University of Queensland

University of Queensland

. UQ moved from being the sixth-ranked Australian university in the 2006 world rankings to become the fourth-ranked Australian university in 2007.

The Shanghai Jiao Tong University's Academic Ranking of World Universities also placed UQ among the top five Australian universities.cite web
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title = Top 500 World Universities (102-202)
accessdate = 2007-12-20
publisher = Institute of Higher Education, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
UQ was also listed at number 91 in a 2006 Newsweek ranking of the world's top 100 universities, placing seventh among Australian universities after the Australian National University, University of Melbourne, University of Sydney, University of New South Wales, Monash University and University of Western Australia.cite web
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title = The Complete List: The Top 100 Global Universities
accessdate = 2007-12-20
publisher = Newsweek/MSNBC
These six higher ranking institutions together with UQ and the University of Adelaide also form the Group of Eight consortium, which consists of the top eight Australian research universities.cite web
url =
title = About Go8 > The Go8 universities
accessdate = 2007-12-20
publisher = Group of Eight Limited

The University was independently ranked as one of Australia's best universities in the 2007 edition of The Good Universities Guide; receiving a maximum five-star rating in six key performance indicators.cite web
url =
title = Independent guide gives UQ five star ranking
accessdate = 2007-12-20
publisher = UQ News Online
These include student demand, positive graduate outcomes (reflecting both graduate employment and going on to further study), staff qualifications, research grants, research intensivity and toughness to get in (specifically for the St Lucia campus).

Campus and Setting

t Lucia Campus

UQ was established on 10 December 1909, with Sir William MacGregor as first chancellor (with Reginald Heber Roe as vice-chancellor) and was originally situated in Brisbane's downtown area. 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 (now home to the Gardens Point campus of the Queensland University of Technology).

The University has its main campus in the suburb of St Lucia, in Brisbane. Its other campuses include Ipswich, Gatton, Herston, South Brisbane, Turbot Street and Moggill.

Situated on a peninsula of the Brisbane River, the university is reachable by road, CityCat ferry, or bus and is seven kilometres from Brisbane's city centre. At its centre is the heritage-listed Great Court - a large open area surrounded by sandstone buildings with distinctive gargoyles.

The large campus of 274 acres (1.1 km²) also includes sporting fields, gardens, duckponds, and cycling tracks. The athletics centre features 21 floodlit tennis courts and Olympic-standard swimming pool, a three-level gymnasium and a multi-purpose indoor centre.

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.

Gatton Campus

Located in Gatton, Queensland about 90km west of Brisbane on the Warrego Highway, UQ Gatton is home to the university's Faculty of Natural Resources, Agriculture and Veterinary Science (NRAVS). UQ Gatton, formerly the Queensland Agricultural College, was opened in 1897 as a combined agricultural college and experimental farm. The QAC amalgamated with UQ in 1990. UQ Gatton is serviced by the UQ Gatton Student Association and remains affiliated with the UQ Student Union.

UQ Gatton offers courses in agriculture, animal science, environmental management, agronomy/agribusiness, equine studies, wildlife and bushland studies and other fields relating to natural and rural environments. Its facilities include over 1000 hectares of agricultural land, extensive and intensive animal production operations, a recently redeveloped equine centre, and facilities for wildlife studies, as well as modern teaching facilities and laboratories, and a branch of the UQ Library. Some of the original QAC buildings are still standing, such as the Foundation Building.

Ipswich Campus

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 4000 students on nearly 25ha. Courses offered include: arts, business 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 the RAAF Base Amberley. The actual site surrounds the Ipswich Showgrounds and is in turn, sided by a golf course.

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. 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 final stage of evolution as the new UQ Ipswich campus.

This history is reflected today with 17 heritage listed buildings that have been refurbished into work spaces, computer laboratories and public spaces. Work is still underway refurbishing more buildings.

Other Facilities

The University of Queensland takes advantage of 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 the University's dentistry education facility. It comprises two large buildings and one small building at the junction of Turbot and Albert Streets in the Brisbane inner city area. The older of the two larger buildings is the former Brisbane College of Dentistry which is connected via a second-storey walkway to the newer building.
*UQ Regiment Indooroopilly - A counterpart to the St Lucia Campus's Regiment in Indooroopilly.
*Herston - Situated next to the hospital complex at Herston, UQ's School of Medicine occupies the Mayne Medical Building. The location also accommodates UQ teaching facilities in and around the hospitals. The Queensland Institute of Medical Research also holds strong links to UQ.
*Pinjarra Aquatic Research Station - On Moggil and Pinjarra Roads in Pinjarra Hills, Brisbane. The Aquatic Research Station investigates aquaculture and inland ecology.
*Heron Island Research Station - A research station situated on Heron Island, 72km north-east of Gladstone, Queensland. Its primary use if for the study of specimens from the surrounding Heron Reef. It consists of over thirty buildings situated on a two hectare lease.
*Moreton Bay Research Station - Aquatic research station in the bay east of Brisbane. This station is used for the majority of field trips especially for introductory marine environment subjects.


