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Could managers BE any more authentic? 3 ways you can improve your leadership skills by watching Friends

Friends started airing more than 25 years ago. You might think of it as just a nostalgic sitcom: but it actually has a lot to teach us about how to be a good manager.

PayID data breaches show Australia’s banks need to be more vigilant to hacking

PayID has been misused and compromised in various ways since its 2018 launch. The system deals only in incoming payments, not outgoing ones – but that doesn’t mean users are safe from cyber crime.

Will the genetic screening of athletes change sport as we know it?

Genetic testing could help us build targeted and effective training routines for athletes, but the emerging science could also introduce opportunity for discrimination in the sporting world.

Apple iPhones could have been hacked for years – here’s what to do about it

Apple devices are not immune to malicious software, but there are steps you can take to protect yourself.

AFL players spend years putting their bodies through gruelling training regimes just for the chance to play in a Grand Final.

Body of Knowledge episode 6 – Sporting mind games

AFL players spend years putting their bodies through gruelling training regimes just for the chance to play in a Grand Final. But it is just as important that teams are prepared mentally if they want premiership success.

Why Chinese and Hong Kong students clash in Australia: the patriotic v the protest movement

The protests in Hong Kong have led to some open clashes here in Australia. Our research suggests the differences in the curriculum studied by mainland Chinese and Hong Kong students may help explain the beliefs underpinning the protest movements.

Professor Rob Newton

Professor Rob Newton named WA Scientist of the Year

Professor Rob Newton believes exercise, not bed rest, is the key to helping cancer patients better recover from treatments and fight the deadly disease.

An apology can be powerful tool for reconciliation.

Body of Knowledge Episode 5 – The hardest word

Professor Alfred Allan explains the power of a good apology apologies in the latest episode of Body of Knowledge.

John Marsden says parents and schools are failing kids, but his book offers little evidence

Author John Marsden’s new book The Art of Growing Up is based on his own experience as a principal, rather than research argues Dr Mandie Shean.

Indigenous art centres that sustain remote communities are at risk. The VET sector can help

Most Indigenous art works are produced in around 90 Indigenous art centres located in very remote regions. But there are staff and management issues, which can be solved by better VET programs according to ECU research.

Three students walking and chatting on campus.

Scholarships 101: what you need to know before you apply

With so many different scholarships out there and a seemingly endless list of criteria, the application process can sometimes feel overwhelming. Here’s some top tips to help guide you through the process.

Snubbing Chinese swimmer Sun Yang ignores the flaws in the anti-doping system

Athletes should not be ladled as “drug cheats” until the doping control process has determined that they have violated the rules, according to Professor Greg Haff.

The 2019 flu shot isn’t perfect – but it’s still our best defence against influenza

Despite reports of a horror flu season, the 2019 vaccine is showing early signs of being a good match for the most common strains circulating this season, according to ECU health expert Lauren Bloomfield.

Which sports supplements actually work?

Body of Knowledge Episode 4 – Which sports supplements actually work?

There are hundreds of sport supplements on the market that claim to make you fitter, faster or stronger. But which ones actually work?

Like to work with background noise? It could be boosting your performance

Like to work in a noisy environment while your colleague prefers silence? It could be your brain is simply less “noisy” so this extra, external noise improves your cognitive functioning.

Australia’s first Aboriginal Brain Injury Coordinator, Rebecca Clinch, with brain injury survivor Justin Kickett.

Forging a new path for Aboriginal health care

Improving care for Aboriginal brain-injury survivors is the focus of Professor Beth Armstrong and her research team at ECU and collaborators throughout WA.

ECU’s Associate Professor Clint Bracknell.

Reviving Aboriginal language and song

Karaoke and sharing songs via bluetooth are just two of the tactics that Wirlomin man and ethnomusicologist Associate Professor Clint Bracknell is using to breathe new life into ancient Noongar music.

Is Australia’s electricity grid vulnerable to cyber attacks?

In the wake of reports about US cyber attacks on Russia’s power grid, discussion has turned to Australia’s vulnerability. ECU’s Andrew Dowse explains the level of threat.

Explainer: what is surveillance capitalism and how does it shape our economy?

Ever wondered why after you shop for a specific product you’re swamped by Google and Facebook ads for similar things? The answer is surveillance capitalism.

Jobs are changing, and fast. Here’s what the VET sector (and employers) need to do to keep up

Training providers and employers aren't adapting fast enough to meet the skill needs thrown up by the fourth industrial revolution.

Psst, Matildas: here’s the best way to score at the Women’s World Cup

Analysis of every goal-scoring opportunity at the 2015 Women's World Cup reveals the most effective ways for footballers to gain possession and create a chance to score.

How a humble Perth boathouse became Australia’s most unlikely tourist attraction

A blue boat shed in Perth, Western Australia, shows the power of social media and the rise of unpaid influencers in marketing.

Explainer: what is ‘hybrid warfare’ and what is meant by the ‘grey zone’?

