Masters and Slaves: watch a literary showdown!

What are you doing this Thursday night? Studying studiously, late-night shopping, chilling in bed?

While all the aforementioned are great options – let us suggest an even better one: come along to our annual Masters and Slaves event.

Who doesn’t love a good duel? Whether it’s between Jaime Lannister and Brienne of Tarth, or our School of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences students and literary greats…

In this must see event, our students will duel with their literary heroes in a live theatre battle for supremacy. Their performances will centre around one main question: who are the great literary masters and who are the slaves?

Hosted by Friends of the Library, Masters and Slaves is a crowd favourite; after all, who doesn’t love take-down critiques, satirical rants, author dedications and painful homages?

5:30pm – 7:30pm, Thursday 24 August

Drama Theatre
The Link (G07)
Gold Coast Campus

General Admission: $15
Students: $10
Griffith Staff: $10
Friends of the Library members: FREE

Book here

Food and beverages are included in the ticket price.

#LibraryShelfies on display at your campus library

#LibraryShelfie Gallery at the Logan campus library.

In case you missed it, we held a #libraryshelfie competition during the month of July.

Some of you submitted entries on Insta, many of you voted for your faves on the Library Blog, and all of you are sure to love what’s coming next.

Since we had so many awesome entries this year, we decided an online gallery of #libraryshelfies was not enough. We decided to bring the online, offline, and have a gallery of entries IRL.

Come along to your nearest Griffith University campus library and view the #libraryshelfie gallery.

The gallery will be on display until Friday 1 September.

It’s National Science Week!

What’s this week?

Well, apart from being week 7 of the trimester, week 5 of the current Game of Thrones season, and week 4 of The Bachelor

It’s National Science Week! An annual celebration of science and technology, spanning 12 August to 20 August.  

Are you studying a science degree? Now’s your time to totally rep your discipline and show your friends and fam how interesting science can be! Or if you’re not studying a science degree, it’s a perfect opportunity to learn a bit!

To celebrate National Science Week, events are being held throughout Queensland.

We’ve listed some below, though you can find a full list of events and further information about National Science Week at the Science Week website.

Street Science

  • What: Engage in static and hands-on science activities on soil testing. You can examine abiotic factors, soil drainage, soil pH, nutrient levels, soil texture, biotic factors, soil community, and composition: ants /worms /microbes.
  • When: Friday, 11 August 2017 till Sunday, 20 August 2017, 7:00am to 6:00pm
  • Where: The Ekka! Agricultural Hall RNA Showgrounds, 600 Gregory Terrace, Brisbane

Tiny Worlds

  • What: a special collection of microscopy images and biomedical illustrations from QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute that invite you to see the most hidden parts of the body under the microscope.
  • When: Saturday, 29 July 2017 till Sunday, 3 September 2017, 9:30am to 5:00pm
  • Where: Queensland Museum, Grey St, South Brisbane

Griffith is also hosting a suite of events to celebrate the week – check them out here.

Library opening hours for the Ekka show holiday

Photo of carnival ride

It’s that time of year again – Ekka time!

Chilly, windy days; carnies flocking to town; and people doing their best to avoid a winter cold.

Starting next Monday, the round of Show holidays begins!

It’s time to brave the crowds, stock up on show bags, enjoy some rides, chow down some carnival food, and revel in the the fireworks. Or skip the Ekka all together and just enjoy a nice day off. Either or.

Monday 14 August is a public holiday for Logan campus. Wednesday 16 August is then a public holiday for all Brisbane campuses (we’re looking at you – Nathan, Mt Gravatt, and South Bank). And, all good things come to those who wait. So while it is a bit of a longer wait (soz), Friday 1 September it’s finally your turn Gold Coast!

Library opening hours have changed for the Show Holidays so be sure to check the library opening hours for your campus library.

