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UQ Update

University of Queensland

Monday 23 January 2017


Events   Sustainability   Lifestyle   Development   Volunteers

Who will you nominate?

Nominations for the 2017 UQ Awards for Excellence open on Monday 6 February. These Awards provide an opportunity for all UQ staff to acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of our colleagues who demonstrate behaviours that reflect and support our University’s values.

Staff are encouraged to consider nominating individual colleagues or teams who have achieved excellence and whose passionate commitment and hard work underpin our continued success. 

Award categories include: 

  • Leadership
  • Service
  • Innovation
  • Equity and Diversity
  • Wellness and Safety.
For more information, click here.









Australian Workplace Equality Index Employee Survey

All UQ Staff are invited to participate in the Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI) survey.

This survey is run by Pride in Diversity and provides all UQ staff the opportunity to have their say in regard to our initiatives on gender and sexuality diversity inclusion.

Complete the survey here. For more information, contact Jordan Tredinnick on ext. 60402. 

UQ eSpace Migrated to the Cloud

As part of a project to enhance and sustain the UQ eSpace service, the UQ eSpace service has been moved to Amazon Web Services (AWS/S3). There is no visible changes to the way UQ eSpace operates, just improved reliability and performance. Comprehensive testing of all UQ eSpace functionality has been undertaken, however should you experience any problems, please contact the eSpace team on ext. 69775.

Graduate Certificate in Higher Education

No new cohorts will be accepted into the Graduate Certificate in Higher Education, as the program is to be discontinued. The continuing cohort can complete the program in 2017 by enrolling in any remaining courses no later than Friday 3 February. If a student's enrolment needs re-activating, they must contact the HaSS Faculty with their student number. For information on your username and password, contact ITS at help@uqconnect.net or on 3365 6000.

Preparing for Teaching: answers to questions for new academics

If you are new to teaching at UQ, the Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation (ITaLI) have some online resources to help. Created for academics, by academics, this online hub provides answers and information about teaching policies, procedures, and UQ-specific jargon in plain language. Get answers to common questions on the teaching and learning information hub website.

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Age, Fertility and Advancements in Reproductive Medicine

UQ is hosting a public lecture in Singapore to explore the relationship between fertility and ageing. Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter Høj will address guests at the event and guest speakers are Professor Hayden Homer, Professor Christopher Chen, Chair in Reproductive Medicine at UQ, and Dr Suresh Nair, Senior Consultant and Gynaecologist, Seed of Life, Fertility and Women's Care Medical Centre at Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital. The lecture will be held on Saturday 21 January from 3.30–5pm at the Parkroyal on Pickering Hotel, Singapore. RSVPs are essential. For more information, please view this video or contact Hayley Smith on ext. 55071.

A puzzling picture of ‘health’: exploring children’s learning about healthy, active lifestyles

Mr Oliver Hooper, PhD candidate, Loughborough University, UK, will deliver a presentation that will provide an overview of his PhD research to date, which explores pupils’ learning about healthy, active lifestyles in the context of the curriculum in England. His research is located within the field of physical education (PE) and sport pedagogy and his doctoral research is broadly centred on ‘health’ within PE. All staff, students and members of the public are invited to attend the seminar on Friday 27 January from 12pm in room 219 of the Human Movement Studies Building (26B). For more information click here or contact Sandrine Kingston-Ducrot.

CRE in Telehealth forum

The CRE in Telehealth invites you to a presentation on 'How to make telehealth work: professional competence and recreating routines' presented by Joanna Kho, PhD candidate with UQ Business School. The seminar will be held on Friday 3 February from 11am–12pm, room 2007, TRI building, Princess Alexandra Hospital campus. Everyone is welcome and no registration is required. Videoconference details are available on the website. For more information, contact Dr Dominique Bird on ext. 66934.

Data Management Plan (DMP) for research projects and grant writing workshop

Researchers are invited to attend a Library-run workshop on writing a DMP for research projects and grants. The ARC and NHMRC require researchers applying for funding to provide information regarding how data generated during research projects will be managed, shared and made re-useable for future research. This workshop will introduce the essential elements of a research data management plan, allow participants to practice writing a plan, and discuss concerns and issues. The workshop will be held twice, on Monday 6 February from 12.30pm–1:30pm or Tuesday 7 February from 10am–11am. Register here. For more information, email data@library.uq.edu.au.

