Cohort Connections

Do you ever feel like you have no idea who else is studying the same major as you? When studying a BA or humanities degree, it can be difficult to feel like you are part of a distinct cohort, because students take courses at all different times. Connecting with other people doing the same program or major as you can help with choosing courses, developing study techniques, and thinking about a career beyond university, not to mention making friends and sharing common interests.

A range of events are available to help you connect with other students in your courses. Check these out below and keep an eye on this page for events related to your studies.

Academic Staff

Are you an academic and have an idea for an event that could build a sense of cohort in your course? We're providing funding for staff members to hold cohort-building activites.

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Contact if you would like to discuss an idea.


Becoming a Teacher! Primary Teaching Celebration Event

Monday 22 October, 2pm

For future primary teachers, the final semester involves a major research project conducted in parallel to final practicum placement. It is an exciting achievement to conduct research and prepare for work. Making time to acknowledge the cohort's achievements and celebrate together matters.

Museum Pop-up Exhibition Opening

Thursday 25 October, 2pm

The opening will celebrate a group assessment item in ANTH1030 - the museum project - in which students submit pictures of everyday items in their house as museum objects for a museum of the future. Students also write professional museum tags and a short description. The pictures will be mounted digitally and run on a loop at the museum for one week.  Students are encouraged to visit the exhibition with their friends and family.  

Contact Dr Gerhard Hoffstaedter on for more details.

Applied Linguistics Picnic

Saturday, 27 October 12pm

This event will provide an opportunity for students studying Applied Linguistics to meet and each other and improve their inter-cultural communication through a range of fun activities. 

Contact Dr Peter Crosthwaite on for more details. 

Cultural Heritage Management Professional Showcase

Wednesday 31 October, 1pm

This event brings together BA and BSc (including Hons) Archaeology students and Master of Heritage Management students with cultural heritage consultancy companies from southeast Queensland, museums and government to discuss the state of the profession and receive some very direct advice on how to enter it. There will be short overviews of archaeological activity in SEQ from invited groups, who will also have a table where students can get further information.  Honours and masters students will present a poster about their work and a prize will be awarded for the best poster.  

Contact Associate Professor Andrew Fairbairn on for more details.

Music Education End of Year Celebration

Wednesday 31 October, 5pm

The purpose of this event is to build the cohort of students graduating in the field of music education. The cohort draws from at least 4 different degree programs, and this event will enable students from all year levels to mingle with each other, alumni and lecturers in the area. The event will involve a speech by a current student, a past student, and a musical interlude by future students (school students).

Contact Associate Professor Julie Ballantyne on for  more details. 

WEP Networking Soiree and Project Launch

Wednesday 31 October, 5pm

This event will celebrate and build the vibrant network of potential, current and past students of the Writing, Editing and Publishing Program. 

Contact Associate Professor Kim Wilkins on for more details. 

Indonesian End of Year Event

Thursday 1 November, 5pm

This event will build relationships between first to third year students of Indonesian, while providing an opportunity to network with other alumni and industry (mainly members of the Australia Indonesia Youth Association and school teachers of Indonesian). The main activity will be an Indonesian dance workshop conducted by the Sydney-based Suara Indonesia dance group.

Contact Associate Professor Zane Goebel on for more details. 

Bachelor of International Studies (BIS) Careers Evening

Wednesday 10 October 2018

The Bachelor of International Studies (BIS) Careers Event was a great success, attended by BIS students from all year levels. The students had the great opportunity to ask career-related questions to our panel of 3 graduates in the area of International Studies. Topics covered included; volunteering, post-graduate opportunities, and internships. In addition to these, the panellists gave their advice to students on how to build up a network whilst studying, what skills are considered necessary or beneficial for various careers, and ways in which students can try to stand out in a job application. After the Q and A style panel, there was food and drinks available and students approached the panellists for further discussions. Overall students came away from this event feeling they had a better sense of the career opportunities that were available to them, and strategies they could use to improve their employability.

TechnoSapiens Symposium

Tuesday 9 October 2018

The cohort’s of HUMN1201 and SCIE2011 recently organised and ran the TechnoSapiens Symposium. The symposium educated people on the scientific future and impact of technology such as artificial intelligence, robots and gene editing technology, such as CRISPR, on humanity. Leading researchers from UQ, QUT and RMIT presented 30 minute speeches on their respective specialties. The symposium was then wrapped up with a panel discussion between the speakers with questions from the audience. This completely student-driven symposium involved creating advertisements, organising speakers, collaborating with faculties for funding and documenting the event. It’s hoped that this event will allow students and scholars alike to learn about the implications of our technology-ridden future.

