Can we rewire the nervous system to fight MND?

Philanthropy is funding the high-risk high-reward research needed to advance our fight against motor neurone disease.

A duty of care

Patricia Davidson and John Daly

The top 3 reasons to study Cyber Security at UOW

According to UOW computer science experts

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.



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.