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Register now for Teaching and Learning Week, taking place from Monday 30 October to Friday 3 November. Explore more than 30 online, in-person, and hybrid sessions with the theme 'Synergy,' aligning with UQ’s revised Graduate Attributes. Join us to celebrate and learn from UQ's innovative teaching practices.
Small behaviour changes make a huge difference in protecting yourself and others from online threats. UQ’s Cyber Security team will host a range of events to improve your cyber-safety knowledge and practices during Cyber Security Month in October. Keep your eye out for simple cyber-safe tips each week too.
For the 3rd year in a row, UQ has been recognised among the top 10 universities in the world in the Wellbeing and Work category of the international Sustainable Campus Index. Congratulations to everyone involved in making UQ’s efforts a success.

 

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You are invited to register as a UQ Giving Day Ambassador to promote The Queensland Commitment Staff Scholarship or one of the many other important Giving Day causes. With your help, we will work together to unlock more opportunities for students, teaching and research across our campuses. Visit the UQ Giving Day website to register or to learn more about how you can make a meaningful impact for Queensland and our wider communities.
If you missed UQ’s Voice to Parliament staff information sessions, you can now watch recordings of our 2 St Lucia sessions on our webpage. The webpage also includes information about the referendum question, the proposed constitutional chapter, getting ready to vote, and having respectful conversations about the referendum.
Visually striking new digital artwork, which helps us show our support for UQ's LGBTQIA+ community, is available now. There is also an updated version of the Ally Network posters. These assets can be downloaded from UQ’s Digital Asset Manager (DAM) – to access them, click the link below to log in, then click the link again.
The UQ–Ochsner MD program, a unique transnational Doctor of Medicine program, has been extended until at least 2030. The partnership between UQ and Ochsner Health, based in New Orleans, qualifies graduates to enter a US-based medical residency and an Australia-based internship.
Want to stay connected with and informed about teaching innovations, events, funding opportunities and more at UQ? Subscribe to the Teaching and Community Update newsletter, a publication by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning) and the Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation.
UQ Arts is an exciting initiative that profiles the range of arts activity at the University in a more cohesive and engaging way for both internal and external audiences. UQ Arts connects music, drama, visual arts, collections, creative writing and much more to showcase the arts as a valuable, vital part of the UQ community. There are countless ways you can get involved – from simply finding joy in the art available at UQ museums, collections, and cultural productions, to creating something unique of your own.
UQ's Annual Performance and Development (APD) season is now open. The APD process is the chance to reflect each year on what you have achieved, how you have contributed to your team and UQ, and how you might like to develop and grow in the year ahead. Keep your eye out for the launch communication and further details next week.
Do you have exciting news, events, or volunteer opportunities to share with all UQ staff and HDR students? Submit them to UQ Update via our form if you’d like them considered for inclusion in our weekly Monday e-newsletter. Submissions are due by 5pm on the Thursday before you would like them to be promoted. Read our submission guidelines, including information about suitable and unsuitable UQ Update content, on our webpage.
Planning ahead for 2024 or need to explore options for child care or vacation care? UQ has a range of independently run childcare and early learning options across our St Lucia, Gatton and Herston campuses for children aged 6 months to school age. Some also offer vacation care programs.
The brand-new UQU Op Shop is now open. Staff and students are invited to both donate clean and undamaged items and to shop for clothing and accessories at the store, located at the UQU complex at St Lucia between the Book Shop and the Food Co-Op. Pay them a visit each Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm during semester.
Do you ride an e-mobility device, like an e-bike, electric scooter, or electric skateboard, around UQ sites? There are safety requirements you must follow, and recommendations you may want to consider about storing and charging your device.
Small behaviour changes make a huge difference in protecting yourself and others from online threats. Along with featuring a simple cyber-safe tip each week, UQ’s Cyber Security team will be hosting a range of events to increase your cyber safety knowledge and practices during Cyber Security Month in October.
UQ Workplace Diversity and Inclusion’s most popular workshop, the Ally Workshop, is looking for staff and postgraduate students to train new UQ Allies in 2024. Experienced facilitators and members of the LGBTQIA+ community are invited to complete a training session to learn how to facilitate Ally Workshops.
UQ researcher Dr Maggy Lord has been recognised for her contributions to supporting an inclusive Queensland community at the 2023 Multicultural Queensland Awards. As well as researching and developing diagnostic tools for infectious diseases, Dr Lord is the co-founder of the Mshauri STEM mentorship program, Australia’s only STEM mentorship for culturally and linguistically diverse young people.
Sustainability Week is over for another year – a huge thank you to everyone who came along and took part in sessions. You can find plenty more sustainability inspiration with UQ Sustainability’s DIY articles and ideas. Dive into a range of new projects and activities, including a home pantry audit, vegetarian and vegan cooking, and counting your carbon footprint.
