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The University of Queensland
Coat of Arms of the University of Queensland
Latin: Universitate Terrae Reginensis
Motto Scientiā ac Laborē (Latin)
Motto in English
"By means of knowledge and hard work"
Established 1909
Type Public
Chancellor John Story
Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Høj
Students 46,826 (2012)
Undergraduates 34,228 (2012)
Postgraduates 12,598 (2012)
Location Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
27°29′54.97″S 153°0′55.87″E / 27.4986028°S 153.0155194°E / -27.4986028; 153.0155194Coordinates: 27°29′54.97″S 153°0′55.87″E / 27.4986028°S 153.0155194°E / -27.4986028; 153.0155194
Campus Urban and Regional
Affiliations Group of Eight
Universitas 21
UQ widelogo.png

The University of Queensland (UQ) is a public research university primarily located in Brisbane, Australia. Founded in 1909, UQ is the oldest, most selective and largest Queensland university in Australia.[1] The main campus is located in the suburb of St Lucia, southwest of the Brisbane City Central Business District, with other major Queensland campuses in Gatton, Herston and Oshner Clinical School at New Orleans, United States of America. The University of Queensland is a member of the Australia's research-intensive Group of Eight, the global network of research universities Universitas 21 and a founding charter member of Edx, an online higher education consortium lead by Harvard and MIT. UQ is colloquially known as a "sandstone university" which are well regarded[2][3] and highly ranked among leading research universities in all major international rankings — the QS World University Rankings, the Academic Ranking of World Universities, the Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities, Times Higher Education World University Rankings and the U.S. News & World Report.[4][5][6][7]


The University of Queensland is organised into a number of divisions for academic, administrative and logistical purposes.[8]


The Senate is the governing body of the University of Queensland and consists of 22 members from the university and community. The Senate is led by the Chancellor and Deputy Chancellor, elected by the Senate. The University of Queensland Act 1998 grants Senate wide powers to appoint staff, manage and control University affairs and property, and manage and control finances to promote the University's interests.[9][10]

The Vice-Chancellor is the University's chief executive officer and is appointed by and responsible to the Senate for the overall direction of strategic planning, finance and affairs of the university and also acts as the President of the University. The Vice-Chancellor is supported by an Executive to whom the University's organisational units report and provides advice on policy and administrative matters relating to their area of responsibility.

TC Beirne School of Law
  • Provost
  • Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic)
  • Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International)
  • Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)
  • Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Ipswich Campus)
  • Pro Vice-Chancellor (Advancement)
  • Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Education)
  • Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and International)
  • Chief Operating Officer
  • President of the Academic Board

The Academic Board is the University's senior academic advisory body. It formulates policy on academic matters including new programs, teaching, learning and assessment, research, promotions, student academic matters, prizes and scholarships. An Academic Board member is elected annually as its President. The President is assisted by a half-time Deputy President.[11] Its members include the Vice-Chancellor's Executive, Executive Deans of Faculties, Institute Directors, Heads of Schools, Dean of the Graduate School, Directors of Central Service Units, the University Academic Registrar, the President of the UQ Student Union, and 5 Student Representatives.

Academic faculties[edit]

The university has six faculties.

  • Faculty of Business, Economics and Law
  • Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
  • Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
  • Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
  • Faculty of Science


Ian Hector Frazer
Ian Frazer portrait.jpg
Institutions Translational Research Institute, University of Queensland
Known for HPV vaccine creation

Queensland has a strong research focus on science, medicine and technology,[12] the university's research advancement includes leading the development of the cervical cancer vaccine by Professor Ian Frazer in parallel with researchers from the states.[13]

In the Commonwealth Government's Excellence in Research for Australia 2012 National Report,[14] UQ research is rated above world standard in more broad fields than at any other Australian university (in 22 broad fields); and more UQ researchers are working in research fields that ERA has assessed as above world standard than at any other Australian university. UQ research in biomedical and clinical health sciences, technology, engineering, biological sciences, chemical sciences, environmental sciences, and physical sciences was ranked well above world standard (rating 5).[12] In 2009, the Australian Cancer Research Foundation reported that UQ have taken the lead in numerous areas of cancer research.[15] In 2010, Thomson Reuters named eight UQ professors to its list of Highly Cited Researchers.[16]

