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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Some personality types find more choices overwhelming. But if you’re someone with a strong “assessment orientation”, more options won’t phase you. www.shutterstock.com

Does choice overload you? It depends on your personality – take the test

There's a lot of research in consumer behaviour that disputes the notion “more is better”. But it really depends on what type of personality you have.
The Australian government refers to asylum seekers who arrived by boat as ‘illegal’ entrants. James Ross/AAP

Asylum seekers have a right to higher education and academics can be powerful advocates

Asylum seekers are not permanent residents and have to pay full fees for university courses. Just as doctors led the campaign to get kids off Nauru, academics can advocate for access to education.
When Dirty Dancing is reduced to its dance sequences, the powerful politics of the film are erased. Vestron Pictures

The Real Dirty Dancing reduces a political film to little more than coy dance numbers

Dirty Dancing's dance sequences are stand-alone properties, famous in their own right. But when they're considered in isolation, the film's messy class, race and gender politics are sidelined.
Technology can help crime victims deal with the situation - but the best solution is to avoid people being victims in the first place. Shutterstock.com

Anti-rape devices may have their uses, but they don’t address the ultimate problem

The Rape-aXe 'female condom', anti-rape underwear and an anti-groping stamp are all now on the market. But they put the onus on women to protect themselves, rather than on men not to attack them.
Spring has sprung, which means it’s hay fever season. From shutterstock.com

How to manage grass pollen exposure this hay fever season: an expert guide

If you get hay fever, minimising your exposure to grass pollen is likely to be useful. Fortunately, it's becoming easier to keep track of the pollen count. But what do you do when it's high?
Siouxsie Sioux in Edinburgh in 1980: a Goth pioneer she was a big influence on the tribe known as Goth in steamy Brisbane. Wikimedia Commons

It’s hot in here: the evolution of Goth subculture in sub-tropical Brisbane

Lakes of kohl in danger of smudging in the humidity. Black clothes soaking up the sun. It took commitment to be a Goth in 80s Brisbane - here are some of the influences that shaped the scene.
Supermarket pharmacies have been around in the US, UK and mainland Europe for years. But will Australia follow? from www.shutterstock.com

A loaf of bread and a packet of pills: how supermarket pharmacies could change the way we shop

If Australia follows international trends and allows supermarkets to open pharmacies, what are the effects on neighbouring pharmacies? And when does running a business mean health care suffers?
Governments should adopt measures that have been proven to be effective or at least show promise. Shutterstock

3 ways to help sex offenders safely reintegrate back into the community

Governments impose harsh restrictions to the freedom of sex offenders after their sentence. But there’s no evidence to support that ‘doing more of the same’ improves community safety.
One clear way for news organisations to begin building trust with young people is to start including them in news stories in meaningful ways. Tim Mossholder/Unsplash

On an average day, only 1% of Australian news stories quoted a young person. No wonder so few trust the media

Of all the news stories examined in a snapshot study, only 11% included the views or experiences of young people. And that inclusion was usually via adults.
When you have a wound, your body gets to work straight away to clean it out, kill germs and repair the skin. Shutterstock/Yakobchuk Viacheslav

Curious Kids: how do wounds heal?

The body tries to plug a wound quickly to stop germs getting in through broken skin and making you sick. But behind the scenes, your blood is working hard to repair a wound.
Fortitude Valley is unique in Australia for its concentration of live music venues, like The Valley Drive In, in one small neighbourhood. The Valley Drive In/Facebook

Tighter alcohol licensing hasn’t killed live music, but it’s harder for emerging artists

The good news is that the growth of live music continued under Queensland's liquor licensing reforms. The bad news is that venues rely on late-night alcohol sales to cover costs.

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