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UniSC is leading research on rare and threatened marine life – found at opposite ends of the ocean – that could hold answers critical to their survival and the health of our blue planet.

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‘Don’t stand up in a hammock’: Stories from rural teachers changing attitudes
13 Jun

As Australia struggles with teacher shortages outside of major cities, how can more early career teachers be convinced to go to hard-to-staff places?  University of the Sunshine Coast initiatives are helping to make a difference

UniSC tops Queensland for global impact on climate action and zero hunger
12 Jun

The University of the Sunshine Coast has topped Queensland in a major global ranking that measures impact on sustainability standards set by the United Nations.

Research develops new tool to treat deadly superbug
11 Jun

World-leading software that can both detect and predict antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in one of nature’s toughest and deadliest superbugs has been developed by a University of the Sunshine Coast-led research team.

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High-tech roo collars aim to prevent road accidents
10 Jun

In an effort to prevent road crashes between vehicles and wildlife, UniSC researchers are tracking roos with custom-made high-tech collars “to a degree of biomechanical accuracy not seen before” to better predict their hopping movements in different habitats.

Global lessons across our largest ocean
7 Jun

UniSC research here and in the Galápagos is answering some of the world’s most pressing environmental issues, with a focus on rare and threatened marine life found at opposite ends of the ocean.

Peat was historically mined overseas because it burns so well. But Australia’s subtropical peat bogs need fire to survive
4 Jun

Writing for The Conversation, Professor of Ecology Catherine Yule explores an Australian subtropical peatland ecosystem that's thriving because of bushfires.

Apex sharks are becoming smaller, scarcer and it’s changing our ecosystems.
4 Jun

New research from the University of the Sunshine Coast has found a decline in the number, size and diversity of Queensland’s apex sharks, marking a “significant shift” in our coastal ecosystems.

Family meetings help – but they can also go horribly wrong
4 Jun

Writing for The Conversation,  Dr Rachael Sharman explores some of the potential benefits – and risks – of holding regular family meetings.

Avian flu: Biosecurity could be brought down by backyard birdkeepers
30 May

Private farms and backyard coops have the potential to undo our best efforts in biosecurity, writes public health expert Dr Matt Mason.

UniSC graduate Bindi Horvath at work at Gympie Hospital
Early employment for UniSC graduates continues to climb
28 May

UniSC continues a three-year upward trajectory in graduate outcomes.

Science graduate ‘paid’ to dive globe for a year
27 May

New University of the Sunshine Coast graduate Pablo Fuenzalida is scuba-geared up for an extraordinary year underwater as the only Australasian recipient of a coveted research scholarship backed by Rolex.

Gene-ius mum of four proves perseverance is in her DNA
24 May

Ruth Kinard started uni with two babies in tow, and graduated with four; battling baby-brain, health challenges, and self-doubt, Ruth persisted, earning her degree in biomedicine, thanks to her compelling personal motivations to understand — and champion — genetics.

Spirit of country keeps Cion steady on her university journey
23 May

As a young child, Cion Paiwan learnt language and dreaming stories on K’gari – and found she is still guided by the Island's spirit after returning years later for fieldwork as part of her UniSC studies.

Employers give top marks to UniSC graduates
22 May

The University of the Sunshine Coast has ranked in the top five in the nation in overall employer satisfaction with its recent graduates.

Beyond the needle: what drives athletes to dope?
22 May

Coaches, government agencies, sponsors – even family and friends – are having an influence whether an athlete chooses to dope according to recent research from the University of the Sunshine Coast.

New koala research seeks chlamydia hotspots and risk factors
20 May

University of the Sunshine Coast researchers will develop a frontline tool to diagnose chlamydia risk factors in koalas and use detection dogs to seek out chlamydia hotspots.

Mediterranean diet linked to reduced anxiety: research findings
17 May

Consuming more nuts, fruit and legumes and fewer sugary drinks may help people aged over 60 feel less anxious and stressed, according to research led by the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Hatching a new beginning at 60
16 May

Sharon Jones never thought "in a million years" she was clever enough to go to uni; now at 60, she's hatching a brand new career in animal ecology, and living her dream as a TurtleCare volunteer.

Promising budget for higher education but more consultation is needed
15 May

UniSC welcomes affordability and other measures in Federal budget, but calls for more consultation.

New UniSC clinical trial aims to reduce risk factor in heart disease, stroke
15 May

Researchers at the University of the Sunshine Coast are trialling a potential new treatment to reduce high levels of a blood lipoprotein that can lead to clogged arteries and cardio-cerebrovascular disease.

UniSC soars up the ranks of the world’s top young universities
15 May

The University of the Sunshine Coast has leapfrogged up the global rankings for the best young universities in the world.

I’m pregnant. Do I need a multivitamin?
15 May

Growing a healthy baby relies on getting enough nutrients while pregnant, according to Biomedical Sciences academic Dr Linda Gallo and her Mater Hospital Brisbane co-author in The Conversation.

UniSC welcomes $1.15 billion rail funding boost
14 May

New Federal Government funding for a high-speed rail line direct to the Sunshine Coast has been welcomed by the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Federal Budget and Sunshine Coast rail: Experts available for comment
13 May

From major funding for the Sunshine Coast rail, to a cost-of-living crunch - University of the Sunshine Coast academics are available pre and post budget to offer insights on the implications for families, university students, and global relations.

A healthy balance of Dolphins and UniSC for sports nutritionist Zara Nance
10 May

For two days each week, Zara Nance works with the Dolphins NRL team, as their only sports dietitian; during the rest of the working week, she is based at UniSC as a lecturer and clinical educator, working to establish a state-of-the-art sports nutrition clinic at UniSC’s Moreton Bay campus.

Spider venom to be developed into insecticide against locusts
9 May

A University of the Sunshine Coast researcher is using arachnid venom to help farmers fight locusts, after being awarded a $240,000 Advance Queensland Industry Research Fellowship.

What does the new Commonwealth Prac Payment mean for students? Will it do enough to end ‘placement poverty’?
8 May

The federal government has announced a “Commonwealth Prac Payment” to support selected groups of students doing mandatory work placements - but is it enough?

UniSC’s Best Field Trip contest returns
7 May

After massive interest last year, the University of the Sunshine Coast is back, offering another chance for senior high school students to join the Best Field Trip in the World.

From pride rounds to rainbow guernseys, sports can be smarter when it comes to diversity and inclusion
7 May

While sport has the power to change attitudes by sparking conversations about political issues and social initiatives, sports organisations and teams face risks, as initiatives can backfire and spark unwanted controversies.

Following her true purpose to shape the lives of under fives
30 Apr

Even as a teenager, Maddie loved working with young children; but it took a couple years of studying a different degree, and one "very daunting leap" to make her realise her true life's purpose really did lie in the "most rewarding, creative, challenging and loving profession" that is working as an early childhood educator.

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