Appetite for success

Appetite for success

A chance meeting at the coffee machine of a co-working space has seen two RMIT alumni join forces to create a multi-million-dollar app development company employing 80 people.

Revisiting the archives can be a rewarding experience when tracking the progress of RMIT alumni.

In 2015, Michael MacRae featured in a story about a couple of young developers who had created a pregnancy app as part of their Bachelor of Information Technology, which had gone on to record half a million downloads.

Four years later, MacRae was in the news again, this time as one of the recently named SmartCompany’s Smart 30 Under 30 – a list of ‘entrepreneurial superstars who are innovative, socially conscious and smart as hell’.

MacRae is now CEO of one of Australia’s fastest-growing app development companies, Appetiser App Development, working alongside co-founder and business partner Jamie Shostak, also an RMIT alumnus (Bachelor of Business (Marketing) (Applied)).

Michael MacRae (left) and Jamie Shostak, founders of Appetiser

The young entrepreneurs were independently running their own companies when they met over the coffee machine.

Both in their 20s, MacRae was developing patent-winning apps while Shostak was running his own million-dollar growth marketing agency.

According to Shostak, their discussions about what made the world’s most successful apps – a harmony between design, technology and marketing – led them to realise that they were the perfect complement to each other.

“Michael had tech and design skills but no marketing experience. I had great marketing skills but no tech or design experience.," Shostak said.

“It turned out we both went to RMIT, which helped us form the connection and, long story short, we became business partners and launched Appetiser.”

Despite entering a mature app development market that had seen its share of big names crashing, the company’s goal of ‘revolutionising and modernising the app-development process though an agile sprint by sprint model’ by putting more control back in the hands of the client has seen it take giant strides.

In the past two years it has tripled in size and revenue, expanded internationally with offices in Manilla, Cebu, Davao and Dusseldorf, employs 80 people and locked in projects with a number of big-name clients, including YouFoodz, Roamni and Accent Group.

Appetiser App Development's Melbourne team

Both credit RMIT with giving them some of the tools that have been key to their success since leaving university

MacRae in particular remembers Dr Charles Thevathayan at the School of Computer Science and Information Technology as being a key influence.

“Charles really gave us that trust to build our own projects and products. We got our industry experience not just as a cog in a machine, but as entrepreneurs doing our own thing – finding clients, building products for them, and then actually releasing apps,” MacRae said.

Thevathayan recalls MacRae as a student who had clear views that universities should not just be a place to impart knowledge, but an incubator of ideas for students with passion and drive.

“I encouraged Michael and his friend Henry to dream up the challenging multiplayer snakes-based game assignment for the Software Architecture course, which was subsequently displayed on our open day attracting many students to RMIT, Thevathayan said.

“We in the School of Science believe in promoting creativity and innovation at every level especially by empowering our students to participate in the process of setting assignments and projects that are engaging, exciting and challenging.

“RMIT will always continue to remain a cradle for innovation and creativity.”

MacRae and Shostak are passionate about giving Appetiser clients the best possible chance of succeeding in their market.

The goal is to be the number one product agency in the world, focusing on the intersection of design, technology and marketing.

“For us it is about getting a top spot in all three categories; we’re working really hard on design competitions, we’re working really hard on development standards, we have a massive curriculum for developers to learn and improve on an ongoing basis, and of course the same goes for marketing,” MacRae said.

“So much learning came from me and Jamie meeting – just realising what we were missing in our individual businesses and bringing it together.

“When a marketer works next to someone designing and building the technology, that creates opportunity.”


Story: Karen Phelan


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Ships that repair themselves best line of defence

Researchers have developed spray-on technology for repairing navy ships damaged by fire or missile attack.

Smart system makes humans and machines better flight partners

RMIT research is helping machines work better with pilots and air traffic controllers.

Bloody marvels: How micro devices are delivering big blood results

From rapid diagnosis of heart attacks to screening bleeding disorders, tiny devices designed to handle the complexities of blood could be the future of pathology.

Sensor technology to improve safety and health in aged care

Flexible sensors developed at RMIT will be integrated into new health monitoring technology to improve aged care, in a project supported through a $1.7 million Federal Government grant.

Engineering high impact AI solutions

A leading RMIT researcher has been recognised for bringing high impact engineering solutions to the field of Artificial Intelligence.

Making defence research partnerships work

Becoming an industry partner of choice requires several key ingredients, writes RMIT aerospace and defence research centre director Professor Michelle Gee.

‘Spintronic’ research promises faster, more efficient computing

Researchers have discovered new magnetic properties within atomically thin structures, with exciting potential for the emerging field of “spintronics”.

Machine lullaby shows tech in bed can help you rest

Art meets technology for this immersive VR experience that can ease you into the right frame of mind for sleep.

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.

Scientists use phone movement to predict personality types

It turns out the pattern of how your mobile phone moves around says a lot about your personality.

Hacking away at global education problems

After the huge success of last year’s event, the ITS Hack-a-thon is back and bigger than ever.

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.

Rehab device earns students national innovation award

A team of RMIT engineering students have won the Telstra Innovation Challenge for a device that provides real-time feedback to home-based rehabilitation patients.

Medical device technologies win major innovation awards

Pioneering medical technologies developed at RMIT University have won top spots in the Johnson & Johnson Innovation, JLABS "Victorian QuickFire Challenge: Driving Device Innovation".

Pioneering health research awarded NHMRC fellowship and funding

RMIT researchers working to harness the power of nanotechnology to personalise medicine and to develop new technology for analysing blood clots have been awarded over $1.4 million in NHRMC funding.

Micro miracles – how nanotechnology is driving health outcomes

RMIT University is generating quality international commercial outcomes by combining cutting edge biomedical research with innovative business thinking.

Swallowable sensors reveal mysteries of human gut health

Findings from the first human trials of a breakthrough gas-sensing swallowable capsule could revolutionise the way that gut disorders and diseases are prevented and diagnosed.

ROO takes to the sky in Australia

A new Robotic Optical Observatory (ROO) Telescope installed at RMIT University has generated new partnerships and research opportunities.

Professional Communication Graduates Shortlisted at Cannes

Four RMIT graduates have had their final year project shortlisted in a prestigious global student competition.

RMIT and Microsoft develop course in world-first collaboration

RMIT has teamed up with Microsoft to deliver a ground-breaking new Games and Graphics Programming course for the next generation of mixed reality software developers and designers.

Researchers bring the bling to improve implants

In a world first, Australian researchers have harnessed the power of diamonds in a breakthrough that could radically improve the way human bodies accept biomedical implants.

Free first aid app boosts emergency care in Vietnam

An RMIT Vietnam graduate is behind the development of the first Vietnamese mobile app for first aid, offering lifesaving step-by-step instructions for basic emergency care.

Vietnam graduate showcases innovative VR app

A virtual reality app developed by an RMIT Vietnam graduate to help children overcome their fears at bedtime has been showcased at a top Asian technology conference.

Clever coating opens door to smart windows

Researchers from RMIT University have developed a new ultra-thin coating that responds to heat and cold, opening the door to “smart windows”.

Third time’s the charm: how to overcome your public speaking fears

Scared of giving a speech? Dread the idea of a job interview? Avatars and virtual reality could be the key to overcoming public speaking fears, according to an RMIT researcher.

New blockchain courses to address skills gap

With blockchain expertise in high demand, but considerable gaps preventing this demand from being met, RMIT has announced two new courses to provide students with these necessary future skills.

What should be done with the NBN?

The National Broadband Network (NBN) should be built and fully operational by 2022, having cost about A$50 billion. The question will then be whether the government should retain the NBN or sell it.

Study highlights roundabout risk for older drivers

Newly published research shows why so many older drivers crash at roundabouts and what can be done to improve safety.

Blockchain set to enable better land management systems

Blockchain could provide greater legal security and contribute to the economic and social development of countries with limited land management systems according to RMIT property law experts.

Electronic chip mimics the brain to make memories in a flash

Engineers have mimicked the human brain with an electronic chip that uses light to create and modify memories.

Imaging tech advances chronic wound care

Researchers are working with not-for-profit health and aged care provider Bolton Clarke on a clinical trial of imaging technology to improve chronic wound care.

3D-printed spine disc ‘has given me my whole world back’

An industry collaboration between surgeons and engineers has been recognised for its life-changing impact.

Lab-on-a-chip drives search for new drugs to prevent blood clots

A tiny lab the size of a postage stamp could be the next big thing in the search for safer anti-clotting drugs to prevent heart attacks and strokes.

Laser printing tech produces waterproof e-textiles in minutes

The next generation of waterproof smart fabrics will be laser printed and made in minutes. That’s the future imagined by the researchers behind new e-textile technology.