Russian Language Students End of Year Celebration

Friday 5 October 2018

The End-of-Year Russian Program celebration alumni, current and emeritus staff and community partners to celebrate the achievements of the program in the past year as well as provide opportunities for students, staff and community members to network over shared food. The event started with the overview about the innovations in the Russian Major curriculum, a new scholarship for study in Russia and overview of extracurricular activities the program has held this year. Third year students read Russian poetry and made a photo-presentation about their study abroad and travel experience in Russia in Semester 1 2018. Two presentations by community partners focused on the history of the Russian community in Brisbane and the upcoming Festival Slavfest 2019 that brings together nine Slavic communities in Queensland with an invitation for students to get involved in the events. We also used this opportunity to thank Russian community partners who have been helping second and third ear students practice their spoken skills.

Karl Marx to Cardi B Sociology Trivia night

Tuesday 2 October 2018

The aims and outcomes of the cohort-building activity in sociology ‘Karl Marx to Cardi B Trivia Night’ were substantially enhanced with the inclusion of five sociology students in the design and planning of the event. Funded by the UQ Employability Office’s Student-Staff Partnership’s team, the five students – Heidi Minchin, William Bullock, Lucy Rykers, Romy Wilson Gray and Francisca Powell – worked with the sociology staff over the course of semester 2 on a range of curriculum reform activities in the BA sociology major. Having the students on board gave the sociology team the perfect opportunity to plan an event that was genuinely designed for sociology students by sociology students. As the first in what is hoped to be a series of cohort-building events, the student team agreed that the event needed to be fun; to give students an opportunity to interact informally; to be inclusive; and to facilitate closer engagement between undergraduate students, their teaching staff and tutors. To this end, a sociology trivia night was scheduled for Tuesday 2nd October in the Red Room from 6-8pm. The student team designed the questions, which contained a mix of general knowledge, popular culture and sociology. The HASS Student Futures Team provided funding to cover prizes and light refreshments; and the sociology staff provided free jugs of beer. Associate Professor Cameron Parsell acted as quiz master for the evening. The event was highly successful and attracted 42 attendees – 7 staff, 33 students (undergraduate, honours and PhD) and two casual tutors – who were compiled into mixed teams to ensure an equal distribution of expertise and an opportunity to meet new people. On the back of the success, the five students as partners are now identifying similar cohort building events to be held in semester 1 2019.  The organising committee for the event would sincerely like to thank the HASS Student Futures Team for providing the Cohort Connections funding and making this event possible. Some photos of the evening are attached.

UQ Master of Music Cohort-Building Workshop 

Thursday 13 September 2018  

The event began with two theatre sports type activities as getting-to-know-you games. Our guest, Anthony Garcia, then played a guitar solo  and spoke for a few minutes about his Bris-Asia projects (with video of past events) which provides possible connections for the overseas students and opportunities to participate in the wider Brisbane community. A question time followed. Food (with an Asian flavour) and drinks followed. Most participants stayed right to the end, making this last stage of the event approx. an hour long and highly interactive. Most staff stayed to the end and mixed freely with students. Participants were also given a sample bag of “goodies” upon arrival, the contents of which one student eagerly set about photographing. We are grateful to the HASS faculty for providing funding for this activity.


UQ Criminology Boggo Road Gaol Tour

Wednesday 8 August 2018

Approximately 60 criminology students and staff enjoyed an afternoon getting to know one another and all about the infamous Boggo Road Gaol, providing some colourful context to Queensland’s criminal justice history. The group met first on campus for a pizza lunch hosted by the Criminology and Criminal Justice Student Society to chat about their experiences studying criminology from first to final year. Following lunch, the group made their way across the Eleanor Schonell Bridge to the Gaol in Dutton Park. Boggo Road tour guides took the group through the Goal’s past, and stories from an ex-prisoner gave the group an insight into the lived experience of what was one of Queensland’s main correctional facilities for much of the 20th century.

Best of the Best Final Pitch Extravaganza

Wednesday 30 May 2018

First year students from the Bachelor of Communication and Bachelor of Journalism in the COMU1140 Multimedia course gathered for pizza and soda, to celebrate the “Best of the Best” projects from each tutorial group. There were 13 projects overall that were voted to be the class’ best work. The course assigns student to work in groups to create their own multimedia franchise. Winning pitches included dystopic futures, anti-bullying awareness campaigns, time machine travel, human sacrifices, and ibis overlords that have taken over UQ campus and more. Congrats to the students and their hard work over the semester!

