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UQ Update

University of Queensland

Monday 20 October 2014 

Events       Sustainability       Lifestyle       Development       Volunteers

Virgin Australia domestic holiday travel offer for UQ staff

Virgin Australia is offering UQ employees a special discount for domestic holiday travel. You can enjoy up to 10 per cent off all Virgin Australia operated Business, Flexi and Saver class fares across their domestic network.

This offer also extends to family and friends when they are travelling on the same booking as UQ staff. To be eligible, bookings must be made by Wednesday 31 December, for travel until Tuesday 30 June 2015. Simply visit the Virgin Australia website, enter the promo code “MTW67” and select your flights. Make sure you use your UQ email address in the booking to be eligible for these discounted fares.

For more information, and to view the offer conditions, click here.


Teaching & Learning Week

The program for this year's Teaching & Learning Week is now available, and features a range of workshops, seminars, and other activities across the St Lucia campus.

These events are aimed at supporting best practice in teaching and enhancing the student experience at UQ.

To view the full program, visit the Teaching and Learning website.


The University of Queensland Enterprise Agreement 2014 – 2017

The University of Queensland Enterprise Agreement 2014 – 2017 is currently with the Fair Work Commission for approval. The new Agreement and an explanatory memorandum outlining changed and new conditions and provisions is available online.

A number of briefing sessions entitled Understanding Your New Enterprise Agreement are being held for staff at St Lucia, Gatton and Herston campuses. These sessions will explain the key changes contained in the new University of Queensland Enterprise Agreement 2014 - 2017. You can register for a session below.

Please note, if you recently attended the Know Your Enterprise Agreement session, the changes to the Agreement were outlined in those sessions.

UQ International wins consecutive awards for Best Admissions Office in Australia

For the second year in a row, The University of Queensland’s International Admissions team has been named “Best Admissions Office in Australia” at the 2014 IDP Singapore Awards for Excellence. 

The award recognises the exceptional service provided by the UQ International Admissions team to more than 1000 students from around the world who applied to study at UQ through IDP Singapore in 2014. UQ International was nominated for awards in four out of five categories. Read more.

Academic Board Elections Update

The elections of students to the Academic Board have now been finalised. The following students have been duly elected to the Academic Board for 2015. Undergraduate students: Michael Lucas, Brendan Morris and Lewis Jones. Postgraduate students: Jessica Bogard (Research student) and Kate Poat (Coursework student). A complete list of all elected members to the Board can be found on the Academic Board website.

UQ News TV – New weapons in war on polio

The latest episode of UQ News TV features Dr Natalie Connors, who was invited to the World Health Organisation in Geneva to provide advice on the next steps to eradicating polio. Her research into virus like particles or VLPs could hold the key to a safer and more effective polio vaccine. 

Compliance Register now live

The Compliance Register has just been launched and is available at compliance.app.uq.edu.au. The Compliance Register is intended to support the Policy by providing a list of all of the known legislation, regulations, standards and codes that applies to UQ. 

The Register is a live document and it is intended for everyone to have a role in monitoring, reporting and editing the Register to keep it current and up to date. The Compliance Policy and Register have been developed in consultation with stakeholders throughout UQ.

The Compliance Policy establishes the framework on which UQ will comply with the myriad of legislation, regulations, standards and codes that apply to it. It also establishes the chain of responsibility between the Custodians, Accountable Officers and Local Compliance Officers to monitor and manage the compliance obligations of UQ.

Comments, feedback and suggestions are welcomed to ensure that the Policy and Register will continue to be user-friendly and contribute to UQ’s compliance culture. For more information, or to provide feedback, email compliance@uq.edu.au

Improved features for staff conducting online tests on Learn.UQ

Online tests will be even more powerful on Learn.UQ following the upcoming annual upgrade. Course coordinators will be able to restrict where online tests can be accessed, such as a specific computer lab, using the IP address of the computers. Managing tests online has been simplified allowing course coordinators to manage multiple test attempts and identify the scores to keep towards students' overall grades. For example, course coordinators can chose to keep first or last attempts, or highest or lowest scores.