Industry meets academia, face to face

The successful trial of a new industry engagement event shows the value of personal relationships for industry collaboration.

Bringing construction to life

RMIT students are getting a sneak peek inside one of Melbourne’s most transformative construction projects, thanks to the magic of virtual reality.

New courses to prepare students for the cloud

RMIT has joined with AWS Academy to create new cloud computing courses that will arm students for in-demand roles in business and beyond.

Government backs RMIT researcher’s sustainable architecture vision

Professor Mike Xie has been awarded one of Australia’s most prestigious competitive grants to expand his research into sustainable, free-form architecture.

More than just pedal power

What started as a simple idea to help special needs kids has become a transformative and collaborative engineering project to bring to market a range of wheelchair e-bikes.

New Microsoft traineeships a boost for information technology careers

A new traineeship program developed by technology company Microsoft, in partnership with the Victorian Government, will be offered at RMIT from next month.

How GPS now helps us forecast rain more accurately

Scientists are using GPS signals to measure air moisture for better weather predictions.

RMIT takes out top honours in national defence awards

RMIT researchers have been recognised for their work in defence research, with one taking home the top prize of Scientist of the Year.

Meet Ari, the smart bike that helps you catch green lights

With more bikes than ever taking to the city streets, researchers have designed an e-bike that could help riders cruise the ‘green wave’ while also improving trust between humans and machines.

Weaving quantum processors out of laser light

Researchers open a new avenue to quantum computing with a breakthrough prototype: a large-scale quantum processor made entirely of light.

Academy Award winner joins RMIT

Lord David Puttnam, a global name in filmmaking and television with Oscars, BAFTAs, Golden Globes and a Palme D’Or, is joining RMIT University as an Adjunct Professor.

RMITin3: Designing a new creative career

In the latest RMITin3, ACMI Chief Experience Officer Sebastian Chan talks about the changing face of design and the emerging skillsets needed to meet workplace demands.

Reactivating cultural heritage

RMIT researcher Eva Prats has paid homage to Irish playwright Samuel Beckett with the transformation of a workers' cooperative in Barcelona to an experimental theatre.

The Great Debate: Write What You Know

Six acclaimed Australian authors recently came together at RMIT to debate one of the hottest current topics in creative writing.

Chaos & Order: 120 years of collecting at RMIT

For the first time in 120 years RMIT is presenting a survey exhibition sourced entirely from its permanent art collection, more than half of which has never been shared with the public before.

Finding solutions for the recycling industry

Three industrial design student studios have worked with Victorian Government agencies and industry partners on a range of new enterprise propositions.

Rainforest field trip collaboratively records ecological change

Students camped, shared meals and studied with the Nyungkalwarra, engaging with country and the knowledge of its Kabanji (teachers).

Journalism students to work in Japan

The Australia-Japan Foundation has awarded travel scholarships to RMIT University journalism students to intern at The Japan Times in 2018.

Winner reveals secrets behind three minute thesis triumph

Jozica Kutin will represent RMIT University at the national final of the 3 Minute Thesis later this month. Here she tells us why less is more when explaining research.

RSN927 scholarship for journalism student

An up-and-coming young sports reporter Dylan Carmody has been awarded the second annual Steve Cairns Internship at the Racing and Sports Network.

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.

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.

Baby, let’s keep in touch

New mums who keep in touch with their workplace while on maternity leave are more hireable and less likely to experience unconscious bias, research shows.

Building a sustainable future

In the latest RMITin3, Hendry Group CEO Emma Hendry provides some insight into the evolving property and construction industry.

Sky high: RMIT supports families at annual FunFlight day

More than 300 families took to the skies last month as part of an annual FunFlight event in Melbourne.

Reconciliation Week 2018 at RMIT

Reconciliation Week 2018 was memorable for news of our Indigenous staff and students achieving accolades at home and abroad, and showcased RMIT's partnership with the Essendon Football Club.

How can we manage congestion on Victoria’s roads?

Congestion is a key issue affecting Victoria’s transport sector. Here, our experts provide their insights on how we can better manage our roads.

RMIT develops Australian-first fact checking subject

In an era of fake news, RMIT is set to become the first Australian university to introduce a new subject focused solely on teaching students fact checking and verification skills.

Six ways to keep Melbourne moving at 8 million

More people living in Melbourne means more trips across our transport network. RMIT experts share their views on how to plan for this pressure and keep our city moving.

RMIT lands in Bendigo

RMIT University will expand its flight training school to Bendigo this year, giving more students the opportunity to become fully-qualified, industry-ready pilots.

Nearly half of tenants exit social housing early for the wrong reasons

A new RMIT report reveals that 43% of social housing tenancies end within 18 months, with indigenous, formerly homeless and young tenants at the greatest risk of losing their accommodation early.

Residents left with the bill for flammable cladding crisis

Simon Lockrey, senior lecturer in industrial design, breaks down Victoria’s combustible cladding crisis, what it means for homeowners and what it will take to fix.

New report shines a light on UN’s peacekeeping in South Sudan

A new report investigating the United Nations peacekeeping operations in South Sudan sheds light on the success and impact the mission has had on the political and security situation in the region.

Pride Week: Celebrating inclusion

RMIT is celebrating its second annual Pride Week, with a welcome morning tea for students and staff kicking off five days of events and discussions designed to foster inclusion.

Four ways global policy can improve gender equality

Drawing on her experiences during the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), Tessa Hughes shares her key learnings and views on how to promote women’s rights and shape global standards on gender equality and the empowerment of women.

Caps fly for first graduates of innovative nurse training program

Seventeen Diploma of Nursing students have become the first graduates of an innovative training program run in partnership between RMIT and Northern Health.

Fact check: Did Harold Holt abolish the White Australia policy?

RMIT ABC FactCheck investigates Liberal MP Tim Wilson's claims that former Prime Minister Harold Holt was responsible for abolishing the White Australia policy.

Next generation of engineers showcase their work at EnGenius

A robotic arm controlled by facial expressions, a solar-powered Tuk Tuk set to circumnavigate the globe and 3D printed body implants made by the next gen of engineers are on display at EnGenius.

Sun exposure gets personal with wearable UV sensors

Managing vitamin absorption and avoiding sun damage could soon be as simple as slipping on a bracelet thanks to new personalised sensors.

RMIT researcher named as MIT top ten young innovator

Early career researcher Wenyue Zou has been named among 10 top innovators under 35 by MIT Technology Review for her work developing wearable UV sensors.

Algorithms, AI and robots: architecture's new frontier

Poised at the intersection of design and technology, architect Alisa Andrasek is using algorithmic design and robotic construction to create sweeping forms and spaces fit for the future.

Meet Sylvia Urban: expert in natural products chemistry

A childhood fascination with the natural world led Associate Professor Sylvia Urban on a journey to discover how the chemistry of life can benefit humanity.

Computers use social media data to predict crime

Algorithms can now predict the time and place of various crimes by analysing location-based data from social media users.

RMIT Vietnam launches digital education centre

A new Centre of Digital Excellence at RMIT Vietnam has been launched by Victoria’s Minister for Training and Skills, Steven Herbert.

More Australians online but our digital divide deepens

New research from RMIT University shows that online participation is rising across Australia, but there are still significant gaps between the digitally included and excluded.

Top six tips for communicators to cut through the digital noise

In an age of filter bubbles, style influencers and fake politicians, how can professionals use digital media to connect with their communities and have meaningful conversations?

Tech breakthrough to allow 100-times-faster internet

Groundbreaking new technology allows super-fast internet by harnessing twisted light beams to carry more data and process it faster.

Autonomy – the next frontier for drone technology

Aside from pizza and parcel delivery, drones have potential to help in natural disasters, reduce crime and deliver medicine to remote areas. But moving beyond novelty uses is a major challenge.

Minister at RMIT to discuss the future of blockchain

Opportunities exist for Australian businesses and government to be more involved in the future of blockchain technology.

World’s first research centre on social science of blockchain

RMIT has established the RMIT Blockchain Innovation Hub to take advantage of the global blockchain revolution.

RMIT and Luceda Photonics launch new photonics toolset

RMIT University, partnering with Luceda Photonics, has launched a comprehensive toolset of electromagnetic simulators for photonic devices, called REME.

Top optics award for pioneering RMIT physicist

World-leading RMIT University physicist Distinguished Professor Min Gu has been awarded a top international prize, named in honour of the Nobel-winning inventor of holography, Dennis Gabor.

RMIT launches new Salesforce course to train students for jobs of the future

Built in collaboration with the global leader in customer relationship management (CRM), Salesforce, the new CRM Professional with Salesforce course is a welcome addition to RMIT's Future Skills portfolio.

Gas sensing gut pill beats breath test diagnosis

New trials of a breakthrough swallowable sensor have revealed the device is 3,000 times more accurate than current technology used to diagnose many gut disorders.