Other upcoming events

QBI Neuroscience Seminar: Using patterned neural activity to modify Alzheimer’s disease pathology (24.01.2017) 

QBI Neuroscience Seminar: Encoding and storing experience in hippocampal-cortical networks (30.01.2017)


More UQ events »


UQ in the media

The media monitoring service provides a broad collection of external media articles that mention UQ. This information is gathered and updated daily by the Office of Marketing and Communications. For more information:

  1. Subscribe to the daily Media Summary, or

  2. If you are a Marketing or Communications staff member, you may be able to arrange access the Media Monitors portal directly by emailing communications@uq.edu.au.



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Please don't feed our wildlife

People who feed native animals are giving them the wildlife equivalent of junk food. Instead of eating a wide range of natural foods, animals begin to depend on foods that are not part of their natural diet. This can make them very sick and they may lose their ability to forage for natural foods. Animals that are fed by humans can become aggressive, harassing people for food when they are hungry. Enjoy observing UQ's wildlife on campus. For more information, click here

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New year, new activities, new aches

Motivated to be more active in the new year, many people start new activities. Promoting healthy behaviour changes is great way to start the year and the UQ Health and Rehabilitation Clinics are available to support you. Our Musculoskeletal and Sports Injury Physiotherapy clinic will work with you to develop strategies to prevent or manage injuries. Consultation sessions are available Monday–Friday. For more information visit the website. To arrange an appointment or to enquire about our services, please contact the clinic on 3365 2232 or at healthclinics@uq.edu.au.

HMNS Personal Training Service 2017

Currently inactive individuals looking to improve their general health and fitness are invited to be a part of the annual Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences Personal Training Service. The service is run by third-year undergraduates from March–May. The service has a very reasonable cost, which covers access to 10 one-on-one personal training sessions, plus the option for weekly group classes at an extra cost. If interested, click here for more details and fill in the survey at the bottom of the website.

Customs House Wedding Showcase

Calling all newly engaged couples to attend a night of ‘Lustre is Luxury’. Wedded Wonderland’s very own Wendy El-Khoury will host the event. Held on Tuesday 24 January, this is an exclusive opportunity to connect with the city’s most exquisite wedding suppliers. You will receive intimate advice and education from Brisbane’s best suppliers. You are guaranteed that your wedding plans are in excellent hands at Customs House. This event is free attend, RSVP to events@customshouse.com.au or for more information, click here

Adult autism spectrum group

A group exists for adults on the Autism Spectrum in a non-threatening environment. This non-clinical group meets for adults to discuss and find friendship twice a month. Click here or phone Garry Burge on 0431 444 512.

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Free app development service

Software and multimedia students of the one-year capstone School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering (ITEE) course Design Computing Studio 3 are looking for mentors from UQ and external organisations with cutting edge project ideas. Anyone needing a web database, phone app, big data visualisation tool, augmented reality game or an "Internet of Things" device developed should explore the possibility of having students assist with this task. Students will gain valuable experience in dealing with a real client. For more information and a list of projects completed in 2016, click here or contact the course coordinator Dr Alex Pudmenzky by Monday 6 February

UQ offering free Intellectual Disability courses

A series of three free Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), designed to help all those involved in supporting people with intellectual disability to optimise their health and healthcare, is being re-run by UQx. Over 7000 learners from 135 countries around the world signed up for the first run in 2016. For more information and to sign up, click here.

UQ has launched Leadership in Global Development MicroMasters

UQ launched its pioneering Leadership in Global Development MicroMasters course in January, the first of its kind to be offered in Australia. The MicroMasters program is a new category of Masters-level online education, delivered on the edX online learning platform founded by Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Leaders in Global Development is the first of four online courses offered by UQx which went live on Tuesday 10 January 2017, and teaches key leadership skills, concepts and theories to equip the next generation of leaders in international development. For more information and to sign up, click here.