The annual upgrade of Learn.UQ (Blackboard) will take place on between Sunday 23–Monday 24 November. Learn.UQ will not be available during this time. For more information on the upgraded features visit the Learn.UQ upgrade timeline 2014

Crime 101x goes live

With over 10,000 people enrolled worldwide, the latest MOOC from UQx, Crime101x: The Psychology of Criminal Justice goes live on Tuesday 21 October. Find out what psychology can tell us about the criminal justice system while following a crime drama filmed at UQ's St Lucia campus. To enrol, click here, or for more information, contact Blake McKimmie.

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Mental Health Awareness

October is Mental Health Month and is a national event that aims to improve community awareness and knowledge about mental health illness and reduce the stigma and discrimination associated with mental health problems.

UQ is raising Mental Health Awareness with presentations about building good mental health, strategies to help during times of stress and early intervention. Throughout October and November there will be a series of Mental Health Awareness Talks:

Open Access Week at the UQ Library

The UQ Library will host a number of seminars during Open Access Week, which will be held from Monday 20–Friday 25 October. The seminars will address a variety of topics including Open Knowledge, Maximising Research Impact, and Open Access. For more information or to register for a session, visit the UQ Library website or contact Tanya Ziebell on ext. 56315. 

Centre for Advanced Imaging Seminar: a fresh perspective on diabetes

Professor Josephine M Forbes, NHMRC Senior Research Fellow and Professor at the Mater Clinical School, the University of Queensland, will present a seminar on "Caramel, guts and kidney: a fresh perspective on diabetes". The seminar will be held on Tuesday 21 October from 9am–10am in the Level 2 Auditorium, CAI building. For more information, contact Chris Noble

Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies (CCCS) public seminar and film screening

The CCCS will host two events to honour the visit of Dr Kieran Connell from the University of Birmingham, as part of a Universitas 21 Fellowship. On Tuesday 21 October from 2.30pm–3.30pm, Dr Connell will present a public seminar on "The Working Practices of the Birmingham Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies".

On Thursday 23 October from 4pm–5pm, there will be a screening of Stuart Hall in Conversation with Kieran Connell, conducted six months before Hall's recent death. Both events will be held in the Level 4 Seminar Room, Forgan Smith Tower. For more information, contact Fergus Grealy on ext. 69764.

GCI Food Security Seminar: Potential for a Green Revolution in Ghana

Economist Dr. Renuka Mahadevan will report on a bottom-up approach to exploring farmers’ preferences for technology adoption, and the implications for improving yields, food security and climate change resilience. The seminar will be held on Wednesday 22 October from 1pm–2pm in Room 275, Building 20. For more information, contact Jane O'Sullivan.

The Battle of Algiers Film screening and discussion

The School of Political Science and International Studies is hosting a special free screening of Gillo Pontecorvo’s masterpiece The Battle of Algiers. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion on the politics of the film. The screening will be held on Wednesday 22 October from 6.30pm–9.30pm at the Schonell Theatre. This is a free event. For tickets, email Marja Knuuttila or collect in person from the POLSIS front office, Level 5, General Purpose North 3, or at the door on the night. For more information, click here

Sustainable Minerals Institute Seminar Series

Professor David Cliff, Director of the Minerals Industry Safety and Health Centre, is presenting a seminar on "Hazelwood mine fire. Impacts on the community and causes: A failure to manage and a failure to regulate". The seminar will be held on Thursday 23 October from 10am–11am in the Level 4 Seminar Room, Sir James Foots Building. For more information, contact Sandy Worden.  

UQ Music Lunchtime Concert

The UQ Bachelor of Music student ensembles will compete in the 4MBS Musica Viva Sid Page Prize competition. Now in its 26th year, the Sid Page prize has recognised students who have gone on to become some of Australia's most talented musicians. The concert will be held on Thursday 23 October from 12.30–2pm in the Nickson Room, Zelman Cowen Building. For more information, contact Thorin Kerr.

