Is your child ready for school?

It's a big decision that many parents grapple with

How microplastics are impacting our precious plankton

UOW students get up close and personal with microscopic creatures of the deep

Our black summer

It was a horror bushfire season. The staff at the UOWs Batemans Bay and Bega campuses rose to the challenge.

Welcome to UOW's flagship magazine, The Stand.

We bring to life subjects that illustrate the impact UOW’s teaching, research and graduates make in the world.

The Stand exists to unlock the knowledge and expertise inside the University of Wollongong (UOW), telling stories about our people and their accomplishments that inform, educate and inspire. This magazine was born out of a renewed sense of place, purpose and values that will guide the University in fulfilling its role in exploring how to resolve society’s large and complex social, environmental and economic challenges.

We believe education is one of the most powerful transformative forces on communities and individuals. It opens minds and helps people find purpose, meaning – and solutions for the world’s most pressing challenges.

This is our unified story – a story that draws on our past, understands the present, and looks to the future.



'Kindness is hugely underrated'

New Vice-Chancellor on her love of nursing, what drives her, and her ambitions for UOW

Is your child ready for school?

Every year, countless parents debate whether their child is ready for the world of primary school. Dr Lyn Cronin, an expert in children’s literacy and school readiness, says there are signs that parents can look out for.

How microplastics are impacting our precious plankton

Researching plankton might not seem like the most interesting organisms to study in the ocean.

Vice-Chancellor bids farewell to UOW

Vice-Chancellor proud of University’s immense success in research, teaching, and business partnerships

How COVID-19 changed transport

Few areas were more dramatically affected by COVID-19 than public transport. How can we do it better next time? And who have been the winners, and the losers?

The vape divide

Will banning nicotine-containing vape fluid do more harm than good? University of Wollongong toxicologist Dr Jody Morgan believes it will.

Helping oyster farmers to weather environmental challenges

It’s been a crazy twelve months for Batemans Bay oyster farmer Ewan McAsh. This time last year he was fighting bushfire flames at the front door of his oyster farm office and storage sheds.

Students sing away the COVID blues

When the coronavirus pandemic hit Australia, student Kaitlin Lawler’s final year was thrown into peril.

Creative arts graduates reach their zenith

How UOW's creative arts students are bringing their experiences to life.

Got a question about starting uni? You can ask a student

Ever thought your question might be too silly to ask? When you call or live chat on the Ask a Student portal, your questions will be answered by real UOW students (past and present) with valuable insights, who were once in your position and likely also had some of the same questions when they were looking to start uni.

What to do if you don't know what to do

Not sure what to study after high school? Feeling anxious and unsure? Trust us, you’re not alone. In fact, we did a study that found about 15% of you basically have no idea at all and 57% of you have some idea, but not really.

10 books to read before you turn 25

As far as lists of ‘things to do’ go, this one's pretty good. Novelist, playwright and Discipline Leader of English and Creative Writing at the University of Wollongong, Dr Catherine McKinnon, shares the books she thinks every curious knowledge seeker should read before they turn 25.

How to avoid the loneliness of social media

Ever felt a pang of loneliness when scrolling Instagram or immediately after you close the app for the last time at night? Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Wollongong, Roger Patulny, says there are three ways to use social media, and two of them are linked with high feelings of loneliness. Here’s how to get the balance right.

The 5 most Instagrammable spots on campus at UOW

Here’s my list of gems at UOW that are worthy of your Insta grid.

Stefania’s journey to outer space

Could it also take the Three-Minute Thesis winner into space one day as well?

What COVID-19 has taught us about our schools

Schools are, at their heart, communities.

Our black summer

It was a New Year's Eve like no other. As the clock counted down to midnight, Nicky Bath and her teenage son toasted 2020 with a bag of Twisties as they sat in the dark, in Nicky's office at the University of Wollongong's Batemans Bay Campus.

Chancellor Jillian Broadbent farewells UOW

Chancellor Jillian Broadbent AC has always sought a life of contribution.

The 7 things you'll learn from doing an internship

UOW student, Shahira, recently completed an internship as part of her coursework, where she learned invaluable lessons about the world of work.

How uni can help you find your passion

For some students, discovering their passion happened at a very young age, while others are still trying to figure out what they want to do. Two University of Wollongong (UOW) students share their unique experiences of discovering their purpose and chasing their passions.

The social network

On the surface, uni might seem like a simple means to an end: go, get a degree, graduate. However, what UOW grad Stef Posthuma discovered – like most students – is that uni can enrich your life in so many ways. For Stef, the connections and friendships he made while studying at UOW set him up for the life and success he has now.

What will being a uni student look like in 2021?

The big question students are asking after a year like 2020, is what will being a uni student look like in 2021?

