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The University of Queensland
Coat of arms of the University of Queensland
Latin: Universitate Terrae Reginensis
Motto Scientia ac Labore (Latin)
Motto in English
"By means of knowledge and hard work"
Type Flagship
Established 1909
Endowment A$154.4 million [1]
Chancellor Peter Varghese AO
Vice-Chancellor Peter Høj
Students 50,836 (2015)
Undergraduates 37,034 (2015)
Postgraduates 13,802 (2015)
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 International, urban and regional
Colours Gold, purple, green
Affiliations Group of Eight
Universitas 21
UQ widelogo.png

The University of Queensland (UQ Australia) is a research university primarily located in Queensland's capital city, Brisbane. UQ is colloquially known as a sandstone university[2][3] and is consistently ranked among the top in major international university rankings.[4][5][6][7]

Founded in 1909, UQ is one of Australia's oldest and most selective universities.[8][9] The main campus occupies much of the riverside inner suburb of St Lucia, southwest of the Brisbane central business district, with other UQ campuses and facilities throughout Queensland, the largest being the Gatton campus and the Herston medical school, and overseas clinical schools include the Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans, USA.[10] UQ's main campus at St Lucia has also been voted as one of the most beautiful in the world.[11]

The University of Queensland is a founding member of the Australia's research-intensive Group of Eight, the global network of research universities Universitas 21, the Brisbane Diamantina Health Partners and is a contributing charter member of EdX, an online higher education consortium led by Harvard and MIT.[12] As a research university, UQ incorporates numerous research institutions, such as the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, the Institute for Molecular Bioscience, the Asia-Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, the Sustainable Minerals Institute, the University of Queensland Seismology Station, Heron Island Research Station and the Institute of Modern Languages. Notable research achievements of the university include pioneering the HPV vaccine invention against cervical cancer[13] and the development of high-performance superconducting MRI magnets for portable scanning of human limbs.[14] UQ has produced numerous distinguished alumni across a wide range of professions, including Nobel laureate in medicine Dr Peter C. Doherty, Triple Crown of Acting winner Geoffrey Rush, triple Grammy winner Tim Munro, Presidents of General Electric (Europe), King's College London and University of California, San Francisco.[15][16][17][18][19]

The President of the United States, Barack Obama, addressed UQ at the St Lucia campus and acknowledged UQ as one of the world's recognised great institution in science and teaching in his speech[20] (November 2014)


The University of Queensland's former main campus

Proposals for a university in Queensland began in the 1870s. A royal commission in 1874, chaired by Sir Charles Lilley, recommended the immediate establishment of a university. Those against a university argued that technical rather than academic education was more important in an economy dominated by primary industry. Those in favour of the university, in the face of this opposition, distanced themselves from Oxford University and Cambridge University and proposed instead a model derived from the mid-western states of the United States. A second royal commission in 1891 recommended the inclusion of five faculties in a new university; arts, law, medicine, science and applied science. Education generally was given a low priority in Queensland's budgets, and in a colony with a literacy rate of 57% in 1861, primary education was the first concern well ahead of secondary and technical education. The government, despite the findings of the royal commissions, was unwilling to commit funds to the establishment of a university.[21]

A group of Queensland University students in 1912

In 1893 the Queensland University Extension Movement was begun by a group of private individuals who organised public lecture courses in adult education, hoping to excite wider community support for a university in Queensland. In 1894, 245 students were enrolled in the extension classes and the lectures were described as practical and useful. In 1906 the University Extension Movement staged the University Congress, a forum for interested delegates to promote the idea of a university. Opinion was mobilised, a fund was started and a draft bill for a Queensland university was prepared. Stress was laid on the practical aspects of university education and its importance for the commerce of Queensland. The proceedings of the congress were forwarded to the Premier of Queensland, William Kidston. In October 1906, sixty acres in Victoria Park were gazetted for university purposes.[21]