Desktop recording: Office Mix workshop

This course will introduce participants to the desktop recording features of eLearning authoring software Office Mix. This software allows staff to produce mini online lectures that include narration, webcam video, media and formative quizzes. Practical skills covered will include producing a multimedia presentation and publishing it to your Learn.UQ course. To register for the Tuesday 24 January or Monday 6 February workshop, visit the Staff Development website

UQ Staff Discount on Advanced Presentation Skills

Advanced Presentation Skills is designed to transform fearful presenters into fear-free presenters. Facilitator Barry O'Sullivan draws on 22 years of industry experience, combined with leadership coaching and acting techniques, to assist participants to enhance their personal presentation skills. UQ staff receive a 20 per cent discount on UQ Business School Executive Education short courses. The course will be held on Wednesday 25 January from 8am–5pm. For more information and to register, click here or contact the Executive Education Client Services Team on ext. 67111.

eLearning solutions service

The eLearning Solutions Service is available to all UQ teaching staff that would like to receive a series of one-to-one consultations and assistance for the integration of eLearning into their courses. To organise an appointment with an eLearning Advisor, please follow the steps as outlined on the eLearning Solutions Service website.

Staff Development

eLearning workshops

eLearning Systems and Support are offering a range of practical workshops on eLearning tools during 2017. A description of each workshop, dates and registration is available on the Staff Development/Teaching and Learning Technologies website.

  • Desktop Recording – Office Mix – Tuesday 24 January, St Lucia
  • Basic Video Production – Wednesday 25 January, St Lucia
  • UQ Active learning tools – Tuesday 31 January, St Lucia
  • Virtual Meetings (Adobe Connect) – Thursday 2 February, St Lucia 

MFSAS: statistics training workshops

The Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) offers professional development courses in statistics, Leximancer and qualitative research, from beginner to advanced levels. For the full schedule, see the MFSAS (Methods for Social Analysis and Statistics) website. Upcoming workshops include:

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People needed for balance study

Volunteers aged 60+ are invited to participate in a study investigating balance. Participation involves questionnaires and performing physical and balance tests. Eligible participants will be asked to undertake one testing session at UQ (St Lucia campus) and one testing session at the Princess Alexandra Hospital. Details: Alexandra Picorelli.

Have you sprained your ankle only once?

Female volunteers aged 18–40 years who have previously sprained their ankles are needed for a study investigating lower limb strength and balance. Testing will take approximately 2.5 hours and will be conducted at the St Lucia campus. Parking will be provided and participants will be reimbursed with a $20 voucher. Details: email n.khalaj@uq.edu.au

Volunteer for shadow coding needed

Volunteers are needed for assistance with shadow coding the transcripts of three virtual focus group interviews for data reliability. Volunteers with a background in applied linguistics TESOL are preferable but not essential. The participation will involve coding using Nvivo 11 and the process should take about two weeks. This is an opportunity for practice doing data analysis using a qualitative data analysis software.Training using the project's codebook and temporary access to Nvivo 11 will be provided. There is no reimbursement for participation. Details: Arizio Sweeting (0410 576 454).

Factors affecting parenting: sensory processing and attachment patterns

Researchers are looking for parents whose youngest child is 12 years or younger, with no intellectual or physical disabilities, to complete a one-off online questionnaire taking 15 minutes. The study is investigating how a parent’s relationship patterns and irritability to sensory information affects the way they interact and respond to their child’s behaviour. To complete the questionnaire click here. Details: Grace Branjerdporn

Is your child raised in a bilingual home?

Researchers from the School of Psychology are seeking infants aged 15–19 months who have been raised in a bilingual home to participate in a study on the development of counting principles. The study takes place in the Psychology building and lasts about 15–30 minutes. During the session, guardians will not be separated from their child, and will receive a certificate and a small gift for participation at the end of the session. Details: Jonathan Redshaw

Healthy volunteers needed for foot muscle study

Pain-free volunteers aged 18–55 are sought for a study investigating the function of the small muscles of the foot. Participants will undergo a free MRI scan of their foot, measures of their foot mobility, and detailed analysis of their foot muscle function during different activities. All testing will be conducted at the St Lucia campus. Details: Dr Natalie Collins

Older males needed: ageing and social perception

Researchers are seeking males aged 65+ to participate in a two-part study at St Lucia. Participation will primarily involve watching videos depicting different social interactions and making judgements. Participants will be compensated $30 per session, and free car parking can be arranged if required. Details: Sarah Grainger

Fighting diabetes lying down?

