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Thanks to all our visitors and student volunteers for making Murdoch Open Day our biggest and most successful ever!

We’re celebrating 40 years of graduates completing our Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery (BVMS) so a special shout out goes to the first graduating class of 1979! This year, the BVMS will be transitioning to a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM).

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Tonight we’re celebrating our fourth and final graduation ceremony for Semester 1, which means we will have welcomed 2,000 graduating students into our global alumni community this week! To each one of our graduates – congratulations and you will always remain a very important part of Murdoch. 😊🎓

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Music at Murdoch returns to Bush Court on Sunday for a night of Motown classics! The Bambuseae Rhythm Section and the Australian Pop Academy will kick off the night, with Perth Symphony Orchestra teaming up with guest singers to perform Motown hits. General admission is free (tickets aren’t required), so bring along your family and friends and pack a picnic or pay the food trucks a visit. If you’d like the VIP treatment, premium tickets are $50.

Doors open at 4.30pm, with music starting at 5pm. More info:

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Graduating alongside our mates is one of the highlights of uni, but not many of us can say we graduated alongside a family member! Andrea and Nicholas both shared the stage this week as they received qualifications from our School of Arts, with Andrea completing her Honours in Communications and Media, and Nicholas graduating in Sound and Radio. Big congrats to Andrea and Nicholas and everyone who is joining our global alumni community this week.

Read the full story here:

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“Raising awareness of this issue in communities, among governing bodies and industries could help change behaviours around the production, management and use of plastics.” Elitza Germanov, Murdoch PhD student and Marine Megafauna Foundation researcher.

Elitza recently led a report investigating the issue of microplastics in our oceans and the significant risk they pose to filter-feeding marine animals. Currently working with our Separation Science and Metabolomics Laboratory, Elitza is looking at how levels of plastic associated toxins, such as pesticides and industrial chemicals, are building up in manta rays and whale sharks. Read more here
(Video credit: Elitza Germanov and Scimex).

Scientists are warning that microplastics in our oceans are posing a significant risk to filter-feeding marine animals like manta rays and whale sharks.

“Finally making the decision to change my career to fulfil a lifelong passion has been perhaps the most important and fulfilling experience of my life. Entering university as a mature age student has not been without its challenges. While my journey has been a long road, I'm immensely proud of my academic success and I have met the most extraordinary people along the way.” Claire, Bachelor of Science, double major in Marine Science and Conservation and Wildlife Biology (Honours).

Congratulations to everyone who graduated alongside Claire on Saturday and those who're graduating throughout this week!

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In 24 hours, Bush Court will be buzzing with the excitement of our first graduation ceremony for 2018! Congratulations to everyone who is graduating this week - we look forward to celebrating your achievements with you!

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Thinking of experiencing a different culture as part of your degree? Check out the story of Jillian, Lauren, Nathan and Shannyn who spent a month in Bali on a cultural exchange program, thanks to the New Colombo Plan scholarship. From monitoring coral reef rehabilitation and establishing a worm farm, to teaching computer skills and swimming to local children, our students experienced a new side of Bali life. Read more here:

Photo credits: Jillian McHugh Photography. Thanks for the pics!

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“I worked for 10 years in some terrible jobs and got to the point where I decided it wasn’t what I wanted to do with my life. Having this opportunity to gain industry experience at Perth Arena as part of my degree has exceeded my expectations. They’ve given me opportunities to liaise with all kinds of people and work on my own projects, so it’s all helped me to think independently and learn from a professional perspective. I’ve been able to broaden my mind and realise I can go wherever I want to. I’d love to get that CEO title one day!” Nikki, Bachelor of Arts student (Strategic Communication).

It’s never too late to achieve your goals. We’re here to help, so if you’d like to chat about your options, call 1300 687 3624, use the live chat feature on our website or drop by for a visit.

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Professor Rudi Appels is helping to unlock the secrets of wheat by researching its genome, alongside the complex genetic features of goat grass – a species some countries consider a weed.
“As our population rapidly expands, and our climate grows more extreme, it is very important we are able to produce wheat varieties which can survive and thrive,” said Professor Appels.
Read the full article at

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Professor Merilee Needham and Dr Jerome Coudert are leading a study into a mysterious and incurable muscle wasting disease known as Inclusion Body Myostitis.
“We currently do not understand the cause or mechanisms of the disease,” said Professor Needham. “Ultimately we are aiming to understand the mechanisms of how this disease starts and progresses so that we can diagnose the condition earlier and more accurately, and develop more effective treatments.”
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Research has just begun at Murdoch University to understand more about a mysterious muscle wasting disease.

“I reached a point in my career where I needed that formal education to complement my experience to take me to the next level. The MBA was a natural choice because of my role at the time. I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t a challenge but if you’re interested in what you’re doing, it makes it easier. Murdoch is very open-minded and I never felt out of my depth because I was continuously supported.” Andrea, Master of Business Administration alumni and now working at Horizon Power as a Business Analyst.

Thinking about postgraduate study? We’re here to help, so if you’d like to chat about your options give us a call on 1300 687 3624 or stop by the Student Centre. Next week we’re extending our hours so we’ll be open for walk-in visits at our South St campus until 8pm, from 5th – 9th February.

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Congrats to Daniel, Environmental Engineering student and one of the New Colombo Plan scholarship recipients, who will spend eight months in Japan to learn more about providing solutions to water-related issues. Check out the below Canning Times - Melville Times article for more info.

PACK THE BAGS: Lessons learned by a Murdoch Uni student heading to Japan could be used to provide regional communities in WA with solutions to water-related issues.

120 undergraduates have been supported by the New Colombo Plan, a federal government scholarship

Fringe Festival kicks off this weekend so why not come down to Murdoch and check out the latest production from our very own Tim Brain: The Hostage at Fringe World? It’s an intense psychological thriller, starring four Murdoch students Ella, Melissa, Jason and Jacob (pictured here with Tim second from left).
“I was excited to work with this group of young actors, I see great things in their futures and wanted to give them an opportunity to stretch themselves. I’ve always been interested in the Hostage genre, its many tropes, and wanted to experiment with it with this amazing cast,” said Tim.
The play opens on Saturday and goes for four nights - visit for tickets.

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“Warming marine waters will enable some species to move more easily between estuaries and thrive,” says Marine Research Fellow Dr Christopher Hallett (left).
With global water temperatures on the rise, our scientists have been examining the potential effects on many South-West estuarine species.
For more information on their findings, visit

Photo credit: Peel Harvey Catchment Council

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The International Indian Ocean Expedition took place more than 50 years ago, and soon, Professor Lynnath Beckley will be leading an international research team as they retrace the course of this iconic expedition.

“The surface ocean temperature off WA has risen nearly a degree since the original study and this expedition will assess the effects of climate change against the benchmark data gathered in the 1960s,” said Professor Beckley.

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