Careers ahead

If, right now, you have no idea where you’re heading, it might be time to ask yourself the ‘big questions’, or just jump in and let your curiosity guide you. For UOW grad Leonie, career success didn’t come without its fair share of hurdles, but one thing’s for sure, it’s the journey that counts.

Careers ahead

If, right now, you have no idea where you’re heading, it might be time to ask yourself the ‘big questions’, or just jump in and let your curiosity guide you. For UOW grad Matthew, career success didn’t come without its fair share of hurdles, but one thing’s for sure, it’s the journey that counts.

You'll likely have one of these 6 ATAR reactions

No matter what your final Year 12 result is, chances are you'll have one of these ATAR reactions.

How UOW gets you ready for your dream career

To get a job after Uni, you need more than just great marks and a piece of paper. Here, international graduates Joel and Kaiyang talk about stepping out of their comfort zone to get the edge in today's competitive job market.

The wellness myth

Wellness is a state of being, a catchcry that encompasses the Instagram generation’s focus on good health and living well.

6 ways to boost your employability

Entering the job market for the first time can be tough and knowing where to start can often be the hardest part. Fortunately, the University of Wollongong (UOW) has a strong commitment to giving students that starting place, and more importantly, the best chance of securing work during and after their studies.

The rise of eco-anxiety

As the world continues to grapple with the tangible impacts of climate change, eco-anxiety has become a very real problem.

The race to save the corroboree frog

As bushfires raced through Kosciuszko National Park in January, researchers from the University of Wollongong watched in horror. Only weeks before, they had dropped more than 100 precious corroboree frogs into the area as part of their species recovery program.

How Dakota forged his own path

The Bundjalung man is motivated by his desire to change education through culture.

Meet the music journalist making noise

Through hard work and hustle, David James Young has become one of the best young music journalists on the scene. But it has not always been easy.

Summer May Finlay: a voice for change

When the Black Lives Matter protests swept the world earlier this year, Dr Summer May Finlay was front and centre sharing her views on the movement.

How Zac is living the dream

For the past five years, Zachary Bennett-Brook's life has been sprinkled with a series of what he calls "pinch me" moments.

How art helps children to thrive

If children aren’t given the right tools, they can lose the creative outlet that visual arts provides.

A blueprint to change the world

The University of Wollongong is working to effect change on a global level, with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals providing a roadmap for creating a better world for all.

Why we reach for music in times of stress

Do you reach for old school hits or new pop? The soothing sounds of classical music or the rush and rage of rock? Music is one of the best ways to help us unwind when it feels like the world is falling apart.

The next generation of rural doctors

University of Wollongong’s Graduate Medicine Shoalhaven is helping to transform medical services in the rural community.

When Ernest met Tek

When Ernest Bukasa met Teklemariam Mengistu in 2013 “something clicked”. Both had fled war-torn African countries and arrived in Australia as refugees before settling in Wollongong.

Why Yasmine's research is deeply personal

It is research that is incredibly important for Yasmine, one of few dietitians globally who has been diagnosed with the disease.

Caring for kids in times of crisis

Panic. Stress. Anxiety. As adults we understand these words only too well, especially given recent events, such as bushfires in Australia and the rapid onslaught of COVID-19 around the world.

10 reasons you should study overseas

A study overseas program can offer you an amazing educational adventure – and an experience that will last a lifetime.

The new accountants

These days, accounting is about much more than money. Accountants help to save the oceans, bring murderers and terrorists to justice, and uncover how numbers have enabled horrific political ideologies.

How augmented reality brought Desert Rose to life

The University of Wollongong’s Desert Rose took out second place in 2018’s Solar Decathlon competition in the Middle East. But without the use of augmented reality, the project might never have made it off the ground.

A doctor's search for adventure

From Arnhem Land to Antarctica, Dr Rhys Harding has always searched for adventure. Now, the UOW graduate has certainly found it, as the only doctor on the ground at a research station in Antartica.

10 things every Year 12 student needs to know about studying at UOW

Got questions about studying at UOW? We've got all the answers you need (and more).

This is what grief looks like

It’s 2005, Chloe is 17 years old. She’s at home with her mum in the Western suburbs of Sydney. She’s studying at the kitchen table. It’s her final year of the HSC, so she has given the annual family ski trip a miss. It’s Sunday, her dad and two younger sisters should be driving home from the snow now. The day is growing old though and they have not yet returned.

5 tips for maintaining resilience, from UOW experts

In 2020, we collectively experienced the stress and anxiety of a global pandemic. Our mental load increased and so too did our longing for normality to spring back. And though uncertainty lingers, life feels like it’s finally settling down. However, it remains important to maintain resilience, be that in recovery from 2020, or in preparation for what the future holds.

7 ways to reduce exam anxiety

Your heart is beating fast. You can’t seem to catch your breath. Your mind feels blank. “Students, you may now turn over your exam papers,” your supervisor calls. Panicked thoughts swirl around in your head.