Machine learning for a smarter world: Q&A with Fabio Zambetta

Computer scientist and tech innovator Fabio Zambetta is using AI to make machines, and the tasks they carry out for us, feel more natural.

RMIT Europe to lead €2.5 million European research project for open innovation

RMIT's European hub is set to lead a global network of researchers and industry practitioners focused on open innovation, university-industry cooperation and research translation.

Liquid metal breakthrough ushers new wave of electronics

RMIT researchers have used liquid metal to create two-dimensional materials no thicker than a few atoms that have never before been seen in nature.

Diagnostic advance: gas-sensing capsule set to hit market by 2022

An electronic capsule that measures gases in the gut to revolutionise the diagnosis of gut disorders could be available within four years, following an agreement between RMIT and Atmo Biosciences.

Harnessing light for a solar-powered chemical industry

New technology that harnesses sunlight to drive chemical reactions is paving the way for a more sustainable chemical manufacturing industry, one of the globe’s biggest energy users.

Smart filters: Next gen materials for modern gas masks

Gas masks have barely changed in over 100 years but with the help of some computational wizardry, next gen smart materials are bringing the outdated technology into the 21st century.

Wearable tech lends an ear to lonely elderly

New technology that tracks conversation and can be worn as a brooch is set to improve quality of life for elderly Australians at risk of loneliness.

Climate rewind: Scientists turn carbon dioxide back into coal

Researchers have used liquid metals to turn carbon dioxide back into solid coal, in a world-first breakthrough that could transform our approach to carbon capture and storage.

Centre to help grow Aerospace and Defence Industries

A newly expanded centre at RMIT University is set to support the transformational growth of Australia’s Defence and Aerospace industries.

Solar car teams breeze towards the podium

Engineering and design students are collaborating to prepare for the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge using state-of-the-art modelling techniques in RMIT’s industrial wind tunnel.

Young engineers build ride-on drone

RMIT aerospace engineers are building the first Australian single pilot hovercraft for recreational flight.

New labs advance materials, manufacturing and fabrication research

Two new research laboratories at RMIT University’s Melbourne City campus will focus on developing high-performance advanced materials and improving manufacturing and fabrication.

The blockchain economy: Insights from global experts

Leading European and Australian experts shared their insights on the disruption that blockchain is delivering to industry, the public sector and the legal ecosystem at a recent RMIT University blockchain seminar in Europe.

Image sharing platform a critical new tool for planned burns

New cloud-based image platform FireLens will help fire agencies improve information sharing during planned burning and fire suppression events.

RMIT 3D printing research wins peak manufacturing industry award

Industry-led research to 3D print steel tools has won the Endeavour Award for best technology application.

RMIT women named superstars of STEM

Three RMIT researchers from STEM have been named among 60 Australian women recognised for outstanding contributions to their fields.

Saving sight: using AI to diagnose diabetic eye disease

Researchers have used artificial intelligence to support the instant diagnosis of one of the top causes of blindness, diabetes-related eye disease, in its earliest stages.

On firm ground: Smarter building for stronger homes

New software to assess building sites could save homebuilders thousands by avoiding structural damage caused by soil moisture changes.

RMIT leading researcher wins national lifetime award

Professor Calum Drummond has been awarded the prestigious Ian Wark Medal and Lecture for outstanding advances in chemistry and materials science research, and contributions to Australia's prosperity.

Cell chat: Attacking disease by learning the language of cells

Breakthrough lab-on-a-chip technology that reveals how human cells communicate could lead to new treatments for cancer and autoimmune disorders.

Forget predictive text – predictive digital assistants are coming

A predictive digital assistant that helps you complete complex daily tasks could soon be in your hands, thanks to a new collaboration between RMIT University and Microsoft.

Report: affordability driving Australia’s digital divide

A new report from RMIT University and Telstra shows Australians are spending more time online than ever before, with affordability the biggest barrier for those being left behind.

Industry applauds RMIT’s electronic engineering innovation

PhD candidate Shruti Nirantar has been named one of Australia’s top 30 most innovative engineers by Engineers Australia.

Research to transform biosolid resource management

A new research centre is set to transform Australia’s biosolid use as a valuable resource, providing new practices, technologies and products for improved land management and training.

Melbourne as a playable city

This Melbourne International Games Week, the playable cities project explores how technology can reconnect us to our cities and bring urban play to everyday life.

New research centre to investigate safer automated decision-making

A major new research centre will investigate how rapidly emerging autonomous decision-making technologies can be used safely and ethically for all Australians.

Students team up with thrash metal legends

An animated music video created by RMIT students for German thrash metal legends Tankard has been released by the music label Nuclear Blast.

Immune control: Treating brain injury with an on/off switch

Australian researchers have developed groundbreaking technology for controlling the body’s own immune response to brain damage, in an advance that could prove crucial in treating brain injuries.

A winning design

RMIT student Kelly Liang has designed furniture retailer Relaxhouse’s new multipurpose warehouse

New Women's Football Academy to kick off in 2019

A new Women’s Football Academy will create education and development pathways for students and elite athletes and encourage greater participation in women’s football

RMIT student artwork brings State Library Victoria facade to life

Textile Design student Caro Pattle has transformed the Library’s entrance as part of the RMIT University and State Library joint initiative.

RMIT researcher heads to US in battle against nukes

How the world can avoid nuclear doomsday while our weapons are getting more deadly will be the focus of 2018 Fulbright Scholarship winner Dr Aiden Warren.escription from page properties to display here.

Dry zones and other temperance hangovers

Anti-alcohol measures like dry zones are not just a part of history: their legacy continues to feed into our approach to urban planning today.

Research gets redefined in one of Barcelona's hottest barrios

Innovation, knowledge sharing and driven transformation is fuelling the microclimate in Barcelona's 22@ zone, the fast-growing hotspot in the barrio (neighbourhood) of Poblenou.

Brave survivor calls for change

A domestic violence survivor who has personal experience of the criminal justice system has been recognised for her advocacy work for people living with disability and trauma.

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.

Fact check: Did the Pope declare wage theft a mortal sin that reaps eternal punishment?

Secretary of the Australian Council of Trade Unions, Sally McManus, tweeted that the Pope had declared wage theft a mortal sin, and that the repercussions were eternal punishment.

New plant app a force of nature at international internet awards

A new virtual greening app, based on research from RMIT and the University of Melbourne, has won both the People’s Voice and the Judge's Webby Award – the "internet’s highest honour".

Humans 2.0 – what next for the human race?

In a future where wearables, transplantables, cognitive enhancement, robot assistance, genetic engineering and nanotechnology become the norm, how do we define what is human?

RMIT on show at Melbourne Knowledge Week

RMIT’s strengths in technology and design will be on display during Melbourne Knowledge Week, running 7–13 May.

Lights, camera, action: media students part of prime-time broadcast

A group of RMIT media students have gained valuable industry experience as part of the broadcast team behind the 2018 Australian Directors’ Guild Awards.

RMIT students design ACMI’s first ever line of merchandise

The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) has launched a fresh line of merchandise locally designed and produced in collaboration with RMIT textile design students.

RMIT alumni in MIFF’s starring roles

Behind the scenes of the 56th Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) are three women who started out at RMIT.

Living alleys: capturing urban life in Ho Chi Minh City

Life in the alleys of District 4 has largely remained the same since it rose up as a cramped slum settlement, bordered by rivers in downtown Ho Chi Minh City.

RMIT launches new School of Design

New and emerging fields of design - including virtual and augmented reality, 3D printing, user experience and design for social innovation - will be in focus at RMIT’s new School of Design.

Australia Day Honours for RMIT

The Australia Day honours list has once again recognised members of the RMIT community, including alumni and past staff members.

The pronoun 'they' still divides

Gender diversity is more accepted in society, but using the pronoun ‘they’ still divides.

Young, creative and philanthropic

Filmmaker and RMIT alumnus Ling Ang challenges what it is to be a modern day philanthropist with her significant gift to the RMIT Capitol Theatre Appeal.

Sugar on the brain: using seaweed sugar to heal brain injuries

Australian researchers have successfully harnessed the healing power of seaweed to develop a new technique that can repair damaged brain tissue.

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.

Nine things to make Melbourne even better

Melbourne may be the second most liveable city in the world but there's always room for improvement. Our experts share their views on what could make our city even better.

Intern in Tokyo caught up in breaking news

Writing about David Bowie was the last thing Monica Ireland thought she’d be doing when she applied to do an internship at The Japan Times.

RMIT and Ecole Centrale de Lyon awarded EU funding for global joint PhD program

A prestigious PhD program for nanotechnology research delivered by Ecole Centrale de Lyon in France and RMIT University in Australia has been awarded €1.6M in European funding.

