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The Voice Staff Engagement Survey closes this week on Friday 17 May. This will be the last chance for staff to have their say on their role, their working environment, what the University is doing well, and areas it can improve. Click to complete the survey.
Nominations for the UQ Honorary Awards are now open. The awards recognise individuals, including former staff, alumni and community members, who have made significant contributions to UQ, the Commonwealth of Australia or the State of Queensland, or who achieved outstanding success in a particular field. Nominations close on Friday 7 June.
The UQ Theatre Festival is back with an exciting mix of performances to entertain the UQ and wider communities. Performances from the Anywhere Festival, Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble, and Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre will be popping up in unexpected places across the St Lucia campus from 10–25 May. Click to see the program of performances.
All staff are encouraged to complete the Cultural Competence Program, which is an online training program that builds workplace capability around cultural diversity. Visit the website for more details.


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The workstation assessment is designed to assist you to self-correct issues or discomfort that may be associated with your current workstation setup. This was originally a student project within HaBS – majority of input and testing came from Leanne Ritchie and Ann Tobin within HaBS. The project required code development by Matt Tinski (HSW Division). Check out these modules created for self-assessment of your workstation.
More than 130 guests joined UniSuper for "Saving in a World of Spending" last week, the first of four UQ Financial Wellbeing seminars. Catch up with the subject matter and register for the second seminar – "Creating Wealth – Investing inside and outside super" on Tuesday 28 May.
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!
Pantry Sixty Three is opening soon in the Physiology Building 63. UQU have partnered with Koko Coffee Roasters to bring you specialty coffee plus a delicious range of breakfast, Acai bowls, deli sandwiches, toasties, pies and pastries, salads and sweets.
UQ is seeking expressions of interest (EOIs) from staff and students to serve on the Gender Steering Committee, which will work to improve gender equity via implementation of UQ's SAGE Athena SWAN Bronze Action Plan. Interested staff/students are invited to complete an online EOI by 5pm 31 May.
Submissions are invited to the review of the School of Biological Sciences, which will be conducted by the Academic Board during 16–19 September 2019. The terms of reference for the review are available via the Academic Board website. Submissions should be sent by 9 August 2019 to the Review Coordinator at
The School of Languages and Cultures will be holding a public screening of the acclaimed film 'Star Sand' on Wednesday 5 June. The film will be followed by a Q&A session with Director Roger Pulvers. This is a free event however registration is required to secure seating.
During the Great Brisbane Bike Ride, on Sunday 19 May, cyclists will travel through the St Lucia campus from 7–9.30am. There will be no road closures on campus; however, there will be increased cyclist traffic along Macquarie Street and Sir William MacGregor Drive to the Eleanor Schonell Bridge.
Submissions for Semester 2, 2019 Student-Staff Partnership Projects close on Saturday 25 May. Staff members who have a project idea that will help to enhance the UQ student experience are encouraged to apply. All suitable projects will receive funding for student partner grants. Visit the website for details.
Join the UQ-wide 21 Day Wellness Challenge from Monday 3–Sunday 23 June, and undertake a well-being activity every day for 21 days. You will receive a list of activities to get you feeling well for Winter. For more information, contact Jacqui Dean (
Senior librarian Bill Beach has seen many changes in his 44 years in the Library, not least of which has been the change in men's hairstyles. Read his story in Contact and find out how much has changed at UQ over the last four decades.
The Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation (ITaLI) has launched a monthly ‘UQ Teaching Community Update.’ Featuring stories, teaching tools, news, events and funding updates it’s a place for all teaching and learning staff to stay in the know. Click to subscribe.
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.
Dr Warwick Potter conducts the UQ Symphony Orchestra in a program celebrating the musical dynamism of the United States as part of the Vice-Chancellor's Concert Series on Sunday 26 May. They will be joined by the UQ Chorale and singers from invited secondary schools in a performance of Leonard Bernstein's 'Chichester Psalms'.
Vice-Chancellor Peter Høj and Southern Downs Regional Council Mayor Tracy Dobie have officially launched the UQ Warwick Solar Farm project. Click to learn more.
