UQ commits to
Queensland’s
future with
nation-leading
pledge

UQ Vice-Chancellor Professor Deborah Terry with to a UQ graduate.

UQ Vice-Chancellor Professor Deborah Terry with a UQ graduate.

UQ Vice-Chancellor Professor Deborah Terry with a UQ graduate.

The University of Queensland has made a bold pledge to tackle educational disadvantage in the state by 2032, striving to remove barriers to help talented students from rural, remote and low socio-economic backgrounds access university.

The Queensland Commitment was officially launched at the opening of the University’s new CBD presence, UQ Brisbane City, in the heritage-listed former National Bank.

UQ Vice-Chancellor Professor Deborah Terry said access to university education should not be determined by where someone lived, or their background.

“Education and opportunity must be available for all Queenslanders and by 2032 we have committed to break down personal, financial and geographical barriers facing students aspiring to study at UQ,” Professor Terry said.

The Queensland Commitment reaffirms the founding principles of the University, and underpins our commitment to work collaboratively with the community to deliver generational change across the state.”

At the core of the pledge is a focus on growing endowed philanthropic funding by 2032, doubling current levels in partnership with donors to provide sustainable, needs-based scholarships for generations of future scholars.

“Increasing access to scholarships will allow students to focus on their studies and ultimately enter the workforce, which will in turn help build a more prosperous state and economy,” Professor Terry said.

UQ aims to reach a target of 30 per cent of eligible domestic undergraduate students coming from regional, remote or low socio-economic backgrounds within 10 years, including efforts to ‘close the gap’ for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Deborah Terry in the new UQ Brisbane City building.
Inside the new UQ Brisbane City building with people having a meeting

“Every eligible Queensland student aspiring to study at UQ must feel their goal is within reach and be supported through scholarships and services, from pre-enrolment through to graduation,” Professor Terry said.

“We will work with schools and community partners to grow high-impact pathway programs such as the Young Achievers Program and InspireU and enhance student services to support retention and completion.”

Professor Terry said The Queensland Commitment would be one of UQ’s legacies to the state.

“We believe we can make a difference by supporting Queenslanders to reach their potential - there is no greater investment than the people and the future of Queensland.”

UQ Vice-Chancellor Professor Deborah Terry inside UQ Brisbane City..

UQ Vice-Chancellor Professor Deborah Terry.

UQ Vice-Chancellor Professor Deborah Terry.

UQ Brisbane City

Professor Terry said UQ Brisbane City would be the CBD ‘front door’ to the University for students, alumni, business, industry, government and researchers to network and collaborate.

The building at 308 Queen Street was constructed between 1881 and 1885 and opened as the head office of the former Queensland National Bank.

The former Queensland National Bank at 308 Queen St in 1891.

The former Queensland National Bank at 308 Queen St in 1891. Image: State Library Qld

The outside of the heritage building UQ Brisbane City in 2022.

UQ Brisbane City, 2022.

The former Queensland National Bank at 308 Queen St in 1891.

The former Queensland National Bank at 308 Queen St in 1891. Image: State Library Qld

The outside of the heritage building UQ Brisbane City in 2022.

UQ Brisbane City, 2022.

“We have restored this important Queensland building in a way that preserves its history while creating an innovative and collaborative space that strengthens our connection to the city,” Professor Terry said.

Global business leader and UQ alum, Dr Andrew Liveris AO said the University’s expanded city presence was timely.

“As we look at the ‘golden decade’ ahead, UQ Brisbane City will help to position our state to capitalise on the economic and social opportunities the Games will bring,” Dr Liveris said.

“It will help foster partnerships as we work together to tackle the complex economic, strategic, climate and technological challenges facing Queensland, and the nation.

“Education will be a key contributor to that success and UQ is at the forefront of delivering solutions for our future generations.”

UQ Brisbane City will be open to the public as part of the Brisbane Open House program on 27 and 28 August.  

A historical photo showing the former banking chamber in 1922

Former Queensland National Bank's banking chamber in 1922. Image: National Australia Bank

Former Queensland National Bank's banking chamber in 1922. Image: National Australia Bank

Inside the restored Atrium at UQ Brisbane City, looking at the dome on the ceiling and marble floor.

Inside the restored Atrium at UQ Brisbane City.

Inside the restored Atrium at UQ Brisbane City.

Historical photo showing construction of the Queensland National Bank building in 1883

Construction of the Queensland National Bank building in 1883. Image: State Library Qld

Construction of the Queensland National Bank building in 1883. Image: State Library Qld

Historical photo of bank teller inside the former bank.

The former bank teller's counter in 1922. Image: State Library Qld

The former bank teller's counter in 1922. Image: State Library Qld

Historical photos showing floods out the front of the building in 1893

308 Queen St during the 1893 floods. Image: State Library Qld

308 Queen St during the 1893 floods. Image: State Library Qld

Historical photo showing a crowd gathered at the laying of foundation stone in 1881.