How to thrive academically with UOW support services

With a range of support services freely available, UOW is well equipped to help you thrive academically and achieve your study goals. UOW student Soutara Potter shares her experience and recommendations.

Career paths to pursue post-coronavirus

The coronavirus pandemic has had long-lasting and devastating impacts felt across the globe. So, what career paths should you pursue in this new world?

How to compare universities online

Choosing the right university doesn’t need to be a daunting and overwhelming task. Here’s how to compare universities online.

ATAR facts every Year 12 student needs to hear

Year 12 students, we salute you. We all know how hard it is to get through your final year of school. It's stressful, intense and emotional. But there are some facts about your ATAR you really need to hear...

6 ways to make postgraduate study affordable

There are several ways you can upskill to enhance or change your career without having to break the bank.

What do nutritionists really pack in their kids' lunch box?

It's a daily struggle – what should I pack in my child's lunch box today to ensure they are getting the nutrition they need?

5 things I wish I knew about uni

Your final years of high school are some of the most important of your schooling life, but you shouldn't have to look back on them as the most stressful.

Worth its salt

Sodium could be the ingredient to lead a revolution in inexpensive and reliable large-scale energy storage for renewables.

Laura Wells

Scientist, model, environmentalist, television presenter, and all-round passionate human being, Laura Wells defies expectations.

Capturing the history of Wollongong

When three UOW historians set out to examine Wollongong's past, they decided to take a different approach.

Spinning medical gold

In just two years, University of Wollongong researchers have developed a ground-breaking fibre which could mean a future without drugs.

Why are our kids so anxious?

At what point in childhood does anxiety begin, and how can we help kids to overcome this increasingly common state?

Superbugs: How UOW researchers are curbing antimicrobial resistance

Imagine a world where antibiotics don't work. Where even minor surgeries aren't possible because of the risk of infection caused by bacteria.

Molecular Horizons: building a dream

You could walk past the latest construction site at the University of Wollongong and think that it's just another building going up, with the usual cranes and noise.

My 9 favourite things about UOW

Recent UOW graduate Zahra loved being surrounded by nature and open space while studying at Wollongong campus. She shares some of her favourite things about campus life.

What it means to be an older, single woman today

These are the circumstances facing a growing number of single women aged over 65.

Talking about my (energy) generation

Never before has energy been so accessible or in demand.

Why purple food is better for your brain

Thirty years ago, Professor Karen Charlton was working as a hospital dietitian in the North East of England. After work she would visit older men who lived alone in sheltered housing accommodation to interview them about what they ate. Professor Charlton smiles when she talks about this time.

How Bronte discovered her strength

After a difficult few years, Bronte pushed through to realise her dream of attending university and helping to improve the lives of other students.

War and peace: the power of journalism

Ayesha Hasan grew up against the backdrop of conflict, in a small village in north-west Pakistan. Now, the journalist and PhD student is devoting her research to highlighting the importance of peace journalism.

How pregnancy impacts a woman's body

Pregnancy is an amazing and surprising time in a woman’s life. As her body becomes a minefield of new experiences, it is pushed to unprecedented levels of stress and endurance.

How schools can meet the autism challenge

As the number of students with an autism diagnosis climbs rapidly, schools are struggling to meet the challenge of supporting students who exhibit a variety of skills and needs.

A healthy diet for a healthy planet

Forecasts suggest that by 2050, 10 billion people will inhabit the earth, requiring the production of 70 to 100 per cent more food.

How paywalls impact democracy

Have paywalls affected the way we access trusted news sources?

Why are we so nostalgic for the 1990s?

The past few years have seen a surprising love for the 1990s – fuelled by our new methods of consuming content – that has infiltrated all areas of our culture and shows little signs of abating.

Why Jade was never going to university

The path to education is not always linear. Sometimes it twists and turns, faces roadblocks, and takes unexpected detours.

The path to peace in Afghanistan

With an astronomical cost that rises by the day, the Afghanistan War can only end through one route - diplomacy.

The Aquarian Uprising

It was a time of great achievement but also a time of great turbulence. The rebellions of the decade exploded, giving way to the chaos and division of the 1970s.

A rural training ground for our future doctors

For a group of UOW medical students, having the chance to immerse themselves in a town like Grafton provides vital training, experience, and an insight into life outside the city.

Why do songs get stuck in our heads?

We’ve all experienced the feeling of having a tune looping round our brain. Known as earworms, these persistent songs can be a total nuisance. UOW’s Dr Tim Byron says there’s a strong link between music and our minds, and the answer to combating an earworm is simple.

AI and the future of work

Looking to the future is both exciting and daunting. Technology is changing the way we live and work so rapidly that it can be difficult to imagine the future careers of our children or even what our next job might be. But what is AI teaching us about ourselves?