RCC Seminar: Multi-Scale Modeling of the Failing Heart: From Mouse to Human

Professor Andrew McCulloch, Distinguished Scholar at University of California, San Diego, will discuss the recent progress in using patient-specific models of dyssynchronous heart failure to understand clinical responses to cardiac resynchronization therapy. The seminar will be held on Friday 24 October from 9am–10am in Room 505A/B, Axon Building. For more information and to RSVP, email rcc-admin@uq.edu.au.

School of Languages and Comparative Cultural Studies Applied Linguistics seminar series

The School of Languages and Comparative Cultural Studies will host a seminar on applied linguistics, with presentations from Mona Aqeel, Mohammed Ali Alwaleedi and Zeliha Arshad Sethi. The seminar will be held on Friday 24 October from 11am–12pm in Room 209, Gordon Greenwood Building. For more information, click here or contact Dr Paul Moore.

Friday Lunchtime Operatic Recital at the UQ Art Museum

Singaporean soprano Cherylene Liew, accompanied by Howard Munro, will present a free recital at the UQ Art Museum on Friday 24 October from 1pm–2pm. For more information, contact Howard Munro.

School of Languages and Comparative Cultural Studies seminar series

Dr Amy Hubbell will present a seminar on “Scandalous Memory: Terrorism Testimonial from the Algerian War”. The seminar will be held on Friday 24 October from 2pm–3pm in Room 209, Gordon Greenwood Building. For more information, click here or contact Dr Carles Gutierrez-Sanfeliu.

Research partnership opportunities

Professor Jürgen Mlynek, President of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres, will give a lunchtime presentation on research partnership opportunities. The seminar will be held on Monday 27 October from 12.15pm–1pm in the AIBN Seminar Room. For more information and to register, click here

UQ International public seminar

Professor Norbert Lammert, President of the German Bundestag, and second highest ranking official in the Federal Republic of Germany, will present a seminar on "Crises in Europe and the Middle East: German Positions and Parliamentary Responsibility". The seminar will be held on Monday 27 October from 5pm–6pm in the QBI Lecture Theatre, Level 7, Building 79. Register here. For more information, contact Lisa Brown on ext. 56998.

Life Sciences@UQ Networking series

The Institute for Molecular Bioscience presents the latest event in the Life Sciences@UQ Networking series, a conversation with three global life sciences leaders with industrial, investment, research and entrepreneurial experience. Speakers include Dr James Garner, Head, Unit Development Office for Asia Pacific, Sanofi; Professor Dennis Liotta, Executive Director, The Emory Institute for Drug Development; and Dr Tao Zhu, Co-Founder and Senior Vice President, Research and Development, Tianjin CanSino Biotech. The networking event will be held on Monday 27 October from 12.30pm–1.30pm in the Large Seminar Room, Building 80. Register here. For more information click here or contact Gemma Ward.

Half-day symposium: Advocacy, Investigative Journalism and the Internet

The Centre for Communication and Social Change are hosting a free half-day symposium on "Advocacy, Investigative Journalism and the Internet" as part of the annual Communication for Social Change Awards. There will be presentations from this year’s winners, photojournalist Barat Ali Batoor, and Clare Rewcastle and Peter John Jaban of Radio Free Sarawak. The symposium will be held on Tuesday 28 October from 9am–1pm in the Terrace Room, Sir Llew Edwards Building. For more information and to register, click here or contact Claudia Sepulveda.

Inaugural Professorial Lecture: Why the Ancient Greeks Matter

Professor Alastair Blanshard, Inaugural Paul Eliadis Chair of Classics and Ancient History, School of History, Philosophy, Religion and Classics, will present a lecture on "Why the Ancient Greeks matter". The lecture will be held on Wednesday 29 October from 5.30pm–8pm in the Level 2 Auditorium, Sir Llew Edwards Building. A reception will follow the lecture. RSVP here. For more information, click here or contact Gillian Ievers.

Reflections of a Female Engineer

The School of Civil Engineering is hosting Professor Sarah Springman as the 2014 Seymour Whyte Visiting Scholar for Women in Civil Engineering. Professor Springman will deliver a public lecture on understanding the challenges and opportunities associated with attracting and retaining women in the engineering profession. The lecture will be held on Friday 31 October from 3.30pm–5.30pm in the Advanced Engineering Building. A cocktail function will follow the lecture. For more information and to register, click here or contact Trent Leggatt.

