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Under Professor Peter Høj's leadership, UQ has significantly improved in many benchmarks, both internationally and here in Australia. To ensure we continue on this trajectory, we are inviting staff to share their views on the selection criteria for our next Vice-Chancellor.
UQ Graduations road closures are taking place from Tuesday 16 July to Friday 19 July 2019 at the UQ Centre (27A), with post-ceremony events being held in the Great Court. The affected areas are Union and Campbell roads, the Great Court and UQ Centre carpark.
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 on the Staff updates page.


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The UQ Guinness World Record Attempt is on Tuesday 23 July! Join us in the Great Court from 11.30am–12.00pm. Show your support and help us shine a light on mental health.
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.
Why do you love working at UQ? Submit a short written piece, photo, or video by 5pm Friday 26 July telling us ‘Why UQ?’ and win the opportunity to become part of UQ's branding! For more information, contact
Interested in getting an app built by our students in 2020? Come and talk to Studio 3 2019 industry clients to find out more about the process on Tuesday 23 July from 3–5pm at the UQ Centre. For more information, contact Dr Alex Pudmenzky at
Do you know about the Characterisation Virtual Laboratory (CVL)? Get involved with the CVL community by applying to the CVL Champions Program. Receive free training and promote best data practices! Applications close Wednesday 31 July. For more information, contact Paula Martinez at
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.
UQ's new Open Day campaign launches this week, and focuses on how future students can 'see UQ from every angle'. The campaign aims to attract future students and their parents to the upcoming Open Day events at St Lucia (August 4) and Gatton (August 18). Read more about the 2019 Open Day campaign.
Property and Facilities Division (P&F) has published its third 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 P&F news and initiatives by reading the latest edition and subscribing to future editions.
Dedicated to ideas worth spreading, TEDxUQ is back in August for our biggest event yet! We're bringing you the latest innovations and cutting-edge research – tickets on sale Tuesday 9 July at 7pm. For more information, contact
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 Shop’s newest collection has landed in time for Graduations – and includes an exclusive Kids Range! The limited edition range uses quality organic and recycled fibres, and features a number of native icons. Rep UQ and grab something for the family today!
The new financial year is a good time to reflect on your how your finances are faring and to assess your future goals. If you need help, UniSuper Advice offers personal financial advice about specific topics (including investments, insurance and super) and comprehensive advice covering your big picture.
Teaching and Learning Week is an opportunity for UQ staff to share and showcase teaching tools, techniques and strategies for enhanced student learning. This year’s theme is Creativity. How do you step outside the traditional teaching box? Submit your EOI to present by COB Thursday 1 August 2019.
UQ ranks number one in Australia in the Nature Index of high quality research index, while jumping from 110th to 79th globally. Read the full article on UQ News.
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.
UQ has climbed higher in two global university ranking tables, enhancing its position among the world’s top 50 and confirming it as number one in the state. Read the full article.
UQU has recently introduced Virtual Manager into their food & beverage outlets, a digital food safety program which has helped lift food safety standards and reduce food risk at UQU owned and operated outlets.
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.
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 15 July 2019.
Held as part of Research Week, on 20 September 2019 the showcase aims to turn the lens on UQ's world-class research infrastructure and the cutting-edge research it powers. We are currently seeking research leaders, tech specialists, facility managers and researchers to present the best of UQ research capabilities. EOI closes 15 July 2019. For enquiries, contact
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.
Submissions are invited to the review of the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI), which will be conducted by the Academic Board during 22–24 October 2019. The terms of reference for the review are available via the Academic Board website. Submissions should be sent to the Review Coordinator at by 16 September 2019.
A respected chronic pain researcher and a leading neuroscientist are among the roll call of University of Queensland community members recognised in the 2019 Queen's Birthday Honours. Read the full article.
UQ has an ongoing program in place to protect the University and its people from cyber threats. Cyber security is a partnership; in addition to the wide range of technical protection measures in place, we ask you to help protect your data and the University by taking some simple steps.
When booking with Campus Travel, travellers will be actively asked for contact details (mobile and/or email) which will be provided to airlines for the purposes of contact in the event of schedule changes and cancellations. For further details please visit the UQ Travel website.
Little champions of all ages and skill levels will have a ball at UQ Sport Kids’ After School programs. Between athletics and tennis, there’s bound to be a session your child will love. Early Bird enrolments open Saturday 8 June with classes running from Monday 15 July to Friday 20 September. For enquiries, contact
The People, Planning, Performance (P3) Individual Activity Profiles allow continuing and fixed-term academic staff to view their recent academic activity. Phase 1 release is the opportunity to ensure your data is up-to-date. Contact points for data revisions are located on individual tabs within your profile. Visit the P3 page for more information, or email
After seven years of exceptional service to The University of Queensland, Professor Peter Høj AC formally advised UQ's Senate on Thursday 30 May of his intention to retire from his role as Vice-Chancellor, effective 30 June 2020.
From 7 June 2019, the way you access your year-to-date payroll information – including your payment summary for the 2018-19 financial year – will be changing. Visit the UQ Single Touch Payroll website for more information.
UQ's commitment to inclusivity and support for the LGBTIAQ+ community has been recognised by a Silver award in the 2019 Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI). This is the definitive national benchmark for LGBTIAQ+ inclusion in employment and positions UQ as one of the top performing employers nationally in this area.
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
UQ's Careers page has been redesigned and is now simpler for prospective candidates to navigate. Easily search and peruse jobs, see the benefits of working here, and also our emphasis on Indigenous employment and inclusion and diversity initiatives. Visit the UQ Jobs page to view more.
Idea Hub have a new High School entrepreneurship one-day workshop running in the upcoming school holidays aimed at UQ staff children. Join them for a full day of fun learning agile and design thinking tools in the Idea Hub Discovery Sandbox workshop 10 July. For more information, contact
A new student-populated advisory board aims to increase student input into ITS projects, to ensure that UQ delivers real and desired value to students. Read more about this initiative.
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).
Join the growing community of practice that brings together teaching, research, and professional staff interested in supporting a culture of entrepreneurial teaching and learning across all disciplines at UQ.
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.
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!
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.