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Why the Taliban won Afghanistan,
and why they won’t hold it

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Why the Taliban won Afghanistan, and why they won’t hold it

  • When Telegraph journalist F.J. Bryan penned a letter to the University of Queensland (UQ) Senate proposing “a scheme for the higher education of journalists”, little did he know it was the beginning of a long legacy of Australian journalism.
  • The Commissioners have labelled it a “shocking tale of neglect” in a “cruel and harmful system”. 'Contact' speaks to UQ experts to discuss the key findings from the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, what’s missing, and what needs to be done next.
  • UQ experts have joined forces on a project to make widespread reform in Australian law in areas such as espionage, whistleblowing, shield laws and free speech as they affect the media.
  • Graduate Certificate in Writing, Editing and Publishing student Sebastian Kirkpatrick shares his first-hand experience working as an intern for the UQ Alumni Book Fair and describes how volunteers like him are breathing new life into rare books.
  • Join award-winning journalists and UQ graduates Marian Wilkinson and Tegan Taylor, as they lift the curtain on climate-change politics and discuss how quality science reporting can play a role in helping Australia reach its emission targets.
  • Millions of people have learnt how to cook the perfect feta and tomato pasta on TikTok. They’ve also learnt how to tie their T-shirts into five different wearable designs, renovate their living room and the trick to sealing a loaf of bread. Are people really turning to TikTok to learn? And if they are, should you be too?
  • Nurses were not warriors – they were caregivers. But they too suffered trauma as a result of their service. And, like the men they devoted themselves to, they were worn down and in some cases shattered by the horrors they witnessed.
  • VIDEO: 'Contact' speaks to UQ Archivist Bruce Ibsen about his role in finding missing names from UQ Roll of Honour plaques and why it’s important to always remember the sacrifices made by soldiers who had so much to live for.
  • Join 'Contact' each month as we take you on a virtual guided tour, providing a brief overview of UQ's design pieces and where you can find them. This month, we take a look at what a load of bull exists at the University!

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  • Australian philanthropists Trevor and Judith St Baker are committed to making a difference.
  • There are 600 million reasons to be proud following the closure of UQ's first comprehensive campaign,
    Not if, When – the Campaign to Create Change.
  • During their life, Paula and Tony Kinnane were true patrons of the art – a patronage they have secured for generations to come through an $8 million bequest in 2016 supporting endowments in art and music education at UQ.
  • The Andrew N. Liveris Academy for Innovation and Leadership – made possible by a $13.5 million gift by Andrew and his wife, Paula – is poised to produce the next generation of leadership talent, with a cohort of hand-picked scholars and a curriculum that goes beyond just field-specific learning.
  • When Ross Maclean pledged to support motor neurone disease at UQ’s Queensland Brain Institute, he knew he likely wouldn’t see the day a cure was discovered. Now, almost sixteen years after he passed away, the team is closer than ever.
  • Meg Kelman and Nathan Sagigi have bright dreams for their future - for Meg, to put her love for wildlife to work after graduating from her Bachelor of Vet Technology, and for Nathan, to return to his home in the Torres Strait to translate his studies in Clinical Exercise Physiology (Honours) into ways to help his local community. Both were under stressful financial strain until they received Geoffrey Huey Sattler Indigenous Scholarships, established by an alumnus by bequest in 2019.
  • Since 1972, almost 750 Maryborough and Wide Bay locals have made their way to study at UQ with the support of the Alfred and Olivea Wynne Memorial Scholarships.
  • 2020 was a difficult year for many students, and Victorian Ng was no exception. But when she was considering reducing her study load to find work to support herself and her family, she received the much-needed news she had been awarded a Frank Finn Scholarship to support her in her finance studies.
  • UQ has recognised the contribution of renowned feminist activist Merle Thornton AM with an Honorary Doctor of Letters.

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