Gender equity training to shape the workforce of the future

RMIT microcredentials will part of an Australian-first gender equity training pilot designed to prevent violence against women.

Social housing in Australia must triple to meet demand: report

Australia needs to triple the amount of social housing built over the next 20 years if it is to meet future demands, a new study has found.

RMIT alumni receive Queen’s Birthday honours

The Queen's Birthday honours list has recognised RMIT alumni and staff for their outstanding achievements and contributions to their community.

Next steps on the Dior mentoring journey

Insights from Christian Dior executives and a VIP styling session were among the highlights of an evening to mark the halfway point of the Women@Dior mentoring program.

Masters of Fashion

A culturally diverse, critically and aesthetically potent group of Masters fashion students has exhibited a range of stunning designs at Melbourne’s MPavilion.

Biggest challenges for urban innovation: Insights from global experts

Experts from across Europe, Asia and Australia have shared their insights on the biggest challenges facing urban innovation at a recent RMIT city regions symposium in Europe.

Study unlocks full potential of ‘supermaterial’ graphene

New research reveals why the “supermaterial” graphene has not transformed electronics as promised, and shows how to double its performance and finally harness its extraordinary potential.

Tony Ellwood honoured as a leader in the arts

National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) Director Tony Ellwood AM was presented with an Honorary Doctorate at the RMIT graduation ceremony today.

Howzat! New partnership with the Melbourne Renegades announced

It wouldn’t be summer without the excitement of Big Bash League (BBL) and this year RMIT is part of it, as the Official Community Partner and Education Provider of the Melbourne Renegades.

Dead stock denim given new life in virtual design challenge

A design challenge with Swedish fashion brand Cheap Monday has given 18 aspiring designers the chance to undertake a global denim project with an eye on sustainability.

Going global: RMIT takes part in Asia’s premier design event

A star-studded list of RMIT alumni joined students and staff at the acclaimed Hong Kong Business of Design Week earlier this month.

RMIT journalism alumni receive prestigious ABC cadetships

Four recent journalism alumni will begin work as ABC reporters after receiving cadetships with the national broadcaster.

New aviation partnership lands in South Australia

RMIT has announced a new aviation training school partnership with Hartwig Air in response to a growing worldwide pilot shortage.

The season that was: RMIT and Essendon Football Club

Almost a year on, and the innovative new partnership between RMIT and the Essendon Football Club (EFC) has proven a huge success.

Playgroups offer vital support for mothers and benefits for community

Community playgroups have significant social and economic benefits not just for children but also for their parents, particularly mothers, according to new research.

Study reveals murder rates during Nazi genocide

New research shows we’ve underestimated the rate of killing during the Holocaust, and why it matters.

Architecture project involving RMIT students wins top honour

RMIT architecture students have worked alongside leading industry professionals to win the 2018 LAGI Biennial Competition amid a strong field of international entrants.

Snooze mobiles: how vibrations in cars make drivers sleepy

New research has found the natural vibrations of cars make people sleepier, affecting concentration and alertness levels just 15 minutes after drivers get behind the wheel.

Honeybees zero in on nothing

Scientists have discovered honeybees can understand the concept of zero, putting them in an elite club of clever animals that can grasp the abstract mathematical notion of nothing.

Future-focused: Vietnam’s next decade looking bright

Our experts look to the future and share their insights about the Vietnamese economy and its start-up culture, anywhere working and tourism.

Leading the profession

A remarkable group of alumni is providing thought leadership and driving activism and collaboration within the architectural profession.

Staff and alumni recognised with Australia Day honours

Adjunct Professor Sue Maslin has joined former staff members and alumni on the 2019 Australia Day honours list.

History blooms with commemorative artwork

A wreath of wearable enamel brooches is on display at Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance in a creative tribute to the stories of the first world war.

A gross miscarriage of justice?

Criminology and Justice expert Associate Professor Michele Ruyters shares her insights into the murder of Albert Snowball, which saw one man acquitted and another convicted.

Australian-first research investigates perpetration of image-based sexual abuse

One in 10 people have committed image-based sexual abuse, according to the first comprehensive research into the issue in Australia.

Champions! Renegades win first BBL title

Melbourne Renegades made history on Sunday night winning their first Big Bash League Twenty20 crown, defeating the Melbourne Stars at Marvel Stadium.

RMIT Vietnam shortlisted for prestigious higher education award

RMIT Vietnam has been shortlisted in the Teaching and Learning Strategy of the Year category of the inaugural Times Higher Education Awards Asia.

Age friendly neighbourhoods: The impact of community on individual wellbeing

European cities are prioritising the need for urban design that promotes independence, provides a sense of safety and enables people of all ages to participate more actively in society, according to RMIT leaders.

RMIT retains gender equality citation

For a second consecutive year, RMIT has received the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (EOCGE) citation.

Latest subject rankings released by QS

RMIT University was among the top Australian performers in the latest QS World University Rankings by Subject released today.

Front row at VAMFF

From intimate runways to exciting exhibitions: the RMIT community stars prominently in this year’s Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival.

ATSB and RMIT partner in transport safety investigation

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has announced a strategic partnership with RMIT that will see the University offer Transport Safety Investigator qualifications.

Fact Check: the medevac bill

RMIT ABC Fact Check Investigates Immigration Minister David Coleman’s claim that the medevac bill doesn’t require asylum seekers to be sick in order to be transferred to Australia.

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.

Fact Check: Why using taxable income to attack Labor's negative gearing, capital gains and dividend imputation policies is misleading

RMIT ABC Fact Check investigates if tax data is being used fairly in the public policy debate.

Women leading the way in architecture

Some of Australia’s leading architectural voices are female RMIT staff and alumni who are contributing to transformational leadership and activism at state and national level.

Talent bursting at the seams of VAMFF runway

Meet three graduates who have been handpicked to showcase their work in the prestigious Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival (VAMFF) National Graduate Showcase.

International Women's Day: an RMIT celebration

An event at RMIT's illustrious Storey Hall was held on Friday 8 March in celebration of International Women's Day.

News in sixty seconds prepares students for the future

Journalism students are gaining valuable industry-ready experience by producing news bulletins for free-to-air TV.

Lettuce fight the war on waste

An industrial design graduate who repurposed scrap lettuce leaves to make biodegradable plates was a winner at the 2019 Victorian Design Challenge.

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).

A breath of fresh air for vulnerable Australians

A new community-based project from RMIT aims to improve the wellbeing of elderly residents and school children through innovative indoor air quality monitoring.

Students to work on broadcast of AFL matches

A new partnership with McGuire Media will see students get the opportunity to work on AFL radio production.

Flower power: Floral fashion at Melbourne Flower and Garden Show

RMIT’s annual Floral Fashion exhibit blurred the line between art and fashion to highlight environmental issues at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show (17–31 March).

Students drawn to new NGV program

A new program at the National Gallery (NGV) of Victoria is connecting local and international students through the language of art and design.

Artists offer creative actions to ecological issues in Asia

When it comes to ways in which artists address ecological issues, actions can be big or small – it’s the action that is important, however subtle.

The science of fighting brain injuries in babies

In their search for ways to prevent and heal brain injuries in babies, researchers are delving deep to unlock the secrets of the developing brain.

Your Fulbright mission: stop nuclear weapons falling into the wrong hands

The stakes could not be higher, but this academic wouldn’t have it any other way.

Students weave plan for sustainable fashion future

The inaugural Fashion & Textiles Youth Assembly brought students together from across the School of Fashion and Textiles on Tuesday to discuss the state of the current and future fashion industry.

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.

Fact Check: Did Labor oppose the Government's attempts to strengthen Australia's gun laws?

Australia's gun laws returned to the headlines in the wake of last month's horrific terrorist attack in Christchurch and the subsequent revelation that senior One Nation figures had met with and sought donations from the United States' National Rifle Association.

Five things you should know about the brain in your gut

From moods to memory, the brain in our guts has a big impact on the brain in our heads.

Igniting new approaches to the social economy

The social care sector is facing a time of major growth and disruption, and the time is ripe for new approaches to address looming skills gaps.

Fact Check: Labor leader Bill Shorten says the number of apprenticeships has slumped since the Coalition took office. Is he correct?

RMIT ABC Fact Check investigates Labor Leader Bill Shorten's claim that the number of apprenticeships have slumped.

Fact Check: Is the Coalitions' new spending on climate change worth just four weeks of keeping Christmas Island open?

Fact Check investigates Richard Di Natale's claim that the Coalition spent almost as much to keep Christmas Island open in the previous four weeks as they will spend in new money over the next four years on climate change.

