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News from UQ marketing and communications

University of Queensland


19 February 2015

UQ Awards for Excellence start soon

The UQ Awards for Excellence is a new strategic initiative that provides an opportunity for all staff to publicly acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of their colleagues. 

These awards celebrate the achievements of individuals and teams across all levels of the organisation.

The UQ Award for Excellence categories are:

  • Leadership
  • Service
  • Innovation
  • Equity and Diversity
  • Wellness and Safety

Marketing and communications staff can assist in the success of this inaugural program by circulating the upcoming awards among staff in their areas and encouraging nominations.

Flyers and posters are available for display in staff-only areas including kitchens and on communal notice boards, and can be ordered from Lynette Dawson on ext. 53238.

The key dates for the award process are:

Nominations open: Monday 2 March
Nominations close: Friday 27 March
Finalists advised: Monday 11 May
Award ceremony: Wednesday 10 June

For further information about the awards and the nomination process, please visit the Reward and Recognition website

UQ Experts for media

The Office of Marketing and Communications has "soft launched" the new UQ Experts site. This replaces the annual printed UQ Experts Directory published by OMC. The new site provides members of the media with access to UQ Experts in a range of fields.

As part of the launch process we are calling on all institute, faculty and school marketing and communication staff to review and update the profiles of researchers in their area. 

It is vital that all profiles, including desk and mobile contact details and areas of expertise, are current. 

UQ Experts has been specifically designed for media, and allows them to search for UQ staff willing to be contacted by media for comment and interview.

Researchers interested in being listed as an expert can do so here.

A training session will be scheduled soon. Anyone interested in attending should email publications@uq.edu.au

UQ Experts continues to be maintained by OMC. External media requests should be directed to school, faculty and institute communications staff or communications@uq.edu.au. Staff enquires, including assistance on updating profiles, should be directed to publications@uq.edu.au.

OP Results Advice Night 2014

Thank you to members of the Network who helped to deliver a successful OP Results Advice Night, held on 22 December at the St Lucia campus. The event attracted 953 people and allowed prospective students to talk directly to faculty and admissions staff about how to make the most of their OP.

An online chat session was also available for those who could not make it to the event. UQ admissions staff responded to a total of 88 online enquiries (58 via email and 30 via Facebook). This was a significant increase from 2013 when we received 34 enquiries in total.

For any questions about the 2015 event, contact Jessica Hannant, ext. 51535.

Facebook survey results

In October 2014 we conducted a short Facebook survey to gain a snapshot of who is following the UQ Facebook page and what content they are interested in. A total of 129 people completed the survey, the majority being past or present domestic UQ students.

Respondents to the survey indicated that they prefer content that directly impacts them, rather than more general information regarding the University.

This desire for more targeted content suggests that there is a potential audience for faculty and institute pages where it may be more appropriate to promote specific information (e.g. internships, events, study experiences), especially for current students.

OMC will consider feedback from the survey as part of our 2015 content strategy. If you would like to receive more information about the survey, email marketing@uq.edu.au

“You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do.”  - Henry Ford


Events and Training

Microsoft Word - advanced: referencing tools 12 March 2015, E-Zone 2, Duhig Building

Job Classification: process and principles 13 March 2015, Rm 202, Learn Innovation Building

Social Media for teaching and learning 1 April 2015, Rm 202A, Learn Innovation Building

Learn.UQ (Blackboard) basics for Professional Staff 2 April 2015, Rm 202A, Learn Innovation Building  

Breakfast with Airbnb
4 March 2015, Interactive Minds

Do women need to make hard choices to get ahead? 6 March 2015, AIM

Queensland meet the fellows 2015 19 March 2015, PRIA

Network News

App central

UQ’s App Central contains a number of apps that members of the Network can promote to new staff and students.

Top apps for students include UQ Checklist and the UQ timetable planner. Apps useful for both staff and students include UQnav and Learn.UQ Mobile.

All apps are Android and iOS compatible.

OMC 2014 Dashboard Report available

OMC’s dashboard report for 2014 is available here. We have moved away from the previous format that provided a lengthy, narrative-style report of key activity, output and metrics.

This year’s report is more visual and simplified. It doesn’t capture all that OMC does, but it does cover the work of each OMC team and their key outputs and deliverables.

Much of the office’s work is delivered in partnership with staff in faculties, schools, institutes and central divisions. OMC looks forward to working with these people again this year.

Any feedback or questions can be directed to Jo Geromin.

New staff appointments

Read details here

Industry news

Three questions to ask to improve student engagement with your marketing content Higher Education Marketing

Four TED Talks Every Marketer Should Watch Hubspot

Live-Tweeting Assignments: To Use or Not to Use? The Chronicle of Higher Education





OMC welcomes your feedback on The Network. Send your comments or suggestions to publications@uq.edu.au. Please send through any stories or ideas by the second Thursday of every month.


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