To continue the School’s contributions to finding solutions for a sustainable future, the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences proactively encourages industry, government and individuals to work with us to enhance teaching and learning capabilities, student outcomes and research objectives.

There are a number of ways you can work with the School:

CollaborationEstablished in January 2011, the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences is a teaching and research hub in the fields of Animals, Agribusiness, Food, Plants, Soils and Wildlife.

View our Expertise page to learn more about our strengths in teaching and research.

The School academics, who are experts in their fields, use their skills and knowledge to enable greater collaboration for research into providing sustainability for the ever increasing human population.

The School is currently engaged in research activities with countries as diverse as Vietnam and Chile, while maintaining strong links with industry and government for commercialisation opportunities.

View some of the collaborations between the industry and government partners and the School below.

Local and State-wide collaborations include:

Australia-wide collaborations include:

 International collaborations include:

consultationThe School welcomes the opportunity to discuss potential consultation by our academics and research collaboration with industry partners and government. The range of academic and technical expertise and high-quality outcomes makes the School a desirable partner for collaborative research and development with government and industry.

If you are familiar with an academic within the School, please contact them to discuss your needs or visit UQ ReSEARCHers to find a suitable academic.

All other enquires can be directed to agriculture@uq.edu.au.

Expert consultation

Experts can provide professional advice and comment on a range of areas relating to the animals, food and fibre industries.

Professional advice

  • Literature reviews
  • Management plans
  • Scoping studies
  • Business strategy and policy development
  • Developing fact sheets, guides, manuals and tools
  • Survey design
  • Viability of new technologies

 Expert opinion

  • Litigation based
  • Independent advice
  • Impartiality
  • Review Facts
  • Analysis
  • Written reports
  • Court witness
Additional Links:
Provides access to the diverse and experienced individual researchers and research groups across the university.
 
 
 

 

CommercialThe school's analytical expertise and world-class facilities are accessible to University researchers and government and industry partners.

Fully-qualified staff operate in state-of-the-art laboratories with some equipment not readily available in industry.

Some of the services available include:

resource managementThe School of Agriculture and Food Sciences offers a wide variety of resources. In this section you will find information on many aspects of agriculture and animal science that relate to our global focus.

Engaged studentsOne of the key drivers for The School of Agriculture and Food Sciences is to continually enhance the teaching and learning capabilities of the School.
 
We welcome innovative ideas from industry and individuals. Below are some examples of how you can engage with our students:

Industry Practice Work Experience

Students in certain programs within the School are required to undertake a minimum of two work placements to total 30 days during the course of their studies. The purpose of Industry Practice Work Experience is to provide students with opportunities to enhance their studies and to give them greater understanding of life after university. Practical work experience can also increase students' prospects of obtaining employment at the end of their studies. 
 
The programs with an Industry Practice Work Experience Requirement are:
  • Bachelor of Agribusiness
  • Bachelor of Applied Science
  • Bachelor of Agribusiness/Bachelor Applied Science
Further information can be found on the Industry Practice Work Experience webpage.
 
The programs with Industry Placements are:
  • Bachelor of Food Technology (Honours) (FOOD3009 or FOOD3030)
  • Masters of Food Science and Technology (FOOD7021)
For further information please refer to the published Course profiles or contact Melissa Fitzgerald.

Employment for students

The School of Agriculture and Food Sciences works with UQ Student Services to actively engage with industry and government to provide potential employers access to the wealth of high-level graduates. Research shows that in previous years there have been 800 graduates nation-wide to fill the 2000 new agricultural and food science positions available each year in Australia. This means that the School's students are in high demand.
 
UQ Student Services can provide employers with the following:
  • Free online advertising of jobs on UQ Career Hub (an Online Employment Service for students and alumni of UQ)
  • Career fairs and key events
  • On-campus presentations
  • Direct mail and email service
  • On-campus rooms to interview students free-of-charge
More information about the University’s employment services can be found at the UQ Student Advantage website.

Job opportunities currently available

Scholarships and Prizes

The School of Agricultural and Food Sciences held its inaugural Scholarship and Prize Award Ceremony on 19 May 2015. Look at news page to see more details.
 
There is currently over $5.6 million in scholarship funding available to students studying at UQ and over $1.9 million in scholarship funding available to students studying within the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences disciplines at UQ.

The aim of these scholarships is to encourage high-achieving students and provide support to students who otherwise may not be able to undertake or complete their studies.
 
A number of industry bodies and organisations choose to support our students undertaking studies in specific discipline areas. This greatly assists students to focus on their studies, while encouraging them to undertake studies in key industry areas and providing organisations with exposure to high-achieving students.
 
To view the wide range of scholarships currently on offer to our students please view the School's Scholarship page.
 
If you or your organisation is interested in discussing the establishment of a scholarship or prize for students within the School please contact:
 
Eleanor Fischer
Senior Engagement Officer – Alumni and External Relations
Faculty of Science 
The University of Queensland
T: +61 7 3365 4547
F: +61 7 3356 1613

Donations, Endowments and Bequests

Strengthening the University's position further to respond to the challenges of the 21st century requires ongoing and innovative partnerships with alumni and stakeholders to build support and advocacy for the University's mission.

The generous philanthropy of our alumni and community, whether through advocacy, service or financial contributions, provides invaluable support to the University and its goals of helping solve local and global issues of scale and impact to diverse people, groups and communities.

Some of the ways in which funding has been used include:

  • Providing scholarships to high-achieving students 
  • Providing scholarships to students who otherwise would not have been able to undertake their studies 
  • Enabling our researchers to undertake revolutionary research that provides solutions to major global issues 
  • Providing state-of-the-art teaching and learning facilities to ensure out students receive the best possible education

For more information please view the Giving to UQ page.