Unpacking the links: Chronic stress, fertility and the ‘hunger hormone’

Researchers have uncovered a new link between chronic stress and reproductive problems, in a pre-clinical study that shines the spotlight on a hunger-triggering hormone.

New report looks to improve victims’ encounters with the criminal justice system.

A groundbreaking report by the RMIT's Centre for Innovative Justice, looking at the experiences of victims through the criminal justice process, has been launched by the Minister for Victim Support, the Hon. Ben Carroll MP.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison says an electric vehicle can't tow a boat or trailer. Is he correct?

RMIT ABC Fact Check investigates Scott Morrison's claim that electric vehicles can't tow a boat or trailer.

Reimagining the world in playful ways

An RMIT researcher has developed a new way for citizens to explore and activate their cities using an augmented reality app where users scan urban codes to unlock fragments of animation and sound.

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.

Social economy jobs boom

The Future Social Service Institute (FSSI) is providing training, research and services to help train Australia’s workforce of the future.

Internship program helps create more inclusive workplaces

Proving that a disability doesn’t have to be a roadblock, alumni Damien Tran has charged ahead in his career thanks to the unique internship program Stepping Into.

Bill Shorten says everything is going up except your wages. Is he correct?

RMIT ABC Fact Check investigates Opposition Leader Bill Shorten’s claim that “everything going up except your wages.”

Passionate disability advocate recognised for contribution to community

Educator, author and speaker Dr Christine Durham OAM has received an honorary doctorate from RMIT.

Justice and protection for all

On the eve of International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOBIT) 2019, RMIT Social and Global Studies Centre welcomed a panel of speakers who shared their insights and vision for contemporary LGBTQI lives and social justice.

Future journalists from regional areas share scholarships

Seven aspiring journalists from regional areas have received scholarships worth up to $40,000 each.

DISRUPT: Mapping the future of Melbourne through stories

A collective storytelling project held as part of Melbourne Knowledge Week (20-26 May) is inviting participants to take over a 20-metre wall to disrupt the streets with their dreams of the city.

Creek revitalisation program wins top innovation award

A collaborative project involving RMIT and Melbourne Water to renew and revitalise a Melbourne creek has been recognised with a national water innovation award.

Listening to community, looking forward together

RMIT researchers are supporting community-led efforts to change laws holding some Aboriginal Victorians back from employment.

Celebrating diversity: RMIT launches inaugural Iftar dinner

RMIT hosted its first Iftar dinner on Wednesday 22 May in partnership with the Islamic Council of Victoria to promote interfaith and inter-cultural harmony.

New X-ray facility gives students industry-leading edge

The medical radiation suite at RMIT’s Bundoora West site has been given a state-of-the-art facelift with the addition of three new Siemens X-ray machines.

RMIT recognised as Employer of the Year for LGBTI inclusion

RMIT won the top honour - Employer of the Year - at the Australian LGBTI Inclusion Awards, which recognise organisations around the country fostering and supporting diverse communities.

RMIT student awarded European internship with industry leader

An RMIT engineering student has spent two months in the south of Spain working on an innovative solar energy project for one of the country's largest chemical groups.

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.

Research confirms gut-brain connection in autism

People with autism often suffer from gut problems, but nobody has known why. Researchers have now discovered the same gene mutations – found both in the brain and the gut – could be the cause.

RMIT launches Dhumbah Goorowa

As part of National Reconciliation week, RMIT celebrated the launch of its second Reconciliation Plan, Dhumbah Goorowa.

Expanded and improved Elite Athlete Program launched

RMIT has revamped its program designed to support the next generation of elite or emerging athletes as they balance sport and study.

Nurturing community and culture

One student, one alumnus. Both with a passion for health and care in their community. Here we share their stories.

From the burbs to the bay: GPS tracking reveals how litter travels

In a Victorian-first citizen science project, GPS-tracked bottles will be released in suburban waterways around Melbourne to reveal precisely how litter makes its way from our streets to our beaches.

The Capitol reclaims its place as a Melbourne cultural icon

Following a multi-million-dollar refurbishment, The Capitol has reopened today as a contemporary destination for culture, education and innovation.

Marion's ceiling shines again

The revitalisation of Melbourne’s Capitol has provided an opportunity to revisit the feminist history of architect Marion Mahony Griffin and her contribution to the iconic building.

Spotlight on RMIT's practice-based research program in Europe

RMIT's practice-based PhD research program, which focuses on research in the medium of design practice itself, is in its tenth year of success in Europe.

Gentrification and local democracy in Europe: Q&A with Kristin Reichborn-Kjennerud

Kristin Reichborn-Kjennerud, visiting scholar to RMIT's Centre for Urban Research, discusses urban development and the need for social mobilisation to address challenges faced by city residents.

Focus on employment pathways for vulnerable groups in Europe

RMIT’s Louise Robinson is studying community and government programs that provide access to education and employment for vulnerable groups in Spain and the UK.

Bees can link symbols to numbers: study

We’ve learned bees can understand zero and do basic maths, and now a new study shows their tiny insect brains may be capable of connecting symbols to numbers.

School of Fashion and Textiles recognised as world-leading

The latest Business of Fashion ‘Best Fashion Schools in the World’ survey has reviewed fashion institutions from across the world and recognised RMIT as a leader in fashion education.

RMIT leads the conversation on climate change and the future of cities

RMIT is teaming up with industry in Europe to plan for the impacts of climate change on cities, such as droughts and flooding, and to take stock of what city leaders around the world are doing.

RMIT co-chairs global network for gender equality in the media

Gender equality in and through the media is the focus of a UNESCO-supported global collaboration between RMIT University and eighteen other universities.

RMIT students study the audience experience at global festival Sónar+D

The way people experience festivals, such as how they move across different spaces and engage with technology, was recently examined by students as part of an RMIT and UOC summer school in Barcelona.

Urban futures specialist joins RMIT Europe

RMIT's European hub has welcomed Gareth Macnaughton, a European innovation and research manager, to its urban futures innovation program.

RMIT takes centre stage at international technology and creativity conference

With expert presentations and a new summer school, RMIT is in the spotlight at Sónar+D, an international conference held in Barcelona where technology and creativity converge.

Flammable cladding costs could approach billions for building owners if authorities dither

Australian building owners face a bill that could run into billions of dollars to replace combustible cladding of the sort that fuelled the Greenfell tower fire in the UK, which killed 72 people, as well as fires in Australia and overseas.

The Capitol open for business with Agnès Varda retrospective

One of the first seasons to feature at the revitalised Capitol will feature films by the “grandmother of the French New Wave”, celebrated filmmaker Agnès Varda.

How stress can turn our bodies against us – and what we can do about it

Stress is an inevitable part of life, but what happens when it starts to negatively affect our health? And what exactly does chronic stress do to our bodies?

Cultivation of a food sharing culture in Barcelona

RMIT and Trinity College Dublin researcher Dr Ferne Edwards has spent the past few months harvesting food, distributing organic goods and joining strangers around communal dinner tables.

RMIT Europe moves to Barcelona’s innovation district

RMIT has moved its European operations to the city’s innovation and technology district – a shift that signals the University's strong commitment to the City of Barcelona and its presence in Europe.

RMIT awarded funding for nanotechnology research in Europe

RMIT is part of a multi-institution consortium awarded a prestigious European Union Horizon 2020 (H2020) research and innovation grant worth €2M and focused on nanotechnology development.

New partnership in health innovation connects Australia and Spain

Innovative therapy to assist with brain injury rehabilitation is extending to Spain as part of a new agreement between RMIT and one of the country’s largest teaching hospitals.

RMIT research examines the way culture and politics impact housing design regulations

RMIT PhD candidate Alexandra Gower has recently been in London and Barcelona to study the impact of culture and politics on regulations for high-density housing design.

Spotlight on the future of global experiences in higher education

The changing world of work calls for innovation, creativity and flexibility in the way people and projects connect globally.

Melbourne Modern: the legacy of European artists and designers

A new exhibition at the RMIT Gallery traces the lasting impact of European influence on generations of RMIT teachers and students to the present day.

RMIT students explore zero-energy and holistic design in regional Spain

Students from RMIT’s Master of Design Innovation and Technology recently spent two weeks in Spain working on a plan to activate the small historic town of Salobreña in the country's south.

Research gets redefined in one of Barcelona's hottest barrios

Innovation, knowledge sharing and driven transformation is fuelling the microclimate in Barcelona's 22@ zone, the fast-growing hotspot in the barrio (neighbourhood) of Poblenou.

Digital health in focus at RMIT Europe

RMIT has strengthened its commitment to health research and innovation by appointing healthcare innovator Susan Feitoza to head up its digital health division at RMIT Europe in Barcelona.

RMIT and United Nations University collaborate for urban futures

RMIT University and United Nations University are collaborating on smart urban innovation and technology-enabled user engagement projects.