Our increasing connectivity and reliance on information technology is a vulnerability being targeted by two key threats: cyber attacks and the subversion of our democratic institutions.
ECU nursing graduate Vinita Pillai, holding a patient folder.

Why wait until next year to start your studies?

If you’ve taken time off after high school, have been travelling or working or are thinking of going back to study later in life, mid-year entry could be the ideal time to start your degree.

Can a $12 pill test save the lives of ecstasy users?

Pill testing for ecstasy users is not guaranteed to save lives but it should be part of the broader community response, says researcher Dr Ross Hollett.

How we’re helping the western ground parrot survive climate change

ECU is using climate change modelling to save a species with fewer than 150 birds left.

Anxious child

Body of Knowledge Episode 3 – What is stressing out our kids?

Australian kids are increasingly reporting that they are feeling anxious. Childhood resilience expert Dr Mandie Shean explains what may be causing this anxiety and shares some tips to help manage young people’s stress.

The government keeps talking about revamping VET – but is it actually doing it?

In April 2019, the government-commissioned Joyce review made 71 recommendations to reform the VET sector. Here's what the report said, and what the government is doing about it.

Curious Kids: how do sea creatures drink sea water and not get sick?

Some animals, such as ghost shrimps can even cope with water that is saltier than normal seawater. It's all down to evolution.

If the Adani mine gets built, it will be thanks to politicians, on two continents

With the final approval of the Adani Carmichael coal mine now apparently imminent, it is important to ask how it has seemingly defied the assessment of experts that it is not financially viable.

Titanium is the perfect metal to make replacement human body parts

Titanium is known for its strength and lightness so it’s ideal for making replacement hips, knees and other parts of our bodies, but it’s also used in other industries.

Preparation is key to a successful job interview and can help you stand out from the crowd.

Want to nail your next interview? We’ve got you

The do’s and definite do-not’s to put into play if you want to land that position.

Fruit and vegetables

Body of Knowledge Episode 2 - Why you should eat your greens

Have you ever wondered why fruit and vegetables are so good for us? In the second episode of Body of Knowledge podcast, Dr Catherine Bondonno explains how certain compounds found in apples and leafy greens are so good for our health.

ECU’s Melanoma Research Group. L-R Michelle Pereira, Dr Pauline Zaenker and Professor Mel Ziman.

Stalking a stealthy killer

Researchers have developed a blood test to diagnose a deadly skin cancer—melanoma—at its earliest stage.

Dr Luke Hopper

Preventing injuries on the dance floor

Dr Luke Hopper’s dance research has been identified as having a high impact in the Australian Research Council’s recent Engagement and Impact 2018 assessment.

A woman and man seated together at a table in a cafe.

Understanding the causes and costs of workplace bullying

ECU research is helping to create safer, more productive workplaces.

A Transperth train stopped at the station.

Youth engagement secures a smoother ride for rail users

ECU researchers teamed up with youth workers and public transport authorities to reduce anti-social behaviour on the Perth rail network.

Research has examined how kids are using the internet. Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

Exploring the internet through a child's eyes

ECU research is shaping our understanding of how children connect to the world through the internet.

ECU research has helped reduce rates of reoffending.

Reoffending rates under the microscope

ECU research has developed a powerful new method for determining whether some criminals will reoffend.

The team from ECU’s Exercise Medicine Research Institute are world leaders in cancer treatment.

Fighting cancer one step at a time

ECU research has helped to rewrite the rules on using exercise as part of a holistic cancer treatment program.

Three researchers walking towards a water body. One researcher is holding a net.

Turning the tap on groundwater research

ECU research has established global guidelines for looking after groundwater supplies and associate ecosystems.

An underwater photograph of seagrass, with a person snorkelling on the surface of the water.

Seagrass studies reveal the bigger picture

ECU’s seagrass research is providing important insight on the health and management of one of the ocean's most important organisms.

Professor Laichang Zhang

Treating industrial wastewater for ‘a better and cleaner world’

Researchers have developed a crystalline alloy that can strip impurities from wastewater in just minutes.

Woman examining vials of blood

New approach zeroes in on a debilitating blood disorder

Researchers have developed a way to use data already gathered in Australia’s most commonly ordered blood test to detect the iron overload disorder HFE Haemochromatosis.

ECU Distinguished Alumni Award winner Professor Address Malata

ECU celebrates inaugural Alumni Award winners

A performing artist, a young entrepreneur, the founder of a teacher college in Ghana and the head of a Malawian university have all been recognised at ECU’s inaugural Alumni Awards.

Steak and vegetables

Body of Knowledge Episode 1 - Pros and cons of paleo

The health benefits claimed by proponents of the paleo diet are many - but do they stack up scientifically?

Teacher and children in a classroom setting. They are sitting on a carpet and on beanbags, reading books.

New lessons on using tech in the classroom

ECU’s Centre for Schooling and Learning Technologies is leading research into how digital innovation can transform teaching and assessment.

