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A dietitian's deliciously diverse nutrition career
23 Apr

From working as a nutritionist for the Wiggles and top-level athletes at the Olympics and Commonwealth Games, to now working as the Discipline Lead in Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Professor Fiona Pelly has firsthand experience of what a deliciously diverse career dietetics can be.

Student leaders celebrated for distinguished contributions
18 Apr

A total of 36 graduating students at our April 2024 graduation ceremonies received a Student Leadership Award, which recognises students’ professional development, co-curricular learning, and distinguished contributions to UniSC and the wider community.

Breanna Medcal
Making a strong case to challenge assumptions
18 Apr

As a schoolgirl, Breanna Medcalfe dreamed of doing something “super exciting” like marine biology, but, being a wheelchair user, it just wasn't practical; this hurdle was a blessing in disguise, because instead, she found her path in legal studies, a perfect way to combine a law career with disability advocacy.

Theresa finds university dream is possible ‘no matter what stage of life’
17 Apr

Sometimes it just takes one small step to gain the degree and career that you hoped for, as new UniSC Fraser Coast Nursing Science graduate Theresa Byrnes discovered.

Climate change is causing marine ‘coldwaves’ too, killing wildlife
16 Apr

The impacts of a warming ocean are not the only dangers to marine life, with a new global study identifying a growing threat from climate change-induced ‘coldwaves’.

How a global crisis, drift racing and Memphis hip-hop gave us phonk – the music of the TikTok generation
16 Apr

What is phonk music? UniSC's Andy Ward, Briony Luttrell and Lachlan Goold write for The Conversation.

Spider venom, seaweed and bee research projects share million-dollar funding
15 Apr

Is spider venom the solution to controlling locusts? What secrets do underwater Golden Kelp forests hold? And can the propolis of native stingless bees spawn a new health industry?

“I finally did it!” 83-year-old UniSC graduate fulfils lifelong ambition
15 Apr

Francesca Davies-Graham always planned on getting her degree - she just didn’t expect it to take more than 50 years, or that she would carpool to uni with her granddaughter.

Paralympic Games medallist Bridie Kean called out of retirement for a last chance qualifier for Paris 2024
11 Apr

Paralympic Games medallist Bridie Kean has been called out of retirement for a do-or-die tournament in Japan, as Australia's national women's wheelchair basketball team – the Gliders – have one last chance to qualify for Paris 2024.

Mum, medallist and more, honoured at graduation
9 Apr

Bree Glasbergen entered UniSC unsure if university was 'meant' for her – she has now graduated as a published writer with a Bachelor of Arts and a Chancellor's Medal.

Three major buildings open at UniSC Moreton Bay
4 Apr

In just four years, UniSC Moreton Bay has almost doubled the floor space of its campus, opening three new buildings.

How to fix equity? Build a great campus on their doorstop and they will come
3 Apr

Today we opened stage two of UniSC Moreton Bay campus, serving the higher education needs of this burgeoning city.

Perfect grades help Maccas manager flip career to scientist
2 Apr

A former full-time McDonald’s manager seeking a change of direction now has a career in human clinical trials after gaining perfect grades during a University of the Sunshine Coast degree.

More than 2,000 set to graduate this April
2 Apr

It's almost time to bring out the black caps and gowns, with thousands of students set to graduate from the University of the Sunshine Coast this April.

How do we solve the maths teacher shortage? We can start by training more existing teachers to teach maths
2 Apr

Mathematics is one of the key parts of school education, but we are seeing worrying signs students are not receiving the maths education they need.

Despite appearances, digital networking hasn’t killed the business card – yet
2 Apr

Business cards continue to be a networking staple in the digital age, and young people are among those who find them most useful of all.

‘Post-viral malaise’: Why avoiding the term ‘long-COVID’ doesn’t change anything for those affected
28 Mar

Even if we phase out the term ‘long-COVID’, it doesn't change the fact that so many people are affected by a condition that, like an autoimmune disease, needs better recognition and ongoing clinical management, UniSC scientists write

Why are drivers taking more risks on the beach?
28 Mar

Thousands of four-wheel drives will hit Queensland’s beaches this Easter long weekend, for four days of fun, family and frivolity in the sand and sun, but will drivers be treating those beaches with the same level of caution with which they treat roads?

How to help older drivers hang up the keys for good: new research
25 Mar

Active planning is the key to older people walking away from driving for the last time, according to new University of the Sunshine Coast research.

What happens to F1 drivers’ bodies, and what sort of training do they do?
25 Mar

Despite the impressive speeds and machines, race car drivers have sometimes battled the stereotype that they are not truly elite athletes, but insights into the demands of driving in Formula 1 prove differently, says UniSC's Dr Dan van den Hoek, writing for The Conversation.

UniSC helping to determine next flu vaccine for Southern Hemisphere
21 Mar

Sunshine Coast residents have an opportunity to participate in a study that will inform the research and development for next year’s flu vaccines, based on this year’s flu strains and the effectiveness of the current vaccines.

App aims to make roads safer for motorcyclists
20 Mar

A new UniSC app will collect data on motorcycle crashes and near misses from around Australia, to give researchers and road safety practitioners insight into the factors putting motorcyclists at risk on our roads.

Ethical comms at the heart of Janisha’s entrepreneurial vision
20 Mar

It was the allure of versatility that drew Janisha Chaudhary to study a Bachelor of Communications, and since graduating from UniSC, she’s been busy building her own digital marketing agency – Good Hearted Studio – focussing on ethical communications to support the changemakers doing good for people and the planet.

Close the Gap: UniSC graduate explores First Nations truth in book
20 Mar

Ahead of tomorrow’s Close the Gap Day (21 March), UniSC PhD graduate Dr Hope O’Chin explores First Nations truth in her recently launched book.

Research finds patient-paramedic trust can help free up emergency departments
14 Mar

The professionalism and compassion of paramedics attending emergency calls can reduce unnecessary presentations at hospital emergency departments, according to University of the Sunshine Coast research by a veteran ambulance officer.

So, what's your story?
14 Mar

Excitement, nerves, anticipation...for new students on their first day of orientation at UniSC, a myriad of emotions are present as they take the first step on their uni adventure; meet some of the inspiring new students who were brave enough to visit our 'story sharing station' on their first day to tell us about their journey to the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Pacific Islanders have long drawn wisdom from the Earth, the sky and the waves, and research finds science is behind them
14 Mar

A review by UniSC researchers of traditional knowledge in the Pacific for coping with climate change finds much is scientifically plausible, and should play a role in sustaining the region's future

Study unlocks secrets to animals’ speed
14 Mar

How does nature dictate how fast an animal can go? An international team of physicists, biologists and palaeontologists think they have an answer.

Bad news for skiers as snow season could shrink by 78 percent this century
14 Mar

Dr Adrian McCallum writes for The Conversation and asks if the way we use our alpine areas will change permanently as skiing may be off the agenda.

International award for forensic social work academic
13 Mar

Dimitra Lattas is a social work academic on the Fraser Coast who's work on forensic social work simulation, in collaboration with the University of Tennessee, has won an international award through the National Organisation of Forensic Social Work.