- The Unit has the major responsibility for facilitating and encouraging the access, participation and retention of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island students at the University of Queensland. To this end, there are staff in the Unit who assist students with academic matters such as choosing subjects, accessing literature, computer and other resources. Staff also assist with personal matters that impact upon students' studies. It is a primary objective of Unit staff to encourage students to develop successful, independent learning habits.
- Unit staff are also responsible for developing the Unit's academic profile through research, teaching, and publishing.
- The Unit's website provides information about a variety of topics relevant to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.
- Birra News, a fortnightly e-newsletter for Indigenous Australian students at the University of Queensland, summarises scholarship opportunities, Unit events, jobs and community events
Postgraduate Meeting Place website
The Postgraduate Meeting Place website is designed to provide information and support for Indigenous Australian postgraduate students.
Indigenous Tutorial Assistance Scheme (ITAS)
Individual tutoring is available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island students who feel they may require instruction to supplement scheduled lectures, tutorials and practical sessions. ITAS can particularly assist new students making the transition to tertiary study.
Scholarships & Prizes
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people studying at The University of Queensland may be eligible for various scholarships, prizes and cadetships.
The UQ Union
As well as being members of the UQ Union, all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students are automatically members of Gorrie Berrimpa (gathering place), the Indigenous Students Collective of the University of Queensland. The Association aims to be a conduit between Indigenous students, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit and the University generally and to foster a sense of community on campus and organises many activities throughout the year including Sorry Day Week and the Prayer for Reconciliation (with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit), BBQs and sporting activities.
The Association also has a Student Common Room on the 6th floor of the Gordon Greenwood Building, St Lucia campus, where students can get together and talk before, between and after classes. For further details contact Goorie Berrimpa office at email@example.com.
For any additional information, please contact the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit by email, telephone, mail, facsimile or by dropping into the Unit between 9am and 5pm from Monday to Friday at the address below: