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UQ Update

University of Queensland

Monday 14 April 2014

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UQ/USQ Ipswich campus update

The University of Queensland and the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) have signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that paves the way for the potential transfer of UQ's Ipswich Campus to USQ in early 2015. 

This follows more than a year of discussions, focusing on ways that both universities can enhance the use of the Ipswich Campus to meet the future demand for higher education in one of Australia’s fastest growing regions.

UQ and USQ are now working collaboratively on the second phase of the project, expected to be completed by mid-2014, to determine the feasibility and full implications of such a transfer. For more information, click here.


Applications open for OLT grants

The Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) has two grants currently available with closing dates in 2014: Seed Projects, pilot projects with funding up to $50,000; and Extension Grants, to disseminate outcomes of completed OLT projects with funding up to $30,000. Applicants should advise Michele Wirt of their intention to apply by Friday 25 April for Seed Projects, and Friday 6 June for Extension Grants. 

TEDI offers grant mentors to assist with the development of proposals. For more information about grant mentors, contact Michele Wirt.

For more information, visit the OLT Grants page.

UQ latest news statement to Senate

To read the UQ latest news statement presented to the Senate meeting on Thursday 10 April, please click here.

Pathfinder – UniQuest's proof-of-concept grant scheme

Applications are now open for Pathfinder – UniQuest's early stage, commercial proof-of-concept grant scheme. The scheme offers up to $30,000 to support the development of UQ innovations towards a commercialisation outcome. Since 2005, UniQuest has provided more than $4 million in commercialisation funding to over 140 projects to help them find a path to market. Applications for this current round will close on Monday 5 May. For more information, visit the Pathfinder website or email pathfinder@uniquest.com.au.

Organisational Psychology workplace seminars 

The Centre for Organisational Psychology is offering a limited number of opportunities for UQ workplaces to host lunchtime seminars. Seminars will be conducted by postgraduate students who hold provisional registration as psychologists, and are supervised by an experienced psychologist. Topics are negotiable, but examples could include building personal resilience, stress management, goal setting and positive psychology at work. Sessions will be delivered in late May and early June. To register your interest, contact Shelley Phillips.

New student course evaluation system

Student surveys of course and teacher (SECaT) are undertaken for every course at UQ, traditionally in class and on paper. From Semester 2, 2014, all SECaT(s) will be provided online using a new IT system, EvaSys. There will be a transition period during Semester 1, 2014, where a pilot group of at least one school from each faculty will undertake online evaluations of their courses. All other aspects of the surveys, e.g. survey content, will remain unchanged. For all other schools, SECaT(s) will be conducted as in previous semesters. For more information, visit the TEDI website, or contact The Evaluation Unit, TEDI, by email or on ext. 60735.

UQ News TV – UQx 

The launch of UQx and its first four courses is the focus of this week’s episode of UQ News TV.  The rapid developments in online learning are enabling millions of learners around the world to participate in these new forms of tertiary education. For more information about UQx, click here.

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UQ School of Music concert

UQ’s School of Music presents a performance of two string quartets by Haydn and Britten. The quartets will be performed by the internationally renowned Tinalley String Quartet, featuring UQ’s recently appointed Associate Professor in Violin Performance Studies, Adam Chalabi. The concert will be held on Thursday 17 April, from 1pm–2pm in the Nickson Room, School of Music, Level 4, Zelman Cowen Building. For more information, click here.

SMI Seminar Series 

Minerals Industry Safety and Health Centre (MISHC) PhD candidate Garry Marling is presenting a seminar on ‘Words have meaning … especially in risk management’. This talk focuses on the impact that diverse definitions of the elements of risk management have on managing risk. The seminar will be held on Thursday 17 April, from 11am–12pm in the Level 4 Seminar Room, Sir James Foots Building. For more information, contact Sandy Worden.

Outward Student Mobility and Collaborative Research Opportunities in Thailand

His Excellency Mr James Wise, Australian Ambassador to Thailand, will give a presentation on the attractions that Thailand universities offer Australian students who may be seeking a study experience in Asia, especially under the New Colombo Plan (NCP). The Ambassador will be accompanied by Ms Watinee Kharnwong, Director, Australian Education International (AEI), at the Australian Embassy in Bangkok. Mr Wise will also discuss research collaboration opportunities in Thailand. The seminar will be held on Wednesday 30 April, from 9.15am–10.15am in the Seminar Room, AIBN Building. Please register your interest in attending by Monday 28 April at global.engagement@uq.edu.au, or for more information contact Liz Simmonds on ext. 51972.