ECU’s Security Research Institute is at the cutting edge of cyber security research

A simple solution for cyber crime

An ECU-WA Police Force collaboration has boosted cybercrime convictions and helped lock up some of our worst offenders.

ECU’s research in nurse staffing levels is having real world impacts.

Crunching the numbers on nursing

ECU research demonstrates the vital link between adequate staffing of nurses, and positive patient outcomes.

ECU’s dance research is bringing cutting edge technology to traditional, classical ballet.

Dance research has a spring in its step

Dr Luke Hopper is one of the world’s leading authorities on how dance floors are constructed, and how this impacts dancer performance and health. His work has been identified as having a ‘high impact’ in the Australian Research Council’s recent Engagement and Impact 2018 assessment.

The inside story on crime within prison

The first study in Australia to investigate offences carried out in prison could be used to improve security and safety for staff, prisoners and visitors.

Schools are asking students to bring digital devices to class, but are they actually being used?

We observed how and when students were using their digital devices in schools. They often weren't used, and when they were, students were sometimes just distracting themselves from learning.

A depressed man

A lack of male therapists could be stopping people seeking help

A shortage of male psychologists could be preventing men from looking after their mental health, new research has found.

Leafy green vegetables.

Leafy greens key to maintaining muscles

Eating just one cup of leafy green vegetables like spinach each day may help maintain muscle strength and mobility into old age.

Aboriginal Australia’s smash hit that went viral

In a time before radio or even gramophones, songs were shared between Aboriginal groups at large social gatherings. Some songs were so popular they spread enormous distances. One such song known as Wanji-wanji has travelled some thousands of kilometres.

Hollywood may be able to afford #MeToo but it’s a stretch for the Australian arts

The #MeToo movement has undoubtedly opened up an important discourse, challenging the stigma of speaking out against exploitation and harassment. However, the larger task of engineering a culture shift at the grassroots of arts remains.

Fingerprint and face scanners aren’t as secure as we think they are

Despite what every spy movie in the past 30 years would have you think, fingerprint and face scanners used to unlock your smartphone or other devices aren’t nearly as secure as they’re made out to be.

Receiving a login code via SMS and email isn’t secure. Here’s what to use instead

When it comes to personal cybersecurity, you might think you’re doing alright. Maybe you’ve got multi-factor authentication set up on your phone so that you have to enter a code sent to you by SMS before you can log in to your email or bank account from a new device.

A female holding her lower back due to pain.

It’s actually water cramping our style

Far from preventing cramps, drinking water after exercise can actually cause them, according to new research.

Why are Australian authors obsessed with killing off kangaroos?

ECU academic Dr Donna Mazza has observed an unusual and possibly disturbing trend in Australian literature.

Fulbright Scholarship for WAAPA graduate

Dance composer Azariah Felton has joined an impressive global group including world leaders and Nobel Laureates in receiving a 2019 Fulbright Scholarship.

Preventing children from drowning is the subject of Edith Cowan University PhD candidate Carolina Burnay’s research.

Why infants fall in the water?

Preventing children from drowning is the subject of Edith Cowan University PhD candidate Carolina Burnay’s research.

Just like Hal, your voice assistant isn’t working for you even though you think it is

ECU’s Dr Nathalie Collins argues that much like HAL of 2001: A Space Odyssey, today’s ubiquitous voice assistants aren’t really our friends.

Love, Academically. Why scholarly hearts are beating for Love Studies

Love Studies, a field newly emerged in the last couple of decades, is becoming an increasingly significant area of application and research. But what exactly is it? Dr Elizabeth Reid-Boyd explains.

The science of parkour, the sport that seems reckless but takes poise and skill

Dr James Croft explains how parkour athletes scramble up walls, and get down safely again.

Five tips to make school bookshelves more diverse

Why more diversity in children’s literature is overdue and critical.

Employers are always looking for a point of difference, and a postgraduate degree can give you that elusive edge.

Five ways to land the job you want

How many times have you applied for a job you were certain would be yours, only to have the generic ‘you have not been successful’ email drop into your inbox a week later?

How creativity can help us cultivate moral imagination

Dr Elizabeth Reid Boyd encourages giving your creativity a work out by picking up some poetry, repeating your reading, building your movie muscle, letting art energise you and music move you.

Five tips to help year 12 students set better goals in the final year of school

The final year of high-school is one of the most significant periods of a young person’s life. But one of the least enjoyable by-products is the stress associated with year 12. Associate Professor Joanne Dickson says how you set goals, think about them and pursue them can either promote well-being or worsen anxiety.

Is it safe to run while pregnant?

Running while pregnant is not only safe, it is beneficial for most women with
uncomplicated pregnancies.
A woman using a weights machine under the instruction of a healthcare specialist, with others exercising in the background.

Exercise as medicine for cancer

ECU’s new exercise medicine cancer management postgraduate courses equip healthcare professionals with the skills to deliver supervised exercise programs for people with cancer.

