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Grand theft art world: Netflix probe into history’s biggest gallery heist is a rollicking story of lapses and loss

The Netflix miniseries provides insights into the criminal mind and dark machinations within the art world.

Did somebody say workers’ rights? Three big questions about Menulog’s employment plan

Menulog, Australia’s second-largest food ordering and delivery platform, has declared it will break with the standard “gig platform” business model and engage some of its couriers as employees, not independent contractors.

Facebook data breach: what happened - and why it’s hard to know if your data was leaked

Over the long weekend reports emerged of an alleged data breach, impacting half a billion Facebook users from 106 countries.

Could microdosing be as good as yoga for your mood? It’s not that big a stretch

Microdosing has become something of a wellness trend in recent years, gathering traction in Australia and overseas. ECU research has revealed some benefits of microdosing may be comparable to other wellness activities such as yoga.

Holding the news to ransom? What we know so far about the Channel 9 cyber attack

While Australian news outlets have often reported on previous cyber-attacks, this incident is a wake-up call that they are not immune from becoming targets themselves.

A better deal for Uber drivers in UK, but Australia’s ‘gig workers’ must wait

Uber’s announcement it will now treat its drivers in the United Kingdom as “workers” rather than “independent contractors” is a significant development for the so-called gig economy. ECU’s Dr Tom Barratt explores the implications for Australia.

ECU Mechatronics Engineering student Ryan Bradley

STEM your way to a bright career

The COVID-19 pandemic may have created uncertainty in the Western Australian job market, but what is certain is the demand for skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) continues to grow.

Guy Pearce shines, but The Last Vermeer paints over the remarkable true story of the world’s most successful art forger

The Last Vermeer – the first directorial outing for billionaire Dan Friedkin – recounts the fascinating story of the painting’s discovery, and exposure as a fake. Review by Honorary Professor Ted Snell.

Aeroplane flying in the sunset

Another year of hard borders could crush the tourism sector

Australia is among the most affected countries by the COVID-19 pandemic in terms of tourism revenue loss. More flexible, strategic and differentiating international border policies are needed to avoid significant damage to the tourism industry.

Galup theatrical walking tour recalls the dancing and violence of the colonial encounter

Galup is a “theatricalised” walking tour created by Ian Wilkes and Poppy van Oorde-Grainger. The artists’ aim is truth-telling, to restore memories of the First Australians and their early contact with white settlers beside Lake Monger, Perth. Review by Dr Jonathan Marshall.

‘Where are you really from?’ The harsh realities of Afro-Aussie life are brought to stage in Black Brass

Mararo Wangai has written and stars in this new play which explores the highs and lows of Black African Australian life. Review by Dr Kwadwo Adusei-Asante.

We all hope for a ‘good death’. But many aged-care residents are denied proper end-of-life care

Death is inevitable, and in a civilised society everyone deserves a good one. But sadly, palliative care options for vulnerable older people living in residential aged care are lacking.

Solar water treatment unit.

Is this the future of wastewater treatment?

A mini-desalination system that can fit on a residential roof and is powered entirely by the sun has been developed by researchers at ECU.

Two hands holding up dead seagrass underwater

UNESCO reveals largest carbon stores found in Australian World Heritage Sites

Australia’s marine World Heritage Sites are among the world’s largest stores of carbon dioxide according to a new report from the United Nations, co-authored by an ECU marine science expert.

RMIT attack underlines need to train all uni staff in cyber safety

Universities are a prime target for cyber attacks and the weakest links in their defences are all the non-expert users of their systems. Teaching everyone basic cyber hygiene is vital.

How to encourage cyber-safe behaviour at work without becoming the office grouch

Business etiquette has one golden rule: treat others with respect and care. But how can you encourage cyber-safe behaviour at work without becoming the office grouch?

A Forest of Hooks and Nails is a joyous exhibition about the art of hanging art

What if an ‘install crew’ was given carte blanche to take over the walls and floor of a gallery? At this year’s Perth Festival, this is exactly what happened.

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ECU student support a class above

A program supporting the success of regional and remote students has earned acclaim this week in a national award honouring Australia's most outstanding university teachers.

Paid on par with cleaners: the broader issue affecting the quality of aged care

The long-term sustainability of the aged-care workforce and the financial health of the sector have been under the microscope as part of the royal commission. But there is a deeper problem that remains largely overlooked: the payment of aged-care workers.

Perth Festival review: Whale Fall is a powerful story about a trans boy, and the life of a whale

Through the whale's journey from life to death, Caleb escapes the emotional toll of his situation, and finds his path forward.

Three students at ECU Joondalup Campus

Here's to the class of 2021

Today marks the official start of the academic year for many universities around the country, including Edith Cowan University.

Can my boss make me get a COVID vaccination? Yes, but it depends on the job

Whether an employer can insist on vaccination as a condition of employment is an ambiguous legal question, as shown by two recent unfair dismissal cases.

‘Panic-buying’ events are the new normal; here’s how supply chains have adapted

The good news is that any shortages are likely to be very short-lived – even if this lockdown continues beyond its scheduled five days, says ECU’s Dr Flavio Macau, via The Conversation

Perth’s 5-day ‘circuit-breaker’ lockdown isn’t an overreaction to a single case — it’s basic common sense

Perth and surrounds will spend the next five days in lockdown, as authorities scramble to prevent a single case – a quarantine hotel security worker – from escalating into a full-blown COVID cluster.