The School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences is trialling a bed which simulates the effects of physical activity by the use of external counterpulsation (ECP). The treatment mimics the effects of exercise through cuffs applied to the lower and upper legs, applying compression as you relax for 30 to 45 minutes. ECP therapy enhances blood flow through the arteries and veins, mimicking the effects of exercise. The study will be conducted at the St Lucia campus. Participation includes undergoing treatment three times a week for seven weeks. Participants will be reimbursed for their travel costs up to $500. Details: Katrin Dias or Matthew Wallen

Low back pain? Earn a free Fitbit

Volunteers aged 18–50 who have low back pain are sought for a study that aims to discover why people keep experiencing back pain after suffering an initial episode of low back pain. The study consists of monitoring daily variation in pain, sleep and body movement for 28 consecutive days. For successful completion of the study the participants will receive a Fitbit activity and sleep wristband. Complete this survey to see if you are eligible to participate. Details: Esther Smits


Want to improve your health and expand your social world?

If you are experiencing low mood, nervousness or just feel isolated and in need of developing new relationships, then the free program, Groups 4 Health, which is being run by the School of Psychology, might be for you. The 1.5 hour workshops aim to help individuals better understand and manage social relationships. In the workshops, participants will learn why groups are good for health, discover and map their own social network, develop strategies for making better use of social connections, and learn how to build new connections. Groups commence in February at St Lucia. Details: info@groups4health.com

Free exercise training

Researchers are looking for volunteers aged 18–75 with type 2 diabetes to participate in an exercise training study. Participants will receive free training sessions with an accredited exercise physiologist and free health checks. Free parking will also be provided. Details: click here or contact Trishan Gajanand 

Recently sprained an ankle?

Volunteers aged 18–35 who have sprained their ankle in the last four weeks are needed to participate in a study. Participation involves walking on a treadmill, stepping from a step and squatting. The study will take approximately two hours. Details: Jennifer Atkins

Enhancing community knowledge and engagement with law at the end of life

Researchers are seeking adult patients with terminal cancer who are involved in their own medical decision-making, as well as adult family members of an adult with terminal cancer who have witnessed or been involved in medical decision-making. This study aims to improve understanding of medical decision-making practices of people with cancer and their family, and what support would help with making decisions. Participation involves completing a face-to-face, telephone or Skype interview (for about an hour), at a convenient time and location. Details: click here or contact Jill Wilson (3365 1254) or Rachel Feeney (3365 2505).

Motor training and brain plasticity

Seeking right-handed volunteers aged 18–35 to take part in a study investigating the effect of non-invasive brain stimulation on brain plasticity and motor learning. The study will include two sessions of 2.5 to 3 hours each, at the St Lucia campus. Each session involves two types of brain stimulation (electrical and magnetic), motor training of the right hand and the recording of brain activity (EEG). Participants will be reimbursed $10 per hour. Details: Dr Claire Bradley

Driver training study

Australian drivers' licence holders (Learners and Provisional Licenses inclusive) aged 18–24 are sought for a study designed to help drivers be safer on the roads. The study involves a 60-minute session at UQ where participants will complete a series of video-based training tasks, then followed by a short questionnaire. Participants will be reimbursed $20. Details: Genevieve Kieseker

Textured shoe insoles for people with Multiple Sclerosis

Volunteers with Multiple Sclerosis aged 18+ are sought to participate in a trial investigating the effects of wearing textured shoe insoles for improving standing balance, walking and foot sensation. Participants will be required to wear a pair of shoe insoles for three months, and attend three testing sessions at QUT Kelvin Grove, where they will complete a series of questionnaires and assessments of balance, walking and foot sensation. All volunteers will also undergo a clinical examination with a Specialist Neurological Physiotherapist. Complimentary return taxi fares or car parking will be provided. Details: Dr Anna Hatton

Memory and ageing

Volunteers aged 65–85 are sought to participate in an experiment beginning in mid-January 2017, which is about memory and ageing. Participation involves responding to a computer-based spatial memory task, while inside a fMRI machine. One session will take approximately 2.5 to 3 hours to complete, and participants will be reimbursed for their time. The study will take place in the Centre of Advanced Imaging at the UQ St Lucia campus. Get in touch to determine whether you are fMRI eligible, and to arrange a session time. Details: Aya Uchida

Seeking recent low back pain sufferers

Be part of a ground-breaking study that aims to discover why some people keep repeatedly hurting their back. Researchers are seeking people aged 18–50 who have hurt their back in the last week. Participants will be reimbursed for their time. Complete this survey to see if you are eligible to participate. Details: longlbp.ccrespine@uq.edu.au.


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