21 December 2004

Throughout January and February The University of Queensland will run free hour-long tours of its picturesque St Lucia campus.

Prospective students and members of the public are welcome to view the world-class educational facilities and learn more about this vibrant sandstone University.

UQ’s Dean of Students Dr Lisa Gaffney said tours would run on weekdays (excluding public holidays), beginning January 10, for individuals, families or groups.

The tours are designed to give visitors an insight into the University’s facilities, which include impressive teaching, research and sporting amenities.

“They will introduce potential students or interested visitors to the University environment,” Dr Gaffney said.

“All visitors will receive information about programs available at UQ.”

Campus tours will begin outside the Student Centre, Level 1, JD Story Building. They will run on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10–11am and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2-3pm.

Participants should meet outside the Student Centre 10 minutes before the scheduled tour time. A member of the Student Recruitment Team will meet visitors, who are advised to wear comfortable walking shoes and to bring a hat.

Dr Gaffney said UQ’s St Lucia campus, which can be accessed by car, bus or ferry, was considered by many to be Australia’s most attractive.

The campus is only seven kilometres from the CBD, allowing the tours to be one activity during a day in Brisbane for regional students and their families.

Dr Gaffney said the 285-acre St Lucia campus provided students with the perfect study, research and living environment.

“UQ’s gracious sandstone buildings, parklands and lakes encompass world-class teaching and research facilities,” Dr Gaffney said.

“UQ is a stimulating place to study, combining the vitality of a modern campus, the friendly, accessible nature of Australian society, and the culture and tradition of an established university.”

Public: for more information about the tours, contact the Student Recruitment Office on 07 3346 9648, email: student.recruitment@uq.edu.au or visit www.uq.edu.au/study/?page=26065

Media: For more information, contact Chris Saxby at UQ Communications (telephone 07 3365 2479, email: c.saxby@uq.edu.au).