RMIT report sheds light on energy poverty in Barcelona

More than 10% of Barcelona's population experiences energy poverty according to RMIT research commissioned by Barcelona City Council.

European funding award to create network of 'edible cities'

RMIT is set to help develop of a global network of cities focused on green infrastructure and food production solutions after being named a partner on a €11.5 million European research project.

Higher Education Minister visits RMIT Vietnam

The Victorian Minister for Higher Education and Minister for Training and Skills, the Honourable Gayle Tierney, visited RMIT’s Ho Chi Minh City campus this week.

Research set to take European forest assessment to new heights

The use of low-cost and lightweight unmanned aerial vehicles to assess forest health in Europe is the focus of a research collaboration between RMIT and the Italian National Research Council.

Students examine impact of speculative planning in Barcelona

Twenty-seven students from RMIT’s Master of Urban Design and Master of Architecture have spent two weeks studying housing rehabilitation and community building in Barcelona.

RMIT among top organisations for workplace accessibility

The Australian Network on Disability (AND) has recognised RMIT for the second year in a row among Australia’s top organisations in providing an inclusive and accessible workplace.

Rising through the ranks

RMIT has ranked 238th in the world in the latest QS World University Rankings released today - an increase of 12 places.

AFL and the media: 5 things we learned from Justin Rodski

Professional sport has a complex relationship with the media industry, something Justin Rodksi has learned from almost a decade working with Essendon Football Club.

50 years after Australia’s historic ‘equal pay’ decision, the legacy of ‘women’s work’ remains

On the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Case, RMIT expert Leonora Risse reflects on the history of the gender pay gap in Australia.

Industry and education combine to create next gen of UX talent

User experience design skills are in demand and RMIT is leading the way in teaching them with industry partners like Adobe.

A powerful voice for design and education

One of RMIT’s senior architecture leaders has been recognised for her contribution to academia with the 2019 Neville Quarry Architectural Education Prize.

Australia is still building 4 in every 5 new houses to no more than the minimum energy standard

Many new houses in Australia fall short of what is optimal in terms of environment, economic, and social outcomes, and are well below minimum standards set by many other countries, according to expert research.

Goat milk formula could benefit infant gut health: study

Goat milk infant formula has similar prebiotic properties to breast milk and could support healthy gut function in babies, new research suggests.

Growing the future

Three student teams have envisioned new ways of harnessing biotech to solve environmental problems as part of an international design challenge.

Microgravity research rockets: an opportunity for Australian industry?

Now that Australia has a space agency, the next challenge is to find a niche in the expanding global race to commercialise space, writes physicist Dr Gail Iles.

Indigenous Australian artwork in the spotlight at major European festival

Indigenous designs by an RMIT alumnus are being used for official RMIT merchandise as part of the Grec Festival of Barcelona – the city's annual theatre, dance, music and circus festival.

Building urban climate resilience in the Solomon Islands

The informal settlements of Honiara are home to almost half the city’s population. The complex challenges of these vulnerable urban communities call for tailored, multi-faceted solutions.

Changing the Course: RMIT progress on reducing sexual harm

In 2017, RMIT set about responding to the recommendations made by the Australian Human Rights Commission and Universities Australia to change the course on sexual harm.

Student athletes take over Naples

Five elite student athletes and coaches will be chasing gold at an event dubbed the world university games.

How Antarctica’s ultimate survivor is helping lighten our footprint

Tiny and virtually indestructible, the “moss piglet” is one of Antarctica’s toughest inhabitants. Now it’s helping us understand how to better protect this most extreme and vulnerable environment.

Poetic Portraits of Australian Elders

A new project to capture the lives and memories of Australian elders and seniors through poetry is set to restore some balance to an increasingly youth-focused arts sector.

Indigenous alumnus excels in new career

For Indigenous alumnus Mikaela Miller, NAIDOC week is an opportunity to reflect on her successful transition from Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) student to full-time employee.

RMIT and Melbourne Writers Festival join literary forces

RMIT has partnered with the 2019 Melbourne Writers Festival to host a series of events that will bring the City of Literature to life.

Heritage award for modernist ‘Butterfly House’

RMIT has been awarded a Victorian Heritage Award for its restoration of the “Butterfly House”, a renowned modernist home on the Mornington Peninsula, south-east of Melbourne.

Sans Forgetica wins prestigious design award

Sans Forgetica, a typeface that could help people remember more of what they read, has claimed the top award in Communication Design at the 61st annual Good Design Awards overnight.

From hospital to homeless: Victoria’s mental health system fails the most vulnerable

People experiencing homelessness and poor mental health are among Australia’s most vulnerable citizens, RMIT experts say.

Young creative showcases talent and culture for NAIDOC Week

Australian Unity’s annual Artist-in-Residence program invites Indigenous art students to share their artistic process with Rathdowne Place residents and staff.

Highlighting the best of RMIT animation

RMIT graduates will join a line-up of award-winning animators, industry veterans and inspiring independents at Melbourne’s premier animation festival.

One small step for man, a giant leap for space science

From why women are more efficient astronauts to how space tech can help with bushfire responses, RMIT experts share their insights on current and future space science.

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.

50 years on: Five moon mission facts that'll still wow you

On the 50th anniversary of humanity’s first walk on the moon, we asked a physicist, former astronaut trainer and all-round space nerd to shares her favourite lunar factoids.

Does Australia have one of the least generous paid parental leave schemes in the OECD?

RMIT ABC Fact Check investigates Parents At Work founder Emma Walsh's claim that Australia has one of the least generous paid parental leave schemes amongst all OECD nations.

Fear of others is making us sick

Research links lower levels of trust in multicultural communities to poorer mental health.

One in five Australians is a victim of ‘revenge porn’, despite new laws to prevent it

Australian laws have come a long way in terms of responding to image-based sexual abuse, but it remains a social, health, legal and criminal policy challenge, RMIT experts say.

An architecture-lover's guide to spending a day at RMIT

Open House Melbourne 2019 is almost here – here’s your go-to guide to visiting the best RMIT has to offer.

Knowledge as currency

Australia’s foremost thought leaders descended on The Capitol to discuss the budding trends and disruptions shaping the future world of work.

Respect RMIT: Reducing sexual harm

RMIT has continued its progress to build a community where every student and staff member feels safe, respected and valued.

On the beat abroad: Five things I learned working in Japan

An RMIT journalism student shares what she learned during an internship at a prestigious news outlet in Japan as part of a Australia-Japan Foundation (AJF) travel grant.

Australian city workers’ average commute has blown out to 66 minutes a day. How does yours compare?

The average weekly commuting time in Australia has increased considerably since 2002, and this can have negative impacts on job satisfaction and productivity, RMIT experts say.

Is economic growth the lowest it's been since the global financial crisis?

RMIT ABC Fact Check investigates Shadow Treasurer Jim Chalmers' claim that the rate of economic growth has fallen to the lowest level since the global financial crisis.

Tackling urban heat

Students on an RMIT Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) study tour in Barcelona have developed strategies to tackle urban heat – a growing challenge for cities around the world as urban populations increase.

How design and technology is transforming healthcare: Insights from global experts

Experts across the health ecosystem have shared their insights on the way healthcare is being impacted in a digitally connected world at a recent RMIT health innovation symposium in Europe.

Celebrating five years of advocacy and reform

Five years after launching the Centre for Innovative Justice, former Prime Minister Julia Gillard returned to RMIT for a wide-ranging discussion about politics, advocacy and reform.

Lending a helping hand

RMIT University and Hands on Health Australia (HoHA) have teamed up to deliver a student outreach health clinic to Indigenous football and netball club, the Fitzroy Stars.

RMIT receives funding to support the nurses of tomorrow

RMIT’s School of Vocational Engineering, Health and Sciences has been granted a Workforce Training Innovation Fund (WTIF) worth $3.5 million in a Victorian first.

Dual accolades for Madhu Bhaskaran

Associate Professor Madhu Bhaskaran's work in the field of flexible electronics has been recognised with two significant honours.

How liveable is Melbourne really? New report settles the score

A new report measuring Melbourne’s liveability progress calls for a redistribution of employment across the city to reduce commute times, ease traffic congestion and encourage more physical activity.

All power to the proton: researchers make battery breakthrough

Researchers have demonstrated for the first time a working rechargeable “proton battery” that could re-wire how we power our homes, vehicles and devices.

RMIT researchers win prestigious 2018 Victoria Fellowship

RMIT researchers Sumeet Walia and Flora Salim have been awarded Victoria Fellowships for their outstanding work in nanotechnology and data science respectively.

Spare parts from small parts: novel scaffolds to grow muscle

RMIT biomedical engineers have successfully produced a 3D material that mimics nature to transform cells into muscle.

