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The University Of Queensland

The University Of Queensland

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UQ is a founding member of the national Group of Eight (Go8) ­ a coalition of leading Australian universities, intensive in research and comprehensive in general and professional education. Collectively, Group of Eight members account for 70 percent of all research income in Australia’s university system, enrol more than half of all higher degree by research students, hold over 90 percent of US patents for inventions and generate 80 percent of spin-off companies created by Australian universities. Our Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Paul Greenfield AO is chair of the Group of Eight.

UQ is a pacesetter in discovery and translational research across a broad spectrum of exciting disciplines, ranging from bioscience and nanotechnology to mining, engineering, social science and humanities.

Its eight internationally significant research institutes are draw cards for an ever-expanding community of scientists, researchers and commercialisation experts. UQ is noted for supporting early- and mid-career researchers, as seen in our commitment to research training; in 2010, UQ celebrated its 9000th PhD graduation. UQ currently has 4039 Research Higher Degree students, including 3593 PhD students. In 2010, 534 Research Higher Degrees were awarded.

UQ offers undergraduate and postgraduate programs that are informed by the latest research and delivered in state-of-the-art learning spaces. Its teachers have won more Australian Awards for University Teaching than any other Australian university.

Today, UQ has almost 44,000 students who study across its four main campuses in southeast Queensland: St Lucia, Ipswich, Gatton and Herston.

Staff and students from more than 134 nations are valued in its multicultural community, which celebrates excellence in all aspects of scholarship.

The University of Queensland was established by an Act of State Parliament on December 10, 1909 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Queensland’s separation from the colony of New South Wales. Its foundation four months later made it the first university in the State and the fifth in the nation.

In 1911, 83 students (including 23 women) attended the first classes in Government House, George Street, Brisbane.

The First World War slowed development but afterwards, research and teaching burgeoned as demand for higher education increased. The fledgling University outgrew the buildings in George Street, and the search for a larger campus began.

A site at Victoria Park (now partially occupied by the Mayne Medical School) was secured by statute in 1922 as a possible permanent home for the University. Between 1927 and 1929, Dr James O’Neil Mayne, in association with his sister Miss Mary Emelia Mayne, provided £60,000 to the Brisbane City Council to resume 274 acres of land at St Lucia and provide it to the University as its permanent home.

Named after the sugar-producing island of St Lucia in the West Indies, the area originally was used to farm sugar, arrowroot, cotton, maize and pineapples. A sugar mill, washed away by the 1893 flood, operated where the University boat shed now stands.

Lack of finance delayed development of the site. The University leased the land to the State Government for use as a Farm School administered by the Department of Agriculture and Stock, until construction on what would become the Forgan Smith Building began in March 1938.

The first building, later named the Forgan Smith Building after the Premier of the day, was completed in 1939. The Second World War diverted its use to military purposes and it served first as advanced headquarters for the Allied Land Forces in the South West Pacific. The University’s move from George Street to St Lucia was accomplished between 1946 and 1972.

In 1990, the University merged with Queensland Agricultural College (now UQ Gatton) as part of a unified national system abolishing the binary system of universities and colleges of advanced education. And in 1999, UQ Ipswich opened as one of the first purpose-built, completely Web-enabled campuses in Australia.

In 2010, the University marked its Centenary with a year of global celebrations involving graduates, staff, partners of the University, its friends and community members. The UQ Centenary website provides a record of the celebrations.

The University is governed by the University of Queensland Act 1998. The Statutes of the University of Queensland and Senate Rules provide the subordinate legislation and administrative framework.

Official university policies approved by Senate are available through the Handbook of University Policies and Procedures (HUPP). There is a comprehensive index to the policies with links to additional information such as reports and forms.

Services & Facilities:

Student Centres
A student centre operates on each major campus as a single point for students to access a comprehensive range of services. The St Lucia Student Centre on Level One, J.D. Story Building is currently open from 8.30am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday.

Student Services
Student Services staff help University of Queensland students and staff manage personal, career, welfare and learning issues. The service, located in the Relaxation Block, operates from 8am until 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.

UQ Union
The Union Office on Level 4, Union Building opens Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5pm. Services include providing information about the Union, maps of the University, bus and ferry timetables, handbooks and general information leaflets. Union organisers assist students with matters related to study, exams, Austudy, women’s issues, accommodation, part time employment, and emergency loans.

The University developed its UniSafe program as a personal safety initiative to raise awareness and maximise personal safety on campus. The program is now licensed to other universities throughout Australia. At UQ it includes services such as a Safety Bus, an Escort Service and a network of Emergency Call Points on the St Lucia, Ipswich and Gatton campuses.

Child care
Childcare, kindergarten and after-school-care facilities (all independently operated) are available to UQ staff and students on or near all University of Queensland campuses. Please visit the UQ Services directory for more details about each campus.

Banking & postal services
All UQ campuses have ATMs, while St Lucia and Gatton students also have access to a post office. Find out more about banking and postal services.

UQ provides a comprehensive health service to help students with medical or personal problems. A dental clinic is also located at UQ St Lucia. Find out more about the UQ Health Service.

Worship & religion
Chaplains from different faith communities within the UQ Multi-Faith Chaplaincy Service are available to assist students with pastoral care matters relating to their spiritual and academic life.

UQ Postal Address
The University of Queensland
Brisbane QLD 4072 Australia

UQ Switchboard
+61 7 3365 1111
Mon – Fri | 8am – 5pm

Campus Contacts
UQ Ipswich
+61 7 3381 1111

UQ Gatton
+61 7 5460 1111