Research institutes[edit]

The University of Queensland maintains a number of major research institutes and centres based on national, state, university, faculty and school levels.[17] With the support from the Queensland Government, the Australian Government and major donor The Atlantic Philanthropies, the University of Queensland has developed eight major research institutes:

  • Translational Research Institute, which houses The University of Queensland's Diamantina Institute and the Mater Medical Research Institute
  • Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology
  • Institute for Social Science Research
  • Sustainable Mineral Institute
  • Global Change Institute
  • Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation
  • Queensland Brain Institute
University rankings
ARWU[19] 85
Times[20] 63
QS[21] 43


The University of Queensland consistently ranks in the top 1 percent of all major world university rankings. In more specific subject rankings, for example The Economist has ranked UQ business school's MBA as the first in Asia Pacific.[22] UQ also ranks among the top 3 universities in the southern hemisphere.[12]

(2014, national)
(2014/15, national)
(2014/15, national)
Publications 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
QS World University Rankings[26] 49 47 45 33 43 41 43 48 46 43 43
Academic Ranking of World Universities[5] (formerly) Shanghai Jiao Tong University rankings[27] 102-151 101-151 101-151 101-151 101-151 101-151 101-151 101-150 86 90 85 85
Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities[6] (formerly) Higher Education Evaluation and Accreditation Council of Taiwan (HEEACT)[28] 113 101 100 95 76 72 67 56
The Times Higher Education World University Rankings[7] 49 47 45 33 43 41 81 74 65 63 65
The Economist Which MBA? International Business Rankings[22] 46 27 14 16
US News Best Global Universities Rankings[29] 47


Construction of the Forgan Smith Building began in 1938


The University of Queensland (UQ) was established on 10 December 1909 by the Queensland Parliament to mark the 50th anniversary of Queensland's independence from New South Wales. The University's first classes in the Government house were held in 1911 with 83 commencing students and Sir William MacGregor is the first chancellor (with Reginald Heber Roe as vice-chancellor). The development of the University was delayed by World War I, but after the first world war the university enrollments for education and research took flight as demand for higher education increased in Australia. Thus, in the early 1920s the growing University had to look for a more spacious campus as its original site at George Street, Brisbane has limited room for expansion.[1]

Expansion and growth[edit]

A Group of Queensland University students in 1912

In 1927, Dr James O'Neil Mayne and his sister Mary Emelia Mayne, provided a grant of approximately £50,000 to the Brisbane City Council to acquire 274 acres (111 ha) of land at St Lucia and provided it to the University of Queensland as its permanent home. In the same year, the pitch drop experiment was started by Professor Thomas Parnell. The experiment has been described as the world's oldest and continues to this day.[30] Lack of finance delayed development of the St Lucia campus. Hence, the construction of the University's first building in St Lucia only began in 1938. It was later named the Forgan Smith Building, after the Premier of the day and it was completed in 1939. During World War II, the Forgan Smith Building was used as a military base and it served first as advanced headquarters for the Allied Land Forces in the South West Pacific.[1]

In 1990, Australia reorganized its higher education system by abolishing the binary system of universities and colleges of advanced education. Under this transition, the University merged with Queensland Agricultural College, to establish the new UQ Gatton campus. In 1999, UQ Ipswich began operation as one of the completely Web-enabled campuses in Australia.[1][31]

In May 2013, UQ joined edX, an international consortium of massive open online courses (MOOCs). Due to start in May 2014, the initial four UQx[32] courses will cover hypersonics, tropical coastal ecosystems, biomedical imaging and the science of everyday thinking.


The University of Queensland maintains a number of campuses and facilities throughout Queensland.[33][34] UQ has its main campus in the suburb of St Lucia in Brisbane. Its other campuses include Ipswich, Gatton, Herston, and Turbot Street.

