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Research Week starts today and will celebrate a record number of UQ researchers, supervisors and exceptional work across the University. Events include the gala awards night, UQ 3MT competition, the Research Capabilities Showcase and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Forum.
UQ will be joining friends from QUT, Griffith, USQ and USC under a University Unity banner for the Brisbane Pride Rally and March on Saturday 21 September. Join UQ in the march and demonstrate acceptance, unity, inclusivity and support for the LGBTIAQ+ community. For more information, contact
UQ Idea Hub have opened up a two-day Sandbox workshop open to UQ staff's children, designed for Year 7–12 students. Register your children for a holiday program full of fun and exploration from Wednesday 25 – Thursday 26 September. For more information, contact
Join the symposium for an afternoon of exciting talks and poster exploring roles of metals in living. Topics include metalloenzymes, antimicrobials, metal homeostasis and novel therapeutics. Submit a poster presentation – the two best posters receives a people's choice prize. For more information and to RSVP, contact Associate Professor Ulrike Kappler ( by Thursday 3 October, including relevant dietary requirements and poster presentations.


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The Library has rolled out new web resources for metrics for grant and promotion applications. From the new Get metrics web page, researchers can learn how to compile their own metrics or request a metrics report using a simple online form. It also contains links to resources and relevant training sessions.
A reminder to ensure (fully) approved paperwork is received by the HR Transactions teams in accordance with the Salary and Pay Deadlines for 2019 for processing of HR/Payroll documentation, timesheets, allowances, etc. For any enquiries, contact the People Services Unit within Human Resources.
Keen to work wonders for sick kids as a volunteer for the Nine Telethon? Applications are now open! The Telethon is on Saturday 16 November, raising funds for the Children's Hospital Foundation. For more information, contact Jessica Glass at
From a multi-award winning Australian author, a leader in international finance and trailblazers in medicine and research, the achievements of the UQ 2019 Alumni Awards winners demonstrate the breadth of excellence among the UQ alumni community. Read about the winners.
Applications are open for the QUEX Professional Services Staff Fellowship. The program is designed to provide professional development opportunities and to share best practice and experience between professional colleagues at UQ and the University of Exeter (Exeter). For more information, contact UQ Global Strategy (
Through the joint-PhD program, students can receive a scholarship to study at two world-leading, research-intensive institutions – UQ and the Indian Institute of Technology (IITD) – on multidisciplinary projects. Upon successful completion of the program, students will be offered a jointly badged PhD from both UQ and IITD.
The St Lucia Community Garden is a multi-functional outdoor area where students, staff and community members can come together to garden, prepare and cook freshly harvested produce, learn, and relax. For more information, contact Christine McCallum at
A cyber security website has been launched to increase the availability of information on cyber security – both general and UQ-specific. Find comprehensive yet understandable content on how to recognise cyber security threats and protect yourself from them to stay cyber secure, as well as links to report cyber security incidents.
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.
Non-confidential proposals are invited for small and large molecule drug discovery collaboration in the areas of oncology, inflammation and immunology, fibrotic diseases and rare diseases. Deadline Monday 14 October 2019. Q&A Session with Pfizer on Tuesday 24 September – contact to RSVP by Monday 16 September.
It’s game-on for budding game developers to jump into the weirdly wonderful world of quantum physics. Led by UQ, the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems is calling for quantum physics fans to enter their Quantum Games competition.
Check out the Health, Safety and Wellness events calendar for a UQ Wellness Program event near you. Upcoming sessions include meditation, free health checks, mindfulness, nutrition, nature walks and much more. For more information, contact
Property & Facilities Division (P&F) has published its fourth 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 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
The Halls of Residence in partnership with its caterer Chartwells has won the Savour Australia Best Site Caterer, for Queensland and the Northern Territory for the third year in a row.
A scheduled outage will impact landline phones (inbound and outbound service), fax, voicemail, call queuing (including QMaster) and automated phone messages across all UQ locations between 6 and 10 pm on Sunday 29 September 2019.
From 4 September, all courses formerly provided by will be available through LinkedIn Learning. The University of Queensland will continue to provide access to this content for staff and students so you will be able to access the same great training courses and gain new skills.
Staff are invited to celebrate Research Administrators Day on Wednesday 25 September. Join the DVCR and colleagues for a networking breakfast, hear from guest speaker, Susan Pearse, and win fabulous prizes. For more information, contact Sally Cameron at
Hong Kong continues to experience widespread protests and civil unrest that has become unpredictable and is expected to continue. The University's travel insurer has advised that any flight disruptions, cancellations, lost deposits and/or political evacuation due to the protests/civil unrest may no longer be considered an unforeseen circumstance. For more information, contact
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.
Next Vice-Chancellor search begins
Thank you for sharing your views on the selection criteria for the next Vice-Chancellor. The global search has commenced to find the right person to build on our track record and reflect our values as a visionary leader. We look forward to keeping you updated throughout the 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 >
The Australasian University Health Challenge (AUHC) is starting soon. Head to the 10,000 Steps website, represent UQ, and take the step towards a healthier you.