Gender Studies Futures: Panel and Networking Event

Tuesday 29 May 2018

The Gender Studies Futures event included both an insightful panel discussion, and a chance for students to discuss in groups ideas surrounding gender and feminism.  The panel members included: Ana Borges, Psychologist & Chair for Women’s Community Aid; Anna Carlson, Co-founder of Brisbane Free University & presenter at 4ZZZ; Leanne de Souza, Artist Manager & Advocate, MEGA Community (Music Equity Group for Action); and was facilitated by UQ Gender Studies Program Director Associate Professor Liz Mackinlay. They discussed why an appreciation of intersectional gender analysis is crucial to their work outside the university. It was really a great atmosphere as students mixed with one another as well as with the panellists, guest lecturers and Gender Studies staff. The room was buzzing and happy! For the final activity we asked students to get into groups and on a big piece of butcher paper write ‘We need feminism because…..’. This was a wonderful way to end and to get the students to work together, build community as well as think about the importance of what they have learned in Gender Studies and why it is important to themselves and to the group. The feedback on the event was extremely positive and we hope to continue to do this as an annual event for Gender Studies students at UQ. Thanks to the HASS Student Futures team for investing in Gender Studies!

Bachelor of Social Science Pizza Lunch

Tuesday 29 May 2018

The BSocSci Pizza Lunch was an end of semester get-together for all Bachelor of Social Science students in the School to build a cohort experience. This event brought together first-year BSocSci students and staff members from Sociology and the School of Education. The annual Social Science Equity Bursary for 2018 was also presented by the UQ alumni representatives to a student winner.    

Disaster Capitalism Film Screening

A night with Australian award winning film maker Antony Loewenstein, and panel discussion with UQ's own Professor Peter Greste and Dr Heloise Weber
Thursday 26 April 2018

Around 80 students from the Masters of Development Practice, alongside undergraduate development students, and joined by staff and the general public, gathered to share food and drink, and watch the provocatively named 'Disaster Capitalism'. This documentary captures the capacious form of violence capitalism that so often swoops into post disaster zones. Whether it be in the conflict zone of Afghanistan, post natural disaster in Haiti, or in the wake of extractivist mining development, the story told about the consequences of disaster capitalism are the same: local communities are exploited for western capitalist gain. While local communities often bare the brunt of capitalist aid agendas, it is in local communities that hope also lies. Indeed, this film shines a light on the power of local communities - including women and young people, in driving a positive social change agenda. 

After the screening, Antony told the full lecture theatre of his experiences first hand in visiting these post disaster zones, and the risks and challenges of engaging in this kind of couragous documentary film making. He was joined by Peter, who also shared his experiences in speaking truth to power, and exposing the complexities of aid, development and global injustice. Heloise brought the politics of development to the analysis of aid and conflict, all of which made for a rich and lively discussion. 

Feedback from students indicated this was a lively and engaging evening, which provided a unique opportunity to think critically about the opportunities and constraints of approaches to development. The event also showed clearly that the issues we think through in lectures and workshops are also the issues that profoundly shape the lived experience of some of the most vulnerable communities on the planet.

Chinese Undergraduate Translation and Interpreting Major Lunch

Tuesday 27 March 2018

Students from the HASS undergraduate Chinese-English Translation and Interpreting Major met with final year students from the HASS Masters of Chinese-English Translation and Interpreting program for lunch to discuss their experiences of, and future plans in, studying translation and interpreting here at UQ. The event provided the undergraduate Major students with an opportunity to get together and build up their cohort identity, while gaining insight into the postgraduate coursework study of translation and interpreting and how it builds on their undergraduate studies, as well as learning about the various vocational pathways that are to be taken up by our Masters students, following their graduation this year. While many Masters graduates become professional translators and interpreters, some take up careers in allied industries such as business, trade, and language teaching. The students engaged in lively and interesting discussion between themselves and the host of the event, Dr Guy Ramsay, the HASS Convenor of the undergraduate Chinese-English Translation and Interpreting Major. 

Bachelor of Advanced Humanities (Hons) Welcome Event

Thursday 15 March 2018

Approximately 30 Advanced Humanities students in their 1st and 2nd year gathered for an afternoon of pizza and conversations about their degrees. Professor Julie Duck and Dr Jennifer Clement joined us to chat to students , and Isaac Holtby (2nd year Literary Student major) addressed the group to gauge interest in forming an Advanced Humanities social club. The response was positive and they are now forming a social club committee.


Bachelor of International Studies Welcome BBQ

Monday 19 March 2018

In Week 1 of Semester 1 2018, the Bachelor of International Studies management committee arranged a welcome/ welcome back barbecue for all students enrolled in the Bachelor of International Studies program. The barbecue provided an opportunity for students to meet other students, program and major convenors, professional staff associated with the program, academics teaching into the program and their own student representatives. They were made aware of services and support available to them along with opportunities to work together to build a cohort and coordinate student-led events, not least with the student representative committee (a member of whom was present at the event). The event was attended by a number of key staff, including acting Executive Dean of the HASS Faculty Julie Duck, program director Matt McDonald, Languages major coordinator Juliana de Nooy, and a range of others teaching into the program itself.