Why slippery courts are better for our tennis players – it’s science

Which tennis surface is safest? Which do the players prefer? What’s the most fun to watch?

Ten ways teacher librarians improve literacy in schools

If schools and policy-makers want to boost children's literacy, they should invest in teacher librarians writes ECU's Dr Margaret Merga.

Fast serves don’t make sense – unless you factor in physics and ‘cheating’

The serve is arguably the most important component of the modern tennis game – and the faster, the better. But when broken down to very simplistic scientific considerations, the speeds we routinely see top players reach when they deliver a serve are theoretically impossible.

While law makers squabble over pill testing, people should test their drugs at home

As the festival season ramps up this summer, so has the ecstasy death toll. But drug testing doesn’t only have to take place festivals.

Stick to the path and stay alive in national parks this summer

Many Australians will take a trip to one of our national parks over the holidays. Few if any of us would expect not to make it out of one alive.

If someone hurt you this year, forgiving them may improve your health

The end-of-year holidays is a good time to offer an apology – or accept one.

Why you shouldn’t force the kids to hug Granny at Christmas

In many households, Christmas means visits from relatives eager to smother kids with kisses. But respectful parenting means giving the kids fair warning so they can decide whether that's ok.

How to keep kids on track with their eating over the holidays

How to make sure your kids don't turn into Christmas puddings

It can be difficult at the best of times for parents to provide a consistently healthy diet for their kids, but Christmas really ups the ante.

How to deal with death and dying during the holidays

Dying doesn’t disappear at Christmas. For those who know death will come soon but don’t know exactly when, the festive season, when the air is thick with “joy”, can be particularly unsettling.

ECU Associate Professor Joanne Dickson has five simple tips to help you pursue your 2019 aspirations with more purpose and vigour.

Some fresh resolve for those new year goals

ECU Associate Professor Joanne Dickson, who has completed a body of goal-setting research, has five simple tips to help you pursue your 2019 aspirations with more purpose and vigour.

Home alone: how to keep your kids safe (and out of trouble) when you’re at work these holidays

ECU’s Natalie Gately has all the advice parents need to get through the long school holidays.

Perth’s brief abalone season is a time of delicacies and danger

The brief abalone season is a social and dining highlight of the year for many Australians – particularly Chinese immigrants, but more needs to be done to communicate how to fish for abalone safely and sustainably.

Professor Simon Laws

$940,000 to unlock Alzheimer’s

People in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease may soon have access to personalised treatment advice, tailored to their genetic profile, to help slow the progression of the debilitating condition.

Patients with high levels of alexythemia have trouble verbalizing how they are feeling.

Emotional blindness: The importance of assessing ‘alexithymia’ and its impact on mental health

PhD candidate David Preece explains how new ECU research is helping clinicians assess patients’ levels of alexithymia to improve mental health outcomes.

Curious kids: Where do dreams come from anyway

ECU's Dr Shane Rogers breaks down the purpose of dreaming for the young and curious.

Lab worker examining blood test vials.

Blood test can now detect Australia’s most common genetic condition

Researchers have developed a way to use data already gathered in Australia’s most commonly ordered blood test to detect the iron overload disorder HFE Haemochromatosis.

Anna Macfarlane

Conquering cancer with exercise

Anna Macfarlane was already a believer in the value of exercise when struck down with a cancer diagnosis two years ago. But she had no idea it could help save her life.

ECU's Joondalup Campus

What to do if your results aren’t what you expected

Didn’t get the grades you wanted? Don’t panic, you still have several options.

Dr Angela Genoni

Paleo diet linked to heart disease biomarker

More than twice the amount of a key biomarker linked closely to heart disease has been found in the blood of people on the paleo diet.

Redefining workers in the platform economy: lessons from the Foodora bunfight

It is the Australian Tax Office, not the Fair Work Commission, making the big waves with the Foodora case and the future of the gig economy.
ECU offers flexible study options for postgraduate students.

Top 5 tips for nailing postgraduate study

If you’ve ever considered a postgraduate degree, you might be wondering how you can juggle your already busy life with study.

Your riding position can give you an advantage in a road cycling sprint

Adopting a forward standing position during a sprint could give professional cyclists a speed boost of up to 5kph.

On the offensive: why Virgin Australia gets called a publicity hound

Parading your patriotism might look like a corporate plan that can’t possibly go wrong but as Dr Mehran Nejati writes, there's some lessons to learn from Virgin Australia's ill-fated attempt at honouring veterans.

Explainer: what’s the difference between decodable and predictable books, and when should they be used?

A child’s early experiences with books both at home and later in school have the potential to significantly affect future reading performance writes ECU's Simmone Pogorzelski.

Young boy sitting at a desk between books and a world globe, drawing pictures in a notebook.