Stronger together

How UOW is helping young Batemans Bay couple Tom and Teja Roberts build a bright new future in the face of serious adversity.

How Jioji finds sunshine among the clouds

Associate Professor Jioji Ravulo has made his mark in South Western Sydney, where he is known for his passion for helping others and his infectious attitude.

Rise of the Himalaya

Understanding their origins means we can more accurately reconstruct Earth’s fractured history.

A week in the life of a global football program student

It's not every day you have the opportunity to be coached by English Premier League qualified coaches while earning a qualification.

Chernobyl: a lesson in truth

There was a time when no one knew what happened at Chernobyl. Secrets were kept, mistakes were made, and people were exposed. Now, more than 30 years later, and with the release of HBO’s successful mini-series, the disaster is once again in the spotlight.

How to get a part-time job while studying

At UOW, we provide several avenues to make it a little easier for uni students to find work. Here are seven pathways available to help you replenish your bank balance.

How theatre is helping Vanuatu protect its fisheries

A team of UOW researchers are behind an initiative that uses theatre to educate remote villages about the importance of sustaining fisheries for generations to come.

Creating better futures for children

How can early childhood educators mitigate the risk of children falling behind, both intellectually and socially?

Zenobia’s passion for the past

Internationally-renowned archaeologist Professor Zenobia Jacobs, who pioneered the technique of dating history through a grain of sand, reflects on her childhood in South Africa and her serendipitous road to research.

The buck stops here

Ethical dilemmas are likely to arise in the workplace from time-to-time, no matter what job you do. If, for instance, your workplace doesn’t have a recycling system in place, it is easy to blame the company when you find yourself throwing recyclable items in the trash.

Can the arts and sciences save the Great Barrier Reef?

This is the story of how two artists, a marine scientist and a social scientist joined forces to raise awareness of the threats facing the Great Barrier Reef.

Why the digital revolution needs a human touch

From health to congestion, stormwater to air pollution, the digital revolution is transforming urban areas into smart cities. But is our love of technology leaving people behind?

Urban design

We’ve all heard about the need to design our cities for the people. But what about finding a way for our cities to be designed by the people? They’re the experts, after all.

If walls could talk

A mural in Sydney’s South West tells a story of strength and determination about a young female student who is passionate about seeking justice for those without a voice, as a human rights lawyer.

5 things no one tells you about finishing university

For many students, submitting that final assignment and finishing university is the motivator that gets them through long nights and difficult assignments. But what happens after the celebrations are over? For UOW graduate, Adelaide Haynes, there are a few things she wished she’d known about that magical moment she'd been waiting for.

Student's guide to Liverpool

We've all got a friend with a knack for knowing the best cafes, restaurants, shops or parks - it's as if they're drawn to them, like a moth to the flame! But if you're not one of those people (or you're not tagging along with them), how can you avoid disappointment?

How to future-proof your career

Are robots equipped with artificial intelligence replacing people and making jobs redundant? With constant developments in digitisation and automation, it’s fair to say “the future” has arrived. But, there are still a number of human-based, natural intelligence-driven jobs robots simply can’t match…yet.

It's time to care about what you wear

When was the last time you bought a new piece of clothing? Did you wear it only once or has it become a beloved item of your wardrobe?

"I'm towing a jumbo jet" – Life with MND

Justin Yerbury has dedicated his scientific career to finding a cure for the disease that has haunted his family. As Motor Neurone Disease takes hold of his body, he reflects on his path, his prognosis, and the people he loves.

Top 20 skilled careers in 2023

With rapid changes in technology, it can be hard to know which jobs will still be around in a few years' time.

UOW hacks

Treat yourself to the top 10 UOW hacks as told by students.

Three to see

It's said good things come in threes. From fairytales to Hollywood blockbusters and even to UOW creative artists. 

parkrun: the 5-kilometre community

How this worldwide event is promoting active lifestyles, encouraging volunteers and building a community.

The promise of mindfulness

Mindfulness offers the promise of a healthier mind for everyone.

The rise of the influencer

The use of influencers in marketing is not a new thing.

From refugee to GP

Ram Khanal was raised in a Bhutanese refugee camp. Now the student of medicine is working to bring healthcare to those in need.

All the lonely people

This is a story about loneliness. It’s about the ways we survive the churning swells of modern society and the face we present to the world.

Shining a light on brain cancer

Elette Engels, winner of the Australian Institute of Physics Postgraduate Excellence Medal, is part of a team of scientists searching for a better way to treat brain tumours.

Engineers with empathy

A few years ago, Dave Walker had a brainwave while on a plane to Rwanda. The UOW Rwanda Project was born.

The 10 commandments of public transport

Convenient, fast and affordable - public transport is a great way to get to uni. But there's still a few simple rules we all need to follow to get to where we're going, without resorting to anarchy.