Maverick Modigliani review: unimaginative documentary avoids the dramatic truths

Professor Ted Snell reviews Maverick Modigliani – a new documentary about early 20th century artist Amadeo Modigliani.

Needles are nothing to fear: 5 steps to make vaccinations easier on your kids

Nobody likes getting needles, but for some, needle phobia can be a serious barrier to health care. Here's how you can help your kids to not dread the jab.

Most government information on COVID-19 is too hard for the average Australian to understand

Almost half of Australian adults struggle with reading. Our recent analysis of government information on COVID-19 found many documents were inaccessible to struggling readers.

Back to school: how to help your teen get enough sleep

With school closures across 2020, teenagers used mobile phones even more frequently than before. But their use has an effect on their sleep.

Will Australia legalise ecstasy and magic mushrooms to treat mental illness? Here’s why it’s still too soon

The regulatory body is currently considering whether psychiatrists should be allowed to prescribe MDMA and psilocybin to treat mental illness.

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Boost your career with postgrad study at ECU

You may already have a bachelor’s degree or professional experience. But a postgraduate degree can give you the edge needed to succeed in your chosen career – or transition to a new one.

Is your child anxious about starting school for the first time? Here’s how you can help

Anxiety about starting school is common – among both children and parents. This can be for many reasons, but it’s useful to keep in mind exposure to our fears helps reduce anxiety.

To stretch or not to stretch before exercise: What you need to know about warm-ups

Once considered an essential part of any sport or exercise warm-up, static stretching has fallen out of favour. But are we stretching wrong?

Jean-Michel Maujean recording in the field.

Birdsong finds rhythm between science and art

Native Western Australian birds are the composers and stars of an engaging new music project at Edith Cowan University.

The Christmas gifts that keep giving (your data away) - and how to prevent this

Many of us will have received new gadgets this festive season. But how can we ensure these are set up safely? And what’s the best way to discard of old devices being replaced?

Flip flop: the un-Australian history of the rubber thong

With protection underfoot and ventilation on top, the thong is the perfect summer shoe for Australian conditions. Pity it’s not really Australian.

What Clive Palmer must now ask himself: would China’s ‘bastards’ buy a mine from him?

Colourful mining magnate Clive Palmer’s political ambitions appear to be in tatters. But what of his multibillion-dollar legal ambitions?

Girls can't surf shows how determined women battled sexism in their sport

In the 1980s, a fierce international group of determined women surfers decided enough was enough in the battle against sexism and unequal pay.

How to prepare and protect your gut health over the Christmas and silly season

It’s that time of year again, with Christmas parties, end-of-year get-togethers and holiday catch-ups. Here’s what you can do to bolster your gut microbiome in the coming weeks and months.

9 tips to give yourself the best shot at sticking to new year’s resolutions

When setting a new year's goals, look closely at the reasoning behind it. Is it something you want to do, or think you should? The answer can help predict the outcome.

Two ECU students sitting and talking.

A change of direction now could help your career skyrocket

The arrival of the ATAR results later this month will bring a sense of relief to many Year 12 graduates around Western Australia. But not everyone will receive the outcome they were expecting. Dr Mandie Shean, a resilience expert from Edith Cowan University (ECU), has some top tips on changing your mindset after unexpected results.

Has COVID cost friendships? Technology may have helped people stay connected during the pandemic

Checking in and keeping up with our friends is an important part of maintaining relationships. During the pandemic, technology stepped in where face-to-face interactions weren't possible.

Nothing like the mafia: cybercriminals are much like the everyday, poorly paid business worker

New research is questioning the popular notion that cybercriminals can make millions of dollars from the comfort of home - and without much effort.

Two women holding a baby

WAAPA short films explore nurse and midwife heroes

A new film by a registered nurse turned filmmaker and a creative work that uses contemporary dance to convey emotion are celebrating the extraordinary dedication of our midwives and nurses.

Curious Kids: how does a virus stop?

While some viruses gradually disappear, most viruses are actually really clever at finding ways to hide, just waiting for an opportunity to come back.

Taking proper sick leave has never been more crucial. So why are people still ‘soldering on’ at work?

Soldiering on — also known as “sickness presenteeism” — is alive and well even in 2020. If a pandemic won’t get workers to call in sick, then what will?

Prosecuting within complex criminal networks is hard. Data analysis could save the courts precious time and money

Social network analyses could prove to be an invaluable support tool to help judges and jurors assess the value of evidence.

Group tables, ottomans and gym balls: kids told us why flexible furniture helps them learn

We conducted a study to find out how primary school students feel about different types of classroom furniture.

People standing in front of banners.

ECU makes significant investment in strategic research

Edith Cowan University will invest $16 million over the next five years to further strengthen the University's key areas of strategic research.

Professor Hongqi Sun and Professor Ralph Martins were named Highly Cited Researchers.

ECU researchers on global list of the world's best

Two ECU Professors have been named alongside Nobel Prize winners as the world's most influential researchers in their fields.

Australian hospitals are under constant cyber attack. The consequences could be deadly

Attacks against the health-care sector are dangerous at any time. But when services are under pressure from COVID-19, an all-out cyber attack against the health sector could be very damaging.

