Queensland University of Technology

Queensland University of Technology (QUT) is an Australian university with an emphasis on real-world courses and applied research. Based in Brisbane with strong global connections, it has 40,000 students, including 6,000 from overseas.

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The thorny devil, one of Australia’s many remarkable and unique animals. Euan Ritchie

Australia’s draft ‘Strategy for nature’ doesn’t cut it. Here are nine ways to fix it

Most of Australia's plants and animals are found nowhere else on Earth. This remarkable biodiversity requires a bolder, brighter conservation vision.
Currently, only 10% of teachers in primary education are male. Shutterstock

We need to support more men to become primary teachers

It has been predicted we will need 1,627 more classes for primary students nationally before 2025, and to respond to this demand we need to fix the gender imbalance in the teacher workforce.
Head teachers in the UK argue teachers and children benefit from school holidays as it motivates them to work harder during the term. Shutterstock

Should we shorten the long summer break from school? Maybe not

While cutting the long summer holidays would help working parents, it may not be so great for teachers who need to plan and do professional development, and kids who need a rest.
The collection of huge data sets that can be searched, collected and cross-referenced is called Big Data. shutterstock.com

Indonesia urgently needs personal data protection law

Increased foreign investment in the digital economy means a national conversation is needed to ensure that citizens don't get exploited.
King tides now regularly breach seawalls meant to protect Torres Strait Island communities, and it happened again last week. Suzanne Long/AAP

King tides and rising seas are predictable, and we’re not doing enough about it

King tides and rising seas are an increasing and predictable threat, but adaptation plans to limit the damage to coastal property are still not managing the political obstacles.
In a new study, various creators described the process of obtaining copyright permission as ‘incredibly stressful’, ‘terrifying’ and ‘a total legal nightmare’.

How copyright law is holding back Australian creators

A new study has found copyright law can act as a deterrent to creation, rather than an incentive for it.
In Chinese, the phrase “rice bunny” is pronounced as “mi tu” and has become a nickname for the #MeToo campaign. Marcella Cheng/The Conversation NY-BD-CC

From #MeToo to #RiceBunny: how social media users are campaigning in China

After the hashtag #MeTooInChina was blocked by Chinese authorities in mid-January, social media users made creative use of nicknames and emojis to evade censorship and highlight harassment.

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