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Nominations are now open for the UQ Honorary Awards, including the Gatton Gold Medal, for December 2020 graduations. Nominations close on Friday 6 December 2019.
Police exercise on campus
Queensland Police are running overnight training exercises on campus next week on Monday 18 – Tuesday 19 November. Staff and students will not be able to access the UQ Union Complex or surrounding areas between 10pm–6am during this time. The exercises are part of a regular program of training operations that the police use to test responses to emergency scenarios. For more information, contact Andrew Barling ( or Garry Tyler (

Join us for the 2019 Fryer Lecture on Tuesday 19 November as Professor Anita Heiss presents this year's lecture in Australian Literature on language, literacy and Aboriginal voices, with a focus on the theme of the 2019 United Nations International Year of Indigenous Languages. For more information, contact

The Property and Facilities' Sustainability team has consulted across the UQ community seeking input into the new UQ Sustainability Strategy 2020-2030, which will guide the sustainability efforts of UQ across the coming decade. For more information, contact Suzanne Davis at


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A range of new leave types are now available via MyAurion including Long Service Leave, Parental Leave, Leave Without Pay, and Unpaid Personal Leave to name a few. You no longer need to complete a paper-based form. If you require assistance, please contact your Senior Employee Services Coordinator in Human Resources.
Celebrate Christmas with the UQLife team on Friday 29 November from 4–8pm. This community event welcomes friends and families and will be hosting a range of activities, entertainment, food stalls and markets. For more information, contact Sarah Jeffrey at
UQ staff are raising money for the Children's Hospital Foundation by running the 42k Your Way Telethon Marathon. Donations will go towards medical equipment, patient and family services and medical research. For more information, contact Jess Glass at
Back due to popular demand, Darwin's will be offering a Christmas lunch special from Monday 18 November again this year. It's the perfect excuse for end of year celebrations with your team. Bookings are required for tables of seven or more.
UQ has now been awarded more ARC Australian Laureate Fellowships and ARC Centres of Excellence than any other university – with 27 Laureates and 11 ARC Centres headquartered at UQ. This represents $309.9 million in competitive funding across the life of both schemes. Read more on UQ News.
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.
For a limited time only, UQU are offering a free extra shot with any coffee purchase. Offer is available at Pantry Sixty Three, Darwin's, On a Roll Bakery and Pizza Caffe. For more information, contact UQU on 07 3377 2200.
Do you have a Student-Staff Partnership project idea that you want to collaborate with students on? Submissions are now open for all project rounds for 2020. Submissions for Round 1 close Sunday 24 November. For more information, contact
As part of a strategy to streamline processes and cross charging, from Friday 1 November 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.
Looking to adopt a dog? The UQ VETS Clinical Studies Centre Pets for Life adoption program currently have three female crossbred dogs looking for homes. Chardy, Haloumi, and Mozzarella are all up for adoption at a special price. For more information, contact the Clinical Studies Centre or phone 5460 1868.
Earlier this year UQ moved to the latest version of Adobe’s Creative Cloud. From 30 November, 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.
Enrol now for Summer Social Sport! Whether you bring a team or sign up solo, there are ten sports to choose from to supercharge your summer. For more information, contact

Want to try meditation? There are four sessions remaining for the year – secure your place now and come along to these free sessions. Your body and mind will thank you. Try a UQ Wellness event for better health. View the Health, Safety and Wellness calendar.
The EASE Program, in conjunction with the Academic Services Division, are currently working on a project to replace class sign-on. This will move the process from SI-net from Summer semester 2019. For more information, contact Lisa Brockbank at
Welcome to the Q4 update of the Health, Safety and Wellness newsletter. Stay updated with all HSW news and events by subscribing to our mailing list and never miss out on the important stuff. For more information, contact
Cyber security is a team effort, and there are simple steps you can take to help protect your personal information and UQ’s data. Remember, cyber security is everyone’s responsibility.
UQ is the proud recipient of a Bronze Institutional Award as part of the SAGE Pilot of Athena SWAN. To meet the requirements of the accreditation, we will implement an action plan over the next four years to address gender equity in STEMM disciplines. Visit the UQ SAGE Pilot of Athena SWAN website.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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 >
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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