News and events

10 April 2017

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QUT ranked Queensland’s top young university: QUT has been named the best young university in Queensland and jumped into the top 25 young universities in the world in the prestigious 2017 Times Higher Education (THE) Young University Rankings.

Computer science for everyone: A “little bit of computer science” gives graduates the skills to thrive in the future workforce, an international higher education summit has heard.

Opening minds. Shaping the future: the ultimate goal of higher education in the globalised world: When Hong Kong made the dramatic decision to add a year to university study in 2012, Professor Timothy W. Tong saw a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

THE Young Universites Summit

Empowering change in academia: Her experience as a young girl interested in science inspired Professor Maria Klawe’s mission to drive cultural change in STEM education.

The triple helix effect - great things happen when knowledge crosses borders: Combining a strong regional focus with the “triple helix effect” can empower young research universities to compete with more-established peers, the Times Higher Education (THE) 2017 Young Universities Summit has heard.

Renewable energy needed to drive uptake of electric vehicles: The benefits of renewable energy outweigh the cost and short driving range of electric cars for most potential buyers, according to a new QUT study.

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Could President Trump's proposed corporate tax reform fix an outdated system?: US President Donald Trump’s proposal to cut company tax to 20 from 35 per cent and increase the tax take could work, QUT School of Economics and Finance head Professor Pascalis Raimondos says.

Emerging designers explore & compare Australia and Korean fashion scene: Three young Australian designers, among them two QUT graduates, explored the $60 billion Korean fashion market with three up-and-coming local designers and have come back with orders and new insight into a different retail model.

Fashion visit to Korea

New Copyright Bill promotes access to knowledge: IP law expert: The bipartisan approach of the Federal Parliament to addressing disability discrimination under Australian copyright laws, is welcomed by QUT Professor of Intellectual Property and Innovation Law Matthew Rimmer.

Former Rio Tinto CEO Sam Walsh to address the QUT Business Leaders’ Forum: Former Rio Tinto CEO Sam Walsh AO is the next guest speaker at the QUT Business Leaders’ Forum on May 24 at the Hilton Brisbane.

Students develop entrepreneurial skills at Disrupting Ed event: QUT students from education, engineering, business and IT partnered with one of Brisbane’s best innovative thinkers at the Disrupting Ed event last Friday.


April 11: Sounds of silence: Meditation in the Museum @ QUT Art Museum
April 12: Street Science @ The Cube
April 27: Subject selection for STEM careers information evening @ Gardens Theatre
April 28:   IFE Grand Challenge Public Lecture by Assoc Prof Ruth Bridgstock: Future Capable: Learning for Life and Work in the 21st Century (free) @ Institute for Future Environments
May 4: The 7 Stages of Grieving @ Gardens Theatre
May 12: Prestige Scholarships Information Seminar (free) @ Gardens Point
May 16-18: High school students & parents information seminars (free) @ Gardens Point, North Lakes & Caboolture
Now - May 21: Earth & fire: Ceramics from the QUT Art Collection (free) @ QUT Art Museum
Now - May 21: Less than: Art and reductionism (free) @ QUT Art Museum
Now - June 18: William Robinson: Genesis (free) @ William Robinson Gallery
Now - Sept 13: Season 2017 @ Gardens Theatre: Stories that connect  @ Gardens Theatre
Now - Nov 24STEM for Schools: What's on in  2017 @ QUT


- The Australian published a piece by Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Coaldrake on how young universities can help the higher education sector thrive in the future. It came on the eve of The Times Higher Education (THE) Young Universities Summit, hosted by QUT.
- QUT moved up four places to be ranked 24th in the world in the 2017 THE Young University rankings, which was reported by Fairfax media, including Brisbane Times and The Financial Review, Campus Morning Mail, Campus Review, The Australian, 4ZZZ and
- QUT’s hosting of the Young Universities Summit was covered by The Australian and Times Higher Education. And the keynote address from Professor Carla Brodley (pictured) was reported by Times Higher Education and Campus Morning Mail, Professor Timothy Tong’s keynote was covered by Times Higher Education, Professor Maria Klawe’s address made the Campus Morning Mail, and Campus Review covered Professor Martin Paul (pictured) and assistant minister for vocational education and skills, Karen Andrews.

