College of Business and Law News
‘I had no choice but to quit study and save my life’: A Syrian refugee’s road to graduation
Seven years after she was first accepted into dental school in Syria, Sidori Younan finally graduated at Melbourne’s Marvel Stadium in December, where she joined graduands from across RMIT’s vibrant global network.
Our experts predict what's in store for 2020
From flying taxis and augmented reality sunglasses to micro productivity apps and peer to peer electricity sharing, RMIT experts reveal trends coming our way in 2020.
Give the gift of tech support this Christmas when buying devices for older people
A new survey reveals older Australians are most likely to seek tech advice from their adult children, but it’s not always service with a smile.
Blockchain to ease financial risk in creative industries
A new blockchain infrastructure designed for Australia’s creative industries could help overcome problems from missed royalty payments to art fraud and administrative overheads, says a new report.
Spotlight on sexual violence against women
Our experts examine the issue of sexual violence against women on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (IDEVAW).
Eight ways to crowdsource innovation more effectively
Innovation competitions are emerging as a unique and powerful opportunity to meet the grand challenges of curing cancer, climate change, food security and more. But many are set up to fail.
Blueprint for building a lived experience workforce
A toolkit for embedding people with experience of mental health challenges into public, private and NGO workplaces has just been launched.
"It’s healing to hear another person’s story and also to tell your own"
A new restorative justice service has been launched by RMIT's Centre for Innovative Justice following a successful pilot program.
Expanding innovation: New DPVC joins RMIT
Professor Martie-Louise Verreynne has been appointed as the new Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation in the College of Business.
Better wages, better care: improving the aged care sector
In her submission and evidence to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, RMIT’s Professor Sara Charlesworth urged the Federal Government to address wages and working conditions.
Creating exceptional student experiences to get top spot
RMIT has ranked as the number one Victorian University for student engagement in the 2020 Good Universities Guide.
Sports stars have a right, and a responsibility, to advocate for social equality
The growing movement of sport and human rights will give further legitimacy and impact to the athlete voice and reduce the historic friction between sports’ governing bodies and the athlete, according to former Australian soccer captain Craig Foster.
Circular economy plan neglects corporate buy-in at its peril
Sustainability experts say the Victorian government’s circular economy strategy will sink if not opened up to business and innovation sectors as an economic development plan, rather than a narrowly-defined waste management issue.
Educating the next generation of girls
They’re among the big issues in our society, so what do the people helping shape the minds of the next generation of young women think about the future world of work and gender equality?
Research improves mental health service quality, wins top prize
Research into how people with lived experience can best contribute to mental health services has been recognised for its impact by industry.
Farmers share local knowledge, build climate change resilience
A community-led collaboration is harnessing local knowledge for a positive regional response to climate change.
Report finds child sponsorship works, but there is room to improve
A major new study on child sponsorship gives the model a tick for positive impact while highlighting ways to improve outcomes for children being left behind.
Distracted by rubbish, sustainability plan forgets people
Experts warn a major opportunity to improve sustainability in Victoria could be missed by focusing exclusively on patching up recycling systems while failing to address more fundamental issues.
Culture, speed and failure the keys to embracing open innovation
In a world of rapid innovation, how can Australian businesses draw on global expertise to grow and compete? A panel of industry experts discuss the keys to successful collaboration.
Fear of others is making us sick
Research links lower levels of trust in multicultural communities to poorer mental health.
Strongman leaders make for weak economies, study shows
A study of dictators over the past 150 years shows they are rarely associated with strong economies, and quite often with weaker ones.
Australian auto industry revs up for the future
The Australian automobile industry has faced major challenges against the backdrop of a dramatically changing business landscape, but new research shows there are opportunities for those ready to adapt.
Shooting for the moon with science and tech
When John F Kennedy announced we were sending man to the moon, he kicked off an age of innovation that underpins science and technology today – and the Moonshot podcast is exploring the sector’s biggest ideas.
HR failing workers with intellectual disabilities, study finds
Experts are calling for a major rethink of how businesses manage workers with intellectual disabilities, with new research showing they're often left behind in the workplace.
Spreading information security
It’s the one bug you do want to catch: new research has found a culture of security in an organisation can be contagious.
Looking to the future for true gender equality
History shows progress has been made on equal pay in Australia, but much more work still needs to be done, according to the experts.
New Director boosts RMIT Activator
Support for start-ups and entrepreneurial thinking is set to take another giant stride forward, with a new Director of RMIT Activator announced today.