On the front line of sea level rises

A warming planet is driving sea level rises and forcing the world map to be redrawn to reflect changes to our coastlines.

The information revolution: Opening minds to new possibilities

In a world saturated with technology - where almost everyone has a smartphone and a lifetime of information at their fingertips - you'd be forgiven for thinking greater access has led to greater equality. But Professor Sue Bennett would argue that's not necessarily the case.

3 things Rhiannon wants every STEM girl to hear

Rhiannon shares three things she wants every Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) girl to know.

Saving fishing stories from the depths of history

With just two commercial fishing boats operating out of Wollongong, researchers want to record the stories of the local fishing industry.

Omega-3, our brains and behaviour

Ask Professor Barbara Meyer about the benefits of omega-3 and she takes a deep breath.

The race to save Chloe Saxby

On the surface, Chloe Saxby is just like any other nine-year-old girl.

The future of Australia's banking sector

We’ve heard what’s wrong with Australia’s banking sector, here’s what experts want to see in the future.

Investing in the great Australian dream

Human geographer Charlie Gillon finds the great Australian dream of a block of land and house in the suburbs has transformed

Fuelling the fire

It’s time now to take control and cut emissions into the atmosphere as our forests are resilient – to a point.

I speak because I can

The experience of raising her disabled son has drawn a UOW linguist into unusual territory – where communication is non-verbal and families are silent.

A classroom in the outback

Nalawan outstation is a world away from the typical university experience.

Access for all

How accessibility means more than just installing a couple of wheelchair ramps.

My favourite things about living in Wollongong

There are many factors to consider when choosing where to study. One of the most important things to think about is the type of place you want to live. When I came to Wollongong for my Early Admission interview, I fell in love with the city straight away and knew that this was the place for me. Since then, I haven't looked back.

From Hanoi to Wollongong: life as an international student in Australia

Now in my final semester at the University of Wollongong, this place, and the friends I've found along the way, have been keeping me company for three years.

How creativity is changing Bellambi

The suburb of Bellambi often makes headlines for all the wrong reasons. But a new initiative is bringing the University of Wollongong together with the community to celebrate the people of Bellambi.

How to be a modern royal

How the new generation of royals inspired a fresh wave of affection for the British Royal Family in the social media age.

Helping young carers achieve their dreams

For the more than 275,000 young carers around Australia, caring for a loved one can often come at the expense of their goals and ambitions.

A career forged by fire

Robert Sawyer’s 35-year journey from horrific burns to PhD graduate testifies to a tenacity that can’t be broken down.

Why living on campus was the best decision I've ever made

Madalyn Date felt nervous moving four hours away from home to live on campus at UOW. But after making a bunch of new friends and sharing some good times, she’s so glad she did.

Myth busters: First-year of university

For most Year 12 students, university life is a total unknown. So we asked UOW students how they got the most out of uni life, and busted a myth or two along the way.

The business of being ethical

How the next generation of business leaders are learning about ethics in the corporate world.

What type of career planner are you?

Some people ask all the questions at career days and Open Days, some aren't sure where to start, but everyone finds their own path. So, which kind of career planner are you?

Justice for all

Having spent his life fighting to create a world of fairness and equal rights, Justice Michael Kirby looks back on his career, his achievements, and offers his advice for the next generation of law students.

Ticket scalping

We look at the murky waters of ticket scalping and if NSW legislation will provide consumers, performers and event organisers with value for their entertainment dollar.

Where are they now? Karla Horlyck, Exercise Science & Nutrition

How Karla found her dream job.

Where are they now? Laura McCrohon, Law

We look back at the hopes and dreams of UOW students from 2008 and ask: where are they now?

Where are they now? Ryan Curtis, Creative Arts

We look back at the hopes and dreams of UOW students from 2008 and ask: where are they now?

Where are they now? Ryan Murphy, Law

We look back at the hopes and dreams of UOW students from 2008 and ask: where are they now?

A champion for refugee rights

Demonised by politicians, separated from their children, imprisoned on remote islands – the world has become an unfriendly place for displaced people, but refugee advocate Phil Orchard remains optimistic that their plight will improve.

Adi's ready to fight for human rights

Adi Holmes has always been passionate about helping others. The mother-of-three, who is working towards becoming a human rights lawyer, says it’s never too late to chase your dreams.

Every last drop

Water is in demand the world over. But if the coming shortage is not of water, but of storage, then we need to rethink how we capture, store, treat and recycle this most precious of resources.

6 things I discovered in the first weeks of university

Starting university can be fun and scary at the same time. But, you're not alone, and you'll find plenty of support along the way.

Finding time to study as a mum, manager and student

In the busy life of Renee Connolly, sometimes a little help goes a long way in finding time to study.

