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Graduates adapt new careers to deal with COVID-19 changes
19 Oct

Two recent USC graduates who are helping to stage the Fraser Coast’s latest marketing campaigns and events decided to get creative when COVID-19 restrictions changed their new roles almost overnight

Business leader is 2020 Outstanding Alumnus
16 Oct

A business leader whose collaboration skills brought about success for a large group of companies in Papua New Guinea while also tackling the widespread community issue of domestic violence has been named USC’s Outstanding Alumnus for 2020.

Engineering students to contest Bronto-crane challenge
15 Oct

University of the Sunshine Coast students have drawn inspiration from the prehistoric-themed cartoon, The Flintstones, to showcase their potential as future mechanical engineers.

Poisoned by plastics? Turtle study seeks answers
15 Oct

A world-first USC study will examine if toxic chemicals from ingested microplastics could be harming Australia’s marine turtles.

USC social media class trends at Aus/NZ awards
14 Oct

The likes and positive comments are flowing for USC’s Social Media degree program after it gained high recognition at the 2020 Australian and New Zealand Social Media Marketing Awards.

Kids to ‘assess’ proposed coastal erosion solutions
13 Oct

The science behind the likely battering facing Queensland’s beaches this summer might be beyond your average six-year-old, but a USC academic wants to ensure proposed solutions to coastal erosion are not.

COVID-19 and mental health: Researchers to share insights in free public webinar
9 Oct

Mental health experts from USC will share some of their latest research on staying well during COVID-19 in a free online seminar next week.

USC Chancellor's Medallist Myles Kreis
Fraser Coast graduate gains Chancellor’s Medal
8 Oct

Completing international internships, gaining Australia’s most prestigious global study scholarship and taking on a host of leadership roles were some of the unexpected benefits of a remarkable education journey for USC Fraser Coast graduate Myles Kreis.

Internship leads stylist to creative career change
6 Oct

A University Medal from USC and a marketing career found in her home town of Gympie have completed a stunning transformation for former hairstylist Tiffany Stevenson.

Endangered macadamia has high bushfire survival rate
1 Oct

USC-led research in Bulburin National Park, between Bundaberg and Gladstone, has recorded 83 percent survival of the wild population of an endangered native macadamia nut plant, following the 2019-20 summer bushfires.

Research finds new way to help frail older people
30 Sep

A $6.9 million global research project involving USC as the only Australian partner has developed a new monitoring and intervention system to slow or even reverse the progression of frailty among older adults.

USC Caboolture Head Dr Wayne Graham
USC helps small business owners plan for success
29 Sep

A free USC workshop series will give small business owners and managers in the Moreton Bay region the chance to learn how to future-proof their success while earning credit towards a Business degree.

Business course to deliver high-performance results
28 Sep

Fraser Coast business professionals keen to quickly upskill can take part in a fast-paced USC course to develop high-performance leadership skills and knowledge.

Report highlights USC’s financial benefit to regions
24 Sep

The significant financial impact that USC is having on its communities has been highlighted in a new report released today by the Regional Universities Network (RUN).

Blue carbon focus for ocean-loving world champion
24 Sep

The coronavirus pandemic may have upset world champion stand-up paddleboarder Brianna Orams’ plans to compete in the sport’s 2020 Euro Tour – but the USC Environmental Science student refuses to see it as a setback.

Funnel web spider: credit David Wilson at James Cook University
New research on funnel-web spider toxin
22 Sep

While funnel-web spider bites in Australia can be deadly, a scientist from USC Australia has helped discover that human deaths are simply an unfortunate side-effect of the spider’s strong self-defence system.

Jess designs a career that’s dedicated to dogs
21 Sep

Architectural designer Jess Johnson had a different career switch in mind when she decided to study Animal Ecology at USC Fraser Coast– until she met a koala-detection dog named Bear and his other canine companions

USC students gain early start to media careers
17 Sep

Two USC Journalism students who recently secured full-time reporting jobs in a challenging media landscape say the secret to their success was embracing every opportunity to gain real-life skills through their degree.

Time is right to explore uni options with free course
17 Sep

With many people reassessing their career goals due to COVID-19, USC is offering a free course for those wanting to sample higher education and explore their study opportunities.

PhD student Sam Van Holsbeeck
PhD student helps develop ‘bushfire scar’ model
16 Sep

A USC researcher has helped develop a computer model that aims to predict how long a bushfire will burn and how much of the landscape it will consume.

Graduate Jennie Chandler presents research in Berlin
Zebrafish research could unlock key to genetic defect in people
15 Sep

Genetic research by a USC PhD graduate in England has used laboratory modelling in zebrafish to identify a key feature of a rare kidney disease in humans.

New book promotes high-impact study techniques
14 Sep

Study stress can be a good thing, and technology is creating a generation of students ‘wired for distraction’, according to a new book co-written by a USC expert in children’s brain development and one of his USC graduates.

Koala search team ready for bushfire season
13 Sep

With Australia’s bushfire season fast approaching, a team that specialises in finding koalas in fire-ravaged locations is gearing up for another huge effort.

R U OK? Day: Expert says coping strategies are key
9 Sep

The pressures and challenges of COVID-19 have made healthy coping strategies more important than ever, says USC Clinical Psychology Professor Helen Stallman.

Top young maths minds put kindness to the test
9 Sep

Can kindness spread like a virus? Some of Queensland’s best young mathematicians recently took up the challenge of finding out by competing in USC’s Maths Modelling Challenge.

Philanthropist Laurie Cowled, left, with 2018 graduate Sally Watson. Photo Reed Graduation Services
Laurie, 91, to continue inspiring women in science
8 Sep

A retired Noosaville banker-turned-philanthropist is donating a six-figure endowment to extend her annual USC scholarship that encourages regional and rural women to study science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) degrees.

Seagrass loss fuels carbon emissions: study
7 Sep

Action is needed to protect and restore disappearing local seagrass meadows, according to a USC scientist involved in an international study that has highlighted the important role seagrass plays in absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

‘Virtual’ win motivates USC runner ahead of state championships
3 Sep

When 18-year-old USC student athlete Ben Tacey lines up at Ipswich this Saturday for the 8km race in the Queensland Athletics Cross Country Championships, he’ll be able to see and hear the competitors he hopes to beat.

USC study finds skinks are protective parents
2 Sep

USC researchers have shed new light on the way reptiles care for their young after capturing rare footage of skinks fighting off Eastern Brown snakes and chasing magpies.

USC starts rolling out early offers for Year 12 students
2 Sep

Year 12 students can put some of the stress of the new ATAR system and COVID-19 learning disruptions behind them with USC fast-tracking its early offer guarantees for 2021.