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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

  • Inspired by her naturalist grandfather and scholarly father, UQ graduate Margaret Thurgood had no choice but to go to university, even though this was not usual for women in the 1930s.
  • The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the life of every person in one way or another.
  • For poet Ellen van Neerven, their second collection, Throat, was the opportunity to be entirely fearless in their storytelling.
  • Conductor calls on UQ ties to compose plan for residency scholarship.
  • With the AFL season on the line, Queensland stood up to help keep the game alive, winning the right to host the coveted grand final in the process. But what does this mean for the state, the fans and the game itself?
  • UQ alumnus Dr Franklin White’s childhood was a bit different to most. When Franklin recalls his youth, he remembers visits to UQ’s experimental mine at Indooroopilly with his father and lively discussions about geology and minerals around the family dinner table.
  • Queenslanders will vote in a state election on 31 October. In the midst of a global pandemic, it will be a campaign like never before.
  • The benefits of mentoring are indisputable – from increasing confidence and providing perspective to creating opportunities and building networks.
  • UQ research reveals how much we can learn about human consciousness by looking inside the brain of a fly.


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