NAPLAN is not a system-destroying monster: Here’s why we should keep our national literacy and numeracy tests

Australia’s numeracy and literacy testing across the country in years 3, 7, and 9 is a fairly standard literacy and numeracy test. It is also a decent, consistent, reliable, and valid assessment process. Dr Shane Rogers explains why he believes the National Assessment Program-Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is a solid and useful assessment.

Stars twinkle brightly in a dark night sky.

Supercharging rehab for stroke and brain injury patients

New clinical trials seek to overhaul rehabilitation services for patients early in their recovery.

As technology advances and crimes become more complex, law enforcement organisations are relying on solving crimes through analysing digital trace.

Digitising the thin blue line

As technology advances and crimes become more complex, law enforcement organisations are relying on solving crimes through analysing digital trace.

Strokes, traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries significantly impact patients’ ability to move. New ECU research focusing on the use of robotics for rehabilitation could hold the key to effective treatment.

Robotic therapy set to put Perth on neuro rehab map

Stroke, traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injury can have large impacts on the ability to move independently. Research focusing on the use of robotics for rehabilitation could hold the key to effective treatments.

A woman consoles a man who is looking down at the ground, upset.

How to find meaning in the wake of suicide

As the nation’s suicide rate tragically increases, Dr Colleen Carlon says it’s important society supports the people bereaved by suicide.

Research to improve swimming teacher training aims to tackle the grim global drowning statistics.

Educating, not drowning

Research to improve swimming teacher training aims to tackle the grim global drowning statistics.

An older lady is sitting in the looking at the screen of a tablet which is superimposed to the left of the picture.

This eHealth program is hip and happening

A team of ECU researchers is hoping to significantly improve health outcomes for patients undergoing hip surgery.

Old pianos hit just the right note for ECU

Old pianos hit just the right note for ECU

Gifted with a world-significant collection of historic keyboard instruments, the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) at ECU seeks to lead the world in historical keyboard instrument teaching and research.

Man sitting at his laptop talking to his female manager who is standing beside him.

Caught in the middle: the managers who need extra help

Middle managers need additional training and resources to better deal with organisational change and bad behaviour in the workplace.

Curious Kids: Why do we need food?

We need to eat food and drink water every day to keep our body going, explains Professor Amanda Devine.

World politics explainer: the end of Apartheid

In this article published in The Conversation Dr David Robinson explains the history behind the racial divisions in South Africa and the end of Apartheid.

Curious Kids: what’s the history of aircraft squawk codes and how do they work?

Secondary radar is an important tool in the control of aircraft traffic, and helps make air travel safe. It was developed during dangerous times.

Peer mentoring program shows promise for preventing African youth violence

A new crime prevention program in Western Australia is training young Australians of African descent to become peer mentors to at-risk youths in their communities.

Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) student Savanna Oats

5 star support helping students reach their goals

There’s more than one way to gain entry into university. Just ask Savanna Oats, who undertook a preparation course to boost her skills and confidence before commencing study.

Facebook hack reveals the perils of using a single account to log in to other services

Facebook's ubiquity and use as a single sign on means the recent hack of 50 million accounts could be way more serious than it's being made out to be.

Why education about gender and sexuality does belong in the classroom

Sex education could have a role to play in combating domestic violence, mental health for LGBT youth and increasing rates of STIs.

A nostalgic journey through the evolution of web design

The World Wide Web was invented almost 30 years ago by Tim Berners Lee to help people easily share information around the world. As Dr Jo Jung explains, over the following decades it has changed significantly - both in terms of design and functionality, as well as its deeper role in modern society.

Australian sex education isn’t diverse enough. Here’s why we should follow England’s lead

Australia should follow England's lead and move towards a more inclusive sex education curriculum, writes Dr David Rhodes.

Is positive education another fad? Perhaps, but it's supported by good research

In this article from The Conversation Dr Cath Ferguson discusses whether positive education is a fad? The answer perhaps, but research into positive psychology indicates long-term benefits for adults.

How ideas of adulthood, its rights and responsibilities, are changing around the world

Around the world, the idea of adulthood - when it happens and how it is defined - is being challenged according to Dr James McCue..

Why Australia needs its own torture report

It is time for Australia to launch an independent inquiry into the use of torture during the war on terror Dr Jamal Barnes argues.

World-first blood test to detect deadly melanoma in early stage patients

A blood test that can detect melanoma in its early stages has been developed by ECU's Melanoma Research Group.

Protecting your kids from failure isn’t helpful. Here’s how to build their resilience

No one likes to see their children fail but our trying to protect children self-esteem and feelings could be making them less resilient later in life writes Dr Mandie Shean.

WAAPA acting student Teresa Moore is on her way to Los Angeles later this year as part of WAAPA's acting showcase. Image by Kathy Wheatley.

From the netball court to the Hollywood stage

Nyoongar Yamatji woman Teresa Moore is on her way to Los Angeles later this year as part of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts' US showcase of up and coming actors.

As yet another ridesharing platform launches in Australia, how does this all end?

