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2020

Drive to heal wounds brings national nursing honours for PhD student
22 Dec 2020

A USC PhD candidate who is researching innovative ways to treat chronic wounds has been awarded two major national nursing awards.

Research busts mental health coping myth
21 Dec 2020

People with extreme psychological distress have exceeded the limits of their own resources, and need support from others to cope, according to new research led by USC Australia.

Free USC course can open new career pathways
18 Dec 2020

With many adults reassessing their career options as 2020 draws to an end, USC is offering those looking to upskill or reskill a free course as an introduction to higher education.

Govt doubles USC research block funding to $16m
18 Dec 2020

USC Australia will receive nearly $16.4 million in research block grants for 2021, under the Federal Government’s $3 billion university funding announcement.

Hot topics: USC list of summer holiday experts
17 Dec 2020

From new microbiological considerations at the family barbecue, to the impact of border closures on the traditional summer road trip, USC Australia has research experts available to comment to the media over the summer 2020/2021 period.

Uni ‘water battery’ cuts 4,000 tonnes in emissions
15 Dec 2020

A solar-powered ‘water battery’ that keeps an entire university campus cool has saved more than 4,232 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions in its first year of operation at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC).

Scholarship for IT student pursuing cybersecurity career
10 Dec 2020

A USC student working towards a career as an ethical hacker has gained a prestigious $68,000 Australian Government scholarship to travel to South Korea and Singapore in 2021 to learn more about cybersecurity.

Study seeks to protect great hammerhead sharks
8 Dec 2020

A USC study into one of the ocean’s top predators – the great hammerhead shark – is seeking new insights into the impact of harvest and export levels on the declining species.

Courtney turns childhood inspiration into career
7 Dec 2020

A career change inspired by a cherished childhood game has taken USC graduate Courtney Maughan from fashion retail to the school classroom.

First Medical Science cohort completes degree
3 Dec 2020

USC will hold a special celebration on Friday 4 December to honour the first students to complete the university’s Bachelor of Medical Science degree as part of their journey to becoming doctors.

Seaweed scientist named Australian STEM superstar
3 Dec 2020

A USC scientist passionate about restoring seaweed forests and finding solutions to global problems has been named one of Australia’s official Superstars of STEM.

Naomi Joyce
Graduate builds local and global engineering career
1 Dec 2020

A top-achieving USC Civil Engineering Honours graduate who received one of the first Thompson Excellence Scholarships to support her studies is now working with a global firm to upgrade railways and roads in her home region.

Driverless car challenge inspires future careers
1 Dec 2020

USC is giving Year 7s from Gympie the chance to build and program a self-driving model car as part of a program to help prepare young students for high-tech jobs of the future

World record haul for USC Spartans swimmers
30 Nov 2020

USC Spartans swimmers sent records tumbling at the 2020 Australian Virtual Short Course Championships over the weekend, with Kaylee McKeown breaking a long-standing world record for 200m backstroke.

Who’s stealing the spanner crabs?
25 Nov 2020

A USC study will determine if sharks are wrongly getting a bad rap for taking a bite out of Australia’s commercial spanner crab industry.

Hashtag yoga: Study into effects of Instagram images on women
24 Nov 2020

A lack of diversity in social media depictions of yoga has prompted a USC researcher to begin a study into the effect this might have on women’s body image and participation in yoga.

USC student Mitch Dakin and Growcom's Lene Knudsen
High-tech sandbox helps farmers visualise water flow
23 Nov 2020

A Civil Engineering Honours student’s Augmented Reality hydrology sandbox will be used by Queensland’s peak horticulture industry body to help teach local growers about water movement in the field.

Marian Tubbs' work 'i am series of chemical changes'
Creative social comment in new Gallery exhibitions
20 Nov 2020

Two exhibitions at USC Art Gallery are offering creative interpretations of political, economic, environmental and social issues through art made from found objects or craft-based materials.

St Mary's College Year 12s celebrate receiving early offers to study at USC.
School is out and early uni offers are in for Year 12s
19 Nov 2020

After dealing with COVID-19 interruptions and a new university entry system, more than 1,300 new school leavers have snapped up the chance to secure early offers to USC – up 83 percent on last year.

Funding to drive Indigenous and transcultural lens in PhD research
17 Nov 2020

A USC-led project to help PhD students strengthen their research with First Nations and transcultural perspectives has received an enormous boost from the Australian Research Council (ARC).

Creative Writing graduate Bianca Millroy
Anthology shines light on Creative Writing graduate
16 Nov 2020

A USC 2018 Master’s graduate has taken her fascination with lighthouses to the next level as both editor and contributor to a newly published anthology focused on her favourite subject.

SUP champion claims USC’s top sports award
12 Nov 2020

World champion stand up paddleboarder Brianna Orams has been named USC’s Sportsperson of the Year for 2020.

USC leads research into stocks of popular eating fish
12 Nov 2020

Recreational and commercial fishers are being asked to play their part in important marine research by keeping an eye out for mahi mahi off the southern Queensland coastline that are sporting long orange ribbon-like tags.

Greenery research to make life for aged care residents cooler
11 Nov 2020

Life in aged care could become a whole lot cooler thanks to an innovative new research project led by USC and Griffith University.

Social workers in high demand on Fraser Coast
11 Nov 2020

The COVID-19 crisis and the rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has created a critical need for local social workers, according to USC Fraser Coast’s new Social Work academic Tess Parker.

2020 graduate Natalie Joergensen
Danish student turns gap year into full Business degree
10 Nov 2020

A Danish student who enrolled in a one-semester Study Abroad program at USC Sunshine Coast as part of “gap year” travel after high school has instead graduated three years later with a full USC Business degree.

Societal implications of COVID-19: Free webinar
9 Nov 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a stressful 2020 for many Australians, but there are lessons we can learn from these experiences to address future challenges, says USC psychology lecturer Dr Jacob Keech.

USC Midwifery student Kristy Benson
Kristy aims high as she reaches for career dream
5 Nov 2020

While Kristy Benson once thought attending university was out of reach, she now says studying Midwifery at USC helped her realise the importance of chasing a dream and the power of self-belief.

New scholarship for Moreton Bay students starts 2021
5 Nov 2020

A dedicated Rotarian who 20 years ago was promoting literacy and numeracy around the world to help young people lift themselves out of poverty is the honorary namesake of a new scholarship for undergraduates at the USC Moreton Bay campus.

Free USC webinar: Business resilience post-COVID
4 Nov 2020

Businesses and sporting clubs have dramatically changed their business models to survive and thrive despite COVID-19 restrictions, say USC researchers presenting a free public webinar this week.