The Attitudes of Lady Emma Hamilton

The RD Milns Antiquities Museum invites people to experience the appeal of the classical world in this series of events based on The Attitudes of Lady Emma Hamilton. The Attitudes, a series of performances based on her husband’s collection of antique vases, captured the imagination of gossips and grand tourists alike, becoming an icon of feminine independence, survival and sexuality for Britain’s 18th century. Each evening will include life drawing sessions inspired by the Museum’s own collection of Greek vases. The series starts on Friday 9 May. For more information, click here.

Other upcoming events

More UQ events »


UQ in the media

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

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

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Sustainability photo competition

Help judge the Green Office Photo Competition by liking your favourite photo on the UQ Sustainability Facebook page. Green Office representatives have submitted their best photos on the theme of ‘water or energy on campus’, and five have been shortlisted by the Sustainability Office. The photographer of the most popular photo will win a $100 energy and water saving gift hamper. Voting closes on 3pm, Tuesday 15 April. Visit the UQ Sustainability Facebook page to vote, and click here for information on the Green Office program.

Shut down and switch off before take off 

To save energy, reduce environmental impact and minimise costs, the Property and Facilities Division has programmed a partial shutdown of air conditioning to selected buildings over the Easter and Anzac Day long weekends. Your help is needed to further maximise energy and environmental savings over the break. UQ Sustainability is asking staff to get involved by switching off all non-essential electrical equipment before taking off for the Easter and Anzac Day long weekends. Visit the Sustainability website for an action list and resources on how to implement a ‘Shut down and switch off before take off’ campaign in your office area.

Eco tips – How to save energy this Easter

  1. Encourage your colleagues to get involved by raising the topic at a staff meeting and circulate an email to remind staff of what to do before leaving the office.
  2. Shut down your computer and monitor and switch off at the power point.
  3. Turn off all non-essential lighting and shared office equipment, including printers, photocopiers, fax machines, microwaves, hot water boilers and manual air conditioning systems.
  4. Take the opportunity to clean out the office fridge and turn it off for the break. Leave some newspaper or a towel on the floor to collect any water.
  5. Close and lock all windows and doors.

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Physiotherapy for sports injuries 

The UQ Musculoskeletal and Sports Injury Clinic manages a wide variety of sporting injuries sustained by athletes of all levels. From Monday 5 MayMonday 2 June, a sports speciality clinic is being offered in conjunction with the postgraduate Sports Physiotherapy program. Sports physiotherapy covers the diagnostic and intervention aspects of injured athletes at elite, competitive or recreational levels. Specific rehabilitation and return to sport after injury programs are designed for each individual, based on latest evidence-based practice research. For more information or to book an appointment, contact UQ Health and Rehabilitation Clinics reception on ext. 52232 or at healthclinics@uq.edu.au.

Mother’s Day at Customs House

Customs House will be hosting a special day of dining to celebrate Mother’s Day on Sunday 11 May. Enjoy breakfast or lunch on the terrace by the river with a Story Bridge view, or in our elegant inside dining room. The Mother’s Day breakfast menu will be $48 per person with bookings from 9am. Lunch is a choice of a 2 course menu for $66 per person, or a 3 course menu for $83 per person, with bookings from 12pm. To view menus, please click here. Bookings are essential – please phone 3365 8921 or book online. Park at Wilsons Riverside and pay only $5 when you get your ticket validated by the restaurant staff.

Positive parenting for healthy living with type 1 diabetes

Are you a parent of a child aged 2–10 with type 1 diabetes? Do you want to learn more about managing child behaviour, anxiety or illness? Positive Parenting for Healthy Living Triple P offers parents simple strategies in two group sessions, each two hours long. The program is offered free-of-charge to eligible participants as part of a research project in the PFSC. Please click here for more information, or contact Aditi Lohan on ext. 57689. 

Need assistance with your child or teenager? 

The Child and Family Psychology Clinic is offering individual appointments for $25 per hour. The Clinic is a specialist centre assisting parents concerned about their child or teenager. We are also specialists in conducting Triple P. The types of difficulties we help with include behaviour management, anxiety/fears, friendship issues, ADHD, Asperger’s Syndrome, assessments for learning difficulties, and teen issues. For more information, click here, contact the Child and Family Psychology Clinic on ext. 57290, or email cfpc@psy.uq.edu.au.

Focus on your health and wellbeing – UQ Wellness

For current health and wellbeing opportunities, including research participation opportunities, visit the UQ Wellness website. To join yoga, contact Dr Vivek Mitter. For tai chi and qigong enquiries, contact Dr Xin Liu and the UQ SMILE Tai Chi and Qigong Team. To become a walking group leader and get a walker’s pack (pedometer, water bottle and cap), contact Vicki McNabb. For website inclusions and health and wellbeing options, contact Vicki McNabb.

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 every second and fourth Saturday of the month at the Toowong Uniting Church. Click here or phone Garry Burge on 0431 444 512.