Would you like to join a world-leading transnational research team with a generous scholarship? UQ and the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi are accepting expressions of interest (EOIs) for our joint PhD program until Tuesday 3 October.
Tired of being tied to your desk phone? Still using your personal mobile phone for business calls? Microsoft Teams Phone is the new solution to help UQ staff be more flexible, responsive and effective when communicating. The technology transforms users of Teams into modern, mobile professionals able to make and receive calls through their laptops, tablets or mobile phones.
Do you have furniture, stationery, supplies or equipment in your UQ office or laboratory that you no longer need? You can upload and donate them via UQ Warp-it. An online resource-sharing tool available for free to UQ staff, UQ Warp-it facilitates a circular economy to reuse or repurpose resources on campus. If you see something you like, you can also claim it. Find out more
Having a strong password that is long and unique helps to keep your data safer and more secure. You can make your password stronger by using a passphrase (a password created by combining whole words), which is both secure and easy to remember. Read more about creating secure passwords from UQ’s Data Governance team.
Did you know that multiple disability inclusion and education training modules are available on Workday? Learn about everything from legislation and providing accommodation to students, to disability inclusion in the workplace.
From Monday 14 August, Brisbane City Council has advised that electrical installation works for the Brisbane Metro project will close the pedestrian footpath under Eleanor Schonell Bridge. A short detour will be in place on the river side of Sir William MacGregor Drive for up to 6 weeks. A section of the cycleway will also be closed from 8pm to 5am each night, with a temporary shared-user path in place. Traffic control will be on site, with changed traffic conditions also in place for vehicles.
The UQ Research Roadmap will be key in guiding our focus for research at UQ and helping us set ambitions for the future. Research and innovation is at the core of the Toward 2032 strategy set out in UQ’s Strategic Plan. Created through an extensive consultation process across UQ, the Research Roadmap envisions what our research support, collaboration, infrastructure, and culture will look like in the years to come.
Project 2025 is our 3-year plan to improve our financial position by $100m and return to normalised earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortisation (EBITDA) of 10% by 2025. This is critical to ensure that we can make the necessary investments in teaching, research and infrastructure and to maintain our reputation as one of the world’s top universities. We have made progress on several of the key Project 2025 initiatives.
The Research and Innovation portfolio at UQ is developing UQ's Disability Inclusion Research and Innovation Strategy. This strategy aims to capitalise on the potential offered by the 2032 Olympics and Paralympics, as well as UQ's increasing expertise in intersectionality. It will be shaped by the insights and lived experiences of UQ staff and students with disabilities. If you would like to help develop the strategy, please sign up for our consultation mailing list. Consultations will begin in August. Email strategy@research.uq.edu.au if you have any questions.
Early works in the Schonell Theatre are underway to prepare for the broader Union Complex refurbishment project. These works will continue until late this year as additional asbestos has been identified for removal. All asbestos removal is being conducted by licensed professionals in line with relevant safety legislation.
If you have a permanent or temporary disability, you may be eligible to receive financial help for purchasing work-related modifications through the Employment Assistance Fund (EAF). Equipment, Auslan services, modifications to work vehicles, and specialist support are some of the modifications covered by the EAF.
Are you planning a holiday? UQ offers a range of discount benefits to staff for travel, car hire, travel insurance and more for non-work-related domestic and overseas trips.
Did you know that UQ offers an on-demand inclusion course to improve your understanding of the LGBTQIA+ community? It also provides tools to apply your knowledge to promote a fairer, more inclusive society. Topics include key terminology, helpful and harmful language, the importance of allies, and organisational benefits of inclusion practices.
Queen Carol the cat lives at UQ VETS, but she’s looking for a new family who will spoil her rotten. Carol is a 2-year-old short-haired cat who would prefer a family with no other cats so she can rule her new realm. Find out how you can adopt Carol or one of the other 3 cats and 4 dogs on the hunt for a new family from UQ VETS.
As announced by the Vice-Chancellor at the All Staff Forum, the Progress Pride Flag is now being flown permanently at St Lucia, Herston and Gatton. This decision is part of UQ’s commitment to fostering a culture of diversity, inclusion, respect and acceptance that is free from discrimination, harassment and bullying.
Captioning in meetings and classrooms promotes an accessible work and teaching environment. They benefit not just those who are hard of hearing or d/Deaf, but also people with conditions that affect listening comprehension, who are not native English speakers, or who are tuning in from a noisy environment. Learn how to enable captions in Zoom, Teams and PowerPoint with this guide from UQ’s Workplace Diversity and Inclusion team.
Advice from ATAGI recommends that adults aged 18–64 consider a 2023 booster dose if their last COVID-19 vaccine dose or confirmed infection (whichever is the most recent) was 6 months ago or longer. Staff and students can continue to book their free COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters with UQ Health Care St Lucia or Annerley, or to find a vaccine clinic closer to their location.