The Great Court

St Lucia campus[edit]


In 1927, the land on which the St Lucia campus is built was resumed by the Brisbane City Council using money donated by James O'Neil Mayne and his sister Mary Emelia Mayne to replace the less spacious city campus. The city campus is now home to the Gardens Point campus of the Queensland University of Technology. Construction of the new university began at St Lucia in 1937.[35]

Great Court[edit]

At its centre is the heritage-listed Great Court — a 2.5 hectares (6.2 acres) open area surrounded by sandstone buildings with grotesques of great academics and historic scenes, floral and faunal motifs and crests of universities and colleges from around the world.[35] This central semi-circular quadrangle features a connected arcade so students could reach any section under cover. The Great Court was added to the Queensland Heritage Register in 2002.[36]

Ferry Wharf[edit]

The university is served by a CityCat wharf, two bus stations and is also served by the Eleanor Schonell Bridge providing pedestrian and bus access across the river to Dutton Park. 2009 saw the opening of the $2.5 million Advanced Concepts Teaching Space (ACTS) lecture theatre which enable students to use mobile technology to aid classroom learning.[37]

UQ CityCat Terminal

Art Museum[edit]

The University of Queensland Art Museum is located in the James and Mary Emelia Mayne Centre on the St Lucia campus. The Art Museum was established in the Forgan Smith Tower in 1976 to house the artworks collected by The University of Queensland since the 1940s, relocating to its present site in 2004. Today, with more than 3,000 artworks, the University's Art Collection is Queensland's second largest public art collection.[38]


The University also houses the R.D. Milns Antiquities Museum in the Michie building (bldg 9, level 2) which contains Queensland's only publicly accessible collection of antiquities from ancient Rome, Greece, Egypt and the Near East. The museum supports research and teaching at the University.[39] The UQ Anthropology museum (also in the Michie Building on level 1) contains a significant collection of ethnographic material. It is also open to the public.[40]

Forgan Smith, Michie, Biology Library and Mayne Hall Buildings

Student Union Complex[edit]

The Student Union Complex houses the student union and other student services.[41]

UQ Club[edit]

The University of Queensland Club provides licenced facilities for members and their guests, and offers honorary membership to visiting Australian and overseas academics. Services include function rooms and catering for events ranging from weddings to seminars and conferences. Catering for events elsewhere is also available.[42]

Staff and Graduates Club[edit]

Staff and Graduates of the University are able to enjoy meals at the Staff and Graduates Club. Built in the 1960s it offers meals and drinks in a two storey building overlooking a natural amphitheatre. [43] Once a very busy facility, the opening of additional cafes on campus and increasing maintenance costs on the iconic building, the club's financial position deteriorated over a number of years, resulting in its closure in December 2011.[44][45][46]

Parking and other amenities[edit]

The 274 acres (111 ha) campus includes numerous parking spaces[47][48] the convenience of students and visitors together with sporting fields, gardens, duckponds, and cycling tracks.The Ring Road which runs from Sir William McGregor Drive to Chancellor's place running past the Union Complex and the Bookshop and the JD Story Building enables access close to most of the built areas on campus for dropping off from vehicles. Current students also have 3 refectories to eat in being the Main Refectory in the Student Union Complex, the Biol Sciences Refectory under the Biological Sciences Library, and the Physiol Refectory under the Physiology Lecture Theatres.

Institute of Modern Languages[edit]

The Institute of Modern Languages, also known as IML-UQ, is a language and translation institute located within the St Lucia campus of the University of Queensland (UQ) in Brisbane, Australia. Today IML-UQ enrolls 3000 plus students annually in all of its language programs.

IML-UQ provides courses in over 30 languages. Designed to enrich the knowledge of a language and its culture, these courses are taught by native speakers with a focus on enhancing fluency and accuracy of expression. Apart from Latin, their content is based on themes and topics of the modern world in which we live.

IML-UQ is an Australian translator and interpreter service for 75 different languages, specialising in English language translations. Languages available at the IML-UQ include Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Cantonese, Chinese Mandarin, Croatian, Czech, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, French, Greek, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish and Vietnamese amongst many others.