9 questions to ask at a careers market

Careers markets can help you get a better idea of your future study plans. But what info do you need to look out for? And what questions should you ask? To help, we’ve put together our top nine questions.

Diary of a busy girl

Some people come to university just for the piece of paper they get at the end, but as UOW student Cassie shows, there’s so much more on offer.

The hidden figures of women's health

Women’s health is dynamic, their needs and concerns changing dramatically over the course of their lives. These are some of the stories behind the statistics.

Train your brain for study using mindfulness

Have you ever caught yourself worrying that you won't get your assessment in by the due date? Or realised you've been sidetracked by your Instagram feed instead of listening to the conversation you're supposed to be having? It's something we can all relate to and, according to research, mindfulness can help.

5 foods to boost your concentration

The HSC can be a huge drain on the brain, so you need to keep it well fed. Enter Rebecca Gawthorne!

9 things we all do to avoid study and how procrastination can help

If you've done any of the below activities when you're meant to be studying, here's how you can turn procrastination into your secret study weapon.

Why I choose to work and study

UOW student Cassie Green is here to tell you a bit about her experience of working and studying.

Nemo in hot water

As climate change and rising sea temperatures cause once colourful coral to turn brown and die, researchers explore what coral bleaching means for the creatures that call the reef home.

Why history matters

There are pages missing from the Australian history books. Pages that Distinguished Professor Richard ‘Bert’ Roberts hopes to fill with answers to some of the most fundamental questions about our continent and its inhabitants.

A student's guide to healthy study snacks

Whether you're hungry, peckish or just finding another way to procrastinate, here are UOW student Isabella’s favourite healthy snacks to keep you satisfied and energised while studying for your exams.

What kind of decision-maker are you?

Whether you have your career plan mapped out, or you know what interests you and are still working our the rest, use your decision-making style to your advantage when choosing the degree for you.

Pollution: Solve the problem with your passion

If the war on waste and pollution is a fight you’d like to join, read on to see how your talents and interests can help solve the world’s pollution problem.

Cal’s Early Admission experience

An ATAR or IB doesn’t tell us your hopes, your dreams and how hard you’re willing to work to achieve them. That's where UOW Early Admission comes in.

Olivia's Early Admission experience

Your ATAR. It’s probably the big thing on your mind right now. It might have caused some tears, a few late nights and your stress levels to go through the roof. But what if we told you that at UOW, being early could change all that?

How Early Admission could change your life

This is how UOW Early Admission changed the lives of these students.

3 tips to avoid procrastinating

We're all guilty of it, but how do you stop procrastinating? UOW student Bek gives her three top tips.

Healthy gut, healthy mind

How can maintaining good gut health improve the lives of people with schizophrenia and their ability to function in the world?

The importance of finding your tribe

How finding your tribe is much deeper than playing tennis, dressing up in costumes or discussing books over glasses of wine.

The urban farmer

Food. It's the primary way we engage with the environment, whether knowingly or not. Yet currently there is a lack of support and security for farmers.

After the game

It is often said that an athlete dies twice. Once when they take their last breath, and the other when they retire from the sport.

Moving far away from home for university

From the country to the coast, what moving away from home for study is like and how it also affects parents. 

What it takes to get a condom on the shelf

We've all seen the news reports that claim researchers may have found a miraculous cure for a disease or invented a medical device that will help millions, only to be told at the end of the report that the product is still many years from being a commercial reality. But why, when there are so many people suffering, does it take so long? What goes on behind the scenes?

The psychology of exams

Learning about the psychology of exams and how your brain works during these stressful times could help you perform at your best. So, what should you keep in mind when studying?

The long journey home

From the battlefields of Afghanistan to the battles with his own mind, law student and former special forces soldier Mick Bainbridge is fighting on.

The future of housing: building with steel

Standing seven storeys high are two identical apartment blocks; the same in size, look, feel and layout. They are exactly the same, but different. One has a concrete frame, the other cold-formed steel. This difference could change Australian apartments and help expand the country's steel industry.

The future of housing

It might be a squeeze on space, but for many families apartments are the housing of the future.

Trumping distrust in the corporate world

Mario Fernando can remember the exact moment and place that he realised he was having a career crisis.

Why we believe what we believe

Post-truth, fake news, false amplifiers, silos, alternative facts, information operations - it's hard to know who and what to believe anymore.

Fifty shades of green

Celebrated for its medicinal properties but recognised as a trigger for mental illness.

Let's talk about sex

How should we approach some of the pressing issues facing adolescents?

Professor Cook and his fantastic voyage

Professor Chris Cook has seen the University of Wollongong transform from “a carpark, an oval, a pond and a couple of buildings” into a world-class institution.

Get up and move to improve children's learning

What if increasing the amount of physical activity each day could improve children's learning?

