How much can a koala bear?

They’re cute, they look cuddly and they are certainly not a bear. The koala – incorrectly referred to as a koala bear by some – is one of Australia’s iconic native animals, but the species has had their fair share of problems in recent times due to urbanisation.

CQUniversity expert in koalas, Dr Alistair Melzer, heads up a community-funded research program, Koala Research CQ, which is based at CQUniversity. Alistair is an adjunct research fellow at CQUni and has studied koalas at the University for more than 20 years. His research also encompasses other aspects of conservation biology including the management of environmental weeds in national parks and invertebrate assemblages in grazing landscapes.

The following excerpt has been taken from our recent Greatvine podcast with Alistair.

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Why attending Orientation is the best way to prepare for your studies

You may have already felt the hype of our upcoming Orientation events. The information sessions, stalls, and social events certainly create a buzz this time of year.

Whether you plan to study online or on-campus, attending an event at the campus closest to you will help you make the most of your learning journey. So don’t miss out.

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Applying for a scholarship the second time around

Have you applied for a scholarship in the past and been unsuccessful? Don’t be discouraged! Scholarships are highly competitive, but there are opportunities to reapply.

Our tips on how to prepare a stellar scholarship application are a great place to start when applying for a scholarship for the first time, but if you’ve been knocked back before, it can be difficult to know what to do next.

Keep reading for our advice on how to make your application stand out, the second time around…

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6 Pro tips for exam preparation

Exams are never passed by accident. Effective preparation takes time, effort and to a large extent, understanding what works best for you.

Do you need help preparing for an upcoming exam? Here are our top tips, thanks to the team at the Academic Learning Centre…

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From Fiji to Rockhampton – how the Australia Awards Scholarship changed my life

Hi, my name is Shivaali Vanshika. I was born and brought up in Rakiraki, Fiji. In 2018 I was awarded the prestigious Australia Awards Scholarship to study podiatry at Central Queensland University.

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11 Ways to polish your assignment so it shines

So, you’ve planned, researched and written your assignment. There’s still one important stage of the writing process to complete before you hit the submit button. Polishing your assignment is just as important as the other stages. Here’s some sparkling tips on putting the finishing touches on your work from the Academic Learning Centre (ALC).

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Occasional address: Ms Cindy Emmett

Cindy Emmett works in the coal mining industry and specialises in draglines, shovels, underground mining and corporate mining through operational readiness. Passionate about the promotion of women in a male-dominated industry, Ms Emmett is an advocate for the importance of flexible work arrangements.

Cindy attended university as a mature-age student and single mum to four boys. In 2010 she graduated with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering with Distinction. While at university she received an Anglo American scholarship for her excellence in academic achievements and received the Greg Garrick Award for the most outstanding scholarship recipient.

Cindy delivered the Occasional Address at the Mackay Graduation Ceremony on Thursday 9 May 2019.

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Why I complete unit evaluations

Unit evaluations are conducted by the University each term. A simple survey available via Moodle, these evaluations collect feedback that is then used to monitor and improve teaching practices.

To complete the survey, look for the red button in your online Moodle unit.

It’s a busy time, but submitting an evaluation is worth it. Here’s why… Continue reading Why I complete unit evaluations

From Europe to Melbourne — Making Dreams Come True

Sara Manka, CQUniversity Melbourne

I grew up in a small family with lots of laughs and love in a small village in Albania. My mum always motivated me to study abroad and experience life in another country, and I always dreamed of living in a big and busy city.

I was about to finish my high school studies when one of my relatives offered to help me come and study in Australia. I always dreamed of becoming an accountant because I really enjoyed maths and I was interested in economics.

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