Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 61.37
Liaison Suzanne Davis
Submission Date Oct. 26, 2020

STARS v2.2

University of Queensland
PA-7: Support for Underrepresented Groups

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Does the institution have a publicly posted non-discrimination statement? :

The non-discrimination statement, including the website URL where the policy is publicly accessible:

UQ has a Prevention of Discrimination and Harassment Policy, as well as additional policies and procedures that support and reinforce its principals, including:

• Staff Grievance Resolution Policy
• Student Grievance Resolution Policy
• Equity and Diversity Policy
• Prevention of Racism Policy
• Disability Policy
• Code of Conduct Policy
• Student Charter
• Prevention of Sexual Harassment Policy
• Occupational Health and Safety


Does the institution have a discrimination response protocol or committee (sometimes called a bias response team)?:

A brief description of the institution’s discrimination response protocol or team:

Discrimination and Harassment Contact Officers (DHCOs) are trained UQ staff members. Students and staff can contact them with enquiries related to discrimination, harassment and bullying, including about:
• UQ policies
• grievance resolution procedures
• access to support services that are internal and external to UQ.

A comprehensive response team is available with details listed online
and here

Information on the response protocol and contact team is detailed online:
More information:

Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit students from underrepresented groups?:

Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit academic staff from underrepresented groups?:

Does the institution have programs designed specifically to recruit non-academic staff from underrepresented groups?:

A brief description of the institution’s programs to recruit students, academic staff, and/or non-academic staff from underrepresented groups:

UQ utilises a number of mechanisms to recruit staff from underrepresented groups including targeted recruitment for women and indigenous staff.

There are a number of programs to support the employment and career progression for women.
Specific programs include
Career progression for women
Career advancement for senior academic women
Promoting women fellowships
UQ Development Fellowships (requires a university login to access details)
These programs are supported at a strategic level by the Senate Committee for Equity, Diversity and the Status of Women
More information is available online on UQ's Improving Gender Equity programs supporting the recruitment of women

The Indigenous Staff Employment Strategy outlines the programs to increase the representation of indigenous staff at UQ.

UQ offers a number of scholarships for underrepresented groups


Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support, academic support, or other programs designed specifically to support students from underrepresented groups on campus?:

Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support or other programs designed specifically to support academic staff from underrepresented groups on campus?:

Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support or other programs to support non-academic staff from underrepresented groups on campus?:

A brief description of the institution’s programs designed specifically to support students, academic staff, and/or non-academic staff from underrepresented groups:

The following services may be open to everyone but target under represented students:
The Diversity, Disability and Inclusion (DDI) service provides eligible students with access to reasonable adjustments in undertaking their studies:

Student Advisers can assist International and Domestic students with navigating the University environment and providing information on services available both within and outside of the University. They also provide welfare support to students:

There is also and International Student Supervision Program:

Student Services offers Student Counselling Support to students: https://my.uq.edu.au/information-and-services/student-support/health-and-wellbeing/mental-health-and-emotional-support/counselling

Students can also access Pet Therapy, Art Therapy and the Sexual Misconduct Support Unit: https://respect.uq.edu.au/support/sexual-misconduct-support-unit

and online counselling:

There are a number of other services available to students who have experienced sexual misconduct under UQ Respect:

Additionally the UQ Psychology Clinic provides psychological support to students: https://clinic.psychology.uq.edu.au/ Students can also access the UQ Health Clinic for medical support: https://www.uqhealthcare.org.au/our-clinics/

Peer Support is available through The Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit:

and various collectives through the Student Union including the UQ Abilities Collective, Queer Collective, International Collective, and Women’s Collective: https://www.uqu.com.au/representing-u/uqu-collectives

The Multi faith Chaplaincy service also provides an inclusive environment for students of faith: https://my.uq.edu.au/information-and-services/student-support/religion

Academic Support is available through Learning Advisers and Learning Workshops: https://my.uq.edu.au/contact/student-life/how-learning-adviser-can-help

Careers and Employability also offer Career and Disability appointments for UQ students: https://employability.uq.edu.au/get-experiences/work-experience/diversityhub

UQ has an Indigenous Employment Coordinator, who provides indigenous employment support to current and new staff.

The UQ Gender Steering Committee, overseas the implementation of the UQ Athena SWAN Action Plan. The Action Plan has a number of projects designed to improve gender equality across the University for all staff from underrepresented groups.

The UQ Ally Network is an award-winning program that provides a visible network of over 450 well-informed staff who create a safe, welcoming and inclusive space for sex, gender and sexuality diverse people at UQ and in the broader community.
UQ Allies are not experts about matters of sexuality, sex and gender - they are people who strongly support UQ's stance on making the University an accepting, positive, diverse and inclusive space. UQ Allies are listed on the UQ website and are encouraged to be visible so that academic and non-academic staff and students can approach them for support if/when needed.

In addition, UQ’ Workplace Diversity and Inclusion administers the Warm Welcome Program, which supports new staff from overseas to settle into life in Australia by connecting them with a current UQ staff member. The WWP runs in addition to formal workplace inductions at UQ, including existing induction and transition support provided by HR to staff moving from international locations.

Does the institution have training and development programs, teaching fellowships and/or other programs that specifically aim to support and prepare students from underrepresented groups for careers as faculty members?:

A brief description of the institution’s programs to support and prepare students from underrepresented groups for careers as faculty members:

The UQ graduate program for indigenous staff is a pathway program for both academic and non-academic staff to support their careers as faculty members. The program has a number of participants who are utilising this pathway to support their transition from PhD to academic careers in Faculties.

Does the institution produce a publicly accessible inventory of gender-neutral bathrooms on campus?:

Does the institution offer housing options to accommodate the special needs of transgender and transitioning students?:

Website URL where information about the institution’s support for underrepresented groups is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

See UQ maps for locations of gender-neutral bathroom facilities, these can be located by campus, for example:

More information on Diversity and Inclusion:

refer to the Sexuality, gender and sex drop-down menu to find more information on:
LGBTIAQ inclusion at UQ
UQ Ally Network
Find a UQ Ally member
UQ Ally Action Committee
Recording gender information
Gender diversity
Australian Workplace Equality Index staff survey

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