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Beating COVID-19
Together, we can help our researchers fast-track a potential vaccine for COVID-19, and students experiencing financial hardship. Your support means everything, please give our #UQChangeMakers a clap on social media as they work around the clock to develop a vaccine to stop COVID-19. #clapCOVID19researchers.

UQ’s Queensland Centre for Gynaecological Cancer (QCGC) Research are holding a COVID-19 webinar on Friday 27 March at 5pm Brisbane AEST, to keep women with gynaecological cancer informed during the coronavirus pandemic. Find out more on the webinar event website.
Cyber security researchers around the world have witnessed a surge in COVID-19 themed cybercrime. Take care to ensure that any messages (phone, email or text) regarding COVID-19 are genuine before replying, downloading, clicking links or providing information. Find out how to stay protected.


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Beating COVID-19
Together, we can help our researchers fast-track a potential vaccine for COVID-19, and students experiencing financial hardship. Your support means everything, please give our #UQChangeMakers a clap on social media as they work around the clock to develop a vaccine to stop COVID-19.
Subsequent to teaching activities moving to online, UQ food services will still be staffed and accessible. However, from Monday 23 March, UQ retail outlets and food services have effected reduced hours until further notice.
Read the FAQs for the latest advice and information for staff and students.
UQ immunologist Professor Ian Frazer AC and virologist Dr Kirsty Short answer your questions about COVID-19 and what we can do to reduce the spread of the virus.
A group of year five students from St Margaret's Anglican Girls School has made a touching contribution to our researchers working tirelessly toward a COVID-19 vaccine.
UQ’s Confucius Institute and Institute of Modern Languages (IML) are offering free staff places for basic/intermediate Mandarin classes for eight weeks beginning Monday 20 – Tuesday 21 April from 4.30–6.30pm. Classes will be delivered online via Zoom. For more information and to register by the deadline (Friday 10 April), contact the Confucius Business Manager.
Fitness Passport Memberships during Gym Shutdowns
Fitness Passport memberships will be suspended during mandatory government shutdowns. Current members will not be charged membership fees during this period. For further information, contact
Staff appointments available and will be bulk-billed until further notice. Make a booking on the UQ Health Care Clinic website or phone 3365 6210. If you are experiencing cold or flu symptoms please call before attending the clinic.
The UQ Travel website provides information for UQ travellers about UQ travel restrictions and insurance cover.
It’s important you safely and securely manage your files. Based on the type of information you are working with, it’s essential that you select an appropriate storage location that meets your needs, as well as UQ’s and regulatory compliance requirements. Find out where you should be storing your files.
Nominations are now open for the UQ alumni awards. Each year UQ celebrates alumni who have accomplished outstanding success in their field and who have made exemplary contributions to their community. Nominations will close at 5pm (AEST) on Friday 15 May 2020.
There has been a timetable change for the UQ Intercampus Bus East Bound (Gatton to St Lucia) route. A new bus stop located on Lowood Minden Road replaces the old Minden Cross Roads (Warrego Hwy) bus stop. For more information on the Intercampus bus service, visit the UQ Campuses web page.
UQ's campuses are rich in native flora which attracts an abundance of wildlife. Find out what to do if you find injured wildlife on campus. Visit the UQ Sustainability website.
Churchill Trust Fellowships will fund over 100 non-academic overseas projects to inspire new ideas, innovation and excellence. Applications are open until Thursday 30 April 2020.
There will be a number of road closures to facilitate road resurfacing on the St Lucia campus. Traffic controllers and traffic management plans will be in effect to manage diversions and disruptions. Affected areas include Sir William MacGregor Drive and Upland Road.
UQ is developing a temporary, large-scale teaching space at St Lucia to support its Teaching and Learning while permanent facilities are considered and pursued. The new space will be built behind the Art Museum adjacent to Mill Rd and is due to open later this year.
P&F teamed up with the School of Biological Sciences to rehome native bees in display hives to be used for teaching and research purposes. Check out the Contact magazine article and video.