The University of Queensland was established by an act of state parliament on 10 December 1909 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Queensland's separation from the colony of New South Wales. The act allowed for the university to be governed by a senate of 20 men and Sir William MacGregor, the incoming governor, was appointed the first chancellor with Reginald Heber Roe as the vice chancellor. Government House (now Old Government House) in George Street was set aside for the university following the departure of the governor to the Bardon residence, Fernberg, sparking the first debates about the best location for the university.[21]

Construction of the Forgan Smith Building began in 1938

In 1910 the first teaching faculties were created. These included engineering, classics, mathematics and chemistry. In December of the same year, the senate appointed the first four professors; Bertram Dillon Steele in chemistry, John Lundie Michie in classics, Henry James Priestley in mathematics and Alexander James Gibson in engineering. In 1911 the first students enrolled.[21] 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 in George Street, Brisbane, had limited room for expansion.[9]

In 1927, 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 in 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 Thomas Parnell. The experiment has been described as the world's oldest and continues to this day.[22] 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.[9]

In 1990, Australia reorganised 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.[9][23]

The Ipswich campus was made up of nearly 20 buildings and more than 5001 students on nearly 25 hectares (62 acres).[24] Courses offered included: 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, Workshops Rail 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.[24] 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 ship's 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.[24] In 2014, UQ sold the Ipswich Campus to the University of Southern Queensland, believing that this regional teaching campus would be better utilised by USQ.[25]

The University of Queensland

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[26] courses will cover hypersonics, tropical coastal ecosystems, biomedical imaging and the science of everyday thinking.

Organisation and administration[edit]

The University of Queensland is organised into a number of divisions for academic, administrative and logistical purposes.[27]


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 the senate wide powers to appoint staff, manage and control university affairs and property and manage and control finances to promote the university's interests.[28][29]

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.

  • 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)
  • Pro Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning)
  • 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.[30] 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 five student representatives.

Academic faculties[edit]

The Translational Research Institute

The university has six faculties to support both research and teaching activities.

  • 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

UQ has a semester-based modular system for conducting academic courses. The Australian higher education model features a combination of the British system, such as small group teaching (tutorials) and the American system (course credits).


The success of the University of Queensland's research, research commercialisation and education have been reflected in its notable standing in all major global universities rankings.


IMB in the stormy background

Queensland has a strong research focus in science, medicine and technology.[31] The university's research advancement includes pioneering the development of the cervical cancer vaccines, Gardasil and Cervarix, by UQ Professor Ian Frazer and then subsequent improvements by researchers from the United States.[32] In 2009, the Australian Cancer Research Foundation reported that UQ have taken the lead in numerous areas of cancer research.[33] In 2010, Thomson Reuters named eight UQ professors to its list of Highly Cited Researchers.[34] In the Commonwealth Government's Excellence in Research for Australia 2012 National Report,[35] UQ's 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 were ranked above world standard (rating 5).[31] In 2015, UQ is ranked by Nature Index as the research institution with the highest volume of research output in both interdisciplinary journals Nature and Science within the southern hemisphere, with approximately twofold more output than the global average.[36]

Besides disciplinary focused research within the academic faculties, the University of Queensland maintains a number of interdisciplinary research institutes and centres at the national, state and university levels.[37] With the support from the Queensland Government, the Australian Government and major donor The Atlantic Philanthropies, the University of Queensland dedicates basic, translational and applied research via these eight research-focused institutes:

The University of Queensland also plays a key role in Brisbane Diamantina Health Partners, Queensland's first academic health science system. This partnership currently comprises Children's Health Queensland, Mater Health Services, Metro North Hospital and Health Service, Metro South Health, QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, Queensland University of Technology, The University of Queensland and the Translational Research Institute.


