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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History/IASH Documentary Series 2018

Monday 6 August, Monday 3 September and Monday 8 October 2018

This documentary series will show three documentaries over Semester 2:

  1. The Experiments (2016, 80min), directed by Bosse Lindquist
  2. The Vietnam War (2017, 90min), directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick
  3. The Grammar of Happiness (2012, 56min) directed by Michael O'Neill

Each documentary will be followed by a panel consisting of academics, students and industry partners, and will allow for a discussion to delve deeper into the areas explored in the documentary. Drinks and nibbles will be provided.

Contact Karin Sellberg on for details.

UQ Master of Music Cohort-Building Workshop

Monday 13 August 2018, 12pm

The workshop will be led by Master of Music convenor Graeme Morton and will share learning resources and strategies for successful masters research with UQ Master of Music Students.  Students will also get an opportunity to connect with their peers, and staff over refreshments after the workshop.   

Contact Dr Eve Klein on for more details.

Sociological Skills and Identities for the Jobs of the Future

Thursday 23 August 2018, 4pm

The event will bring together students enrolled in the sociology major, along with a small group of inspiring alumni and employers to discuss both what skills sociology offers students and why these skills are desired by employers.  

Contact Professor Lynda Cheshire on for more details. 

Russian Language Students End of Year Celebration

Friday 5 October, 5pm

The end of year celebration will bring together Russian Language program students, alumni and staff with members of the thriving Russian community in Brisbane.  The event will acknowledge the series of extracurricular events the Program participated in this year and plan the events for next year.

Contact Dr Anna Mikhaylova on for more details.

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.

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.

UQ Criminology Boggo Road Gaol Tour

Wednesday 8th 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.