Established in 1934, IML-UQ continues to serve the community by facilitating language learning and cross-cultural communication.[49] Over the years it has sought to develop strategies to reach out to students in order to enrich their experience of learning another language. IML-UQ still meets the language service needs of the corporate sector, small businesses, government departments and community organisations. IML-UQ seeks to fulfill the original aspiration of the University of Queensland Senate to give more adults the chance to deepen their lives by bringing them into the university community via language courses open to the public. IML-UQ also provides a vehicle for UQ students to remain connected with its alumni in a meaningful way over the decades in which they are no longer engaged in more formal study.

IML Background[edit]

Jacaranda blooms throughout UQ

When the seventh Senate of the University of Queensland met in March 1932, it stated its intentions “…to serve increasingly, despite straitened resources, not only education but whatever public needs science and learning could serve.”[50]

One of the ways these intentions were made manifest in 1934 was “to bring those classes under an Institute of Modern Languages (IML-UQ) associated with the Faculties of Arts and Commerce and to offer through it instruction in any modern language for which there should be a sufficient demand.”[50]

The successful launching of the IML-UQ was largely the result of the personal commitment to non-traditional university studies of a number of prominent University of Queensland academics. These academics recognised the demand for language teaching from the community at large.[51]

  • Foundation - When IML-UQ was established at the University of Queensland on May 11, 1934, it was the first adult education extension unit in modern languages to be attached to an Australian tertiary education institution. According to a university statute, IML-UQ was intended to “promote and extend the teaching of Modern Languages.”[52]

The Telegraph reported the University’s decision to establish IML-UQ as follows (12 May 1934): “At the meeting of the University Senate yesterday afternoon a recommendation for the establishment of IML-UQ was approved. This is clearly an important educational development, since it provides machinery for the study of foreign languages that have a cultural and commercial value for the State, and for which no provision is made in secondary schools for Junior, Senior, and Matriculation purposes.”[53]

IML-UQ commenced operations with one class each in French and Italian and two in German. In an article entitled ‘A Wider National Perspective’ (Courier-Mail, 14 May 1934, see page 5), the author articulates a vision of language education serving the national interest. The view was that IML-UQ courses would provide training in practical skills which would benefit business and international travel.[54] Language programs were also endorsed as suitable educational ventures towards better international understanding and tolerance.

Australia’s changing perceptions of the non-English speaking world were reflected through the changing patterns of IML-UQ enrolments. New prospects in international commerce and tourism and the evolution of a cosmopolitan Australian society through post-war immigration were reflected in the diversification of language courses. These new courses were offered in response to public demand.

In another article, entitled ‘Foreign Languages’, which appeared in the Courier-Mail on the same day, the new IML-UQ courses were defined as follows: “The courses were…for commercial purposes, and would not enter so deeply into the literature of the languages as in an ordinary degree course, but rather would aim at the impartation of good working business knowledge of each tongue dealt with.” [55]

  • Teaching methods-The history of language teaching at IML-UQ has been characterised by an ongoing search for more effective ways of teaching languages.

The Grammar Translation Method was the main language teaching method in the initial decades. After this the Direct Method, which emphasises listening and speaking skills, was introduced.

Today, languages are primarily taught using the Communicative and Intercultural Language Teaching and Learning approaches with less emphasis on whole class activities and more on pair and group work.

IML History[edit]

The early years: 1935–1965. In 23 April 1934, resolutions to create a constitution and rules were passed by IML-UQ Joint Sub-Committee of the Faculties of Arts and Commerce. By 1937, special courses were added for those involved in scientific work.[56] In 1952, students of Russian reflected a sentiment that, "Russian will probably be useful in the future".[57]

By 1954, IML-UQ had grown to the point that a review of its purposes, services and administrative structures was required. The main priority was to establish IML-UQ as a provider of ‘adult education’, where courses would not enter ‘deeply into literature’ but focus on a ‘good working knowledge’ for practical application; followed by the expectation to satisfy requirements set for honours students in the Faculty of Commerce; and lastly to provide access to languages for which there was no provision in schools for Junior, Senior and Matriculation purposes.

All IML-UQ classes were held in the Old Government House on George Street. By the late 1960s, all IML-UQ classes were transferred to the St Lucia campus, where they remain today. The first full-time IML-UQ director was appointed in 1965.

