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July 2019

Creative academic proves writing is not a lost art
31 Jul 2019

In a society focused on winning, in love and war, the latest book by USC Creative Writing academic Dr Paul Williams offers a new perspective: The Art of Losing.

Male students ignore teacher stereotypes
31 Jul 2019

Two Hervey Bay men with vastly different backgrounds are doing their part to help reverse a decline in male primary school teachers in Australia.

USC graduate qualifies for Tokyo Olympics
30 Jul 2019

Long-distance swimmer Kareena Lee lost no time after her graduation from USC in April to secure her spot at the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020.

Students pitch ideas to boost regional tourism
29 Jul 2019

From a hashtag campaign to get residents sharing stories of their best life on social media to a digital postcard app, tourism students from USC have devised fresh solutions to real-life industry challenges in the Fraser Coast.

Academic ace plans to use cyberspace for good
29 Jul 2019

Christie Franks graduated from USC with not just an outstanding academic record, but also a passionate plan to one day use technology to help refugees and stateless people settle into new countries.

Gene researcher wins USC's Three Minute Thesis contest
29 Jul 2019

A young researcher who has achieved promising results feeding plant-based foods to kingfish, has won the University of the Sunshine Coast’s annual Three Minute Thesis competition.

Exciting research to be showcased at USC contest
26 Jul 2019

Research into using computers to produce more prawns, how social media representations of yoga affect body image, and what’s required to save sun bears will be among the presentations at USC’s annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition on Monday 29 July.

USC research explores importance of the modern day ‘bush telegraph’ in rural Queensland
25 Jul 2019

A USC Creative Industries academic is leading two research projects that aim to recognise and support the importance of emotional and physical communications in rural communities.

USC Brisbane campus a ‘hidden gem’ for business owner
25 Jul 2019

Brisbane business owner Natasha Leak was surprised to find she could study her ideal course part-time at a University of the Sunshine Coast campus in the middle of the city.

Book project inspires USC grad to write new future
25 Jul 2019

A final year internship project while studying a Bachelor of Creative Writing at USC has inspired recent graduate Emma Downer to make the most of her future and undertake post-graduate study.

Why disadvantaged school-leavers avoid university
24 Jul 2019

Disadvantaged school-leavers may be choosing to avoid university because they perceive it to be risky, new research has found.

Father and son Ken and Matthew Bundesen are studying TPP together at USC Fraser Coast
Father and son bond over university study
23 Jul 2019

Embarking on a career change and university pathway study at 60 years of age is not so daunting when your son is your study partner, according to one of USC’s newest students.

Accident leads to career rethink for Kilkivan mother
22 Jul 2019

A serious car accident forced Loretta Wilkinson to make some major life changes – setting the Kilkivan mother-of-four on the path to USC’s Gympie campus and a career in accounting.

Researcher looking for best lie detector on the Sunshine Coast
18 Jul 2019

Monica Semrad, a PhD student supervised by USC’s Dr Bridie Scott-Parker, is hoping to find the Sunshine Coast’s best lie detector during the next week.

Graduate and author Karen Foxlee at Voices on the Coast at USC
Arts graduate finds niche as award-winning novelist
18 Jul 2019

A Gympie author whose award-winning novels for children and young adults have been published in Australia, America and Britain since she graduated from USC in 2006 is this week inspiring the next generation of readers and writers on the campus that changed her life.

New students embark on mid-year study at USC
17 Jul 2019

USC is preparing to welcome about 150 new students enrolling mid-year at its Fraser Coast campus.

USC Fraser Coast to welcome new students
17 Jul 2019

USC will welcome about 150 new students enrolling mid-year at its Fraser Coast campus.

Voices on the Coast presenter Mick Elliott
Thousands of school students laugh into literature
17 Jul 2019

An author-illustrator “mischief maker” who has produced shows for Nickelodeon and an author-comedian who is inspiring children to write funny stories across Australia and Asia are two of the drawcards at this week’s Voices on the Coast festival, presented by Immanuel Lutheran College and USC.