Celebrating Indigenous Women

2018 NAIDOC Week focuses on recognising inspirational Indigenous women- we sat down with Shauntai Batzke, Wiradjuri opera singer and empowering mentor.

Sydney liveability scorecard reveals urban wins and fails

A new report measuring Sydney’s liveability progress finds the city is struggling to meet its public transport targets, but other Australian capitals should aim to replicate its ambitious policies.

A premier partnership: Essendon Football Club and RMIT

Two iconic Melbourne institutions have joined forces, creating a new frontier in cross-industry collaboration.

REW celebrates 50 years delivering English language solutions to the world

RMIT English Worldwide (REW) has been providing education solutions to clients around the globe for 50 years.

RMIT breaks new ground

Hot on the heels of a tertiary education partnership with the Essendon Football Club, RMIT University has unveiled a new AFL ground on its Bundoora campus.

Mental Health Tribunal failing to protect rights: study

The body charged with protecting the rights of mentally ill Victorians is failing to properly and consistently apply the law, research has found.

RMIT report sheds light on energy poverty in Barcelona

More than 10% of Barcelona's population experiences energy poverty according to RMIT research commissioned by Barcelona City Council.

One in three Australian kids exposed to disadvantage, new research reveals

Almost a third of Australian children experience some form of disadvantage that can have a lasting impact on their development, a new study of more than 5,000 children released today has found.

Making architecture more inclusive

Next generation of architects and designers taught the importance of Indigenous inclusion by prominent researcher.

Journalism student receives Ricci Marks award

Bachelor of Communication (Journalism), student Jedda Costa has been recognised at the Ricci Marks Awards Ceremony for her leadership in the Indigenous community.

RMIT ranks in world's top 250 universities again

RMIT is ranked 250th in the latest QS World University Rankings, reconfirming its position in the top 1 per cent* of global universities.

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.

New partnership helps students in Sri Lanka to study locally

RMIT Training and RMIT Vietnam have teamed up to allow students at Sri Lanka Technological Campus (SLTC) to complete the Foundation Studies Science stream locally in Colombo.

RMIT recognised as an Employer of Choice

RMIT University has been named as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (EOCGE).

Fact check: Has the foreign aid budget been cut five years in a row?

Reducing poverty in the developing world is one of the main aims of foreign aid. In real terms, Australia's foreign aid spending has fallen yearly since 2014-15, and it is budgeted to keep on falling.

RMIT celebrates IDAHOBIT

RMIT has gone rainbow for International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT), hosting a broad-ranging panel discussion and other events.

Public Advocate honoured for work supporting the most marginalised

Colleen Pearce has received an honorary doctorate from RMIT University.

Designing in response to Indigenous sovereignty

An interactive Wiradjuri-RMIT project is among the winners in the social impact category at the 2018 Good Design Awards.

Climbing the ShanghaiRanking ladder

Engineering and Technology subjects were the stand-out performers in the 2018 ShanghaiRanking released yesterday.

Greening the West

RMIT Landscape Architecture students are contributing design work to an exciting initiative in Melbourne’s west through a partnership with City West Water.

Students at the centre of award-winning course designs

Two Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning will be awarded to three RMIT teachers as part of the annual Australian Teaching Awards for University Teaching on 12 October.

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.

Melbourne needs second metro, experts warn

Urban researchers are calling for a second Melbourne Metro Rail, warning the current project won’t meet the expected capacity demand unless the city plans for more rail line infrastructure.

Innovation districts connect Melbourne to Barcelona

Recognised as global smart cities with mutual interests in knowledge sharing and technology districts, the connections between Melbourne and Barcelona are growing deeper.

RMIT athletes perform on the world stage

Students and alumni taste success at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

Fact Check: Are Muslims more likely to be convicted?

Are Muslims in NSW and Victoria three times more likely than other groups to be convicted of crimes?

Fact Check: Would reducing international students create university places?

Would reducing international student visas create university places for Australians? RMIT ABC Fact Check investigates.

A 'Gold Employer' honour

RMIT University has been awarded Gold Employer status in the Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI) as recognition for its commitment to a diverse genders, sexes and sexualities community.

Supported saving boosts financial wellbeing: report

A new RMIT report confirms actively saving is one of the most important influences on financial wellbeing, benefitting not only individuals but their households, communities and the broader economy.

Melbourne tree data visualisation grows overseas

When Greg More undertook a data visualisation of Melbourne's 70,000 trees he never thought the project would take him to London's iconic Victoria and Albert museum.

Fact Check: Does Scott Morrison's cabinet have additional female representation?

As the dust settles on a messy leadership spill, allegations of bullying have opened a debate over whether the Liberal Party has a problem with women's representation.

Civil aviation flying high thanks to language proficiency test

A test that assesses the English language proficiency of pilots and air traffic controllers is set to return to RMIT.

Peer-to-peer mentoring program shortlisted for prestigious award

For Valerie Li Yuen Fong, the Student Learning Adviser Mentors (SLAMs) program is like a second family.

Fact Check: Without a home

Despite sustained economic growth, the latest figures show that homelessness in Australia has continued to rise. ABC Fact Check investigates.

New Future Fellows boost RMIT research

New ARC Future Fellowships awarded to RMIT researchers will support landmark projects on foetal brain development, improving human rights and cutting-edge photonics.

New pathways to justice

Finding innovative justice responses for survivors and victims of sexual abuse is one way that RMIT is working to build a community where students and staff feel safe, respected and valued.

Star mentor recognised in Women in Industry Awards

Senior electrotechnology educator Dr Gita Pendharkar has won the Mentor of the Year Award, a recognition of her outstanding commitment to her students.

Electric career in electrical engineering honoured with major medal

Distinguished Professor Xinghuo Yu has been honoured for his major contribution to electrical engineering with the 2018 MA Sargent Medal.

The trophy-winning trophy

The Larry Perkins Trophy, developed through an RMIT / Australian Grand Prix partnership, has picked up an international design award.

NAS a multi-award winner

RMIT’s New Academic Street (NAS) precinct has swept the field at the 2018 Victorian Architecture Awards, taking out the Victorian Architecture Medal along with five other prizes.

Students reach new heights at global fashion summit

Three students from the School of Fashion and Textiles were selected to participate in the 2018 Youth Fashion Summit in Copenhagen.

RMIT alumni excel as Quill Awards finalists

RMIT University’s alumni have been acknowledged for Excellence in Victorian Journalism with 11 nominations in this year’s Melbourne Press Club Quill Awards.

Design evolution: building a radically new kind of hearing aid

Developing the world’s first modular hearing aid took 130 prototypes but for the researcher behind the revolutionary design, each miniscule change was critical.

Explore RMIT design at Melbourne Design Week

As Design Partner to the NGV, RMIT is proud to present and support a range of industry-focused events - including talks, exhibitions and tours - at Melbourne Design Week.

Out of this world: Designing an urban area on Mars

In the next giant leap for mankind, RMIT students are designing, creating and exploring a sophisticated civilisation on Mars.

Dateline: Graduate Fashion Week 2018

The catwalks of Europe have long beckoned to young fashion designers around the world with dreams of seeing their creations paraded in front of A-list crowds and industry representatives.

Human animal hybrid exhibition explores an enduring fascination

The fantasy of merging animals and humans into one hybrid creature is explored in 'My Monster: The Human Animal Hybrid' at RMIT Gallery from 29 June to 18 August.

Fashion design graduate tops AGOTYA field

Fashion design Honours graduate Jessica Gregory declared overall winner of the Design Institute of Australia’s 2018 Australian Graduate of the Year Award (AGOTYA) last week.

Iconic screen producer makes honour roll

Adjunct Professor and producer of The Dressmaker, Sue Maslin, has been admitted to the Victorian Honour Roll of Women, recognising her continued advocacy for women’s equality.

Connecting culture, tradition and fashion in Vietnam

An immersive journey to the mountains of northern Vietnam brought new insights into the vibrant traditional fashion of ethnic minority groups.

Design veteran set to lead landscape architecture at RMIT

Associate Professor Katrina Simon has been announced as RMIT’s new Associate Dean of Landscape Architecture, in the School of Architecture and Urban Design.

Inspiring the next generation of Indigenous poets

Gomeroi poet, life writer and essayist Alison Whittaker visits RMIT to help the next generation of Indigenous poets.

Masters of Disasters

Humanitarian experts from around the world have investigated how ‘activist architects’ working in disaster zones can design buildings for people in need.

MFW: fearless fashion from Australia's emerging designers

Headpieces for Indigenous drag queens, the art of flâneurie, 3D printed experimental designs, and materials made from discarded plastic will all be on display during Melbourne Fashion Week.

Clever creatives pick up their pencils

RMIT advertising students have picked up three coveted ‘pencils’ at the prestigious D&AD New Blood awards in London.