The Health, Safety and Wellness quarterly newsletter is now available to view online. The newsletter contains updates on relevant health and safety issues across UQ and provides information on Wellness opportunities for staff. For more information, contact Health Safety and Wellness at
While the Internet provides convenience and connectivity, it’s important that we understand the security risks and take steps to protect ourselves and those around us. Read our Internet safety tips.
Fulbright offers scholarships to the United States for Australian citizens to undertake training or research programs across all career stages, from postgraduate to senior scholar and professional. Applications open until 6 July 2020.
This year, Information Technology Services (ITS) is asking you to think about the safety of your personal and professional information. There are simple steps we can all take to protect ourselves and those around us – find out how to keep your personal and professional details secure.
UQ Staff are now required to apply for their leave (all types) via MyAurion. Paper forms are now a thing of the past! This is another small step in supporting UQ's sustainability initiatives.
Academic promotion recognises our staff's significant contribution to their discipline, our students, the University and the broader community. UQ offers its congratulations to the academics who have been promoted from 2020
The Property and Facilities Division (P&F) has published its fifth edition of P&F News, which will provide an insight into P&F's many services, sustainability efforts and major projects across our campuses. Keep up to date with news and initiatives by reading the latest edition and subscribing to future editions.
UQ is introducing multi-factor authentication (MFA) to all staff this year to protect your personal information and University data. More than 5000 staff are already using MFA and we've collected some handy tips to enhance your MFA experience.
UQ takes the protection of your personal information and University data very seriously. To safeguard this information, we are introducing a new functionality, called multi-factor authentication (MFA), which adds another layer of security to your UQ username and password.
After a comprehensive review, Information Technology Services (ITS) has created new policies and procedures to help you understand your roles and responsibilities in relation to UQ’s ICT resources. Find out more about the changes and register for the upcoming information seminar.
As part of a strategy to streamline processes and cross charging, from Friday 1 November 2019 ID cards for UQ staff will be issued and replaced free of charge. At this stage, staff will still need to complete the ID card request form to confirm authorised access. Further efficiencies will include embedding the ID card process through the HR system as part of the new on-boarding process.
Earlier in 2019 UQ moved to the latest version of Adobe’s Creative Cloud. From 30 November 2019, old versions of Creative Cloud software (e.g. InDesign, Illustrator and Acrobat Pro) may become inaccessible. If you haven’t already, find out how to install the latest version of Creative Cloud and update your software.
Credential phishing is an email scam that targets your login details. Learn how to spot a credential phishing scam and protect your sensitive information in this month’s cyber awareness update.
UQ has recently moved from a preferred supplier panel to an approved supplier list. We now have more than 20 approved photography and videography suppliers, giving staff a range of options, both in style and price point. All suppliers must be set up in UniFi for payment, and non-approved suppliers will be blocked. Send requests to add new supplier to
Our learning spaces are currently undergoing substantial audiovisual upgrades. Find out how new equipment may change the way you connect your devices in teaching spaces.
In July 2019 UQ launched automated invoice processing, introducing optical character recognition (OCR) technology and changing the way the Accounts Payable team manage processing supplier payments. OCR technology significantly streamlines the payment process, however suppliers are required to meet specific requirements to ensure an efficient payment process.
Learn how to protect yourself online. UQ’s ‘Staff cyber security awareness – Essentials’ training module provides essential information for protecting yourself and the University from cyber threats. All UQ staff are required to complete this training every three years. Optional modules are also available to help further your knowledge. Access the online training >
Business email compromise occurs when an employee receives an email from a senior staff member requesting important documents or payment. Find out how to spot a fraudulent business email, and protect yourself from a potential attack.
Mobile phones (including accessories) and commonly purchased software are now available on UQeMarket. This makes ordering easier and faster – for full details and information on how to order, read more.
Get up to scratch with a UQ Sport First Aid and CPR Short Course. Open to all students, staff and public, and taking enrolments all year round – it's never too late to get certified. Click to see upcoming dates and enrol today.
Did you know that emailing multiple support accounts actually increases the time taken to respond to your query? Find out how to contact support teams correctly, to ensure a faster response.
UQ staff and students who wish to quit smoking are able to access support options – full details are available via the website. For more information and enquiries, contact