About the UQ Ally Network

The UQ Ally is an award winning program that provides a visible network of well-informed staff who create a safe, welcoming and inclusive space for sex, gender and sexuality diverse people at UQ and the broader community.

Members of the UQ Ally Network are not experts about matters of sexuality and gender – they are people who strongly support the University's stance on making this an environment where all people can safely work and study free of harassment or discrimination.

The University was awarded a Bronze award in the 2017and 2016 Pride in Diversity Australian Workplace Equality Index. Based on the 2017 AWEI results, UQ is the top Queensland university and in the top seven Australian universities in gender and sexuality diversity inclusion. In 2011 UQ was named as one of the top ten most LGBTI friendly Australian employers by Pride in Diversity.

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UQ Ally Executive Champion

Professor Iain Watson, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (External Engagement)

Professor Iain Watson headshotAs the inaugural UQ Ally Executive Champion Professor Iain Watson provides visible leadership of the UQ Ally Network.

Professor Watson’s career has spanned more than 20 years working in academia. Graduating from Ulster University with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Professor Watson went on to complete a Master of Science and a PhD, focussing on the use of market and industry data in financial distress modelling.

As Deputy Vice-Chancellor (External Engagement), Professor Iain Watson is responsible for leading the University's overall engagement strategy, with a particular focus on expanding the quality and scale of engagement with prospective students, industry, government, alumni and Aboriginal and Torres-Strait Islander communities. The position works collaboratively with all UQ portfolios to develop, articulate and sustain a shared vision of engagement.

Professor Watson is currently a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, Immediate Past Chair of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, Initial Accreditation Committee, Director of the Australian Ireland Fund and sits on the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM Australia) Council of Governors. He is also a member of the Queensland Male Champions for Change.

How do I become a UQ Ally?

To become a UQ Ally, you must be committed to creating a supportive and inclusive space for people who identify as being sexually and gender diverse. You must also complete the UQ Ally Workshop training program.

UQ Ally Workshop is generally conducted twice a year. For more information about the training and to register for a course, please see the Staff Development page.

UQ Ally members are invited to regular network meetings. The Ally Network meetings provide a forum for conversation, discussion and further education of our Allies to ensure that they remain up-to-date with knowledge of terminology, specific barriers or areas of concern and changes to University policy and procedures and legislation. The Ally Network meeting is also a forum to gather feedback from staff in regards to barriers or challenges present in the organisation, celebrate successes and brainstorm initiatives for the future. To register for the next Ally Network meeting, please see the Staff development page.

A number of useful resources for Allies, and those interested in sexually and gender diversity, please see the Ally Resources page here.

Please contact Workplace Diversity and Inclusion if you would like any more information about the UQ Ally Network.

How do I find a UQ Ally?

A list of our UQ Ally Network Members can be found here, or you can contact Workplace Diversity and Inclusion.

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