Cleaning up our oceans

More than 70 per cent of our planet is covered by ocean. What is it that drives people to explore the deep blue, and why do they feel the need to protect it?

Born from the ocean, bound for Antarctica

PhD student Rachelle Balez is ready to take her place and journey to Antarctica in the Homeward Bound leadership initiative for women in science.

A garden to call home

For years, the block in Mildura sat unused. A mess of weeds and unruly plants was slowly consuming the land.

Timbers with a sustainable timbre

From concert halls and recording studios to factories, sawmills and forests, University of Wollongong (UOW) researchers Professor Chris Gibson and Dr Andrew Warren have been documenting this change by following guitar timbers back to the tree.

Why true crime captivates

On 17 June, 1994, Dominos Pizza sales hit a then record high. Not because of a genius marketing campaign or a special offer - it was because of our fascination with crime.

The rise of competitive parenting

Back at the start of her career, Dr Elisabeth Duursma used to visit low-income families in rural Vermont, in the United States. She would watch how the mothers and children played together, but then she noticed that the fathers would be hovering at the back. They were curious, but not taking part.

The ethical business of becoming a parent

When Michael Colling looks at his 17-month-old daughter, all he sees is the beautiful little girl who gave him the gift of becoming a parent. Little Maya, with her chubby cheeks and doll-like features, fulfilled Michael's dream of fatherhood − a "burning need" he has had for as long as he can remember.

Empires built on health and fitness

The health and fitness sector has been booming and rapidly evolving over the past decade. As more and more people seek out information on how to hit their goal weight, achieve a fitness aspiration or make lifestyle changes for the better, the industry has responded.

Who we are: multiculturalism in the home

Boyd and Denise could not have been on more different paths in life. Boyd was an electrician who'd grown up in Shellharbour. Denise was living in the UK, working and studying and trying to find healing, peace and forgiveness.

Worlds collided

Shawn Burns began his foray into journalism at a small newspaper on NSW's far South Coast. He worked his way around regional NSW for 16 years, finding his way into television as a reporter and chief of staff for WIN TV Wagga Wagga, before moving across to head up the Wollongong bureau.

Out to sea

Jack Simmons shares his most daring seafaring journey to East Antarctica on the $120 million state-of-the art CSIRO marine research vessel, the RV Investigator.

The baby-making business

Imagine a world with a growing international trade in eggs, sperm, embryos and genetic material to create designer babies. Where young women are flown across the globe to donate fresh eggs. Where frozen sperm is transported from one side of the world to the other and spare embryos are gifted to couples desperate to conceive.

Smart cities at the crossroads

Are smart cities another fad that benefits only big tech companies, or can the power of citizen sensing help make life better for all who call the city home?

Passion for the job

From being left at a bus garage to helping companies leverage automation technology, Professor Valerie Linton is breaking new ground for women in engineering.

Up in smoke

Still there are lessons to be learnt from these bushfires

My first month living on campus

For most students, living on campus or in student accommodation is the highlight of their university experience and it all seems to come down to that sense of community. Whether it's heading out to different places in the Gong with massive groups of friends, finding a study buddy, or lending your neighbour a frypan - we asked two students about their first time living on campus.

Food waste leaves energy production much to digest

The smell is unmistakably that of beer. Though it's over-fermented beer, with a pungent aroma akin to rotten fruit filling the nostrils.

Sleep on it

Why sleep is more important than ever.

The baby boomer legacy: building dementia-friendly communities

It is time we rethink our approach to aged-care policy and create dementia-friendly communities.

Questions to ask if you're thinking about uni in South Western Sydney

Whether you're wanting a quality degree, a social life at uni or a job when you graduate, these are the important questions to ask.

Fight or flight?

Our ability to maintain focus and make effective decisions under pressure and in the face of adversity is influenced by our mental toughness.

A voice to be heard

She didn’t know a word of English when she arrived in Australia, but through work, volunteering and taking a chance, Angie has made the most of her time as an international student.

The march of the robot economy

UOW's Dr Eduardo Pol sheds light on the robot economy and its future.

Wearable tech. Powered by happiness

Imagine a renewable energy source that doesn’t switch off when the sun goes down or when the wind stops. An energy source that is with us wherever we go.

How it works: HECS-HELP and CSP for Australian students

When you start thinking about university, you also begin to hear words and acronyms like HECS, HELP and CSP that seem pretty important – but don’t make much sense at first.

Q&A with Marlee Silva

Resilience and a determination to never give up are traits that have been passed on through generations of Marlee Silva's family - and she is no different.

How to make a weekend of UOW Open Day

From live music and performance, to delicious food and outdoor adventures, Open Day weekend is not one to miss in the Gong. If you have lived here your whole life, or you're keen to visit and get amongst the action on Open Day itself, here's how you can make the most of your time.