  • The middle years: 1965–1998- Donald Munro was the first full-time Director of IML-UQ[58] from 1965 - 1970.

Mr Munro advocated the idea that learning languages would assist in community engagement. He believed that the study of a language would help students to understand the perspective of those who spoke that language. In his own words, his assumption was that “language and culture cannot be separated.”[59] He advocated that the study of language could itself form a cultural bridge, and thus is important for Australia’s migrant population.

He began a move to audio-lingual teaching methods by acquiring new teaching and learning equipment which could simultaneously play and record, so that students could compare their pronunciation with a master track.

Dr Max Brändle the second full-time IML-UQ director from 1970 - 1998, taught 5 languages at IML-UQ.[60][61] During Dr Brändle’s time as IML-UQ director, IML-UQ established the first commercial ELICOS (English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students) centre in Australia that taught English solely to individual, full-fee paying students. In 1988 the University set up a separate TESOL unit under the umbrella of Continuing Education.

  • The later years (1999–)- Georgiana Poulter became the new IML-UQ Director in 1999, commencing a series of functional changes to the structure of Institute.

In response to the increasing trend of global business, IML-UQ now includes a translation and interpreting service appropriate to the international market inclusive of local cultural needs. External clients range from the mining and engineering industry, to law firms, government departments, migration agents, and the IT, travel and advertising industries.

To enhance the effectiveness of teaching and learning which is the primary focus of IML-UQ, in-house training, or Professional Development (PD), workshops are now implemented for tutors and staff, and involvement with professional associations is encouraged. Translation, interpreting, language courses and customised tuition are the foundational components to support the purpose of IML-UQ in its ongoing role facilitating community engagement and links between UQ and the Brisbane community.

Steele building, St Lucia, 2004

Language programs[edit]

Adult programs: IML-UQ is designed to enhance employment opportunities, improve communication abilities, support lifelong learning and international travel, and maintain language skills in a practical adult (16+) learning environment. Year courses commence March of each year, and second semester courses commence in July. Short courses are offered in Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter.

Languages currently taught at IML-UQ are: Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese (Cantonese), Chinese (Mandarin), Croatian, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek (Modern), Hebrew (Modern), Hindi, Indonesian, Irish Gaelic, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Vietnamese.

  • Customised courses-IML-UQ offers one-on-one and small group private tuition in most languages customised for business, government departments, companies, travel preparation, research, personal development and cross-cultural communication. Customised courses are designed to offer flexibility in course content, structure and teaching style at venues and times that suit the needs of students. Qualified and experienced tutors are selected specifically for each organisation or individual.
  • Language-proficiency testing: Using the International Second Language Proficiency Ratings (ISLPR), qualified and experienced assessors measure the candidate’s language skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing. The ISLPR describes language proficiency in terms of the kinds of tasks that the candidate can perform and the kinds of language forms they use when performing those tasks (with detail about accuracy, fluency, appropriateness).

This service can be offered for any of the 30 languages taught at IML.

  • Summer high school program- These language enrichment courses are designed for students in the Senior phase of learning who wish to enrich their knowledge of the language and culture they are currently studying and practise their language skills over the long Summer holidays. The courses are taught by native speakers with a focus on enhancing fluency and accuracy of expression, with content based on themes and topics specified in the QSA Senior Syllabus.

Gatton campus[edit]

The UQ Gatton Campus is a 1068-hectare campus which is located at Lawes, Queensland near the town of Gatton, Queensland about 90 kilometres (56 mi) west of Brisbane on the Warrego Highway. The campus was opened in 1897 next to the site of the Queensland Agricultural College which was then amalgamated with UQ in 1990.[1] UQ Gatton is the core campus for research, learning and teaching activities and facilities in agriculture, animals, veterinary science and the environment.[62]

In 2008 the Centre for Advanced Animal Science (CAAS) was opened at the Gatton campus — a collaborative venture between UQ and the Queensland Government.[63] Its mission statement: "CAAS is committed to establishing an innovative and best practice biosecure animal research environment".[64]

Ipswich campus[edit]

The Ipswich campus, opened in 1999, after State and Federal government backing is the newest campus, made up of nearly 20 buildings and more than 5001 students on nearly 25 hectares (62 acres)[65] Courses offered include: arts, business, medicine and social sciences as well as Interaction design. It is located near central Ipswich, Queensland, just south of the CBD. Nearby landmarks include Limestone Park, The Workshops Railway Museum and RAAF Base Amberley.