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Crossing the divide between VFX and Life Science

Cross-pollinating the two major fields of motion capture at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.

When to buy Christmas gifts online to get them in time? The answer is now

If you're ordering gifts online this year, how late can you leave it to guarantee they arrive in time?

Image of Professor John Olynyk, Professor Kerry Brown, Professor Paul Arthur and Tony Marceddo have been named Research Theme Leaders at ECU.

Research leaders appointed

Four outstanding leaders will spearhead Edith Cowan University's world-class research as the University focuses its strategic areas of strength.

Woman holding a coffee mug

Don’t want to go back to work? It might be your boss

Some people stay with their current employer because they have to. But some stay because they want to. It might be all down to their boss’s leadership style.

Bianca Best smiling on ECU Joondalup Campus

A proud history deserves a promising future

As a Bigambul woman from south-western Queensland, Edith Cowan University (ECU) student Bianca Best’s, connection with country, cemented the foundation for her aspirations to impact positive change in the community.

Why Dawson’s Creek, in all its cringey glory, is the TV show 90s kids need right now

Netflix's re-release of Dawson's Creek is an ointment tailor-made for adults who were once 90s kids.

Industry cadetships: a good but small step to tap the talents of women in STEM

Australia loses female talent at every stage of the STEM pipeline. A program in which educators and industry work together to help women gain in-demand skills is one piece in the puzzle.

Cobra Kai, Bill & Ted: comebacks redefine middle-aged masculinity, but where are the women

The return of actors like Karate Kid Ralph Macchio and Bill & Ted’s Alex Winter sees them older and wiser. Fewer role revivals remind us of character growth related to womanhood.

Robot take the wheel: Waymo has launched a self-driving taxi service

Self-driving car company Waymo, owned by Google’s parent company Alphabet, announced its autonomous vehicles are now available to the general public

Yes, there’s money in the budget for school chaplains. But that doesn’t mean your child will be preached to

It is vital to have adults in schools with whom young people can connect to share their concerns and worries. Chaplains fulfil that role effectively.

Mature-aged student Dean Gurney smiling looking at camera at ECU’s Joondalup Campus.

It’s never too late to follow your dreams

Whether it’s been a while since high school or if 2020 put your required ATAR just out of reach, you still have options to achieve your dream of going to university. ECU has UniPrep courses available over the summer so you can get the marks you need to start your degree in semester 1, 2021.

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Awesome foursome

Four ECU researchers have been recognised by The Australian’s special report on Australian university research.

Montessori, Steiner or Reggio Emilia: which childcare philosophy is best for your family?

Parents can find it difficult to choose a childcare service, given the plethora of types on offer. Here are three of the most well-known alternative educational philosophies explained.

Advanced apprenticeships will boost skills for future jobs, but not in time to counter COVID impacts

The government is investing to strengthen the link between training and future industry needs. But the training program will not solve the unemployment problems and skills mismatch in the short term, given Covid-19's impact on the economy.

Trump's TikTok deal explained: who is Oracle? Why Walmart? And what does it mean for our data?

Plot twists in the TikTok saga continue to emerge daily, with a proposed deal to secure the future of the video sharing platform in the United States now in doubt.

Andrew Forrest’s high-tech plan to extinguish bushfires within an hour is as challenging as it sounds

The philanthropic foundation of mining billionaire Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest has unveiled a plan to transform how Australia responds to bushfires.

A computer can guess more than 100,000,000,000 passwords per second. Still think yours is secure?

Why are passwords so hard to get right and what can we do about it?

3 keys to meaningful work: an employer who cares about the environment, society and you

Want more meaningful work? Find an employer committed to environmental sustainability, social responsibility and most of all inclusive leadership.

South West Campus education student Rebecca Visser

Become the high school teacher they will remember

For the first time in Western Australia, undergraduate students will be able to study to become a secondary teacher on campus at Edith Cowan University (ECU) – without leaving the South West region.

Face masks and facial recognition will both be common in the future. How will they co-exist?

With face masks now compulsory or recommended in various parts of the country, how are facial recognition systems functioning?

4 things governments can do to help small business

Helping small businesses survive isn't all about tax breaks, red tape and industrial relations changes. Here are four other things governments can do.

Marina Sarkoski

Choose your pathway to an MBA with ECU

No matter what lifestyle you lead, studying a Master of Business Administration at ECU can open up a world of opportunity to grow your career.

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.

Could ‘traffic-light’ alerts help Victoria exit lockdown safely?

As the number of new daily confirmed cases begins to decline, we need to consider how to ease restrictions as efficiently as possible without overwhelming health services

Algorithms workers can't see are increasingly pulling the management strings

Handing management to algorithms creates 'black-box bosses' whose decision-making is hard to understand or question.

Vizards, face gloves and window hoods - a history of masks in western fashion

Masks have emerged as unlikely fashion heroes as the COVID-19 pandemic has developed. Here are some of the highlights (and lowlights) of masks as fashion items through the ages.

Instagram is the home of pretty pictures. Why are people flocking to it for news?

Amid global chaos and uncertainty, Instagram offers up the world as stable, simple and good-looking. No wonder it is set to overtake Twitter as a news source.

Black and white photo of people outside a building.

The making of a university

The inside story behind the foundation of Edith Cowan University and how it’s birth in 1991 forged the innovative and student focussed institution we know today.