See the proposed plans for the Student Hub, which includes more teaching and learning space, first-stop shop for student services, larger space for UQ Union, clubs and societies and a performance space.
Indigenous writer Melissa Lucashenko has won Australia's most prestigious literary prize, the Miles Franklin Literary Award, for 'Too Much Lip'.
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.
An update of the UQ Corporate video is now available. If you currently embed the corporate video on a website, please ensure you are using the Vimeo link. The Vimeo link allows for automatic updating of future changes. If you are responsible for digital screens currently showing the old corporate video, please ensure you update these as well. A research-focused version of the corporate video can also be accessed here:
Know a sporting star? Applications are now open for 2020 UQ Sporting Scholarships! Elite student-athletes competing at a national or international level can benefit from financial support, as well as free tutoring, academic aid, wellbeing workshops, sport psychology, world-class training facilities, and more. Applications close Thursday 31 October.
Results from the 2019 Staff Engagement Survey are in, receiving a 72 per cent response rate from UQ staff. View the UQ Your Voice report on the Staff Engagement Survey web page. View Your Voice results.
UQ have now finalised the processing for the 2019 financial year for Single Touch Payroll. This means that your ATO income statement is now ready for you to view via myGov. If you don't already have a myGov account, you will need to create one. Click to learn more.
The Health, Safety and Wellness (HSW) Division has published its Q3 update. The HSW quarterly update provides information to staff and students regarding health, safety and wellness issues, training and events. Keep up to date with all that is UQ HSW by subscribing to our mailing list.
UQ and TransLink are trialling extra bus services on routes 66, 169 and 402 to the St Lucia campus from Monday 19 August. There is also a new service, the 29, travelling between UQ Lakes and Langlands Park. Full details will be published on the TransLink website from Monday 22 July.
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.
The Winter 2019 edition of Contact magazine is out now. Ride the emotional rollercoaster with UQ graduate Maggie James, who works as a music therapist with terminally ill children; find out why society is fascinated with true crime stories; and dive into the murky deep as marine biologist Dr Blake Chapman discusses whether shark encounters are becoming more common.
Our Bottom Line, UQ Finance's monthly newsletter. Subscribe to the UQ Finance mailing list to ensure you're kept up-to-date on the latest Finance news, projects, policies and procedures. You can also access previous editions on the Finance newsletter and subscription page.
UQ's Australian Computer Emergency Response Team (AusCERT) has joined an exciting new initiative that aims to protect the higher education sector from cyber threats, at a time when cyber security attacks are becoming increasingly sophisticated.
The latest edition of UQmedicine is full of exciting stories from the medical community – from research outcomes prioritising safe sex, curing cancer through tragedy, to a graduates journey to the World Health Organization in Vanuatu. View the magazine online now.
UQ is moving to the latest version of Adobe’s Creative Cloud. Find out more about the upcoming updates, and how they may change the way you access Creative Cloud software (such as InDesign, Illustrator and Acrobat Pro) at work, at home, in teaching spaces and in UQ labs.
If you are interested in helping new staff you can volunteer to become a Welcomer as part of the Warm Welcome Program (WWP). The WWP is a new program that aims to help new staff from overseas to settle into life in Australia by connecting them with a current UQ staff member. For more information, contact Workplace Diversity and Inclusion at
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.
UQ is upgrading its antivirus software to provide enhanced protection against increasingly sophisticated cyber security threats. Running antivirus software is mandatory and essential for protecting your computer, as is installing software updates and performing weekly reboots. Click to learn more about the antivirus upgrade.
The workstation assessment is designed to assist you to self-correct issues or discomfort that may be associated with your current workstation setup, using the Assessment Tool, Symptom Checker, and recommended stretches. This was originally a student project, with the majority of input and testing from Leanne Ritchie and Ann Tobin within HaBS, with code development by Matt Tinski (HSW Division).
The UQ Fitness Passport Program offers staff and their immediate families access to a wide range of fitness facilities for one low price. Click to learn more, or contact Sign up now!
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.
With a new round of UQ Sport Short Courses starting soon, there are stacks of 5-week courses on offer, such as kickboxing, capoeira, hip hop, First Aid and CPR, contemporary jazz and pole fusion – so what are you waiting for? Click to learn more and register for a short course.
Changes will be made to Cooper Road access to address safety concerns around the Andrew N. Liveris Building construction works. Changes include moving the crossing on Cooper Road, in front of the Hawken Building, to remove the potential risk associated with pedestrians crossing directly in front of the site. Visit the project update page for more information.
As a Green Office representative you can help promote good environmental practices at UQ. Broaden your understanding of environmental issues and learn how to manage impacts. Visit the sustainability website to find out how.
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 2019. Click to view the 2019 academic promotions.
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
From today, UQ's new brand guidelines are available. A style guide and templates are available on the OMC website for staff to use. Contact for more information.