The site dates back to 1878 with the opening of the Ipswich branch of the Woogaroo Lunatic Asylum. Operations continued until 1910 when it became the Ipswich Hospital for the Insane.[65] In 1938 it was renamed the Ipswich Mental Hospital and in 1964 it was renamed again as the Ipswich Special Hospital. It was finally named the Challinor Centre in 1968 in honour of Dr. Henry Challinor, the ships surgeon on the Fortitude. From 1968 to 1997 the Challinor Centre served as an institution for people with intellectual disabilities. In late 1997 the Challinor Centre began its first stage of transformation as the new UQ Ipswich campus.[65]

UQ School of Medicine
University of Queensland Medical School

Herston campus[edit]

UQ Mayne Medical School and the Queensland Institute of Medical Research is the core campus for clinical health teaching and research. The campus is situated in Herston and operates within Queensland Health system of the Royal Brisbane Hospital, Royal Children's Hospital, Royal Women's Hospital and the Queensland Institute of Medical Research. It is home to the School of Medicine, the School of Population Health, the Herston Health Sciences Library, the Centre for Clinical Research and clinical research and learning activities of the School of Nursing and Midwifery.[66][67][68][69]

The medical school was added to the Queensland Heritage Register in 1999.[70]

Satellite facilities[edit]

There are other research and education facilities not attached directly to the three campuses. These locations are primarily for research which cannot be undertaken in the campus locales but also represent buildings which established pre-eminence in education before the creation of the current campuses.

  • Turbot Street — Turbot Street is University of Queensland Dental School and associated disciplines campus. It comprises the Hospital Building, the Clinical Building and the Pre-clinical Building at the junction of Turbot Street and Albert Street and next to the Old Windmill in the Brisbane central business district. The campus also houses the Dentistry Library, the Dentistry Learning Centre, the Biomaterials Laboratory and the Orthodontics Laboratory. It operates within the Brisbane Dental Hospital of the Queensland Health North Brisbane Oral Health Services and also draws on the Faculty of Health Science resources and support of the St Lucia campus.[71]
University of Queensland Dental School
  • Indooroopilly — Indooroopilly is the site of the Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre and the Queensland University Regiment Logistics Company. The Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre of the Sustainable Minerals Institute is situated at the former silver and lead mine situated at Finney's Hill in Indooroopilly. It was acquired by the University in 1951 by the School of Mining Engineering. The Centre was officially established as a University Centre and Experimental Mine in 1970, with a goal to develop practical technical solutions for large-scale mining and minerals industry challenges.[73] The Queensland University Regiment Logistics Company is housed in the Witton Barracks, Indooroopilly.
  • Pinjarra Hills – the Pinjarra Hills Research Station, the Veterinary Science Farm and the Pinjarra Aquatic Research Station are located in Pinjarra Hills, Brisbane. The Aquatic Research Station investigates aquaculture and inland ecology.[74]
Helicopter view of Heron Island Research Station
  • Heron Island — the Heron Island Research Station is situated on. Its primary use is for coral reef ecology research and teaching and is an integral component of the Great Barrier Reef Ocean Observations System and the national Integrated Marine Observing System. It consists of over thirty buildings situated on a two hectare lease.[75]

