From now until 2020, we will be implementing a range of initiatives that will transform the student experience at UQ.

You can view the full list of planned initiatives for each goal in the White Paper.

We will continue to update this page as the implementation date for each initiative is finalised.

To see some of the initiatives currently underway, view the Strategy in action.

Key Achievements on our first birthday

  • 6 steering groups have been established across 6 UQ faculties, 9 central portfolios, with more than 20 student representatives:
    1. Student Life
    2. Enhancing Employability
    3. Flexible Active Learning
    4. Learning Analytics
    5. Valuing Teaching
    6. Students as Partners
  • The ePortfolio and Placement Management committees are continuing with Student Strategy funding.
  • $7.1M has been distributed to faculty and central initiatives for 2017. Most of the 35 initiatives target Employability and Flexible Active Learning.
  • $2.4M has been allocated by faculties and central towards enhancing student employability at UQ. We’re addressing priority employability issues and opportunities within Faculties, and initiating work towards an expanded and integrated approach to employability across UQ from 2018.

Highlights include:

  • ePortfolio: 9 pilot programs went live in Semester 1 2017. Twenty programs across all  faculties will go live in Semester 2.
  • Work Integrated Learning: HaBS and Science faculties are developing strategies to expand and embed Work Integrated Learning and interprofessional education in their courses.
  • EAIT is expanding its Employability Team with an additional three team members.
  • An Entrepreneurship & Innovation Education Coordinator is being recruited in ITaLI to work on embedding enterprise and innovation experiences within curriculum.
  • Flexible and Active Learning: Driving transformation of the student learning experience toward a more flexible and active learning pedagogies, $2.1M has been allocated by faculties and central towards enhancing student-centred flexibility and extending online and on-campus active learning.

Highlights include:

  • HASS development and embedding of authentic assessment and employability initiatives within curriculum, including the implementation of active learning in 5 courses in Semester 2.
  • BEL MicroMasters Programs are being developed in partnership with UQx to create 5 online courses through edX launch in October.
  • Three Learning Designers are currently being appointed by ITaLI to support academic staff in enhancing teaching innovation. Designers will be assigned to Science, Medicine and HaBS.
  • Enterprise: Cementing UQ’s reputation as a leader of Entrepreneurialism and Innovation (E&I) by investing $1.48M to fund ongoing operation of iLab and Idea Hub; provide E&I scholarships, grants and seed funding; and employ a coordinator to support Faculties to embed E&I learning experiences into program and course curricula.

This year an enhanced O-Week Festival resulted in record student engagement in on-campus induction activities. A revitalised approach aiming to connect and kick-start students’ create change journeys was successfully developed and implemented through collaboration between Student Affairs, UQ Union, UQ Sport, UQ Library, Faculties, Institutes and central units. Utilising the Student Services Amenities Fee (SSAF) funding allocated to welcome and induction activities, teams worked together to bring over 10,000 new students a fun and inspiring introduction to all that UQ has to offer. The fortnight of events focused on student transition and experience through orientation, information and social engagement initiatives.

If you would like to get involved and collaborate, provide feedback or to share ideas to enhance future O-Week Festivals please contact uqlife@uq.edu.au.

THE NEXT TWELVE MONTHS:

  • The Student Residences Project will provide accommodation for 1300 students, offering best-practice in student care and well-being. The architect-designed facility will support academic success and quality lifestyle, with 24-hour pastoral care and security. It will be ideal for students from regional, rural and remote areas and from overseas, with easy access to campus sporting facilities, cultural programs, gardens and transport links.
  • A business case is being prepared to develop a new Student Hub, which will include learning spaces, student services, student union spaces, specialist retailers, food and beverage options, the Red Room, a restaurant, healthcare and shared facilities.
  • The Higher Education Academy Fellowship scheme will be developed in 2017 through investment in HEA Partnership and Accreditation. Expressions of interest for the program open on 1 August.