In 2004 the University of Queensland had more than 38,000 students enrolled with 6,396 of these international students. Notable alumni include Bill Hayden, Professor Peter Doherty and actors Janet Fielding and Geoffrey Rush.

The University of Queensland has won more Australian Awards for University Teaching than any other university. It is also noted for developing the HyShot Ramjet Rocket and pioneering a vaccine for cervical cancer (Research led by 2006 Australian of the Year, Professor Ian Frazer).

The Honourable Sir Llewellyn Edwards, AC, is the Chancellor of The University of Queensland and the current Deputy Chancellor is The Hon. Justice Margaret White. The Chancellor and Deputy Chancellor are elected by the University Senate. The Vice-Chancellor of the University (effectively the chief executive officer) is appointed by the Senate and the office is currently held by Professor Paul Greenfield. The post was formerly held by Professor John A. Hay until 31 December 2007.

The University's executive group comprises:
*Vice-Chancellor, Professor Paul Greenfiled BE PhD ("NSW"), BEcon ("Qld") FTSE, FIChemE, FIEAust, MAIChE
*Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor
*Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor Michael Keniger AADip "Lond"., LFRAIA, RIBA FTSE, FQA
*Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International and Development), Professor Trevor Grigg BE(Hons), BEcon, PhD ("Qld"), CPEng, FIEAust., FAIM, FAICD
*Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor David Siddle BA PhD ("Qld"), FASSA, FAPS
*Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning), Professor Deborah Terry BA ANU, PhD ANU, FASSA, FAPS
*President of the Academic Board, Professor Mark Gould BSc, PhD ("Adel")
*Secretary and Registrar, Mr Douglas Porter BA "Durham", FAIM
*Pro-Vice-Chancellor, (Academic) based at the Ipswich Campus, Professor Alan Rix BA, PhD ("ANU")
*Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research and Research Training): Professor Alan Lawson BA ("U Newc"), MA ("NSW"), PhD ("ANU")

Research Centres

The University is the site of the following research institutes:
*"Queensland Bioscience Precinct" []
*"Institute for Molecular Bioscience" [] - It opened in 2000 as part of the Queensland Bioscience Precinct, the largest of its kind in Australia. The centre is split into 4 main research areas: Genomics and Computational Biology, Molecular Genetics and Development, Molecular Cell Biology, and Chemical and Structural Biology. It has around 400 research staff and research.
*"Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology" (AIBN) []
*"Sustainable Minerals Institute" (SMI) []
*"Queensland Brain Institute" []
*"Faculty of Arts Research Precinct" []
*"Institute of Social Science Research" [] Home to the Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies [] , the Australian Studies Centre [] , and the Centre for the History of European Discourses [] .

The University is also a partner in the following research centres:

*Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Quantum-Atom Optics []
*Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computer Technology []
*Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Bioinformatics []
*National Research Centre for Environmental Toxicology (NRCET) []
*Centre of National Research on Disability and Rehabilitation Medicine (CONROD) []
*Australian Genome Research Facility (AGRF) []
*Co-operative Research Centre for Enterprise Distributed Systems Technology
*Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Integrative Legume Research []
*NICTA - national information and communication technology research centre, co-supported by University of Queensland
*Australian Research Council Centre for Complex Systems []

The University also maintains school and faculty based research centres in the following areas:
*The Centre for Organic Photonics and Electronics [] , Faculties of Biological and Chemical Sciences, and Engineering, Physical Sciences and Architecture
*The Centre for Biological Information Technology, Faculty of Biological and Chemical Sciences
*Centre for Computational Molecular Science, Faculty of Biological and Chemical Sciences
*Centre for Nanotechnology and Biomaterials, Faculty of Biological and Chemical Sciences
*Centre for Marine Studies, Faculty of Biological and Chemical Sciences
*The Ecology Centre, Faculty of Biological and Chemical Sciences
*Risk and Sustainable Management Group, School of Economics
*Centre for Discrete Mathematics and Computing, Faculty of Engineering, Physical Sciences and Architecture
*Centre for Mathematical Physics, Faculty of Engineering, Physical Sciences and Architecture
*Advanced Computational Modelling Centre, Faculty of Engineering, Physical Sciences and Architecture
*Earth Systems Science Computational Centre, Faculty of Engineering, Physical Sciences and Architecture
*Centre for Military and Veterans' Health, Faculty of Health Sciences
*Centre for Online Health, Faculty of Health Sciences
*Australasian Centre on Ageing, Faculties of Health Sciences and Social and Behavioural Sciences
*Centre for Young People's Health, Faculty of Health Sciences
*Australian Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
*The University of Queensland Social Research Centre, Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
*Centre for Hypersonics [] , Faculty of Engineering, Physical Sciences and Architecture

