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September 2018

Graduate keen to use gaming for good
28 Sep 2018

One of the first students to graduate from USC’s Bachelor of Serious Games says he’s found his calling – and his community.

USC student athlete Daniel Green competes at the UniSport Australia National Championships
Athletes claim medals, set records at nationals
28 Sep 2018

USC’s student athletes have returned home from the UniSport Australia National Championships with a swag of medals and even some games records.

Community builder to receive new USC award
27 Sep 2018

Sunshine Coast entrepreneur and philanthropist John Shadforth to receive a new honorary award at the graduation ceremony on Friday 28 September.

Psychology graduate earns top honour
27 Sep 2018

USC Psychology student Helen Hall will receive the prestigious Chancellor’s Medal at her graduation ceremony on Friday 28 September for her research into the growing epidemic of parental loneliness and for her extensive volunteer work to help alleviate it.

Lizard tails could be key to off-road robots
26 Sep 2018

Robots could one day have tails and navigate obstacles, says a researcher from the University of the Sunshine Coast who has been studying the way lizards run in slow-motion.

Chance to try out USC’s Executive MBA
26 Sep 2018

Business professionals are invited to sample USC’s Executive Master of Business Administration degree at a ‘Try EMBA for a Day’ on Friday 19 October.

USC Gympie Nursing Science students Laura and Amanda Keldoulis
Gympie nurse earns prestigious USC medal
25 Sep 2018

A mother-of-three who almost did not start university because she felt she had left her run at a nursing career too late will this week be awarded USC’s highest honour for a graduating student.

Graduation marks new era for USC research
25 Sep 2018

The next generation of researchers is set to graduate from USC this week, with 32 Higher Degree by Research students receiving awards.

USC Fraser Coast graduate Peta Reader and daughter Tayla-Lee at USC's Fraser Coast campus.
Uni decision gives Peta a life she never imagined
25 Sep 2018

When Hervey Bay mother-of-four Peta Reader addresses the crowd on behalf of students at a USC graduation ceremony next week, she will reflect on an inspiring educational journey.

Academic has big plans for tourism on the Sunshine Coast
24 Sep 2018

A globally-recognised tourism academic has made the Sunshine Coast his new research base, recently taking on the role of USC’s Associate Dean (Research).

USC earns five stars for its equity efforts
24 Sep 2018

USC has been recognised for supporting the study dreams of people from disadvantaged backgrounds, earning a new five-star rating for equity.

USC Moreton Bay starts to take shape
21 Sep 2018

The impressive foundation building of the University of the Sunshine Coast’s new campus at Petrie is starting to take shape.

Trolls don’t get job roles, employers say
20 Sep 2018

Internet trolls beware – employers believe the most unprofessional behaviour online is the use of social media to intentionally harm others.

K'gari-Fraser Island guide
Fraser Island App helps users explore and learn
19 Sep 2018

The University of the Sunshine Coast has officially launched a free app for K’gari-Fraser Island ahead of the royal visit by Prince Harry and his wife Meghan and in time for an influx of school holiday visitors.

Strawberry recall: Customer behaviour expert available to speak with media
18 Sep 2018

The $500 million strawberry industry is in the media spotlight following reports of strawberries contaminated with metal sewing needles.

‘Mrs Robinson effect’ skews public perception of abuse
18 Sep 2018

The public’s false beliefs about child sexual abuse perpetrated by females is preventing victims from coming forward, says a Queensland criminology expert.

USC PhD graduate Dr Jennifer Chandler
Rock lobster could unlock genetics of kids’ kidneys
18 Sep 2018

Cutting-edge genetic research into changing the sex of rock lobsters could hold the key to a PhD graduate from the University of the Sunshine Coast helping find a cure for a deadly children’s kidney disease.

Members of members of the Urangan State High School’s Girls Academy present a message stick to USC Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Hill.
Sports study focus for Girls Academy visit to USC
18 Sep 2018

Learning about future careers in sport was high on the agenda for a group of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls from Urangan State High School’s Girls Academy when they visited USC’s main campus at Sippy Downs on Monday.

Fulbright scholar to lead Queensland road safety team
17 Sep 2018

A Fulbright Senior Scholar is moving to USC to lead a new state-wide road safety research team from the Sunshine Coast.

