FAQs for Back to UQ 2021

How should I travel to the St Lucia campus for Back to UQ?

Back to UQ will take place on Open Day, the busiest day of the year on campus, to give you the chance to enjoy the exciting buzz of this major event. Due to the volume of people attending campus, parking will be limited, and traffic is to be expected. We recommend that you travel by public transport if possible, or by taxi, rideshare, or pre-arranged drop-off if available to you. The best drop-off location will be Chancellor's Place.


What parking will be available?

Information on parking locations at St Lucia campus can be found on the UQ Parking and Transport website. If you need to drive, we suggest you contact some classmates attending the event to see if you can arrange a carpool.


Can I bring children or other guests to Back to UQ activities?

You’re welcome to bring your children or other guests to Back to UQ activities, but they must each be registered as your guest(s) for the activities they will be attending. Due to strict COVID-safety requirements, all attendees must be registered so that we can adhere to venue capacity guidelines. If you have any questions about whether an activity is appropriate for your child, please contact the team. While visiting St Lucia campus with young family, we recommend a visit to the Recreation Precinct Playground.


Why isn’t there a dedicated get-together for my cohort?

We are organising a number of small reunions for individual cohorts that have decided they’d like to use Back to UQ as a chance to get together. Every cohort needs a ‘champion’ – someone to initiate a get-together and help us track down their classmates. If you would like to be a reunion champion for next year’s Back to UQ event, please contact the team. It’s not too late to organise a group of your classmates to meet up at Back to UQ – the end of day ‘Cocktails on the Lawn’ function is the perfect opportunity for this. Book your ticket via the event page and meet your classmates there.


How are you managing COVID-19 risks?

When visiting campus for Back to UQ, you will be required to check-in at each building using the Check-in Qld smartphone app. We recommend downloading the app ahead of arriving on campus. If you are unable to use a Smartphone, we can check you in manually at Back to UQ activities. You will also be required to check in with staff when arriving at pre-registered activities, such as talks and guided tours, so we can ensure that COVID-safe venue capacities are not exceeded. A range of additional COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place across campus to manage risk during this event. For further key health messages, see the UQ Open Day webpage.


How will I know if any of my classmates are attending? 

If you are registering for a cohort reunion, you will have the option to share your name with others in that group. For the overall event or larger activities, we won’t be able to share or publish names of attendees – we recommend contacting your classmates directly to encourage them to come along. Social media can be a very useful tool for this.


What do I do if any of the tours or talks I want to attend are booked out?  Can I join a waitlist?

We have a range of talks and tours on offer.  If any book out, we can look to repeat the activity, so we suggest you join the waitlist to ensure you will be the first to know if additional talks and tours are added to the program. You can join the waitlist for booked-out activities via the online booking form. 


What is the dress code for the day?  Is there a dress code for the cocktail party?

Dress code is smart casual. The ‘Cocktails on the Lawn’ function and some tours will be held outside, as indicated in the activity details on the booking form. Please ensure you wear weather-appropriate clothing and footwear for all outdoor functions. If touring one of the labs, closed-in footwear will be required. This will be noted clearly in the activity description on the online registration form.


Can I buy food and drink on the day?

A range of food and beverage options will be available on the day, including a number of on-campus cafes and food trucks. Some Back to UQ activities include refreshments for attendees – this is noted in the activity description. Another option is to bring a picnic lunch with you and enjoy this in our drop-in alumni area on the UQ Art Museum lawn.


I am having issues with the registration page. What do I do?

If you are having any issues registering for this event, please contact the team.


Can I register and pay on the day?

We highly recommend you register in advance, to make your experience as smooth as possible, and avoid unnecessary delays when you arrive on campus. When arriving at campus, all attendees will need to check-in to the event, and complete a COVID-19 check-in at each building they enter. If you have not registered, we will have iPads available for you to check-in and pay on the spot. Please note that we cannot accept cash payments. 


How are you managing COVID-19 risks?

We have planned this event with COVID-19 safety front of mind. A number of the activities (including the main function at 3pm) will be taking place outdoors. All indoor activities will take place within venue capacity guidelines, with socially distanced seating. When visiting campus for Back to UQ, you will be required to check-in at each building using the Check-in Qld smartphone app. We recommend downloading the app ahead of arriving on campus. If you are unable to use a Smartphone, we can check you in manually at Back to UQ activities. You will also be required to check in with staff when arriving at pre-registered activities, such as talks and guided tours, so we can ensure that COVID-safe venue capacities are not exceeded. A range of additional COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place across campus to manage risk during this event. For further key health messages, see the UQ Open Day webpage. We are watching the health advice very closely and will change our event plans in accordance with any change in advice or added restrictions.


What will happen if the event is cancelled due to a lockdown?

In the event of a snap lockdown, we will of course cancel the event and refund all tickets to our ‘Cocktails on the lawn’ activity as soon as possible.


Any further questions?

If you have any additional questions relating to Back to UQ, please contact the team (uqalumni@uq.edu.au).