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Tales from a cult survivor

  • Get the inside story behind the heroics of UQ’s Olympic athletes.
  • Meet the UQ graduate who flew the farming coop, only to return with a whole new approach to agriculture.
  • Retiring Toowoomba State High School Principal Tony Kennedy has supported thousands of local kids through the region’s schools during his career, but he didn’t always want to be a teacher.
  • Daryl Mears has had enough of gardening. It’s a fair admission for a man who has devoted his life to preserving and protecting one of Australia’s finest gardens and along with it, the legacy of the Darling Downs couple who created the horticultural prize more than 90 years ago.
  • After acting in stage shows like 'The Lion King' and 'A Streetcar Named Desire', UQ PhD candidate Tim Richards has returned to his first love – dinosaurs – and has helped identify a major discovery in process.
  • Join 'Contact' each month as we take you on a virtual guided tour, providing a brief overview of UQ's design pieces and where you can find them. This month, we take a look at the marvellous murals on the walls of particular buildings.
  • UQ PhD student Hannah Allan would like to help unite contemporary science with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural understanding and traditional knowledges, for effective and holistic management of Country.
  • Brisbane has won the bid to host the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games. So, what now? Contact asked UQ experts what steps are needed to keep the momentum rolling.
  • Looking for inspiration for both your weekend activities and your career? We spent a weekend in Brisbane with UQ graduates who are running their own businesses, and picked up some of their best advice and lessons along the way.

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  • In the year the COVID-19 pandemic crippled the international travel industry, stepping up to helm a travel insurance company was no smooth sailing. But UQ graduate Cara Morton has always been one to take on a challenge.
  • The UQ graduate who turned a veterinary science degree into a business empire.
  • The University of Queensland pays tribute to one of the most influential figures in the history of the University and the State, the Honourable Sir Llew Edwards AC.
  • Find out how UQ is taking action during National Reconciliation Week, and read about many of UQ’s inspiring Indigenous graduates, staff and students.
  • On 17 May each year, LGBTIAQ+ communities and their allies celebrate International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT).
  • An exhibition showcasing the persecution and murder of hundreds of thousands of sick and disabled patients by medical practitioners and nurses in Nazi Germany has been brought to Brisbane by several academics from The University of Queensland.
  • When Telegraph journalist F.J. Bryan penned a letter to the University of Queensland (UQ) Senate proposing “a scheme for the higher education of journalists”, little did he know it was the beginning of a long legacy of Australian journalism.
  • Graduate Certificate in Writing, Editing and Publishing student Sebastian Kirkpatrick shares his first-hand experience working as an intern for the UQ Alumni Book Fair and describes how volunteers like him are breathing new life into rare books.
  • Join award-winning journalists and UQ graduates Marian Wilkinson and Tegan Taylor, as they lift the curtain on climate-change politics and discuss how quality science reporting can play a role in helping Australia reach its emission targets.

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  • Two Indigenous brothers set to study medicine at UQ will draw on their cultural knowledge and life experiences with one shared goal – improving health outcomes in their communities.
  • UQ Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Deborah Terry AO urges everyone to choose to challenge the status quo as we celebrate International Women's Day.
  • Listen to or read a selection of stories from inspirational UQ women, and learn about some of the many UQ initiatives that support women's progress in their professional and personal lives.
  • Join 'Contact' each month as we take you on a virtual guided tour, providing a brief overview of UQ's design pieces and where you can find them. This month it's bike racks, and the inspiration behind their intriguing designs.
  • Join 'Contact' each month as we take you on a virtual guided tour, providing a brief overview of UQ's design pieces and where you can find them.
  • The keenly anticipated ES Meyers Memorial Lecture returns to UQ on 6 March this year with highly regarded gynaecologist Dr Vijay Roach confirmed as the guest speaker.
  • The UQ Law School Class of 1970 includes some of the most esteemed legal minds in the country. The cohort got together again at UQ in 2020 to celebrate their 50th reunion.
  • 'Contact' heads to the photo archives to share some of the most remarkable images from the 2011 floods at UQ.
  • Australia’s renewable energy research capacity has been boosted with the completion of the UQ Warwick Solar Farm in 2020. UQ students are also gaining valuable experience that will help Queensland reach its renewable energy targets by 2030.

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  • UQ Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Deborah Terry AO urges everyone to choose to challenge the status quo as we celebrate International Women's Day.
  • What did a news ban achieve and what will a new bargaining code mean for Australia's media landscape?
  • UQ experts have their say on what the permanent fall-out of the pandemic will be on our business culture and, more broadly, how Brisbane will change?
  • Indigenous journalist and UQ PhD student Amy McQuire chats to 'Contact' about her career highlights, the need for media reform, and her forthcoming book.
  • 'Contact' explores the mental scars left on people and communities after natural disasters, and why summer is the season emergency services fear most.
  • 'The Courier-Mail' editor and UQ graduate Chris Jones shares his views on why the future is bright for current journalism students.
  • Amidst the re-assessments taking place as a result of COVID-19, there is an invaluable opportunity for businesses to rethink the purpose and nature of innovation.
  • Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Deborah Terry AO reflects on 2020, the response of the UQ community to COVID-19, and the role of universities in pandemic recovery.
  • The economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic is far from over, with the impacts expected to last well into 2021 and beyond. Professor Shaun Bond, UQ’s Frank Finn Professor of Finance, considers some specific steps.

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