Mongolia–Australia Development Forum

The Sustainable Minerals Institute in collaboration with Mongolia Australia Partners for Development (MAP4D) and Griffith University are hosting a forum on "Mining, sustainable development and partnerships". The forum will be held on Friday 31 October from 8.30am–6pm in the May Hancock Auditorium, Women`s College. For more information, click here or contact Dr Byambajav Dalaibuyan.

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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Saving energy and sustainability in laboratories

Laboratories are the most energy intensive spaces on UQ’s campuses, so energy efficiency and resource conservation in laboratoriesis especially important in reducing the University’s greenhouse gas emissions and energy bill. The Green Labs Program has representatives in 24 labs who work with colleagues to promote environmental best practices. By adopting the following tips, all lab users can contribute to reducing the energy and resource impact of lab spaces.

Eco tips: How can I reduce resource consumption in the lab?

  1. Always keep the fume hood sash as low as possible during operation. When not in use, shut the sash completely.
  2. Make sure your lab is equipped with enough recycling bins. If you need more, contact recycle@pf.uq.edu.au.
  3. Switch off lights and lab equipment when not in use.
  4. Minimise equipment heat-up times. Record the warm up time on the Warm Up Time sticker available on request from the Sustainability Office (sustainability@uq.edu.au) and place it on the equipment.
  5. Request reusable lab glassware instead of disposables.
  6. Operate equipment such as autoclaves and glass washers only with a full load. 

Sustainable Commuting Competition

All UQ staff are invited to participate in the 2014 Sustainable Commuting Competition from Monday 3–Friday 7 November. Staff are encouraged to use sustainable transport methods, such as walking, cycling or videoconferencing to reduce their carbon emissions, with prizes for the individual and office with the greatest reduction in emissions. All participants must be sponsored by a Green Office or Green Labs representative on their entry. To register, email greenoffice@pf.uq.edu.au.

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UQ Sport group circuit run

Join UQ Sport for a run on the new circuit track along the river on Wednesday 22 October. Everyone will start together and finish together and you can choose between the 2.5km or the 5km route. It’ll be an all-round cardio and strength workout that can be taken at your own pace. Meet at 7am at the UQBC Eric Freeman Boathouse. For more information, click here.

International Stuttering Awareness Day

International Stuttering Awareness Day will be celebrated on Wednesday 22 October. The day aims to promote awareness and understanding of stuttering and to offer recognition for people who stutter and the speech-language professionals who work with them. If you are a person who stutters, or know someone who stutters, the UQ Health and Rehabilitation Speech Pathology Clinic offers support and treatment through their weekly clinics and Fluency Intensive Programs. For more information and to register, contact the UQ Health and Rehabilitation Clinics on ext. 52232.

Free Parenting Workshop

The team from the Triple P-Positive Parenting Program are inviting separated or divorced parents to participate in a free, half-day parenting workshop. The workshop targets concerns such as how improve personal coping skills, reduce conflict between parents, improve family relationships, and best support children during this time. The workshop will be held on Saturday 25 October from 9am–1pm at the UQ School of Psychology. For more information, and to participate, click here, or contact Jenna Campbell

Child and Family Psychology appointments for children and teenagers 

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. The types of difficulties the clinic helps with include behaviour management, anxiety/fears, friendship issues, ADHD, Asperger’s Syndrome, assessments for learning difficulties, and teen issues. For more information, click here or contact the Child and Family Psychology Clinic on 3365 7290.

UQ Wellness seminars

UQ Wellness is hosting a seminar on 'super foods'. "Supercharge Your Diet" will be held on Wednesday 22 October at 12.15pm. For more information and to register, click here.

UQ Wellness – yoga at St Lucia

Join a yoga class to find out yogic tips for fighting the common cold and flu. A regular yoga routine helps strengthen the immune system, can help reduce stress, lower blood pressure and improve heart function. To find out about yoga courses held at St Lucia, contact Dr Vivek Mitter.