Heron Island, 72 kilometres (45 mi) north-east of Gladstone

  • Low Isles — the Low Isles Research Station is located 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) northeast of Port Douglas in Northern Queensland in a lagoon area of the Marine National Park Zone of the Great Barrier Reef.
  • Moreton Bay — the Moreton Bay Research Station and Study Centre is located in Dunwich on North Stradbroke Island and researches the ecosystems.[76]
  • Mt Nebo — the University of Queensland operates an International Seismograph Station on Mt Nebo.
  • Charters Towers — the University of Queensland operates an International Seismograph Station at Charters Towers.
  • Goondiwindi — the Goondiwindi Pastoral Veterinary Centre was set up in 1965 to establish a centre for teaching and research in veterinary practice and is located at Goondiwindi 360 kilometres (220 mi) west of Brisbane on the Queensland/NSW border.[77]
  • Dayboro — the Dayboro Veterinary Surgery was bought by the University in 1987 as a teaching clinic for fifth year veterinary students in their dairy cattle medicine rotation. Later, separate brick accommodation was built for student accommodation. Research projects into practical aspects of dairy production are frequently carried out by clinic staff. There is a full range of veterinary services and pet care for dogs, cats, horses, cows, alpacas, goats in fact all small and large animals.

Student life[edit]

The University of Queensland maintains a number of support and student services. Each campus of St Lucia, Ipswich and Gatton have Student Centres which provide information and support services. The UQ Union is the peak student representation body that coordinates various student services and activities, including over 190 affiliated clubs and societies, some of whom are listed below.

  • University of Queensland Debating Society (UQDS) – the University of Queensland Debating Society is one of the oldest and most active student societies at UQ. As of 2011 UQDS is ranked 6th in the World.[78]
  • University of Queensland Medical Society is the peak representative body for students at the University of Queensland School of Medicine. As a not-for-profit association that is run by students, for students, the Society's goal is to advocate, advance and promote the interests of all UQ medical students, enrich the academic and social spheres of medical study, develop and maintain professional links with local, state and national stakeholders, and contribute to the community through its charity initiative, The Ashintosh Foundation.

From its inception in 1936, the UQMS has maintained a significant and respected voice in medicine at a university, state and national level. The Society is led by an executive of 10 medical students and supported by a team of representatives and convenors in excess of 80 medical students. While many traditions such as the annual May Ball, Sports Day and Trephine magazine have continued to the present day, the activities of the UQMS have expanded in recent years in response to student interest and diversity. Such additions include the establishment of an International Subcommittee, Research Network Subcommittee, The University of Queensland Surgical Interest Group and a satellite office at the Ipswich Campus. The UQMS is also committed to developing world health and Australian Indigenous health through the UQ United Nations Millennium Development Goals Project, a joint initiative between the UQMS and School of Medicine.

Playing field North-East of Eleanor Schonell
  • UQ Sport offers a wide range of sport, fitness and recreation opportunities at the St Lucia, Gatton and Ipswich campuses of The University of Queensland. Its facilities and services are open to students, staff, alumni, and the general public.[79] The UQ Aquatic Centre is operated by UQ Sport and consists of two pools; a 50 metre, outdoor heated pool and a small enclosed heated teaching pool. The main pool is a 50m lap pool with a minimum of three lanes dedicated to public lap swimming throughout our opening hours.[80] The UQ Athletics Centre maintains an Olympic standard 8 lane synthetic track and grandstand able to accommodate up to 565 spectators.[81] The UQ Sport and Fitness Centre is a multi-purpose indoor facility comprising a three level weights gym, including four Olympic lifting platforms and a power lifting area, an air-conditioned cardio studio, a RPM stationary bike cycle studio, an indoor sports pavilion, a martial arts gymnasium, a multipurpose area, and five squash courts.[82] The UQ Tennis Centre is the largest tennis centre in both Brisbane and Queensland, it features 21 floodlit courts and a shop the centre hosts various fixtures and coaching programs for all ages and skill levels.[83] The UQ Playing Fields and Ovals is also managed by UQ Sport, home to a total of eight oval fields at the St Lucia campus. The majority are designated for use by particular sports including cricket, rugby and soccer. These ovals are also used for recreational activities and lunchtime social sport.[84]
  • University of Queensland Library was founded in 1910. It developed from a small provincial university library into a major research library.[85]

It consists of 15 branches.[86]

  • Architecture and Music Library (ARMUS)
  • Biological Sciences Library
  • Dentistry Library
  • Dorothy Hill Engineering and Sciences Library (DHESL)
  • Fryer Library
  • Gatton Library
  • Graduate Economics and Business Library
  • Herston Health Sciences Library
  • Ipswich Library
  • Mater McAuley Library
  • Pharmacy Australia Centre of Excellence Health Sciences Library (PACE)
  • Princess Alexandra Hospital Library
  • Rural Clinical School Library
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Library (SSAH)
  • Walter Harrison Law Library