tudent Union

The UQ Union is the incorporated representative body of the students at the University. It provides services to students including representation to University and faculty committees, refectories and other catering services, a legal service, financial assistance, administrative counseling and campus activities.

Organisational Structure

The University is organised into Faculties, Schools and Departments/Divisions.

*Faculty of Arts (ARTS)
**School of English, Media Studies & Art History (EMSAH)
**School of History, Philosophy, Religion & Classics (HPRC)
**School of Languages & Comparative Cultural Studies (SLCCS)
**School of Music
*Faculty of Biological & Chemical Sciences (BACS)
**School of Biomedical Sciences (SBMS)
***Department of Anatomy & Developmental Biology
***Department of Physiology & Pharmacology
**School of Integrative Biology (SIB)
***Department of Botany
***Department of Zoology and Entomology
**School of Molecular and Microbial Sciences (SMMS)
***Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
***Department of Chemistry
***Department of Microbiology & Parasitology
*Faculty of Business, Economics & Law (BEL)
**School of Economics
**School of Tourism
**T.C. Beirne School of Law
**UQ Business School
*Faculty of Engineering, Physical Sciences & Architecture (EPSA)
**School of Engineering (SOE)
***Division of Chemical Engineering
***Division of Civil Engineering
***Division of Environmental Engineering
***Division of Materials
***Division of Mechanical Engineering
***Division of Mechanical and Aeropace Engineering
***Division of Mining and Minerals Process Engineering
***Division of Mechatronic Engineering
**School of Geography, Planning and Architecture (GPA)
**School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering (ITEE)
***Department of Electrical Engineering (EE)
***Department of Systems Engineering
***Department of Biomedical Engineering
***Department of Computer Science
**School of Physical Sciences (SPS)
***Earth Sciences
***Department of Mathematics
***Department of Physics
*Faculty of Health Sciences (HEALTH)
**School of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences (SHRS)
**School of Human Movement Studies
**School of Dentistry
**School of Medicine (SoM)
**School of Nursing and Midwifery
**School of Pharmacy
**School of Population Health
*Faculty of Natural Resources, Agriculture & Veterinary Science (NRAVS)
**School of Animal Studies
**School of Land, Crop and Food Sciences (LCAFS)
**School of Natural & Rural Systems Management (NRSM)
**School of Veterinary Science
*Faculty of Social & Behavioural Sciences (SBS)
**School of Education
**School of Journalism & Communication
**School of Political Science & International Studies (POLSIS) []
**School of Psychology []
**School of Social Science
**School of Social Work & Applied Human Sciences

University-based Organisations

*Sunshark Solar Car Team

Residential Colleges

The University of Queensland has 11 residential colleges with 10 of these located on its St Lucia campus. Only three of the colleges (Union College, International House and Women's College) have no religious affiliation. The 11 colleges are:

* Cromwell College is a co-ed college founded in 1950. It is affiliated with the Uniting Church and accommodates 190 students.
* Duchesne College is a women's only college founded in 1937 in Toowong, moving the university in 1959. It is affiliated with the Religious of the Sacred Heart and accommodates 150 students.
* Emmanuel College is a co-ed college founded in 1911. It accommodates 350 students.
* Grace College
* International House is a co-ed college founded in 1965.
* King's College provides accommodation for 260 male students of the University. The College operates as an academic residential community of undergraduate and postgraduate members drawn from country and suburban areas throughout Australia as well as many other nations.
* St John's College is a co-ed college founded in 1911. It is administered by the Anglican Diocese of Brisbane.
* St Leo's College
* Union College is a co-ed college established by the student union in 1961. It is the largest residential college at the University.
* Women's College is an independent College for female students.
* Gatton Halls of Residence


ee also

*List of University of Queensland people
*University of Queensland Australian Football Club
*University of Queensland Rugby Club


External links

* [ University of Queensland]
* [ The University Of Queensland Press]
* [ UQSport]
* [ UQ News Online]

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