challenges literary traditions and perceptions of Australianess.



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