Two weeks of mandatory masks, but a record 725 new cases: why are Melbourne’s COVID-19 numbers so stubbornly high?

Even though cases haven't dropped off yet, mandatory masks have probably helped to prevent cases continuing to spiral upwards - which is a real risk with this virus.

Associate Professor Denise Jackson

9 ways to help kick-start your child’s career

Declining youth employment rates due to COVID-19 mean sound career advice has never been more important. But for parents, who are key career influencers, giving the right guidance can be daunting.

Microsoft's takeover would be a win for TikTok and tech giants - not users

If a new deal between Microsoft and ByteDance goes through, the Chinese company may withdraw ownership of its TikTok operations in not only the US - but also Australia, New Zealand and Canada.

From super heroes to the clitoris: 5 scientists tell the stories behind these species names

Five experts tell the stories behind species they’ve named or researched, from a Hugh Jackman-esque spider to a tiny crustacean named for the researcher’s partner’s swimming prowess.

It's OK to be OK: how to stop feeling 'survivor guilt' during COVID-19

While mental health advocates and support groups are right to remind people who are struggling that it’s "OK not to be OK" during this pandemic, it's important to remember it's "OK to be OK" too, writes Associate Professor Erin Smith via The Conversation.

Mikayla King, former scholarship winner

A scholarship from ECU can make your dream a reality

Applying for a scholarship can be the first step towards your future. ECU has scholarships to help students access higher education and achieve their study goals by providing essential financial support.

US coronavirus data will now go straight to the White House. Here’s what this means for the world

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is arguably the world’s best-placed agency to fight COVID-19. But it’s been cut out of the loop, and pandemic data will now go straight to the White House.

China could be using TikTok to spy on Australians, but banning it isn’t a simple fix

Why is the federal government examining this app so closely? Could it really be a tool used by the Chinese government to spy on us? Associate Professor Paul Haskell-Dowland and Dr James Jin Kang explain.

Don’t panic (again): here’s why Melbourne’s supermarket shortages will quickly pass

Panic buying is back, not as strong as in March and more localised in Melbourne. But things will soon get back to normal, according to ECU’s expert in supply chains, Dr Flavio Romero Macau.

Children’s books must be diverse, or kids will grow up believing white is superior

Making sure children have access to books showing diversity is one step in breaking the cycle that leads to entrenched racism.

In praise of the office: let’s learn from COVID-19 and make the traditional workplace better

Working from home during lockdown reminded many of us of the benefits of office life. With a bit of imagination we could have the best of both worlds.

What’s the meaning of life? These students have some answers

A group of year seven students showed that relationships most of all – with friends, family and pets – gave their lives meaning.

Australia Post can't turn back. Here's why

Hand-written letters and posted bills are disappearing. Australia Post must diversify and innovate to survive in the future.

Training a new generation of performers about intimacy, safety and creativity

In the wake of #MeToo and as we emerge from COVID-19 physical distancing measures, there is still more that can be done to protect those seeking to pursue careers in the performing arts.

Closing the Gap measures need to be changed to improve outcomes. Here's how

The 2020 Closing the Gap Report was tabled in federal parliament on February 12. It showed there are still significant gaps in almost all of the targets. Only early child education attendance and year 12 attainments were on track.

Huge locust swarms are threatening food security, but drones could help stop them.

In recent months, food security concerns have emerged for nations across Africa, Asia and the Middle East, as swarms of desert locusts wreak havoc on crops. But drone technology is offering up solutions.

Anna Froederberg

Get the business edge with ECU

Why wait until the beginning of next year to start your university studies?

Edith Cowan University's (ECU) School of Business and Law develops industry-ready graduates through high quality teaching and learning experiences and engaged, applied research.

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Health Science degree is creating regional careers of the future

Edith Cowan University’s industry-driven Bachelor of Health Science offerings are tailor-made for a dynamic career in the expanding health sector.

Is your super money safe? Here’s how you can dodge cyber fraud

Fraudsters have managed to exploit security gaps in the federal government’s early release of super scheme. Here’s what to look out for.

7 tips to help kids feeling anxious about going back to school

As COVID-19 lockdown measures are lifted, some children may experience social anxiety about the prospect of returning to school.

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Casual work redefined – understanding the recent Federal Court ruling

The recent Federal Court ruling that an on-going casual employee has essentially the same leave entitlement as an on-going permanent employee has sparked much concern among employers.

Open, honest and effective: what makes Jacinda Ardern an authentic leader

Jacinda Ardern's coolness under pressure, self-discipline and the decisiveness of her government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic has led some to call her the most effective national leader in the world.

Lake Tekapo, New Zealand

Tourism's crucial role in pulling Kiwis from the coronavirus slump

New Zealand can emerge from the COVID-19 crisis as a leader in tourism innovation, according to Edith Cowan University’s Dr Greg Willson.

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Putting collaboration on the map: using interdisciplinary research to battle timely global issues

The need for interdisciplinary work around COVID-19 is clear as true knowledge discovery rarely occurs in isolation.

Environmental regulations likely to be first casualties in post-pandemic recovery

Not only does slashing environmental regulation invite lasting harm to nature, it also makes little economic sense.

South West Nursing graduate Teagan Bewick

Nurses: the universal heroes

Nurses will continue to be a driving force in the global effort to ensure every single person has access to health care by 2030. To achieve this, 9 million more nurses and midwives will be needed.