Events and Traditions[edit]

Three Minute Thesis[edit]

In 2008, the university originated the Three Minute Thesis competition for students completing a higher degree by research. Three Minute Thesis is now held annually at universities across Australasia. It challenges participants to present their research in just 180 seconds, in an engaging form that can be understood by an intelligent audience with no background in the research area. This exercise develops presentation, research and academic communication skills and supports the development of research students' capacity to explain their work effectively.[87]

The Great Court at UQ

Great Court Race[edit]

Based on the Trinity College Great Court Run of the University of Cambridge, the University of Queensland organises an annual 636m sprint race around the UQ sandstone Great Court.[88][89][90]

Market Day[edit]

During Orientation week and the first week of each semester, Market Day is organised throughout Campbell Place and the Great Court at the St Lucia Campus. The UQ Union and clubs and societies have stalls and organises social activities.[91]

Careers Fair[edit]

The UQ Careers Fair is an annual event that brings together university students and major employers from across the country.[92] Degree-specific Careers Fairs are also held annually or bi-annually, such as the Engineering Careers Expo.[93]

Residential colleges[edit]

The University of Queensland has 11 residential colleges with 10 of these located on its St Lucia campus and one on its Gatton campus. The University of Queensland Intercollege Council is the organisational and representative body for the residential colleges which coordinates sporting and cultural events and competitions.


The University of Queensland has produced a number of notable alumni including scientist: Nobel Laureate Peter Doherty, artist: Oscar-winner Geoffrey Rush, clinical academic: Chancellor of University of California, San Francisco Sam Hawgood,[95] President and CEO of Dow Chemical Andrew N. Liveris and head of state: former Governor-General of Australia Quentin Bryce.

In popular culture[edit]

University buildings and facilities have been used as a filming location in several feature films and television series, including Inspector Gadget 2[96] and the documentary Downunder Grads.[97]

UQ Lake view toward South-East

See also[edit]


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  38. ^ University of Queensland Art Museum
  39. ^ R D Milns Antiquities Museum
  40. ^ UQ Anthropology Museum
  41. ^ Historical photograph of Union Complex from Ring Road near the bookshop
  42. ^ UQ Club
  43. ^ Staff and Graduates Club
  44. ^ "UQ Club". Retrieved 6 December 2013. 
  45. ^ "Petition | Support a new UQ Staff, Graduate, and Alumni club". Retrieved 6 December 2013. 
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  64. ^ "Centre for Advanced Animal Science (CAAS) About". UQ. Retrieved 21 June 2012. 
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  66. ^ University of Queensland School of Medicine Listing of Clinical Schools
  67. ^ University of Queensland School of Nursing and Midwifery Listing of Clinical Schools
  68. ^ University of Queensland Faculty of Health Sciences Herston Campus
  69. ^ University of Queensland School of Medicine
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  71. ^ [2] University of Queensland School of Dentistry Listing of Facilities
  72. ^ Customs House website
  73. ^ Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre
  74. ^ [3] University of Queensland Faculty of Science Research Facilities
  75. ^ University of Queensland Heron Island Research Station
  76. ^ University of Queensland Faculty of Science Facilities
  77. ^ University of Queensland Goondiwindi Pastoral Veterinary Centre
  78. ^ World Debating Website Rankings
  79. ^ UQ Sport website
  80. ^ UQ Aquatic Centre
  81. ^ UQ Athletics Centre
  82. ^ UQ Sport and Fitness Centre
  83. ^ UQ Tennis Centre
  84. ^ UQ Playing Fields and Ovals
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  88. ^ UQ News Young meets old for UQ tradition
  89. ^ UQ Events 2010 Great Court Race
  90. ^ UQ Sport Great Court Race
  91. ^ UQ Market Day
  92. ^ UQ Events Careers Fair
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  95. ^ "List of UCSF Chancellors". 
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  97. ^ "Downunder grads". National Library of Australia. 

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