UniQuest is the main commercialisation company of the University of Queensland and specialises in global technology transfer and facilitates access for all business. UniQuest has created over 70 companies from its intellectual property portfolio, and since 2000 UniQuest and its start-ups have raised more than $490 million to take university technologies to market. UQ technologies licensed by UniQuest include UQ's cervical cancer vaccine technology, image correction technology in magnetic resonance imaging machines, and the Triple P Positive Parenting Program.

Global rankings[edit]

The University of Queensland consistently ranks in the top 0.5 percent of all major world university rankings. In more specific subject rankings, UQ Business School's flagship MBA program is also ranked first in Australia and the Asia Pacific by The Australian Financial Review and The Economist Intelligence Unit.[39] Overall, UQ also ranks among the top 3 universities in the southern hemisphere in a number of university rankings.[31]

In 2016 for example, UQ was ranked ahead of Brown University, Peking University and the National University of Singapore in Shanghai's Academic Ranking of World Universities. In the 2015 U.S. News & World Report global ranking UQ is positioned ahead of King's College London and McGill University. UQ Business School's flagship MBA program is also ranked 16th, bracketed by MIT (15th) and Yale (19th) in The Economist Intelligence Unit MBA ranking.[39]

University rankings
The University of Queensland
QS World[40] 46
THE-WUR World[41] 60
ARWU World[42] 55
USNWR World[43] 52
Australian rankings
QS National[44] 4
THE-WUR National[41] 4
ARWU National[45] 2
USNWR National[46] 3
ERA National[47] 3
Publications 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
US News Best Global Universities Rankings[48] 47 52
QS World University Rankings (UK)[49] 49 47 45 33 43 41 43 48 46 43 43 46
Academic Ranking of World Universities (China)[50] (formerly) Shanghai Jiao Tong University rankings[51] 102–151 101–151 101–151 101–151 101–151 101–151 101–151 101–150 86 90 85 85 77 55
Academic Ranking of World Universities Alternative Ranking (Excluding Award Factor)[52] 58 45
Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities (Taiwan)[6] (formerly) Higher Education Evaluation and Accreditation Council of Taiwan (HEEACT)[53] 113 101 100 95 76 72 67 56 45
The Times Higher Education World University Rankings (UK)[7] 49 47 45 33 43 41 81 74 65 63 65 60
The Economist Which MBA? International Business Rankings[54] 46 27 14 16 16


The University of Queensland maintains a number of campuses and facilities throughout Queensland.[55][56] UQ has its main campus in the suburb of St Lucia in Brisbane, bordered by a meander in the Brisbane River to the north, east, and south. Its other campuses include Gatton and Herston.

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 at St Lucia began in 1937.[57]

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.[57] 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.[58]

Transport and other amenities[edit]

UQ CityCat Terminal

The 274 acres (111 ha) campus includes numerous parking spaces[59][60] for the convenience of students and visitors, together with sporting fields, gardens, duck ponds, 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.

The university is served by the University of Queensland ferry wharf, the westernmost stop and terminus of the CityCat service. TransLink also operates two bus stations on campus: the University of Queensland bus station at Chancellor's Place in the west, connecting passengers to Brisbane's inner west suburbs such as Indooroopilly, Toowong and Milton; and the UQ Lakes busway station in the east, the western terminus of the Eastern Busway, with services to Brisbane's inner south suburbs such as Woolloongabba, Carindale and Mount Gravatt via the Eleanor Schonell Bridge. This bridge also allows pedestrians and cyclists to cross the Brisbane River, to reach Dutton Park. The closest stops of the Queensland Rail City network are the Toowong railway station, Park Road railway station, and Dutton Park railway station.