The 2019 Great Court Race is nearly here! This year's event will feature eight races, which are open to UQ students, colleges, sporting clubs and staff. Witness one of UQ's proudest traditions trackside on Wednesday 23 May. For enquiries, contact UQ Sport at
Submissions are invited to the review of the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, which will be conducted by the Academic Board during 19–22 August 2019. The terms of reference for the review are available via the Academic Board website. Submissions should be sent by 12 July 2019 to the Review Coordinator at
Check our latest menu full of delicious new eats that sure to satisfy those taste buds! The new menu features a sustainable range using seasonal, local and sustainably farmed ingredients. For more information, contact the REDROOM at 3377 2288.
Darwin's have launched a new Autumn-Winter menu and to celebrate we're giving a free coffee with any menu item purchase for a limited time only. Exclusions apply – see in-store for more details. For more information, contact Darwin's at 3346 4181.
If data is your passion, the Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC) is offering funding of up to A$50,000 for projects relating to data collections and data commons.
The Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC) has placed an open call for project proposals that investigate the issues, trends, gaps and requirements relating to research storage and computing infrastructures. If you are passionate about the technologies and services that underpin research data, you are invited to submit your proposal.
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.
The University thanks staff for sharing their views and suggestions. Analysis of the staff feedback, including UQ’s responses, is now available.
Nominations for the UQ Foundation Research Excellence Awards (UQFREA) are now open. This scheme is a means by which the University recognises demonstrated excellence and promise of future success in research, and the leadership potential of individual early and mid-career researchers in their respective fields. Click to learn more.
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.
Quincy is a sweet, affectionate Kelpie cross, who is very playful and makes friends easily. She loves attention and will put her paws gently onto your lap for a cuddle. She needs a home with an active canine buddy (or a stay-at-home person), and a secure enclosure. To meet Quincy, call UQ's Clinical Studies Centre on 5460 1868, and leave a message if the phone is unattended as we will call you back as soon as we can.
The Excellence in Research Australia 2018 has rated UQ above and well above world standard in more specialised fields of research than any other Australian university, across 93 disciplines.
Research across continents with a UQ-Exeter Joint PhD. Successful applicants will join a world-leading research team tackling major challenges facing the world’s population. Applications are open until Monday 20 May 2019. Click to learn more.
Beat the after school blues with UQ Sport Kids’ Term 2 tennis (3–17 years) and athletics (6–17 years) programs. Sessions are suited to participants of all skill levels, from beginners to elite-level competitors. Enrolments open Saturday 23 March, with programs running from 23 April – 28 June.
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.
Do you need feedback on an initiative or services? Require student opinion on a development in your course, or for focus groups? If so, please get in touch with the Student-Staff Partnerships team and we will help coordinate the opportunity for our students to get involved. For enquiries, contact Dr James Forde at
Did you know the Student-Staff Partnerships team can help staff recruit and train student representatives for their committee? Add value to your committee by recruiting student representatives today. For further information, contact Dr James Forde (Student Partners Representation and Voice Coordinator) on
The UQ Protein Expression Facility will be holding the Protein Australia 2019 national scientific meeting and networking event from 16–18 July, featuring internationally renowned scientists from academia and industry highlighting recent advances in protein research. Click for more information and to register.
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 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
Fulbright offers scholarships for Australian citizens to undertake training or research programs across all career stages, from postgraduate to senior scholar and professional, in the United States. Applications are to be submitted through the Fulbright online submission by Monday 1 July 2019. Click to learn more.
On 1 February 2019, the name of the Social Sciences and Humanities Library (located in the Duhig North Building) will revert to "Central Library" as it was known from 1973 until 1997. In addition, the Library is undertaking a major upgrade in 2019.
The 2018 edition of Game Changers is out now! Read about UQ Healthy Living – an age-inclusive facility tackling health issues for Brisbane's over 50s, find out how UQ is making advances in interprofessional education, and discover how we are addressing the maldistribution of health professionals in rural areas.
Two Library upgrades at St Lucia will create more space and better facilities for students to study and collaborate. The projects will affect the Social Sciences and Humanities Library and Dorothy Hill Engineering and Sciences Library. For more information, contact the Library.
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.