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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Learn.UQ (Blackboard) basics for Professional Staff

This course will introduce professional staff to commonly used functions in Learn.UQ (Blackboard), UQ's eLearning management system. Participants will develop an understanding of how Blackboard is used at UQ and how sites are structured. Practical skills covered include adding course materials to a site, posting announcements, checking assignments, submissions, entering markings into Grade Centre and archiving courses. Staff can use the Staff Development website to enrol in the next course, which will be held on Tuesday 21 October

MFSAS – Statistics Training Workshops

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

Staff development update 

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Do you work with traumatised clients?

The School of Nursing and Midwifery is seeking professionals currently working with traumatised clients in an organisational context to participate in a 20 minute online survey. Details: Contact Kylie Hickey.

Brazil nut study

Researchers are seeking healthy male volunteers aged 65 years and older to participate in a 30-day study that involves eating Brazil nuts. The Brazil nut is one of the best sources of selenium, an antioxidant that strengthens the immune system. This study’s findings will help provide new information on how this dietary source of selenium is processed in the body. All participants will be required to attend three sessions at the St Lucia campus at no cost to participants. Details: Contact Vanessa Getliffe.

Prostate cancer study

Healthy men aged 40–60 with no history of prostate cancer are required to assist with ground- breaking research to help men who are experiencing incontinence after prostate surgery. This study involves one session of ultrasound imaging of the pelvic floor muscles and is conducted at UQ's St Lucia campus. Parking and reimbursement provided. Details: Dr Ryan Stafford.

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 in a 12 month study. Volunteers will be required to attend four sessions at the St Lucia campus, and will be reimbursed for their participation. To determine your suitability please complete this intake questionnaire. Details: Email longlbp.ccrespine@gmail.com

Do you think you have strong neck muscles?

Office workers who are not research higher degree students, use a computer for more than 20 hours a week and are free of neck pain are needed for this study. Experts are investigating the impact of individual and workplace factors on the health of the neck and shoulders. Participants will receive free assessments of their workstation, physical capacity and work posture. All testing is conducted at UQ. Details: Deokhoon Jun.

Are you suffering from neck pain?

We are seeking research participants aged 18–55 who are suffering from neck pain. Specific neck exercise training will be provided for three months for free. Accuracy of exercise will be followed-up by a specialist physiotherapist every week in 10 minute sessions. Improvement of neck muscle control will be assessed every month up to four months, with $50 reimbursement per session. Details: Edith Elgueta.


Traumatic brain injury study

Researchers are seeking family members of persons with traumatic brain injury or who are currently not driving to share their stories. Collected stories could help guide future interventions to help family members in similar situations. Conversations can be arranged to suit volunteers, either in person or via phone or Skype. Details: Contact phyllis.liang@uqconnect.edu.au.

Neuroimaging study

Participants are sought for a neuroimaging study at the MR scanner, Center for Advanced Imaging, St Lucia. The full experiment consists of one initial session of 30 minutes and two sessions of 1 hour. The last two sessions will need to be separated by at least one week. In each session, you will be asked to relax and rest in the MR scanner for 10 minutes, undertake a 40 second period of non-invasive brain stimulation, and re-enter in the MR scanner again for 10 minutes. Due to the nature of the study, the one-hour sessions will need to take place on the weekend. You will be paid $10 per hour for your participation. Details: Contact Dr Luca Cocchi.

Do you have sore knees?

Participants aged 18–40 with pain at the front of the knee that is made worse walking on stairs or hills are needed for a study of two treatments that have been shown to be beneficial. Eligible participants will receive either hip exercises or foot orthoses at a physiotherapy clinic, and be measured on their outcomes over three months. Details: Email sirph@uq.edu.au.

Are you worried about how many words your child says?

The UQ School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Early Language Therapy Program is run by experienced UQ speech pathologists and supported by speech pathology students. The program includes individual therapy, group therapy and strategies to encourage your child’s talking at home. The outcomes of the program will be evaluated as part of a research project. There is no cost to families. The program will run Monday to Friday across two weeks in January 2015. The child and parent/caregiver will need to attend all 10 days. Details: click here or contact Dr Tanya Rose on ext. 52830.

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