University of Queensland and the National Service Vocational Training Scheme

University of Queensland and the National Service Vocational Training Scheme

In November 1964, the Menzies Federal Government enacted legislation to compel all Australian 20-year-old males, born 1945, the Baby Boomers, to register for National Service for two years duration. This scheme operated until 1972, and for some of those called up, the University of Queensland provided a year of transition back into ‘civvy’ life, thanks[…]

A Second-year’s Guide to Getting Lost on Campus

A Second-year’s Guide to Getting Lost on Campus

With a campus as large at UQ St Lucia’s, it’s hardly a surprise when people get lost or can’t find a building. But as a student, by the time you’ve survived a full first year, you’re confident you’ve gotten pretty good at navigating the uni. But as always, you can rely on UQ to prove[…]

Something Old and New

Something Old and New

Image: UQ Market Day by Rachael Higgins Enticed by the promise of Orientation Week freebies and activities, University of Queensland Market Day became a family affair. Never mind that my brothers and sister-in-law are all students at the Queensland University of Technology, with their own O-Week activities to attend. The reputation of UQ O-Week Market[…]

Graduation Ceremonies: A Former Dean Remembers

Graduation Ceremonies: A Former Dean Remembers

For me the best part of being a Dean was dealing with individual students and their problems. It was not always easy. One student, a clergyman, whom I had refused to grant a special examination, told me I was crucifying him, which I thought was rather big-noting himself. Another, after graduating, developed pangs of conscience[…]

UQ, my saviour !

UQ, my saviour !

My mind had been ticking… beeping like a time bomb, and then it exploded, giving me a panic attack and I collapsed with a nervous breakdown. This was after a traumatic incident at my workplace, where I was being constantly bullied by a colleague, who happened to be my manager’s best friend. She loved to[…]

Putting one damn foot in front of the other

Putting one damn foot in front of the other

I walk across the Eleanor Schonell Bridge. I’ll take the same route back across going home. Heading into Uni, there is a beautiful view of the river from the bridge. It’s about 4pm. I usually cross at this time most days. At this time of day, the sun is just beginning to descend and the[…]

A Lab Coat Was My Dream

A Lab Coat Was My Dream

It was four o’clock on a Thursday afternoon, I found myself wandering at UQ. I forgot my practical class was cancelled and with it my afternoon tasks. So, I decided to wait for my boyfriend until six but I was not sure what to do so I decided to take a short walk before going[…]