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Social media for engagement and information literacy

Information literacy is a critical skill for all students. In this course we will explore ways in which social media can be utilised to support the development of information literacy. In this course you will explore how media curation tools ScoopIt and Pinterest can be used for teaching and learning. Technical aspects of ScoopIt and Pinterest will also be covered and you will develop a learning activity using the tools. Staff can use the Staff Development website to enrol in the next course which will be held on Monday 28 April.

Python for bioinformatics workshop 

Bioinformaticians worldwide use the Python scripting environment for its simplicity and power. In this intensive hands-on workshop, learn the basics of this popular language, and find out how you can increase your own productivity and data processing capacity using Python. The workshop will be held on Thursday 1–Friday 2 May in the Queensland Bioscience Precinct Building. For more information, click here or contact Mark Crowe on ext. 62095.

VoiceThread workshop

VoiceThread is a powerful social media tool that enables users to use a variety of media in innovative ways to support a range of teaching and learning activities. In this course you will explore some applications of VoiceThread for teaching and learning. Technical aspects of VoiceThread will also be covered and you will develop a learning activity using the tool. Staff can use the Staff Development website to enrol in the next course, which will be held on Thursday 8 May.

One-on-one tutorials trial – Online assignment submission and marking

ITS are trialling a new service to provide one-on-one tutorials for staff on creating online assignment submission links, creating rubrics, and online marking. To organise a tutorial, staff can email helpdesk noting their availability for the session. The tutorials will be conducted over the phone and using screen sharing software. The trial will run during weeks 5–9 in Semester 1. Visit the One-on-one tutorials eLearning page for further information.

eLearning workshops

eLearning Workshops ITS are offering a range of practical workshops on eLearning tools during 2014. A description of each workshop, dates and registration is available on the Staff Development website.

  • Virtual Meetings (Adobe Connect) – 10am–11am, Thursday 17 April, online

Staff Development update  

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Volunteers needed for whiplash study

Adult volunteers are needed for to undergo a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan of neck and brain at the St Lucia campus, for a study investigating neck pain, and possible changes in the neck muscles, spinal cord and/or brain. We are looking for men and women aged 18–65 who have neck pain from a whiplash injury which has lasted three months or more. The scan will take approximately one hour, and each participant will be reimbursed $50. Details: Click here or contact Ashley Pedler (3365 5383).

Alcohol research

The Centre for Youth Substance Abuse Research is looking at how emotion, personality, and taste perception influence alcohol use. People aged 18–21 are sought to participate in two experimental sessions (one week apart) at St Lucia or Herston campuses. Volunteers will receive a $40 JB Hi-Fi/Myer voucher. Details: Click here or contact Dr Matthew Gullo.

Do you have kneecap pain?

If you are aged 18–40 and have pain at the front of your knee that is made worse walking on stairs or hills, you might be eligible for a study of two treatments that have been shown to be beneficial. You will receive either hip exercises or foot orthoses at a physiotherapy clinic, and be measured on your outcome over three months. Details: Email sirph@uq.edu.au (3365 4587).

Do you suffer from tennis elbow? 

Do you have pain over your elbow and want a free physio assessment and exercise training? We are currently studying the effects of acute exercise on pain perception in people with tennis elbow. Eligible participants will be required to attend three sessions, each approximately 90 minutes long. Details: Click here or email sirph@uq.edu.au (3365 4587).


Saliva – the future of diagnostics

Smokers who are aged over 40, not on any prescription medication except oral contraceptives, and are in good general health are sought to participate in a study to investigate the potential diagnostic value of saliva to detect head and neck cancers. The study will be conducted at UQ or the Translational Research Institute at Woolloongabba. Details: Lim Yen Kai.

Do you have acute low back pain?

People aged 18–50 who have experienced low back pain in the past week are needed to participate on a 12-month study. All volunteers will be required to attend four sessions at the St Lucia campus, and will be reimbursed for their participation. Details: Email longlbp.ccrespine@gmail.com.

Have you or has someone you know been treated for prostate cancer?

If you have undergone prostatectomy, you may be eligible for a study investigating why some men suffer incontinence following surgery. Men aged 30–80 and without symptoms of incontinence after surgery are invited to participate. This study involves ultrasound imaging of the pelvic floor muscles, and will take place at St Lucia. Details: Dr Ryan Stafford.

Healthy participants required for prostate study

Would you like to assist with ground breaking research to help men experiencing incontinence after prostate surgery? We are seeking healthy men aged 30–70 with no history of prostate cancer to understand normal function. This study involves one session of ultrasound imaging of the pelvic floor muscles and is conducted at UQ's St Lucia campus. Details: Dr Ryan Stafford.

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