Currently there are 3 refectories that provide food for students, they are the Main Refectory in the Student Union Complex, the Biological Sciences Refectory under the Biological Sciences Library, and the Physiology Refectory under the Physiology Lecture Theatres. In addition, the Student Union Complex houses the student union and other student services.[61]


Chancellor's Place Bus stop, Institute for Molecular Bioscience

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.[62]

The University also houses the R.D. Milns Antiquities Museum[63] 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.[64] 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.[65]

Michie Building and UQ Art Museum

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.[9] UQ Gatton is the core campus for research, learning and teaching activities and facilities in agriculture, animals, veterinary science and the environment.[66]

In 2008 the Centre for Advanced Animal Science (CAAS) was opened at the Gatton campus – a collaborative venture between UQ and the Queensland Government.[67] Its mission statement: "CAAS is committed to establishing an innovative and best practice biosecure animal research environment".[68]

UQ School of Medicine, February 1941
University of Queensland Medical School, February 1941

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.

Mayne Medical School

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.[69][70][71][72]

The medical school was added to the Queensland Heritage Register in 1999.[21]

Satellite teaching and research centres[edit]

There are other research and education facilities not directly attached 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.[73]
University of Queensland Dental School

The Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre (JKMRC) of the University of Queensland Sustainable Minerals Institute is situated at a former silver and lead mine located at Finney's Hill in Indooroopilly.[75] Acquired in 1951 by the School of Mining Engineering under the leadership of Professor Frank TM White, founding Chair (appointed 1950), this mine (formerly Finney's Hill United Silver Mines Limited) then became known as the Queensland University Experimental Mine. It promptly became an integral part of the teaching and research capacity of the School,[76] which in 1957 expanded to become the Department of Mining and Metallurgical Engineering.[77][78] JKMRC, incorporating the Experimental Mine, was officially established as a University Centre in 1970, with a goal to develop practical technical solutions for large-scale mining and minerals industry challenges.[79] It is named after Julius Kruttschnitt, the chairman of Mount Isa Mines and a board member of the university's Faculty of Engineering.[80][81]

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.[82]
Helicopter view of Heron Island Research Station
  • Heron Island – the Heron Island Research Station is situated on Heron Island, 72 kilometres (45 mi) north-east of Gladstone. 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.[83]
  • 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.[84]
  • 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.[85]
  • 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, and all manner of other small and large animals.

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[86] and the documentary Downunder Grads.[87]

UQ Lake view toward South-East

Student organisations[edit]

The University of Queensland maintains a number of support and student services. The campuses at 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.[90]
  • 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.[91] 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 the opening hours.[92] The UQ Athletics Centre maintains an Olympic standard 8 lane synthetic track and grandstand able to accommodate up to 565 spectators.[93] 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.[94] 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.[95] 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.[96]
  • University of Queensland Library was founded in 1910. It developed from a small provincial university library into a major research library.[97]

It consists of 13 branches.[98]

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

Events and traditions[edit]

Three Minute Thesis

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.[99]

Great Court Race

The Great Court covered walkway

Inspired by 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.[100][101][102]

Market Day

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.[103]

Careers Fair

The UQ Careers Fair is an annual event that brings together university students and major employers from across the country.[104] Degree-specific Careers Fairs are also held annually or bi-annually, such as the Engineering Careers Expo.[105]

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 Women's College at UQ


UQ has produced numerous distinguished alumni. Several notable examples include recipient of a Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine Dr Peter C. Doherty,[107] recipient of the "Triple Crown of Acting" (having won Primetime Emmy, Tony and Academy Awards) Geoffrey Rush, triple Grammy Award-winning musician Tim Munro,[19] former Chief Justices of Australia Sir Gerard Brennan and Sir Harry Gibbs, UCSF Chancellor Dr Sam Hawgood,[18][108] Principal of King's College London Dr Edward Byrne, two Fortune Global 500 company CEOs Dow Chemical Andrew N. Liveris and General Electric Europe Mark Hutchinson, first female Governor-General of Australia Dame Quentin Bryce, former Singaporean Minister of Defence and Manpower (and present Chairman of Keppel Corporation and Singapore Press Holdings) Dr Lee Boon Yang, consecutive Olympic gold medal-winning swimmer David Theile and a global top two most cited academics by h-index Dr Graham Colditz .[109]

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