The bridge to university

Sulata Fetui didn't always think she could go to university, but after overcoming challenges and taking a bridging course to prepare herself, she now studies at UOW in South Western Sydney.

Why preschoolers make awesome uni students

They may fail a university chemistry exam, but preschoolers are super-efficient learning machines who can teach us a thing or two.

ATAR adjustments explained using chicken nuggets

There's nothing better than opening a six-pack of nuggets to find a bonus seventh has made its way into your meal. Here’s how you can get the same feeling with your ATAR.


Current sports bras, while helping to limit breast movement, do have their limitations.

Kate Swaffer

Poet, author, activist and academic, Kate Swaffer reveals how she is living beyond younger onset dementia.

Taking medicine to new extremes

From Mars to Antarctica, and the sprawling food bowls of rural New South Wales, medical graduate John Cherry has a thing for extreme environments.

Discovering new chapters in our story

The story of the Hobbits, a new species of tiny people that would rewrite history books, capture imaginations around the world

A house for all

A people-focused approach to building design will lead to better quality of care for people living with dementia.

How fish scales and magnets could mop up oil spills

What started as an off-the-cuff challenge in the laboratory has led to two novel methods of using magnetic forces to control how oil droplets move within other liquids, including water. Research fellow Dr Yi Du, from UOW’s Institute for Superconducting and Electronic Materials (ISEM), set new PhD student Haifeng Feng a series of tasks to help him familiarise himself with the lab equipment.

Against the odds

 A young village girl from Thailand with a passion for mathematics proved that it doesn't matter where you come from, you can change the world.

Quiet healers

These frontline workers might not wear capes, but to many of their patients they are heroes.

Schoolyard politics on a global scale

The world watches closely as international tribunal rules on the South China Sea

Finding clues to climate change

UOW scientists are part of a NASA satellite mission to see how the planet breathes.

Repairing us when we break. In 3D.

The statistics make for grim reading. Almost one in three deaths in Australia were caused by or related to some form of cardiovascular disease.

The science of making sex safer ... and maybe better

A UOW team is working on a next-generation condom that enhances pleasure and encourages greater use.

Finding courage in the face of tragedy

Battling cancer with your best friend by your side, then losing that friend to the same insidious disease you are fighting.

Healthy mums, healthy bubs

Diet is a central part of pregnancy, to ensure both mum and baby are receiving the nutrients they need to thrive.

Netflix has your number

Every time you click play, streaming services are capturing data about who you are, what you like, and what you are likely to choose in the future.

Building a love of literature

Books spark a child's imagination, stoke their curiosity, develop their language skills and provide a window into worlds unknown.

The revival of the Ngukurr News

In a remote town in the Northern Territory's Arnhem Land, a humble newspaper has provided an outlet to the world and a powerful advocacy tool.

Big data will change your life.

The ability to harness and probe for understanding in massive amounts of data is heralding revolutionary approaches to the way we do business, provide healthcare and interact with each other.

Energy savers

Inside homes in the Illawarra, many senior residents curl up beneath a blanket, trying to keep warm during winter.

Fear and loathing in modern politics

There has never been a more exciting time to be a political junkie.

A catalyst for change

The seeds of an idea that were planted in the hope of reversing the Illawarra region’s flagging economic fortunes are beginning to sprout, with the potential to create real and lasting change.

Building a city on rock and roll

How UOW grads built the Yours & Owls Festival from the grassroots up, and its impact on the city’s culture.

The bush beat

When Hugh Stump was a child, the nearest hospital was at least an hour away from the family farm in north-west New South Wales. But flooding rains would turn black soil to mud and he, like so many people in the rural and remote areas, missed out on even the simplest of medical check-ups. Let alone major or critical services.

2016: The Year in Review

It was a huge year for the University of Wollongong, with 2016 heralding remarkable discoveries, technological advancements, groundbreaking new buildings, and fascinating stories from our diverse student body. UOW photojournalist Paul Jones showcases his photographic year in review.

Meet the makers – Katherine Sabbath

Katherine Sabbath is a baking queen - a cake creative with an international cult following of more than 435,000 on Instagram. Her creations have inspired thousands of home bakers around the world, she has published her own pop-up cake cookbook and appeared as a guest chef on the 2018 season of MasterChef. But she wasn't always a professional baker.

Placement on the path to recovery

An Australian-first Recovery Camp is creating an environment where therapeutic relationships can be built from the ground up.

Why are we scared to go in the water?

In a world where every shark encounter is front page news, can we fight back against this distorted perception?

Locked out

Is a late-night ban on entry to pubs and clubs making us safe or hurting the business and culture of Australia's largest city?

Male nurses determined to break reverse glass ceiling

Simon Lovatt, who graduated with a Bachelor of Nursing from UOW when he was 51-years-old, has joined a growing cohort of male nurses determined to break into the traditionally female dominated industry.