Crowd gathered for the laying of the foundation stone during construction in 1881. Image: State Library

Crowd gathered for the laying of the foundation stone during construction in 1881. Image: State Library

A historical photo of the outside of the former Queensland National Bank in 1890.

Queensland National Bank at 308 Queen St in 1890. Image: National Australia Bank

Queensland National Bank at 308 Queen St in 1890. Image: National Australia Bank

Ploughing occurring outside the Queensland National Bank in 1898. Image: National Australia Bank

Ploughing occurring outside the Queensland National Bank in 1898. Image: National Australia Bank

Painting of Queen St in 1895 by Albert Henry Fullwood

Painting of Queen St in 1895 by Albert Henry Fullwood. Image: State Library Queensland

Painting of Queen St in 1895 by Albert Henry Fullwood. Image: State Library Queensland

Historical photo inside the former Queensland National Bank in 1922.

Inside the former Queensland National Bank in 1922. Image: National Australia Bank.

Inside the former Queensland National Bank in 1922. Image: National Australia Bank.

Original marble floor uncovered

The original marble floor uncovered during the restoration.

The original marble floor uncovered during the restoration.

The front of the UQ Brisbane City building

The front of UQ Brisbane City.

The front of UQ Brisbane City.

Some graffiti written in chalk under floor boards.

Some graffiti found under floor boards during the restoration. Image: Conrad Gargett

Some graffiti found under floor boards during the restoration. Image: Conrad Gargett

Looking inside the front door of UQ Brisbane City.

The new entrance at UQ Brisbane City.

The new entrance at UQ Brisbane City.

Birds eye view looking at UQ Brisbane City building.

UQ Brisbane City, 2022.

UQ Brisbane City, 2022.

Inside UQ Brisbane City collaboration space with people working on desks

Inside UQ Brisbane City.

Inside UQ Brisbane City.

Outside the UQ Brisbane City building on Queen Street.

Outside UQ Brisbane City.

Outside UQ Brisbane City.

Inside the Atrium at UQ Brisbane City.

Inside the Atrium at UQ Brisbane City.

Inside the Atrium at UQ Brisbane City.

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Historical photo showing construction of the Queensland National Bank building in 1883

Construction of the Queensland National Bank building in 1883. Image: State Library Qld

Construction of the Queensland National Bank building in 1883. Image: State Library Qld

Historical photo of bank teller inside the former bank.

The former bank teller's counter in 1922. Image: State Library Qld

The former bank teller's counter in 1922. Image: State Library Qld

Historical photos showing floods out the front of the building in 1893

308 Queen St during the 1893 floods. Image: State Library Qld

308 Queen St during the 1893 floods. Image: State Library Qld

Historical photo showing a crowd gathered at the laying of foundation stone in 1881.

Crowd gathered for the laying of the foundation stone during construction in 1881. Image: State Library

Crowd gathered for the laying of the foundation stone during construction in 1881. Image: State Library

A historical photo of the outside of the former Queensland National Bank in 1890.

Queensland National Bank at 308 Queen St in 1890. Image: National Australia Bank

Queensland National Bank at 308 Queen St in 1890. Image: National Australia Bank

Ploughing occurring outside the Queensland National Bank in 1898. Image: National Australia Bank

Ploughing occurring outside the Queensland National Bank in 1898. Image: National Australia Bank

Painting of Queen St in 1895 by Albert Henry Fullwood

Painting of Queen St in 1895 by Albert Henry Fullwood. Image: State Library Queensland

Painting of Queen St in 1895 by Albert Henry Fullwood. Image: State Library Queensland

Historical photo inside the former Queensland National Bank in 1922.

Inside the former Queensland National Bank in 1922. Image: National Australia Bank.

Inside the former Queensland National Bank in 1922. Image: National Australia Bank.

Original marble floor uncovered

The original marble floor uncovered during the restoration.

The original marble floor uncovered during the restoration.

The front of the UQ Brisbane City building

The front of UQ Brisbane City.

The front of UQ Brisbane City.

Some graffiti written in chalk under floor boards.

Some graffiti found under floor boards during the restoration. Image: Conrad Gargett

Some graffiti found under floor boards during the restoration. Image: Conrad Gargett

Looking inside the front door of UQ Brisbane City.

The new entrance at UQ Brisbane City.

The new entrance at UQ Brisbane City.

Birds eye view looking at UQ Brisbane City building.

UQ Brisbane City, 2022.

UQ Brisbane City, 2022.

Inside UQ Brisbane City collaboration space with people working on desks

Inside UQ Brisbane City.

Inside UQ Brisbane City.

Outside the UQ Brisbane City building on Queen Street.

Outside UQ Brisbane City.

Outside UQ Brisbane City.

Inside the Atrium at UQ Brisbane City.

Inside the Atrium at UQ Brisbane City.

Inside the Atrium at UQ Brisbane City.

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