Nursing students

When all this is over, will we remember our nurses?

As the world looks beyond the COVID-19 pandemic, will nurses' vital role be forgotten, once again becoming invisible to policy, resourcing and planning?

How safe is COVIDSafe? What you should know about the app's issues and Bluetooth-related risks

From conflicts with specialised medical devices, through to unresolved problems with iPhone functionality, COVIDSafe is in need of updates. A major one may come within the next few weeks.

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Zoom-sick? No kidding. Here’s how to be polite about it.

The sudden shift to a completely online workday has left many people overwhelmed and exhausted. ECU business etiquette expert Dr Nathalie Collins has some advice for managing your digital day.

Cyber threats at home - how to keep kids safe while they’re learning online

Just as office workers need to be aware of cyber risks when setting up a home office, parents need to think about the increased exposure their children will face to cyber threats at home.

ANU will invigilate exams using remote software, and many students are unhappy

The Australian National University is turning to digital proctoring to replace the role of a walking invigilator. But who watches the proctor, what are the risks, and what data will be collected?

Urban Aboriginal people face unique challenges in the fight against coronavirus

Large households, poor health literacy, not enough soap and vaccines, scepticism of mainstream services. These are some of the reasons urban Aboriginal people face increased risks.

Parents, you don't always need to entertain your kids – boredom is good for them

People hate boredom. Some would rather get a painful shock than sit in a room with nothing to do for 15 minutes. But boredom spurs us on to create and can help focus our attention.

Woman working with school student at table

Pre-service teachers can assist schools during COVID-19

With the COVID-19 pandemic beginning to flatten in most parts of Australia, now is the time to seriously consider how we best support teachers and students in schools for term 2 and the rest of the year.

Curious Kids: why might you wake up without a voice?

Why do you lose your voice when you scream too much? ECU Speech pathology expert Associate Professor Deborah Hersh answers this ‘curious kids’ question.

Hackers can access your mobile and laptop cameras and record you – cover them up now

Most attacks happen without a victim even realising it. And you're not 'safe' just because your device is in sleep mode or hibernation.

The psychology of comfort food - why we look to carbs for solace

During this time of social isolation, it’s tempting to reach for food, but a healthy balance remains important.

Crashing the party: beware the cyber risks of virtual meet-up apps like Houseparty

Apps like Houseparty and Netflix Party are helping people stay in touch with friends - but do these apps have cyber dangers that we need to be aware of?

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Coronavirus victims of a different nature: The targets of COVID-19 cyberthreats

The panic caused by novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic is being exploited by threat actors for phishing and data exfiltration, and malware distribution. The massive increase of remote workers, many of whom apply poor security measures on their computing devices, have opened new avenues for exploitation.

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Vulnerable students left behind by online schools

Despite intense preparations currently underway at schools to roll out online instruction there are real concerns that some students will be left behind.

How to boost your internet speed when everyone is working from home

With #StayAtHome and social distancing now becoming a way of life, an increasing number of people are relying on the internet for work, education and entertainment. This has placed greater demand on our network infrastructure, reducing the bandwidth available for each user, and is leaving people frustrated at seemingly slow internet speeds.

Ken Nosaka exercising

Tips to stay active at home during the COVID-19 crisis

With many people now self-isolating and social distancing at home, the need to stay active has never been greater. ECU exercise science expert Professor Ken Nosaka has created two quick and simple exercise programs for seniors and younger people to do from the comfort of home

‘Click for urgent coronavirus update’: how working from home may be exposing us to cybercrime

Instead of going after large corporate networks, which often have multiple defences, cybercriminals can now simply target people's home networks.

Nice to meet you, now back off! How to socially distance without seeming rude

Etiquette is a cornerstone of social interaction, and what we learn from it is this: it is not the distance that matters. Showing each other we care is what brings us closer together.

Couch culture - six months’ worth of expert picks for what to watch, read and listen to in isolation

Need ways to get your culture hit from home? Experts including ECU’s Dr Donna Mazza have recommendations to help arts lovers stay connected.

Desperately seeking toilet paper, pasta or hand sanitiser? Some relief is just weeks away

Panic buying, shop shelves emptied of toilet paper, hand sanitiser, pasta and other household supplies, supermarkets policing limits on buying products, Amazon and eBay stopping opportunists from selling items at exorbitant prices. When will things get back to normal?

I’ve spent 14 years on bushfire front lines and seen courage in the face of death

Firefighting will always remain an incredibly dangerous occupation. The exposure to catastrophic bushfires will only increase as the effects of climate change continue to worsen.

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Cyber criminals are preying on coronavirus fears

Just as the public are getting to grips with the Coronavirus fallout, cyber criminals are taking advantage of the wave of fear.

8 tips on what to tell your kids about coronavirus

Stay calm, stick to the facts and talk to your children about your own feelings on coronavirus and COVID-10 disease, according to Dr Mandie Shean via The Conversation.

Restricting underage access to porn and gambling sites: a good idea, but technically tricky

Australia should work towards adopting a mandatory age-verification system for gambling and pornography websites, according to a recommendation from the federal parliamentary cross-party committee on social and legal issues.