If you would like to further discuss making a contribution specifically to the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences for scholarships, research or other initiatives please contact:

Julia Keith
Advancement Manager
Faculty of Science
The University of Queensland

j.keith2@uq.edu.au
+61 7 3365 3357 (53357)

alumniAs UQ alumnus, you are one of a powerful community of 195,000 around the world. What is now known as The School of Agriculture and Food Sciences has existed under many guises over its rich and diverse history.

You may have known it better during your time at UQ as one of the following:

  • Department of Agriculture
  • School of Land and Food
  • School of Land and Food Sciences
  • School of Land, Crop and Food Sciences
  • School of Integrative Systems
  • School of Natural and Rural Systems Management
  • School of Natural Resources and Management Systems
  • School of Agriculture and Horticulture
  • School of Agronomy and Horticulture
  • School of Veterinary Science and Animal Production
  • School of Animal Studies

As a School we are committed to staying in touch with our graduates and providing you with value long past your graduation. We want to provide you with relevant ways for you to be involved with both the School and the University.

Being a member of the UQ alumni community is all about making friends and contacts, building your career, and remaining connected to the University. From alumni programs and special events to career assistance, reunions and alumni networks, keep in touch with us and take advantage of the great benefits of being part of the UQ alumni community.

We encourage you to register and keep in touch. If you’ve registered but changed postal or email address, please take a moment to update your details.

If you were a student or past or present staff member at the Gatton Campus during your time with us, you may also be interested in joining the Gatton Past Students Association. This association holds regular reunions and events.

Alumni and Community Relations Centre

The Alumni and Community Relations Centre had it’s open day on the 8th May. It is located in the J. D.  Story Administration Building, St Lucia Campus (building no. 61, map ref. G9) – see the map. Tthe alumni and community relations team now have a front facing role, so alumni can join us in this space to discuss things like reunions and events. The team work really hard at fostering an engaged community, and this space is just another element of that. Business hours are 8:30 – 5:00 on weekdays, except Wednesday where we stay open from 8:30 – 7:00.

Share Your Story

The School of Agriculture and Food Sciences is embarking on an initiative to obtain information about our students to provide an information tool for prospective students who are making decisions about careers and university programs.

Your assistance in providing your profile will greatly benefit our future students in making informed decisions about their tertiary study, program and career direction. Complete the questionnaire.

Alumni

Ashley Adams

Ian Doyle

Awards Ceremony

Guest Lecturer

Are you interested in engaging with current SAFS students? As you may remember from your time at UQ, our academics invite guests to give lectures to our students. These lectures can be about specific fields of study, exciting research you’ve been working on or providing career guidance to current students. Contact the school to register your interest.

Donations, Endowments and Bequests

Strengthening the University's position further to respond to the challenges of the 21st century requires ongoing and innovative partnerships with alumni and stakeholders to build support and advocacy for the University's mission.

The generous philanthropy of our alumni and community, whether through advocacy, service or financial contributions, provides invaluable support to the University and its goals of helping solve local and global issues of scale and impact to diverse people, groups and communities.

Some of the ways in which funding has been used include:

  • Providing scholarships to high-achieving students 
  • Providing scholarships to students who otherwise would not have been able to undertake their studies 
  • Enabling our researchers to undertake revolutionary research that provides solutions to major global issues 
  • Providing state-of-the-art teaching and learning facilities to ensure out students receive the best possible education

For more information please view the Giving to UQ page.

If you would like to further discuss making a contribution specifically to the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences for scholarships, research or other initiatives please contact:

Ann Keep
School Manager
The School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
T: (61-7) 3365 2592 (internal - 52592) or (61-7) 5460 1198 (internal - 50198)
E: a.keep@uq.edu.au

international reputationThe School of Agriculture and Food Sciences has a diverse range of teaching and research areas. In this section you will find information on these areas and links to study options, current research and School academics.

School studentsThe School of Agriculture and Food Sciences is passionate about educating the next generation. Our School offers a number of events, competitions
and activities each year for school groups, individual prospective students
and teachers.

The School of Agriculture and Food Sciences delivers knowledge, skills and
research in the areas of agricultural business; animal science; environmental science; food, nutrition and technology; and plant and soil science that help investigate solutions to unrelenting world issues, such as climate change, feeding a growing population, diminishing natural resources, biosecurity and the protection of endangered wildlife. 

UQ opens its doors year-round to schools, individuals, families along with small and large groups of visitors. Our School can arrange a staff member to visit your school, or for the University experience, schools can visit us on campus. Our Open Days are another opportunity to view UQ and the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences.

To assist teachers we offer workshops or careers talks to high school students both on and off campus. Workshops and talks can be tailored to the syllabus and your specific needs, and are specifically designed for the high school audience. Free online resources for secondary schools are available, including this online resource page provided by UQL Cyberschool.

The School of Agriculture and Food Sciences offers a suite of CPD (Continuing Professional Development) courses to give practical support to secondary school teachers.  The School is well qualified to offer comprehensive and high quality short courses reflecting the breadth and diversity of its programs.

Publications and printed materials are available including career and science posters. Download career posters from the Primary Industry Centre for Science Educations. Other publications available are current university prospectuses, and publications that assist with general day to day university life, like living on campus and Life at UQ.

To find out more information, or to register interest for a workshop or tour, please contact us at the below details.

Phone: +61 7 3365 1171
Email: agriculture@uq.edu.au

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