THE Young Universities Summit 2

- The Huffington Post referenced QUT research led by Professor Selena Bartlett in a story about how sugar is America’s drug of choice.
- Dr Emad Kiriakous commented on the Syrian chemical attack for Scimex.
- Professor Hilary Bambrick talked to the Times of Malta about climate change and public health after addressing a conference in Malta.
- The Global Plant Council, EnvironmentGuru and SeedQuest published research involving Professor Sagadevan Mundree and Dr Brett Williams on ‘resurrection plants’.
- QUT guest and MIT Bootcamp key speaker and roboticist Dr Rodney Brooks was on ABC Brisbane with Steve Austin.
- Distinguished Professor Stuart Cunningham was interviewed by Philip Adams on Radio National about Hollywood and the movie business being killed off by new media and players like Netflix.
- Auto Talk, Car Advice and Energy Source Distribution  and  Space Daily ran Dr Kenan Degirmenci’s research on what attracts consumers to electric cars.
- ABC Radio Sydney’s regular segment Science with Bill Lott focused on future careers for young scientists and mathematicians.
- Associate Professor Michael Dezuanni was on ABC TV, ABC Radio and ABC online talking about Minecraft’s educational value for kids.
Dr Edwina Luck was interviewed by 9 News about loyalty cards and shopper reward schemes.

- Dr Helen Vidgen (pictured) was part of an ABC Radio PM discussion on childhood obesity. Her research was also covered by AAP, 9 News, SBS, Sky News, 4BC, 2CC Canberra, 2GB, 3AW Melbourne, 5AA Adelaide, 6PR Perth, 8HA Alice Springs, The Northern Territory News, The Courier Mail and the I Quit Sugar Blog.

QUT Senior Research Fellow Dr Helen Vidgen from QUT's School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences.

- News Corp wrote a national story about the 30th anniversary of the ABC’s iconic music show Rage and interviewed former producer Narelle Gee who wrote a QUT thesis on the show.
- Dr Amanda Mergler wrote a piece for The Conversation questioning school uniforms and was interviewed on ABC Radio Sydney and 6PR Perth.
- Dr Mary Crawford joined Steve Austin for her weekly segment on ABC Radio Brisbane, where she covered topics including the Adani coal mine, human rights in India and Pauline Hanson.
- QUT creative writing student Hanna Sloan wrote a piece for Fashion Weekly on the five milestones every 20-something reaches.
- Energy Source and Distribution Magazine reported on a three-way partnership between Siemens, Defence Science and Technology Group, and QUT to share high-temperature superconductor technology and research.
- ArchitectureAU reported on the principles of effective housing as highlighted in last week’s 2017 Asia Pacific Architecture Forum which involved QUT.
- Radio National covered a study of Australian Vietnam veterans and PTSD by a team that included researchers from QUT IHBI and UQ. It also appeared in The Courier Mail and Cairns Post.
- News of San Francisco 3D bioprinter startup Aether’s research collaboration with QUT was reported by American media including NBC2, Seattlepi and The Chron.
- MIT Bootcamper James O’Driscoll featured in Ireland’s West Cork Times which reported on his innovative app designed to prevent heat stroke.
- Drs Matthew Dunbabin and Feras Dayoub’s COTSbot robot was mentioned in articles in The Atlantic and NextGov about environmental robotics, and on VICE News (16.10).
- A QUT and Cancer Council study calling for Queenslanders to take part in a research examining medical decisions by and for people with terminal illnesses was in papers including the Gold Coast Sun.
- A joint study involving QUT  that looked at the untapped potential of children in care and the need to provide them with higher education opportunities featured in The Australian.
- AFR reported on QUT CEA providing capital for an online art marketplace for remote Indigenous communities.
- The Courier-Mail wrote about QUT dance alumnus Natalie Weir’s latest work for Expressions Dance Company.
- The Courier-Mail’s Qweekend profiled Brisbane Bullet Jarred Bairstow who is combining basketball with studying biomedical and mechanical engineering at QUT, and musician Zoe Fox who is studying creative industries and business.
- Creative industries alumnus Michaela McGuire’s appointment as festival director of the Sydney Writers’ Festival was covered by the Sydney Morning Herald and regional NSW Fairfax papers.
- Townsville Bulletin profiled local designer and QUT graduate Jack Milne.
- Dr Chris Watling’s school holiday warning for drivers to plan their journey featured widely including in the Gatton Lockyer Brisbane Valley Star and North Lakes Messenger.
- Yass Tribune ran a story about Nepalese council members visiting QUT as part of their leadership and risk management course in Australia.
- BMag featured a story on QUT’s creative industries students taking part in a light-up art installation celebrating the Ekka’s iconic strawberry sundae. 
- ABC Brisbane radio and ABC News asked Professor Ashantha Goonetilleke about the proposed expansion of Wivenhoe Dam.
- Susan Hetherington was on ABC Capricornia for her regular family affairs segment talking all things babies including names, crying and infertility.

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