Mother and daughter team up to start university
17 Jul 2019

Orientation at USC’s Gympie campus was a family affair for Michalie Astill and her mother Rachel.

USC biomed grad hits highway for heart checks
17 Jul 2019

When Lucas Neilsen left the family home in Miles to study a Bachelor of Biomedical Science at USC he could never have predicted he’d end up working with trucks, just like his Dad.

Gympie students start mid-year study at USC
16 Jul 2019

USC Gympie will welcome more than 60 new students who have opted to start their studies at the halfway point of the academic year.

Young maths whizzes go into numbers battle
16 Jul 2019

USC has initiated a new challenge to find some of the most innovative young mathematicians from Moreton Bay to the Fraser Coast.

The Gubbi Gubbi Dance Troupe at USC Orientation
New students plan new futures at Orientation
15 Jul 2019

Two Danish and Swiss students seeking postgraduate business qualifications, a Brightwater resident hoping to be a physical education teacher and a Melbourne assistant nurse aiming to further his career were among hundreds of enthusiastic faces at USC Orientation today.

USC Sunshine Coast to welcome 1,800 new students
12 Jul 2019

Preparing for university study will be a sweet experience for more than 1,800 new students starting at USC’s Sunshine Coast campus in Semester 2, with a free pancake breakfast to launch Orientation festivities on Monday 15 July.

USC Caboolture to welcome 260 new students
12 Jul 2019

An Orientation celebration at USC Caboolture on Monday 15 July will welcome about 260 new students who have enrolled to start studying in Semester 2.

Local employers a new addition to USC Open Day
11 Jul 2019

In a local first, employers will attend USC’s Open Day at Sunshine Coast campus to talk with prospective students about future careers and work experience opportunities in the region.

USC wants to hear about amazing graduates
11 Jul 2019

People who know USC graduates who are doing great things are urged to nominate them for the University’s Outstanding Alumni Awards.

Creativity and technology collide at USC Art Gallery
9 Jul 2019

The public is invited to experiment with their human senses at a new exhibition at the USC Art Gallery.

Members of USC 1996 Society Dr Chris Walker with Robert and Gaye Flipp
USC 1996 Society granted excellence award
9 Jul 2019

USC is one of five Australian universities recognised in the 2019 Circle of Excellence awards held by the global Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

Honours in Civil Engineering graduate Georgia Kelly at Hall Contracting site
Georgia builds engineering career on the Coast
8 Jul 2019

At 22, Georgia Kelly has a USC Honours degree in Civil Engineering and a plum role working on a new 40-hectare island precinct on the Sunshine Coast.

Open Day events to focus on Moreton Bay campus
5 Jul 2019

People keen to start studying at USC’s new Moreton Bay campus at Petrie next year can find out all they need to know at one of two USC Open Day events over the next month.

Lightning gives USC’s netball teams a timely boost
4 Jul 2019

USC will have teams competing in both women’s and mixed netball at the UniSport Nationals Division 2 carnival that starts on Monday 8 July.

‘Time maps’ exhibition to grow as it progresses
4 Jul 2019

An evocative, research-themed art exhibition that is set to grow as it travels interstate and overseas will open at USC’s main campus at Sippy Downs this week.

Researchers to assess impact of dads on children, families
3 Jul 2019

USC researchers have teamed with community organisation Dads Group Inc to investigate the significance of fathers in young children’s lives.

Professor Denise Wood
USC appoints new Pro Vice-Chancellor (Students)
2 Jul 2019

The University of the Sunshine Coast has appointed award-winning academic Professor Denise Wood AM as its new Pro Vice-Chancellor (Students).

Honours graduate and PhD student Jessica Bolin, left, with Dr Kylie Scales
Study finds environmental link to whales in shark nets
2 Jul 2019

The likelihood of humpback whales getting tangled in shark nets off southeast Queensland is higher when a major ocean current meanders closer to shore, USC research has found.

Hard work adds up for karate queen Renae
1 Jul 2019

USC High Performance Student Athlete Renae Saunders has been selected in the Australian Karate Team to compete at the 13th Chito-Ryu International Soke Cup in Canada later this month.