With many events and activities on offer during orientation week, it is challenging to ensure that students receive ‘just in time’ information as they navigate their first weeks at university. The HASS Orientation Working Party, convened in July 2017, proposing a coordinated approach to orientation offerings that is easy to navigate and understand, providing essential information for surviving the first few weeks at university, and focusing on student needs and interests rather than institutional structures. 

Our student-led orientation for Semester 2, 2018 had some great achievements:

  • Implemented a coordinated orientation program involving seven schools, 56 Academic Staff, 16 room bookings, 17 events, and coordinated messaging across Schools and Faculty.
  • Delivered student-led events by collaborating with student partners and recruiting and training 40 student volunteers. In total approx. 130 volunteer hours contributed to event success.
  • Strengthened student’s confidence in their study choice. Of 108 commencing students surveyed at the Welcome BBQ, 87% indicated that they felt confident or very confident in their decision to study within HASS at UQ.
  • Increased attendance at orientation events to 442 commencing undergraduate and postgraduate students (52% of Semester 2 intake).
  • Provided just-in-time information through emails opened by over 80% of commencing students, up from 30% in the previous year (Semester 2, 2017).
  • Increased information accessibility and engagement with 86 new HASS Crew Facebook follows, 115 students participating in Faculty drop-in advising sessions, and 23 active users engaged with Q&A panellists to ask questions they deemed important.

For more details on outcomes from Semester 2, 2018 Orientation, please download the report here.

We could not have achieved this success without the help of our HASS student volunteers. If you are interested in being an O-week volunteer for Semester 1, 2019 orientation please contact Ben Graham via: studentfutures@hass.uq.edu.au.

Orientation Week Semester 2

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