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Emma Macdonald

Emma Macdonald is a senior reporter for The Canberra Times.

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

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

Australian National Dictionary Centre 2015 word of the year is 'sharing economy'

Sharing economy was chosen from a list including the terms dark web, lawfare, marriage equality and periscope.

Emma Macdonald OK, so it's two words. But 'sharing economy' has been chosen for its prominence and frequency of use.

Australian Defence Force Academy lieutenants earn university medals

University medallist Jacob Taylor completed a Bachelor of Information Technology and is also a serious runner.

Emma Macdonald University students achieve outstanding results in the classroom and on the track.

University of Canberra gets $300,000 for sports technology and health research

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr.

Emma Macdonald The University of Canberra has received $300,000 from the ACT Government to develop sports technology and use data to tackle major health issues.

Slight downturn in NAPLAN cheating and security breaches in the ACT

Emma Macdonald The ACT had three breaches of the NAPLAN testing protocols warranting investigation from the national testing authority.

Canberra named in world's top 20 best student cities

Vice-chancellor Stephen Parker is proud that UC has helped boost Canberra's rise in the world rankings of top student cities.

Emma Macdonald When it comes to the best cities for students, Canberra outranks New York.

Mr Fluffy health warnings – homeowners concerned for house values

Emma Macdonald Successive ACT governments have been blamed for failing to warn the public of the health dangers associated with Mr Fluffy homes, but new evidence shows homeowners themselves were keen to avoid...

New ANU scholarship targets rural maths, science and technology students

Emma Macdonald Two students from the Riverina and Wagga Wagga region will receive $10,500 each over a three-year degree to support their accommodation at Burgmann College.

Autism cage inquiry leads to 8 public servants being counselled

Opposition education spokesman Steve Doszpot questioned the tough action taken against the principal.

Emma Macdonald Eight public servants within the ACT Education Directorate have been disciplined over their role in Canberra's autism cage scandal.

University of Canberra places in top 100 'young' universities in the world

Vice Chancellor Stephen Parker said he was thrilled by the recognition of the University of Canberra's teaching and research staff in the ranking.

Emma Macdonald The 25-year-old University of Canberra has acquired its third world ranking this year, achieving one of its strategic aims two years ahead of time.

Life on the front line of student psychology

Emma Macdonald Eleanor Sautelle has been a school psychologist for four years and says that while it may sounds like a tough and depressing gig, the greatest professional joy is being able to support a student in...

School counsellors – a third fewer than needed

The Shaddock review says the need to bolster trained counsellors is urgent.

Emma Macdonald The ACT has at least a third fewer school counsellors than it needs to deal with rising numbers of students in crisis or acute need.


Peeling back the layers of complex need in schools


Emma Macdonald The Shaddock review is unflinching in its assessment of the problems facing the increasing number of Canberra families accessing both mainstream and specialist education for their children with...

Imagining more for all students

The Kruger family, Paul, Lillie, Jack and Jan.

Emma Macdonald Jan and Paul Kruger have resisted having their son Jack labelled in any way and want him to have every education, social and employment opportunity as his siblings.

Advocates warn disability workers struggle with low pay, staff turnover and casualisation

Christopher Knaus and Emma Macdonald Disability advocates warn that support workers are struggling with woeful pay, high turnover, and casualisation.

Teachers and principals left on their own to manage the most challenging students

Professor Anthony Shaddock and ACT Education Minister Joy Burch

Emma Macdonald Schools need to focus on students and not on exclusion says long-awaited review of students with complex needs and challenging behaviour

Students smart on phones but going backwards in computer literacy

Australian students are less able to navigate basic computer tasks now than three years ago.

Emma Macdonald They may appear permanently glued to their smart phones and tablets, but Australian students are less able to navigate basic computer tasks now than three years ago.

Today's girls look to the future by mastering code

Canberra Girls Grammar fifth-graders Evie Lane, Lauren Faulder and Emily Nguyen with the prize-winning website they built to raise awareness of orangutans.

Emma Macdonald The four 11-year-olds from Canberra Girls Grammar School have taking their school learning about website development to a higher stage, and won a prestigious ICT prize.

Mr Fluffy contracts go mainly to local businesses

Emma Macdonald Six out of ten head contractors appointed to oversee the demolition of Mr Fluffy houses across the capital are from Canberra or Queanbeyan.

Royal reign brings...rain

Prince Charles and his wife Camilla the Duchess of Cornwall  at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra for the  Remembrance Day ceremony.

Emma Macdonald The arrival in the capital of Australia's future king Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, sparked only small crowds but substantial traffic chaos as Remembrance Day, royal...