Australians in need of personal transport other than taxis have many options — Shofer, Taxify, GoCatch, Shebah and Uber. India's Ola launched a few months ago, and now Chinese DiDi has also launched here.

Bachelor of Social Work student Craig Wright has been awarded the 2018 ECU Vice-Chancellor's Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Scholarship.

Scholarship boost for father of five

Life is busy for Aboriginal student Craig Wright who juggles raising his family with study, work and coaching his son’s football and basketball teams, but it’s about to get a little bit easier, thanks to a scholarship win.

The 5G network threatens to overcrowd the airwaves, putting weather radar at risk

The new 5G network promises to revolutionise mobile telecommunications. But it could also push telecommunications companies onto the frequencies used by weather radar according to ECU's Dr Andrew Dowse.

Why gig workers may be worse off after the Fair Work Ombudsman’s action against Foodora

The way “gig workers” are paid and protected might be about to change, as a result of legal proceedings brought by the Fair Work Ombudsman according to ECU's Dr Tom Barratt.

To improve internships and placements, embed technology in their design

Technology is becoming a larger part of the workplace and to keep up, internships must ensure it's a central part students' on the job learning.

Sandpaper figs make food, fire, medicine and a cosy home for wasps

Sandpaper figs are the Swiss Army knife of Australian flora.

Different species of Angelfish on remote Christmas Island are interbreeding and ECU's Federico Vitelli wants to know why.

Why are different species of Christmas Island’s angelfish interbreeding?

They’re some of the most beautiful fish in the sea, but for some reason different species of angelfish on remote Christmas Island are interbreeding. ECU researcher Federico Vitelli is trying to find out why, and what the implications of that interbreeding are.

Professor Huang's research will help tourism related businesses attract more Chinese visitors. Image courtesy of Tourism WA.

How can Western Australia attract millions of Chinese tourists?

Sport, wine and international students are three key ways Western Australia can maximise its appeal to hundreds of millions of Chinese tourists according to ECU's Professor Sam Huang.

Little children's use of technology could have benefits in educational outcomes according to ECU research.

Here’s why we shouldn’t be so worried about little children using technology

Young children using technology like tablets and educational games could actually be developing quicker than those without according to ECU researcher Dr Donell Holloway.

ECU is working with the Australian Softball team to prepare for the Tokyo Olympics.

Preparing the Australian softball team for their return to the Olympics

Softball is making its long awaited return to the Olympic games at Tokyo in 2020 and ECU sports science researcher Associate Professor Sophia Nimphius is making sure our softball team is in tip top shape to bring home gold in Japan.

Primary school students in classroom

What it’s really like to be a primary school teacher

No one ever forgets their favourite teacher. If you want to leave a lasting impression – and help shape tomorrow’s generation – then a career in the classroom could be for you.

$50m Cyber Security CRC open for business

ECU is set to become one of the world’s leading centres in the fight against cyber criminals, playing a key role in ensuring Australia remains a secure place to do business.

Student holding an iPad

How to succeed as an online student

Online learning is a great option for those who want to fit study around existing work or family commitments. But it does require a different approach than on-campus study.

Student parties and social activities are a big part of uni life.

Make friends and influence people

University is more than just hitting the books. At ECU, there are more than 38 social clubs and associations, offering students the chance to connect with like-minded people.

Solar glass greenhouses could soon be springing up all over the world thanks to technology developed at ECU.

How we’re using hi-tech glass to power the buildings of the future

Innovative nanotechnology is being used by ECU researchers to turn windows into ‘energy harvesting clear glass’ to help create the green buildings of tomorrow.

Three students walking in front of building one at Joondalup Campus.

5 uni courses that didn’t exist 10 years ago

Disruptive technology, a changing climate and new industry trends means the world of work is constantly evolving.

Students in ECU nursing simulation suite

What it’s really like to be a nurse

If you want a career which offers strong employment prospects and tremendous job satisfaction, then perhaps nursing is for you?

Carnaby's cockatoo in flight

5 animals you’ll encounter at ECU

By studying at ECU, you’ll not only be sharing the university grounds with up to 27,000 students and 4000 staff, but a variety of animals that call campus home.

Two people sitting on a park bench by the ECU Joondalup campus lake

Why you need a mentor

The world’s most successful business people have drive, ambition and vision. They also have a mentor.

four people working with different fabrics and sewing machines

The 5 skills every graduate needs

Employers want more than a university qualification, and soft skills are at the top of their list.

Two students wearing professional attire and walking and talking.

5 tips for successful networking

Discover the secrets of this essential professional skill.

Two students wearing hard hats and safety glasses standing in a engineering lab.

Six ways to prepare for your first graduate job

It’s never too early to begin preparing for the job hunt. Follow these tips to stand out from the crowd.

Student wearing a white lab coat, sitting in a science lab, holding equipment

Should you be an employee or employer?

Do you like challenges and working independently? Or do you prefer more structure, with someone else taking the risks? Personal preferences can determine whether you’re suited to being an employee or employer.