USC marine biologist Dr Kathy Townsend performs a necropsy on a dead sea turtle
Plastic proves lethal to sea turtles
14 Sep 2018

The risk that plastic pollution poses to the world’s declining sea turtle populations has been quantified for the first time.

R U OK Day: USC experts available for comment
13 Sep 2018

R U OK Day is Thursday 17 September, a day which encourages Australians to connecting meaningfully with people around us who may be struggling with life.

Geographer to deliver public lecture on peacebuilding
13 Sep 2018

A geography expert who has contributed to achieving sustainable peace in divided societies across the South Pacific and South East Asia will deliver a free public lecture at USC on Tuesday 25 September.

USC sport scientist to lead swim team to Tokyo
13 Sep 2018

A USC academic who led the Australian team into the stadium as an athlete at the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games has put his hand up again to lead the way towards success at the Tokyo Games in 2020.

Clothing executive claims USC alumni award
13 Sep 2018

A University of the Sunshine Coast graduate who has led the global expansion of European clothing giant Mango for the past seven years has claimed the title of USC’s Outstanding Alumnus for 2018.

USC to announce outstanding alumni for 2018
12 Sep 2018

USC will present its 2018 Outstanding Alumni Awards on Wednesday 12 September at a free event on campus starting 6pm.

Graduate makes mark in world of global business
12 Sep 2018

A University of the Sunshine Coast graduate who heads human resources for an international firm’s operations in India, the Middle East and Africa has been named one of Norway’s best young leaders.

Climate change migration causing more problems
12 Sep 2018

Farmers migrating from their communities in South East Asia to escape financial problems caused by climate change may be leaving their families in a poverty trap, a sustainability researcher has found.

Royal visit: USC experts available for comment
11 Sep 2018

Prince Harry and wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, will visit Fraser Island on their tour of Australia next month.

USC Fraser Coast Education student Tanya Jackson
Social worker to take caring ethos into classrooms
11 Sep 2018

After a decade working in frontline child protection, Hervey Bay's Tanya Jackson is planning to transition her skills from social work to the school environment.

USC projects to open global opportunities
11 Sep 2018

From mapping flora and fauna in the heart of Borneo to assessing the impact of solar power in the slums of India, more than 150 USC students will soon gain valuable work and study experiences in the Indo-Pacific region.

Journalism student scoops State media award
10 Sep 2018

USC student Tayla Larsen is now officially the most outstanding journalism student in Queensland after winning a prestigious Clarion Award.

Endowment to honour work of U3A founder
6 Sep 2018

The University of the Sunshine Coast received a $25,000 endowment in honour of a woman who was one of the region’s strongest advocates of lifelong learning.

Engineering students to tackle GovHack challenge
6 Sep 2018

A team of university engineering students will be among those spending this weekend inventing new solutions with open government data.

USC Caboolture student Chloe Bochow has started a mental health support group on campus
Student support group to tackle mental health
6 Sep 2018

After years of her own mental health struggles, USC Caboolture student Chloe Bochow is determined to help others dealing with stress, anxiety and depression.

USC Nursing Science student Jay Lama and wife Diki
Love sends mountain guide soaring on new path
6 Sep 2018

Following his heart has taken Himalayan mountain bike guide Jay Lama from riding among the highest peaks in the world to studying nursing at USC’s Fraser Coast campus.

Detail from Amalie Atkins' work Trauernder
Women artists explore ritual in USC exhibition
6 Sep 2018

An exhibition by women artists who have all explored the transformative potential of ritual will open at the USC Art Gallery on Friday 14 September.

USC student is Australia’s Law Student of the Year
5 Sep 2018

University of the Sunshine Coast final-year student Michael Jefferies has been named Australia’s Law Student of the Year for 2018.

USC leaps at chance to partner with Brisbane Bullets
5 Sep 2018

Basketball will become the next high-performance sport in the spotlight at the University of the Sunshine Coast, with USC now the official university partner of NBL club Brisbane Bullets.

Ancient tales tell of rising seas in new book
3 Sep 2018

Tales told more than 7,000 years ago – of volcanoes, strange creatures, and seas that swallowed the land – are the focus of USC Professor Patrick Nunn’s new book.