University of New England

The University of New England was the first Australian university established outside a capital city. With a history extending back to the 1920s, UNE has a well-earned reputation as one of Australia’s great teaching, training and research universities.

Its graduates consistently rate their experience at UNE highly, a reflection of the University’s commitment to student support. More than 75,000 people now hold UNE qualifications, with many in senior positions in Australia and overseas. UNE has built up its academic profile to the point where it now has more than 500 PhD candidates, an important sign of the University’s academic vigour and rigour.

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There is a rich tradition of trees in mythology. Shutterstock

Why treehouses are all the rage in children’s books

From the Thirteen-Storey Treehouse to the Magic Faraway Tree, kids loves treehouses. These books tap into a rich tradition of mythology, which takes characters into forests to come to terms with life.
Most Australian kangaroo species, such as the bettong, are largely out of sight and out of mind. AAP Image/EPA

Yes, kangaroos are endangered – but not the species you think

A new documentary makes some controversial claims about the health of kangaroo populations. But the real threat is not to Australia's iconic kangaroos -- it's to dozens of other, obscure species.
1947 - A patron of “Sammy’s Bowery Follies,” a downtown bar, sleeping at his table while the resident cat laps at his beer. Wikimedia Commons

Don’t let your pet accidentally get drunk this silly season (sorry Tiddles)

It's the season to be jolly – but don't share that jollity with your pets. Alcohol, whether in a wine glass, egg-nog or a boozy pudding, is seriously bad for our animal friends.
It appears that whatever factors are constraining genetic potential among less well-off students in the US do not exert a similar influence in Australia. Shutterstock

For Australian students, academic potential still outweighs social circumstances

In the US, differences in school results among poorer children depend more on environment than genes. In Australia, the story is different.
Road trauma is already the ninth leading cause of death worldwide. AAP/Alan Porritt

Rethinking the causes of road trauma: society’s problems must share the blame

Wider societal issues are driving road user behaviour, which cannot be fixed by taking a traditional road safety approach.
A watercolour of a dingo, pre-1793, from John Hunter’s drawing books. By permission of The Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons, London.

Living blanket, water diviner, wild pet: a cultural history of the dingo

In Indigenous culture, dingoes were prized as companions, garments and hunting aids. Europeans later tried to tame dingoes as 'pets' but their wild nature has prevailed.
Under the proposal, irrigators would have to submit a statement that tallies with aerial images of their water use. AAP Image/Cubbie Group

‘Tax returns for water’: satellite-audited statements can save the Murray-Darling

Allegations of water theft have thrown the Murray-Darling Basin Plan into crisis. The solution could involve users declaring their annual water use, subject to random audits - like a tax return.
Sylvester McCoy was Doctor Who in 1987, when Julie Collins appeared as Leader of the Red Kangs in the TV show. BBC films

My time as a ‘scary girl’ on Doctor Who

In the late 1980s, a gang of feisty teenage girls briefly helped the good Doctor. But his female companions were still mostly there to show how clever he was.
In some Aboriginal communities, over 50% of adults say they do not have the literacy they need for everyday tasks. Literacy for Life Foundation/Adam Sharman

To lift literacy levels among Indigenous children, their parents’ literacy skills must be improved first

The children who are least likely to attend school regularly – and do well – grow up in households where the adults themselves have very poor literacy skills.
Yggdrasil, the tree that supports the world in Norse myth, can be found in America in Neil Gaiman’s mash-up of world religion. Starz

Guide to the classics: Neil Gaiman’s American Gods

American Gods imagines a US where ancient gods exist at "right angles to reality", asking why we have mythologies and why we need them.
Our views of who’s at risk of post-traumatic stress disorder might cloud who we think deserves to be treated. from www.shutterstock.com

A soldier and a sex worker walk into a therapist’s office. Who’s more likely to have PTSD?

When we think of post-traumatic stress disorder, we tend to think of soldiers returning from war. But other sections of society are far more likely to suffer from repeated bouts of trauma.

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