ECU event Music Under the Stars

What it’s really like to be an arts manager

Combining business acumen with a creative passion, arts managers are often the driving force behind high profile festivals, performances and artists.

Photo of a crowd by Andrew Laird.

What it’s really like to be a photographer

Digital cameras and smartphones may have lowered the barrier for entry into photography, but there is still strong demand for professionals who can make great images.

Student and race car in ECU’s motorsports lab on the Joondalup Campus.

What it’s really like to be a mechanical engineer

If you like problem solving, being creative and fast cars, this career could be for you.

Student and Academic working in ECU Computer Lab

What it’s really like to be a cyber security analyst

Learn about the career that has a skills shortage estimated at 33,000 people and growing.

ECU students using sport science equipment

What it’s really like to be an exercise and sports scientist

Sports has become a big business in Australia. Behind every successful individual and team are the professionals who help athletes achieve their maximum potential.

Law students in ECU’s moot court.

What it’s really like to be a lawyer

Find out how a law degree can lead to a wide range of career outcomes, from civil and criminal law, to policy, journalism, banking and even politics.

Two women, one man, and a little baby girl sitting in front of hundreds of people watching a performance at Music Under the Stars.

Take advantage of your alumni benefits

Your links to university don’t end with your graduation. Tap into the ongoing networking and support services available through ECU’s global alumni community.

Student holding folder

How to interview like a pro

Get the job you want with these six essential tips from ECU’s careers advice expert.

Perth skyline at sunset

6 things to do that are absolutely free in WA

They say the best things in life are free. Here are six activities for budget-conscious students that are absolutely free.

High tech eye-tracking technology is letting ECU researchers discover more about conversation.

How we’re using high-tech eye tracking to unlock the mysteries of conversation

Every person has a unique ‘fingerprint’ pattern of how our eyes move during conversation and ECU's Dr Shane Rogers wants to know why and what those patterns mean.

Our third year students and graduates give you their tips to get the most out of your first year at ECU.

Advice for first year students from those in the know

Starting your studies this semester? ECU graduates and current students share their tips for getting ahead.

Thousands of people have been connecting to dodgy WiFi networks set up by ECU researchers.

Here’s why you should be more careful on public WiFi networks

WiFi access is something we take for granted, but accessing the wrong 'free' networks could be putting our devices and identities at risk according to ECU researchers.

The job of an environmental health officer is a varied one.

A healthy job environment

Do you want a career with good employment prospects? Environmental health is one area where demand for workers is outstripping supply.

Students enjoying O-Week at the Joondalup Campus.

7 tips to make the most out of O-Week

Orientation Week is your first introduction to the new life waiting for you at university. Follow these tips to get the most out of O-Week and hit the ground running on the first day of semester.

Students in a classroom

Why you should consider a postgraduate degree

For those already juggling work, family and a social life, further study can seem like one commitment too many. But with the option of flexible learning and the lure of a bigger pay check, a postgraduate course may not be as out of reach as you think.

Student volunteers meeting on-campus

Don’t have experience? Try volunteering

It’s not only your degree that counts when trying to clinch a job.

Students wearing lab coats and safety glasses

How to boost your LinkedIn profile

Starting your studies this year? It's never too early to create a profile and build your professional network.

ECU researchers are investigating how tropical rabbitfish might be affecting WA's seagrass meadows.

What can tropical rabbitfish teach us about seagrass?

Find out how ECU postgraduate researchers are combining time in the ocean and the lab to combat a potential ecological menace in Shark Bay.

ECU Village Joondalup

Top 5 tips for living on campus

Whether you’re moving out of home for the first time or just wanting to be closer to your classes, on campus accommodation is a chance to enjoy university life to the fullest.

Look out for the blues and purples of the blueberry lily (Dianella revolta) and  the purple flags (Patersonia occidentalis) during Makuru season.

Aboriginal seasons guided by the land

Did you know there are six Nyoongar seasons for the South West region of WA? Birak season (December - January) is characterised by hot weather and cooling afternoon seabreezes.

I spy the internet of toys

Many modern toys are internet connected devices that can harvest data from unsuspecting children. ECU researchers explore the risks, but also the potential benefits of the internet of toys.

Go with your gut

There are currently millions of organisms living in your gut. ECU researchers explain how these tiny creatures play a big role in your overall health.

Life hacks

Improve your health, protect your home and secure your data by following these simple tips from Edith Cowan University researchers.

5 minutes with Emma Matthews

WAAPA's new Head of Classical Voice is returning to the place where her career began to teach performance.

Super aerodynamic sprinting positions developed at ECU are helping cyclists improve their performance.

How we’re helping the world’s best cyclists improve their sprint performance

Aerodynamics are everything in the world of professional cycling and now ECU researchers are helping the world's best riders boost their performance with innovative new techniques.

Driving the distance

Racing prodigy Calan Williams is working with ECU researchers to make sure his body can go the distance on the Formula 3 circuit.