Ransomware attack on sheep farmers shows there’s no room for woolly thinking in cyber security

The wool industry was paralysed for several days after hackers held to ransom the IT system that governs almost all wool sales in Australia and New Zealand. More attacks are a case of if, not when.

If you’re ageing and on medication, it might be time to re-assess your alcohol intake

The older we are, the more likely we are to drink on a daily basis. However, older people are also more vulnerable to alcohol’s interactions with medicines so they may be placing themselves at risk.

Sounds like hype: there’s scant evidence the ‘binaural beats’ illusion relaxes your brain

The internet is awash with videos that claim to use 'binaural beats' to improve your focus or relieve stress. But while they can influence your brain, the touted mood-enhancing effects may not be.

Associate Professor Elin Gray in the laboratory

Artificial intelligence fast-tracks the hunt for cancer cells

Much faster identification of the cells that spread cancer throughout the body has been made possible by ECU researchers using advanced artificial intelligence (AI) technology.

Australian women’s hockey team celebrating

Early investors reaping benefits of women’s sport star power

Women’s sport is providing compelling stories and the brands involved are reaping the benefits.

If you're preparing students for 21st century jobs, you're behind the times

Nearly half of the jobs in OECD countries are at significant risk of being automated over the next ten to 15 years.

Books in a post-f@#^ world. Are we all sworn out yet?

With so many swear words on book covers, where do writers go from here to express fear, horror, rage and disgust? Dr Donna Mazza writes for The Conversation.

Collective trauma is real, and could hamper Australian communities' bush fire recovery

Most of us are familiar with the concept of psychological trauma. But what is collective trauma, and how can we tackle it in the wake of the bushfire crisis?

Bias starts early - most books in childcare centres have white, middle-class heroes

Only 18% of books available in four Australian childcare centres include non-white characters. Animal characters make up around half the books available, with the animals largely leading lives, and adhering to values, of middle-class Caucasians.

Year 12 can be stressful, but setting strong and healthy goals can help you thrive

The way you pursue your goals can be the difference between maintaining happiness or feeling stressed. Try not to overthink it and break big goals up into smaller, more manageable ones.

ECU student Heide Fisher

Accelerate your career with a postgraduate degree

Whether you are looking to supercharge your career or just want to take that next step in your education, a postgraduate degree could give you the skills, expertise and industry contacts you need.

Teacher showing class a science experiment.

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.

Girl shooting basketball

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

Research tells us goal setting is important, but not all goals are created equal. Here are five things to consider when setting goals for your final year in school.

Two children sitting at a desk reading picture books

Five tips to make school bookshelves more diverse and five books to get you started

A lack of diverse books is failing children from minority backgrounds. This is something that should concern all Australians.

We can’t wait for first responders to reach out - we need to 'reach in'

As bushfires intensify, we need to acknowledge the mental strain on our volunteers, argues ECU expert Associate Professor Erin Smith

The erotic theatre of the pool edge: a short history of female swimwear

From monokinis to burkinis Dr Lydia Edwards explains how swimwear has evolved through the ages.

Don’t die wondering: apps may soon be able to predict your life expectancy, but do you want to know?

Predicting life expectancy remains in the realm of science fiction, but it may soon be possible. Are we prepared for such information? And who else would benefit from this knowledge?
MSWA CEO Marcus Stafford AM and Professor Moira Sim

ECU partners with MSWA to tackle neuro conditions

Edith Cowan University and MSWA have formed a research partnership to identify new ways to personalise treatments for people living with a neurological condition.

Baby Yoda: the meme child making it a very Disney+ Christmas

Now the high of Game of Thrones has faded, another pop culture token has arrived. It takes the form of a green alien baby from the Star Wars television series The Mandalorian – a key offering from Disney+ when it launched last month.

Facebook’s push for end-to-end encryption is good news for user privacy, as well as terrorists and paedophiles

Facebook is planning to put end-to-end encryption on all its messaging services soon. But governments aren’t happy about it, as it could make it harder to catch criminals.

Old hands on a computer keyboard

Okay Boomer, it's back to work you go

Do older Australians want to keep working? The answer is mostly yes, though not in the same way and for the same reasons they did earlier in their lives.

Professor Clint Bracknell

On-Country performance key to revitalising Aboriginal song

New research focusing on the power of Aboriginal on-Country performance aims to further revitalise Noongar language and song traditions in south-west WA.

A burglar wearing a balaclava trying to pry open a door

The low-down on burglars' tricks of the trade

A burglary occurs in Australia every three minutes and the end-of-year holiday period is peak season. The best way to protect your home against burglary is to know how burglars think.

Shop shelf full of supplement bottles

Health Check: which sports supplements actually work?

Getting ready for the summer beach bod? Here are some of the more popular sports supplements on the market today, separated into categories based on how effective and safe research shows they are.

I’m sorry letter

If someone hurt you this year, forgiving them may improve your health (as long as you’re safe too)

During the end-of-year holidays families often come together to exchange gifts and, sometimes, to confront long-held grudges. What better gift than a peace offering?

Child looking at Santa.

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

In an era when we want children to be empowered, to be in charge of their bodies and to be able to say no, why do we allow our kids to be hugged and kissed against their will at family gatherings?

Blurred lights in shape of Christmas tree

Not a season to be jolly: how to deal with 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.

