The Lighthouse turns one: amplifying Macquarie’s research discoveries to the world


April 10 marked one year since the launch of The Lighthouse ­– Macquarie’s ground-breaking news portal showcasing the world-changing research and expert opinion across all our faculties.

Thanks to the enthusiasm and support of Macquarie staff, The Lighthouse has published more than 200 research stories in its first 12 months, generating hundreds of thousands of page views.

Editor Angie Kelly says the success of The Lighthouse has been one of the highlights of her 30+ year journalism career.

The Lighthouse has become a key source for Australian research news, with our stories regularly sought after by major media outlets including The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian, and the ABC,” she says. “I’m thrilled that we’re able to amplify the remarkable achievements of Macquarie researchers to national and international audiences.

“I want to personally thank all the scientists, astronomers, business analysts, psychologists, historians, philosophers and the dozens of other experts who have helped us shine a light on Macquarie’s research, which makes a difference in our world each and every day.”

Angie is currently on a roadshow around the University, talking to faculties about how they can work together to create topical and timely stories that resonate with Lighthouse readers and the media. If you would like to know more about amplifying your research, email

Here are the top three Lighthouse stories that were most liked, clicked and shared over the past year. You can subscribe to new stories at the bottom of the Lighthouse homepage.


Let’s get that bread: How teenagers change language

Teens are so lit when it comes to being innovative linguists. Dr Nick Wilson from the Department of Linguistics explains. Read more >>


How Assassin’s Creed triggered a world-first Egyptian hieroglyphics decoder

A new digital decoder uses Macquarie University research to help scholars and students translate stories from the ancient Egyptian world. Read more >>


Do mobile phones affect your sleep?

There’s good evidence showing that accessing our mobile phones or other electronic devices before bed can interfere with our normal sleep processes. Dr Wayne Warburton from the Department of Psychology explains. Read more >>





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