UQU calls for the Federal Government to do better in their plan to address placement poverty

The UQ Union is committed to advocating for the rights of students and fighting against placement poverty. We believe that no student should have to undergo the financial burdens and out-of-pocket expenses they have been experiencing while studying and completing their mandatory placements in their chosen profession.

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A victory with a tainted cup for student autonomy?

On 23 February 2024, Education Ministers (state and federal) agreed to the Action Plan Addressing Gender-based Violence in Higher Education. The Action Plan recognises urgent action needs to take place to ensure the safety of higher education students and staff. Later on the same day, the Federal Minister for Education, the Hon Jason Clare MP, […]

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Anticlimactic end to UQ Union’s last TOGA Party – Ever?

Mother Nature has intervened in UQU’s much-anticipated annual TOGA party, which was scheduled to take place today but has officially been cancelled due to poor weather conditions. The overnight rain, which has continued through the day, has rendered the party’s venue (The Great Court at UQ’s St Lucia campus) completely unusable. Speaking with the contractors […]

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Towards a Mentally Healthy University Community

Mental Health and Well-being play a significant role in students’ general welfare, academic performance, social life, future employment prospects, and risk of dropping out of university. Universities are critical in shaping a working environment that profoundly impacts the psychosocial risks and the general mental health and well-being of both staff and students. Indeed, the 1986 […]

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Lowering the age cap for graduate visas will be catastrophic to Australian Research

Recap: In early December last year, the Federal Government released its 99-page Migration Strategy to address temporary skills shortages and close ‘loopholes’ in the existing migration system. The key themes of this package include better protection for the worker’s rights of temporary migrants and a renewed focus on permanent migrants to meet Australia’s workforce needs. […]

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111 years later, the University of Queensland Union will soon become incorporated.

On the 15th of December, the outgoing 2023 UQU executive team uploaded a press release onto the UQU website. It read: ‘Notice of Successful Referendum: Proposal to Incorporate the University of Queensland Union’. Well, it seems at least one referendum passed in 2023. Satire aside, the media release explains the reason for incorporating, revealing how […]

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