Woman reading

Some brain training programs are backed by evidence. Here’s how to pick them

Brain training programs are touted as a way to keep the mind sharp as we age. But what evidence is there that they actually work?

A handsome soldier with a ‘medical bill’: how romance scammers make you fall in love with them

Romance scammers prey on people to build a relationship and defraud their victims. Dr’s Natalie Gately and James McCue explain how to avoid being duped.

Drinking glass with a vitamin tablet fizzing in water, and hand weights in the background

What sports supplements actually work?

There are thousands of sports supplements on the market that promise to make you stronger, fitter and faster. Watch Dr Krissy Kendall’s video where she explains which supplements work, and which ones to avoid.

Instead of showing leadership, Twitter pays lip service to the dangers of deep fakes

Twitter's proposed policy would result in the prolific spread of fabricated, but highly realistic images and videos. This could allow widespread misinformation on the platform according to Dr David Cook via The Conversation.

Boy playing with tablet and toys.

Is someone watching you online? The security risks of the Internet of Things

Millions of new devices are going online as the Internet of Things expands. But many have security or privacy holes. Here’s what to look for to keep yourself safe online.

Man lying on grass asleep.

Health Check: 'food comas', or why eating sometimes makes you sleepy

We've all done it: enjoyed a delicious meal only to nod-off in a comfy chair for a while. A habit for some but unavoidable for others, what is it about food that can make us so sleepy?

Four teens sitting on bridge.

A parent's guide to why teens make bad decisions

Teenagers often do things that seem outlandishly stupid, but now research can tell us why – and it's not entirely their fault.

Kid listening to music.

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

Here's some advice for concerned working parents with kids at home during school holidays, based on our research on home security, burglaries and young offenders.

Girl reading book on grass.

Children prefer to read books on paper rather than screens

There is a common perception that children are more likely to read if it is on a device such as an iPad or Kindles. But new research shows that this is not necessarily the case.

The eyes have it.

Shaved, shaped and slit - eyebrows through the ages

Given the eyebrows' power to transform a face, it’s little wonder these communicative markers of facial punctuation have been such a feature of beauty and fashion since the earliest days of recorded civilisation.

Is your teen off to schoolies? Here's what to say instead of freaking out

Schoolies is a right of passage for young people. But for parents of teenagers it can cause anxiety. Dr Stephen Bright explains how communication is the key to having a happy and safe schoolies experience.

Hackers are now targeting councils and governments, threatening to leak citizen data

Leakware attacks, where hackers threaten to publish citizens' sensitive data, is a new cyber security threat facing Australian governments.

'Let's design a waterproof shoe for a refugee child': how to teach science and maths so students actually care

In a three-year project, students were taught STEM skills by designing solutions for real-world problems. An evaluation of the project found most students were stimulated and engaged.

Australia’s hidden opportunity to cut carbon emissions, and make money in the process

In a world-first, scientists have counted the greenhouse gas absorbed and emitted by Australia's mangroves, seagrass and other ocean ecosystems.

Screen Australia celebrates its work in gender equality but things are far from equal

Since the revival of the Australian film industry in the 1970s, there have been notable female pioneers, but they are the exception to the rule. To this day, women are still under-represented on-screen and in the production process.

ECU staff holding Pride flags

Information and resources for LGBTIQ students, staff and supporters

ECU offers a range of support services and resources for LGBTIQ students, staff and supporters.

Whales and dolphins found in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch for the first time

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a floating accumulation of rubbish the size of a continent, has whales and dolphins in its heart.

Data lakes: where big businesses dump their excess data, and hackers have a field day

A major cyber attack on a data lake could have immense consequences for any of us. And the damage could be felt anywhere from banking to the healthcare sector.

Brain scan image.

Body of Knowledge Episode 7 – Avoiding Alzheimer's

While a cure for Alzheimer's disease remains elusive, there are things you can do right now to reduce your risk of developing the devastating condition.

Don't calm down! Exam stress may not be fun but it can help you get better marks

Dr Mandie Shean explains in this article via The Conversation that the way we see stress can make a difference to how it affects us.

ECU alumna Cathy Burke has spent two decades travelling the world to help end hunger.

A likely leader

Cathy Burke is a woman whose inspirational leadership at the helm of The Hunger Project saw her lauded as a 'global change-maker'. It seems inconceivable, then, that she started her university degree with no thought for her future.

L-R: Aboriginal Brain Injury Coordinator Rebecca Clinch with brain injury survivor Justin Kickett.

Brain rehab to bridge the gap

A decade-long investment in research and collaboration is bearing fruit for this ECU team and the stroke and traumatic brain injury survivors they’re committed to helping.

ECU student project CyberCheck.Me helps educate small businesses.

Arming small business in the fight against cyber crims

More than two in five cyber crimes in Australia target small business. But most small business owners never give their cyber security any thought.


Time capsules beneath the sea

Protector of shipwrecks and buried treasure, custodian of environmental records and defender of prehistoric sites… seagrass is nature's secret keeper. Michelle Wheeler discovers what's hiding beneath the surface.

Seven healthy habits from ECU experts.

Seven healthy habits

The information age has so overwhelmed us with countless ways to lie longer, stronger and happier, it’s no wonder we sometimes feel we’ve fallen short. Keep it simple with these expert tips for better living, writes Julie Hosking.

ECU experts talk about voluntary assisted dying.