Winning the war on waste

Australians throw away about $8 billion worth of food every year. ECU researchers explain how we all have a role to play in the war on food waste.

Cheers, John

Nail Brewing Australia head brewer John Stallwood started with a home brew kit and an ECU marketing degree. He turned an experiment into a career — but the path to success has not been an easy one.

Eccentric exercise, like walking downstairs could actually be better for you.

Here’s why walking down stairs is actually better for you

Despite how it sounds, eccentric exercise does not involve going for a run in a silly costume.

What it takes to win unconventional wars

In the wars of the future, our IT capability will matter just as much as tanks and warships. Experts from ECU's Security Research Institute discuss how we're training the next generation of cyber warriors.

Dr Ashlee Morgan's research looks at sponsorship and naming of sports teams.

Fan of the team, fan of the sponsor?

Sports sponsorship is big business, but how do we value brands’ association with sports teams and leagues? That's what sports management researcher Dr Ashlee Morgan is hoping to find out.

Professor Sam Huang joined ECU's School of Business and Law in 2017.

How the AFL and wine can boost Chinese tourism

Professor Sam Huang suggests football, red wine and clean air could be massive drawcards for Western Australia to attract Chinese tourists.

ECU has received five stars for teaching quality.

Stay ahead of the curve with an MBA

A growing trend in Master of Business Administration (MBA) programs around the world is a focus on specific industries. ECU’s MBA course now offers nine new specialisations.

ECU's cyber security experts are some of the best in the business.

9 tips for keeping you and your devices secure

ECU’s cybersecurity experts are among the best in the business, regularly assisting Interpol, WA Police and the Attorney General. But they can also help keep your own personal information safe from attack.

Dr Guanglou Zheng is Australia's own Q Branch.

James Bond meets medical cyber security

Dr Guanglou Zheng is working to protect  medical devices, like pacemakers, embedded in our bodies from cyber criminals.

Tracking Saleem’s Success

ECU business alumnus Kashif Saleem has turned a good idea into a thriving company.

The Milkyway Study is trying to find out if low-fat dairy is actually healthier for kids.

Is low-fat dairy really better for you?

We assume that low-fat products are automatically better for us but a new study at ECU looking at children's consumption of dairy could turn that assumption on its head.

Good Universities Guide 2018

ECU has received a five star rating for teaching quality for a record 11 years in a row in the Good Universities Guide 2018.

The Changing Face of Families

As society changes, our families are changing too. ECU researchers explore if there is such a thing as a "typical" family?

The health benefits of being close to nature are well established. priscilla du preez/Unsplash, CC BY-SA

Why apartment dwellers need indoor plants

Health benefits of being close to nature are well established, but the rise of apartment living means we can't always be close to nature. Researcher Danica-Lea Larcombe explains how you can green your home.


ECU has released its report on sexual assault and harassment and committed to implementing all recommendations.

Dr Davis' team logged more than 400 hours of surveys.

Intrepid ecologists find treasure of birdlife

Flooding rains, tropical disease and local politics are the price Dr Rob Davis is happy to pay in uncovering the secrets of bird life on the remote islands of Papua New Guinea.

Open Day is your best chance to find out everything about ECU.

Everything you need to know about ECU’s Open Day

Get ready to set your career in motion with a visit to one of ECU’s three campuses. Check out our expert tips to make the most of your Open Day experience.

Rebecca Will, Tamara Glynn & Jayden Gerrand

Three of the best

Meet Rebecca, Jayden and Tamara, three Aboriginal students from diverse backgrounds who all have something in common.

Gen Ys know that a job for life is largely a thing of the past.

A Generation Y university

ECU was recently ranked one of the world’s top Gen Y universities. But just how does it share the attributes of this age group, which value being tech-savvy, globally connected and able to make a difference?

Cyber security program is top of the class

ECU will lead Australia’s efforts to train the thousands of cyber security professionals required to fill a global skills shortage.

Take a new direction

A snap decision to start a postgraduate degree in broadcasting has led to Michael Genovese becoming one of the most recognisable faces on our TV screens. Read how postgraduate study is transforming the careers – and lives – of people like Michael.

Could a selfie catch a sleeping killer?

We can teach a computer to recognise signs of deadly disease, just by showing it a picture of your face. Find out how AI is improving medical diagnosis.

A red-capped robin on Rottnest Island. Pic: Floyd Holmes.

Restoring habitats with a bird's eye view

Floyd Holmes wants to know what birds can tell us about how well we're restoring native bushland on Rottnest Island.

Immersive 360 degree videos are helping to train teachers

Hands-on experience on campus

From TV studios to race car workshops to hospital wards, today’s modern university now boasts a surprising range of facilities on campus.

Dr Mick Adams

Getting men talking

How did a high-school drop-out end up as one of the foremost authorities on Aboriginal men’s reproductive health?

Dr Oscar Serrano

What can we learn from seagrass' history?

We can look thousands of years into the past to help plan for the future using seagrass growing off our coast.

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