Logan Show
Monday 14 August 2017
Brisbane Show
Wednesday 16 August 2017
Gold Coast Show
Friday 01 September 2017
Gold Coast 7am – 12am 7am – 12am 10am – 5pm
Logan 12pm – 5pm 8am – 8pm 8am – 5pm
Mt Gravatt 8am – 9pm 12pm – 5pm 8am – 6pm
Nathan 7am – 12am 10am – 5pm 7am – 12am
Queensland College of Art 8am – 8pm 9am – 1pm 8am – 8pm
QCGU 8am – 8pm 1pm – 5pm 8am – 8pm

Take a break, play some games

Student life can be tough. Exams, assignments, classes, work, maintaining a social life, and sleep.

Of course you’re incredibly studious and hard-working, so you’re on top of all that, right? However it’s important to ensure you balance both work and leisure time to avoid burn out.

Hopefully you’re finding the time to take a break from your diligent studying at least once a week to watch the new episode of Game of Thrones.

But is just over an hour of action-packed carnage and ridiculously good looking characters enough of a break for you?

If you feel like you need a bit of respite while on campus, why not come along to a Giant Games Afternoon. Run by Griffith Mates, they have Jenga, Connect Four, Chess, and great tunes.

You’ll can catch these events weekly at both Nathan and Gold Coast campuses:

Gold Coast

  • When: Thursdays 12pm – 2pm, Trimester weeks 1 – 10
  • Where: Shard (G11), outside the library


  • When: Tuesdays 12pm – 2pm, Trimester weeks 1 – 10
  • Where: Campus Heart (N76)

Find more activities and events on the Griffith Mates webpage.

What is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

As a student, we bet you often feel exhausted and fatigued. Early morning lectures, late nights, countless cups of coffee…

But while this may be a temporary state for you (until uni break swings around, of course!), for some it’s permanent.

Have you heard of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)? Kind of like being in the midst of exam week 24/7, CFS causes extreme fatigue and/or tiredness which can’t easily be explained by an underlying medical condition.

Around 400,000 Australians are believed to be affected by CFS, many of whom are house bound or bed bound.

Much like your physics notes, the causes of CFS aren’t well understood. Though, as we’re sure your physics lecturer is endeavoring to help you understand the ins and outs of kinematics, Griffith researchers are working hard to better understand CFS.

In fact, researchers from Griffith’s National Centre for Neuroimmunology and Emerging Diseases have discovered a cell receptor which could be a key contributing factor to CFS.

Keen to learn more about it? We have the lead researchers presenting their findings at our upcoming Friends of the Library event on 10 August. Come along to the Gold Coast campus to hear our academics discuss their groundbreaking research. They will talk about the challenges with CFS diagnosis, clinical presentation, and treatments.

Event details

  • Date: 10 August 2017
  • Time: 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
  • Location: Leneen Forde Chancellery (G34), Gold Coast campus, Griffith University
  • Register here

Friends of the Library membership

You will have the option to become a Friends of the Library member when you register for this event. Following the presentation, Friends of the Library members will be invited to join us for a cocktail reception and the opportunity to network with industry colleagues and our presenters. A Friends of the Library membership includes:

  • Invitations to a range of events featuring national and international guest speakers
  • Friends-only cocktail receptions
  • Access to exhibitions and displays in our libraries
  • Friends of the Library e-newsletter
  • Discount on University Library borrowing
  • 20% discount on Griffith Review subscription

Music in the Library at the Gold Coast today


It’s time for another Music in the Library performance from the super talented students over at the Queensland Conservatorium-Griffith University (QCGU).

Today, we’ve got duo Marcus Bishop and Anthony Ball, as well as solo performer Olivia Dennis, joining us at the Gold Coast campus library. Come along at 1pm and hear some tunes live in your library. After all, science says music helps you study!

The Music in the Library series is an exciting innovation that aims to enliven the campus library spaces and give QCGU students a chance to build valuable performance experience.

Got a lecture and can’t make it? Don’t worry we’ve got more library performances on the way.

You’ll have plenty more chances to enjoy the music across Trimester 2 as students from the Queensland Conservatorium-Griffith University (QCGU) will visit each campus to showcase their talents.