Report warns of uncertain future for registered training organisations
New research with industry calls for more consistent national policies on Australia's Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector.
Listening to community, looking forward together
RMIT researchers are supporting community-led efforts to change laws holding some Aboriginal Victorians back from employment.
Report calls for Australian digital skills framework
New research finds most employers are unprepared for the digital future of work and risk being left behind.
Women at work: Q&A with Iola Mathews
Iola Mathews has fought for women’s rights at work for decades. She spoke to RMIT’s Pauline Stanton about her new book and what we can learn from the past.
Blockchain researcher gets accounting student of the year nomination
Jana Schmitz’s forward-thinking approach to accounting has landed her in the running for a national accounting prize.
Study reveals winning tweet formula used by celebrities
Celebrity tweets that tell a story to fans are more likely to be shared than facts, introspection or angry outbursts, new study reveals.
Urgent action needed on aged care, work and family policies
Experts are calling for better working conditions in aged care, disability and child care sectors.
Big data, big opportunity: building an ethical future for health tech
Big data means big opportunity, but what are the ethical implications of tapping into health data as a public resource? And are we even collecting what we need?
How to be proactive at work, without leaving a trail of destruction
Proactivity in the workplace is a good thing, right? Well, not always.
Hon Dr Craig Emerson announced as Director of RMIT’s Australian APEC Study Centre
RMIT University has today announced the appointment of the Hon Dr Craig Emerson to Director of the Australian APEC Study Centre (AASC).
Eight ways to boost gender equality
The gender pay gap is narrowing and the number of women on boards is increasing but there’s still more to be done to achieve gender equality. Here’s an expert’s view on how to level the field.
Mondayitis: why traders sell their losses on the worst day of the week
Investors are more likely to sell their stock market losses on Monday mornings, despite it generally being the worst time to sell, according to new research.
Kicking goals with flexible working
Four elite AFLW players have swapped their footy boots for desks, thanks to flexible working arrangements at RMIT.
Blazing a trail for innovation
RMIT’s Professor Anne-Laure Mention looks beyond theories to understand the practice of incorporating innovation and knowledge transfer, as it unfolds in business and wider society.
Banks get royal slap on the wrist
Hayne's failure to tackle bank structures means problem hasn't gone away.
Could child labour be a ‘necessary evil’ while extreme poverty persists?
New research highlighting the dangers of unsafe work for children also shows that child labour, in safer conditions, may help some to survive extreme poverty.
Pitch perfect: Pitch@Palace 2018
Fashionable, adaptable post-surgery clothing and the perfect football boot for women – just two of the offerings from Victorian entrepreneurs at Pitch@Palace On Tour Melbourne.
Major boost for Indigenous entrepreneurs at RMIT
An Indigenous start-up about start-ups is set to share in $1.37 million worth of state government funding.
Blockchain to boost charity donations
Charities and philanthropic organisations are investigating the potential of blockchain technology to solve their trust problem.
Coming out at work is complex and an ongoing dilemma, research finds
Less than a third of LGBTIQ+ employees are out to all their colleagues and this significantly compromises their wellbeing and work performance, new research has found.
Blockchain to transform health care models
RMIT University and DB Results have announced a major industry partnership to pioneer innovative healthcare solutions using blockchain technology.
VE helps former pro gamer further career
Vocational Education student Marcus Raj has been travelling the world while competing professionally in his favourite card game.
Research on law reform protects vulnerable workers
Workers’ rights have been boosted with regulation of the labour hire sector in Victoria, thanks to research undertaken by an RMIT academic in partnership with the State Government.
RMIT and the University of Oxford join forces
RMIT, in partnership with the Saïd Business School University of Oxford have delivered a National Leadership and Competitiveness program for 22 participants from the Omani Government.
RMIT students get a head start on their careers with Women@Dior
In an Australian first, a mentoring program with one of the world’s most revered fashion brands is giving five RMIT students a head start in their careers.
Top tier ranking for RMIT’S MBA courses
RMIT has upheld a strong performance in CEO Magazine’s global ranking, with the University’s MBA courses ranked among the best globally.
RMIT researchers to drive transformations in food, energy and health
RMIT University is part of three major new Cooperative Research Centres, that are investing more than $420 million to tackle the critical challenges of food waste, future fuels and digital health.
Boosting confidence doesn’t help women at work: study
Assertiveness is linked to professional success, so ambitious women should work on building their confidence, right? Wrong, according to new research.