In the end, it's complicated

In Australia and around the world, governments are grappling with the many fraught issues attached to voluntary assisted dying. Talking about death is still seen as taboo but, as ECU experts argue, it’s a conversation we should all be having.

There are three types of climate change denier, and most of us are at least one

ECU’s Zoe Leviston explores the complex psychology of denial through the lens of the Greta Thunberg moment.

Universities don't control the labour market: we shouldn't fund them like they do

Graduate employment outcomes will determine 40% of the $80 million extra government funding for universities. This is a problem for three reasons.

Honk if you love Untitled Goose Game: why we should invest more in our indie game creators

Untitled Goose Game is an indication of what the Australian games industry is capable of with funding and support, according to Dr Luke Brook.

Aerial threat: why drone hacking could be bad news for the military

Drones are now an integral part of defence force capability, from intelligence gathering to unmanned theatre engagement. But what happens if our own technology is turned against us?

Maria Daniele completed ECU’s UniPrep course.

Never too late for a new beginning

Whether you took a gap year or it’s been a while since you graduated high school, options are available to achieve your dream of going to university and making a positive change in your life.

Is there such a thing as an addictive personality?

The idea of an addictive personality is more pop-psychology than scientific, writes Dr Stephen Bright.

10 ways to get the most out of silent reading in schools

There's a worry some students don’t get enough opportunity to enjoy silent reading in schools. Here's some advice on how to change that.

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.

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.

Member for Cowan, Dr Anne Aly MP

Where are they now?

Taking on a PhD commands a huge commitment from students to produce a large and complex body of work examining a unique idea. Edith Magazine speaks to four ECU graduates whose theses have taken them in some surprising directions.

While there are a lot of good uses for drones, criminals have been quick to catch on to their capabilities.

How we’re fighting back when drones attack

Aerial drones have the potential to cause damage and disruption far in excess of what their relatively low price tag would suggest. With Australia’s aviation watchdog estimating the country is home to more than 120,000 drones, how can we combat the threat of an attack?

Professor Address Malata winner of the ECU Distinguished Alumni Award

Awardable alumni

A performing artist, a young entrepreneur, the founder of a teacher college in Ghana and the head of a Malawian university are ECU’s inaugural Alumni Award winners who are making an impact locally, nationally and abroad.

WAAPA Professor Geoffrey Lancaster

Restoring the sounds of melodies past

In 2016, Australia’s first piano found a new home at ECU. Three years on, thanks to community support, this national treasure has embarked on its next journey.

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.

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.

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.

WAAPA Researcher Luzita Fereday stands holding flags from several countries.

Mastering the art of an accent

Nobody notices a good accent, but a bad accent can ruin a show. Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts researcher Luzita Fereday explains how she makes sure actor accents are on point.

Person wearing a backpack standing in front of a pine forest

The problem with pine

It’s one of our most popular timbers – but pine presents an increasingly knotty problem.

Camels walking along Broome beach in the golden evening light.

Tourists Wanted – How WA can get beyond the Quokka

Despite all the natural advantages of WA, the State still struggles to attract international tourists, writes Rob Payne. So what needs to be done?

Professor Steve Chapman CBE and Ana Victoria Neves stand with a wheelbarrow full of the plastic bottles they hope will disappear from ECU’s campuses in coming years.

ECU bottles it for the better

A student-led campaign to rid the world of single-use plastics has taken its first step at ECU.

Two men dressed in a suit and tie with a loudspeaker as a head

The art of communication in the workplace

Communication is key to keeping any relationship running smoothly – and workplace relationships are no exception, writes Rob Payne.

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.

Man using the KINARM Exoskeleton, a machine that combines robotics and virtual reality

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.

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.

The risks of Artificial Intelligence need to be taken seriously.

The secrets your body gives away

Eye-tracking and facial recognition technology could offer new ways to help detect disease. But unless we're careful, they could also spell the end to privacy as we know it.

Photojournalist Claire Martin's work has been featured in Vanity Fair, National Geographic, Monocle magazine, The Wall Street Journal and Time.

A world of different perspectives

In the 14 years since graduating from ECU, renowned photojournalist Claire Martin's passion for social and environmental causes has taken her around the world.

Associate Professors Greg Haff and Sophia Nimphius, Brennen Irvine and Drs Fadi Ma'ayah and Jodie Cochrane Wilkie. Photo: Justin Benson-Cooper/The Sunday Times.

Getting the world on its game

In the hyper competitive world of professional sport, science is the key to staying ahead of the competition.

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 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.

Food Rescue Manager Julie Broad and a Food Rescue volunteer with the food carts in Perth's CBD.

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.

John Stallwood turned a passion for beer into a career.

Cheers, John

Perth 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.

Angela Genoni is researching how the Paleo diet affects the microbiome.

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.

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

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. ECU's cyber security experts discuss winning the cyber wars.

ECU researcher and grandmother Dr Donell Holloway says policies need to be updated to protect children's privacy.

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.

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.

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.

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.
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.

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.

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.

Kashif Saleem

Tracking Saleem’s Success

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

Dr Syed Islam

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.

Michael Genovese

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.

There are more than 50,000 Australian families where grandparents are the primary carers of their grandchildren.

The changing face of families

As society changes, our families are changing too. Yet in the modern world, is there such a thing as a "typical" family?

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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