From RMIT to Sundance

RMIT alumnus and screenwriter Scott Ryan has exploded on to the international stage, with his six-part series "Mr InBetween" premiering at the Sundance Film Festival.

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.

Fashion forward: RMIT student wins Melbourne Fashion Week award

An RMIT student has won the prestigious student award at Melbourne Fashion Week (MFW) for her Choose Your Own Adventure-inspired project.

Game on: journalism students bring finals fever to Channel 31

A group of aspiring sports journalists will cover all the ins and outs of a blockbuster AFL finals series during their live chat show on Melbourne community television station, Channel 31.

Reframing homelessness

Final year photography students have reshaped their perception of homelessness through a collaborative project with RMIT ABC Fact Check.

The future of digital science education

Gone are the days of sketching out cells on paper - modern scientific research uses cutting-edge tech, and science education is doing the same, according to an RMIT expert.

Inspiring young STEM brains

Undergraduate students are taking part in a mentorship program designed to encourage students in years 7-10 to pursue STEM studies at school and beyond.

Have social housing levels fallen to historic lows?

RMIT ABC Fact Check investigates Adrian Pisarski's claim that social housing levels in Australia dropped from a high of 7.1 per cent in 1991 to a low of 4.2 per cent today.

Five top stories: Putting the spotlight on science

From brainy bees to tech that can create memories in a flash, these are some of our biggest science stories this year so far.

Matt Canavan says hook turns are a 'stupid way' to manage traffic. Are they?

Senator for Queensland Matt Canavan has put noses out of joint in Melbourne with his biting comment about the southern city's most eccentric traffic rule — hook turns.

The cost of reporting the truth

Some of Australia’s most prominent journalists gathered at RMIT’s City campus on Thursday to discuss why journalism matters and challenges facing the industry.

Case in Victoria could set new legal precedent for stealthing

Stealthing, or removing a condom during sex, is believed to happen more frequently than sexual violence, but an RMIT expert says the issue is lacking legal clarity.

Online in the outback

A new podcast from remote Australia reveals how the world’s oldest living culture is embracing mobile technology.

Researchers look to the skies for stroke response breakthrough

How do you put a 500kg CT machine in an Air Ambulance helicopter or fixed wing plane? That’s the challenge researchers face in a bid to transform access to emergency stroke treatment.

DIY balloon pump takes research to the people

A simple pressure pump, made from balloons and nylon stockings, means more people in more places will be able to test water contaminants and blood samples.

Tackling homelessness starts with public housing

At the start of Homelessness Week (4-10 August), RMIT experts shed light on the most pressing issues facing Australia’s homeless population.

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.

The Hawks and the Giants played AFL in the snow earlier this month, but was it the first time ever?

RMIT ABC Fact Check deep dives into AFL history to see if they can answer this question.

Prime Ministers talk education, trade and economy in Vietnam

Prime Ministers Nguyen Xuan Phuc and the Honourable Scott Morrison met with leading Australian businesses operating in Vietnam this week, with discussions focused on strengthening relationships, regional trade and investment.

Farmers share local knowledge, build climate change resilience

A community-led collaboration is harnessing local knowledge for a positive regional response to climate change.

Artwork chronicles changing tides of Victoria

A student artwork inspired by Victoria’s rich history has been unveiled outside the State Library of Victoria.

War on waste: A tale of two cities

From edible cities to plastic pollution – two RMIT experts share their thoughts on sustainability issues across two continents.

Typographer’s ANZAC Square project one for the ages

Indigenous town names were the inspiration for Melbourne typographer Stephen Banham’s latest project, more than 200 square metres of commemorative bronze type screens at Brisbane’s ANZAC Square.

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.

MasterMakers celebrates skills and originality in contemporary jewellery

A bold, unexpected and daring exhibition of contemporary jewellery charts four decades of gold and silversmithing masterclasses at RMIT.

Sustainability is the new black, fashion experts say

As Melbourne Fashion Week kicks off, experts from RMIT's globally renowned School of Fashion and Textiles weigh in on some of the industry's hot topics.

RMIT takes home two BHERT Awards

RMIT has taken out two categories in the prestigious Business / Higher Education Round Table (BHERT) Awards.

What you really need to know about Melbourne being named the world’s second most liveable city – again

Melbourne has retained second place in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s global liveability index but what, if anything, does it all mean? Our experts explain.

Future fashion stars shine

RMIT fashion students will once again be counted among the industry’s most innovative emerging designers at Melbourne Fashion Week’s annual student runway.

Tackling a sustainable fashion internship

Fashion student Amy Wolchyn brought her sustainable design skills to an internship with H&M subsidiary, Weekday.

Speaking from the heart: Yankunytjatjara poet Ali Cobby Eckermann

On the eve of her appearance at the Melbourne Writer’s Festival, world-renowned poet and multi-award-winning indigenous writer Ali Cobby Eckermann features in a new podcast from The Garret.

Confused or clueless about global politics? Barely Gettin' By is the podcast for you

A new podcast is using a history of the present and a different perspective to explore key political events and issues to ask what’s being missed when we only hear certain voices.

Meet the designer with her eyes on the prize

After winning a competition for her stand-out spectacles, one fashion student will see her eyewear designs come to life in Specsavers stores across Australia and New Zealand.

More targeted, less toxic: the golden future of cancer treatment

Researchers have engineered gold-based molecules that target cancer cells and leave healthy cells unharmed, in a critical step towards precision cancer drugs with fewer toxic side effects.

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?

NYC-inspired designs a hit at Melbourne Fashion Week

An exclusive range of Beekeeper Parade bumbags using the New York-inspired designs of RMIT fashion students has been developed as part of a Melbourne Fashion Week event.

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.

The queer lens: A masterclass

The Capitol continues to deliver as an important cultural hub, with a screening of the ground-breaking documentary The Queen and a masterclass on what it means to be a genderqueer artist.

Designing out waste

In partnership with Common Purpose and the City of Melbourne, RMIT students have come together with frontline organisations to tackle one of Melbourne’s biggest challenges: waste.

Education thought leader named among women of influence

Professor Belinda Tynan has been named as one of the Australian Financial Review’s Top 100 Women of Influence.

New book explores émigré legacy at RMIT

In an era when debate rages about giving refuge to those considered ‘outsiders’, a new book launched at RMIT Gallery explores the far-reaching impact and contributions of European migrants in Australian culture.

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.

RMIT excels in higher education ranking

RMIT has consolidated its position amongst the top global universities for higher education, climbing 8 places in the latest global QS Graduate Employability Rankings released today.

RMIT achieves Athena SWAN Bronze award

RMIT‘s efforts to improve gender equity have been acknowledged with an Athena SWAN Bronze award, part of the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) initiative.

RMIT strengthens global standing

RMIT has improved its position in the 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject, with nine subject areas ranked in the top 100 – two more than last year.

This high-tech stick can predict your risk of heart problems

A hand-held device to predict heart failure based on saliva could help millions of potential victims take preventative steps to avoid their fate.

The Data Game

Journalism students are combining their reporting skills and love of footy to produce the AFL’s latest online show.

AFL grand final 2019: What you really need to know

Will every Victorian barrack for Richmond on Saturday? What would the Giants’ first flag mean for their brand and supporters? Our experts analyse the big issues ahead of the first bounce.

Human trials begin for first generation gas sensing capsule

Clinical trials of an electronic capsule that measures gases in the gut, first developed at RMIT, have begun in Melbourne.

A new home for young media-makers

For the first time, three student and youth media organisations have been brought together in a custom-built space at RMIT.

Opening up the outdoors for Aussie wheelchair users

An RMIT graduate has won the national James Dyson award for his invention of a portable and affordable accessory that allows manual wheelchair users to access any terrain, anywhere, anytime.

From classroom to lounge room: Five things I learned from presenting Australia by Design

Taking her love of design to the small screen, an RMIT student is co-presenting a show that puts the spotlight on design innovations in Australia. She shares her experience and top tips.

An unforgettable year – Sans Forgetica turns one

One year after Sans Forgetica – a typeface that could help people remember more of what they read - was released into the world, the RMIT trio behind the project reflect on the wild ride that ensued.

Media more important than ever as political moralities decline

The media must call out nonsense when it sees it and distil dishonest rhetoric from the debate, not contribute to it, according to RMIT’s newest Adjunct Professor, Barrie Cassidy.

RMIT alumni in the UK fostering sustainable change

From humanitarian education to urban planning, meet two RMIT alumni based in the United Kingdom who are contributing to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

RMIT and ACMI join forces to support next gen creatives

RMIT will become ACMI’s Major Research Partner, in an expanded four-year partnership building on the successful relationship established in 2016.