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Monkey business encouraged

The 14th of December is Monkey Day. Monkey Day? Really? Yeah, I know. There’s a day for pretty much everything now. Some of them raise awareness for genuinely important causes, some of them not so much (that’s right, International Talk Like a Pirate Day, I’m looking at you). The…

Human Rights Day

Human Rights Day celebrates the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on 10 December 1948. The United Nations Prize in the Field of Human Rights and the Nobel Peace Prize are also generally awarded on 10 December. This video created by the…

Finding Female Role Models in STEM

The 14th of October is Ada Lovelace day, an international celebration of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). The day also aims to raise the profile of women in STEM and in doing so, hopefully create new role models within these fields. Who…

Rainbow Families Storytime

September is Pride Month in Brisbane and an opportunity to celebrate Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer culture and community at QUT. To help celebrate, QUT Library is hosting Rainbow Families Storytime, an event for QUT families, students and staff. Rainbow Families Storytime is a QUT Library and…

Literacy for all

The 8th of September is International Literacy Day. UNESCO proclaimed the 8th of September International Literacy Day in 1965, and it was first celebrated in 1966. International Literacy Day highlights the importance of literacy to individuals, communities and society at large. This year’s theme is ‘Literacy and Sustainable…

Favourite Fictional Fathers

Celebrate Father’s Day with some of these fictional dads. Some are great, some perhaps not so much. Let us know your favourites in the comments! King Lear – Lear definitely falls into the not so great category. Deciding he wants to retire from power Lear declares he will…

Celebrate your right to be left-handed

Are you a southpaw? Celebrate your ‘sinisterness’ this Left-Handers Day on the 13th of August. History hasn’t been too kind to the left-handed among us. Until pretty recently being left-handed carried a lot of negative connotations. Historically, left-handed people were forced from childhood to use their right-hands for…

#MentalHealthMatters this International Youth Day

United Nations International Youth Day happens every year on the 12th of August with the aim of highlighting and addressing issues facing the world’s youth – and if you’re a uni student there’s a pretty good chance that includes you. The theme of International Youth Day 2014 is ‘Mental Health Matters’, to…

Be inspired at TEDxQUT 2014

TEDxQUT 2014 is happening Saturday 2 August at Gardens Point Campus. TEDxQUT is an independently organised TED event which aims to start conversations, propagate ideas and nurture storytelling and creativity to enact positive change in the world. The theme of TEDxQUT 2014 is ‘Spark: finding inspiration, turning inspiration into action…