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Emma Macdonald

Emma Macdonald is a senior reporter for The Canberra Times.

Childcare in the ACT is expensive and underqualified, says new report

Emma Macdonald Canberrans paid the highest costs in the country for long day childcare last year while staff were the least qualified.

Brian Schmidt rallies ANU troops in welcome

Emma Macdonald Nobel Laureate and incoming Australian National University Vice Chancellor Brian Schmidt has highlighted Indigenous education, research and reconciliation as a priority for his leadership of the...

Bomb threats made as Canberra schools evacuated

Schools evacuated after bomb threat.

Emma Macdonald Canberra is the latest city to endure school evacuations after a series of bomb threats.

Andrew Podger appointed to head review of troubled ANU School of Music

Former Public Service Commissioner Andrew Podger.

Emma Macdonald Former APS Commissioner appointed to head a review into the future of the troubled ANU School of Music.

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First girls start at co-ed Canberra Grammar

Julia Rose, 9, will be starting year 4 at Canberra Grammar School, joining her brother Jett, 12, who will be in year 7.

Emma Macdonald History is being made on Tuesday as classes resume at Canberra Grammar School for the 2016 academic year and the all-boys school embraces a group of new girls.

Back to school separation anxiety all across the city

Twins Amaya, left, and Ellie  are starting kindergarten at Turner Primary this year.

Emma Macdonald The day has come for Canberra parents to wave goodbye to their kindy kids as school returns for the 2016 academic year.

Back to school supplies extend to iPads

Emma Macdonald If back-to-school backpacks aren't already bursting with textbooks, lunch boxes and sports uniforms, they now need to include an iPad – hopefully fully charged.

Australia Day Honours 2016: Blue Gum school founder Maureen Hartung happy to share her joy

Maureen Hartung has run an independent child-focused school in Canberra, The Blue Gum School, for 18 years and will be receiving an OAM for her services to education and the community.

Emma Macdonald Maureen Hartung has run the Blue Gum Community School for 18 years, offering student-centred education.

Australia Day Honours 2016: Indian academic Chennupati Jagadish a pioneer in nanotechnology

Professor Chennupati Jagadish is in his lab at the ANU Research School of Physics and Engineering.

Emma Macdonald One of the ANU's most beloved academics has traveled far to receive one of Australia's greatest honours.

Australia Day Honours 2016: Warwick McKibbin honoured for influence on interest rates and climate change

Honoured: ANU Professor Warwick McKibbin.

Emma Macdonald Professor Warwick McKibbin has had an impact on the lives of ordinary Australians.

Sue Le, from boat person to businesswoman

Canberra Vietnamese restaurant owner and former refugee, Sue Le.

Emma Macdonald By the time she was 13 years old, Sue Le had experienced more than most adults.

Burch resigns but the damage is done

Joy Burch and Chief Minister Andrew Barr. Her resignation from the ACT ministry is long overdue.

Emma Macdonald Joy Burch's resignation from the ACT ministry is long overdue and her tenure will now haunt the Labor Party as it fights to keep office.

Main round university offers arrive online

Anna Baroulina of Wanniassa, with children from left, Ivan, 14, Elizabeth, 10, George, 4, Veronica, 9, and Aleksey, 6. Anna is returning to study after 20 years to start a bachelor of midwifery at the University of Canberra.

Emma Macdonald Anna Baroulina is one of 46,000 students whose main round university offer will be revealed at 6pm on Wednesday by the Universities Admissions Centre.

Where are they now? Daniel Billing getting hundreds of Indigenous kids reading

Emma Macdonald Four years ago Daniel Billing began his quest to turn Indigenous literacy rates around. Slowly, but surely, he is having an impact.

ANU ranked Australia's most international university

Emma Macdonald The Australian National University has been ranked Australia's most 'international' university.

A Summernats worker is in hospital with facial burns after an accident with fuel

Emma Macdonald The man was handling fuel that exploded in his face, and ACT's work safety commissioner says he was very lucky his injuries were not more serious.

Star-gazing Nobel Prize winner wants ANU to regain its stride

Newly-appointed vice-chancellor of the Australian National University, Prof. Brian Schmidt, in his chancellory office.

Emma Macdonald Nobel Prize winner Brian Schmidt takes over running the ANU, with some people saying it is an inspired decision and others questioning how a researcher will run a billion-dollar business.

Nobel Laureate Brian Schmidt takes over as ANU vice-chancellor

Newly appointed vice-chancellor Professor Brian Schmidt meets new ANU students, from left, Hannah Chan, Therese McMahon and Callum Sambridge.

Emma Macdonald In his very first week as Vice-Chancellor of the Australian National University, Nobel Prize winner Professor Brian Schmidt's first official duty was to welcome some of the undergraduates most eager...

Canberra grandmother Patti Wilkins dumps politics to become personal trainer

Patti Wilkins

Emma Macdonald When Patti Wilkins worked long hours inside Parliament House, it made her sick.

The Australian National University gets $2 million grant for new cancer centre

Professor Ross Hannan says he is 'deeply honoured' to receive the funding for his work at the John Curtin School of Medical Research.

Emma Macdonald The Australian Cancer Research Foundation will provide a $2 million grant to the Australian National University for a new cancer centre.