Q1. UQ is establishing a new School of Communication and Arts from 1 January 2015 - how will this affect me?

This new School is essentially the outcome of a decision to bring together two former schools - the School of Journalism and Communication (formally ‘disestablished’ at the end of 2014), and the School of English, Media Studies and Art History.

Most students will notice little difference, as there will be no immediate changes to the current school facilities or services.

If your current study program is in the School of Journalism and Communication or School of English, Media Studies and Art History, it will simply come under the management of the School of Communication and Arts.

Q2. What are the reasons for the new school, I thought the Schools were already great?

UQ is one of the world’s top 100 universities but, like our researchers and teachers, we are always looking to respond to our changing world and to find better ways to deliver benefits to our students and the wider community. These changes are designed to further strengthen your university for the future. Benefits for you include:

  • A larger, more multidisciplinary teaching group to ensure you get the best learning opportunities
  • More robust collaboration and strength in UQ research, by bringing together common disciplines
  • Advances in research thinking that will feed into teaching

Q3. What specific program rules will my study fall under?

The same rules as now.

Q4. Do the changes affect my ability to gain credit for previous study?

No, they do not.

Q5. Will my lecturers be the same?

In most cases – yes. There may be some normal changes to academic staff (e.g. lecturers leaving or arriving at UQ.)

Q6. Will other staff in the new school be the same?

In most cases – yes. We’re reviewing structures, so professional staff may change in a few cases.

Q7. Does the new school name mean journalism will be less important at UQ?

No, far from it – Journalism will be important in the school’s teaching and research, and the Bachelor of Journalism remains one of our key programs, along with the Bachelor of Arts major Journalism and Mass Communication. The discipline will be strengthened in the new school through new academic staff appointments in Journalism starting in 2015, particularly with the forthcoming establishment of a prestigious UNESCO Chair in Journalism, Freedom of Information and the Right to Know.

There were advantages in adopting a clear, concise name for our new organisational unit, however we will continue to develop and promote all our fields of study and research through our website and other avenues.

Q8. Will I still be able to graduate with a dual degree, e.g., Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Communication?

Yes, as long as you meet the relevant enrolment and program requirements, which will remain the same.

Q9. Will my degree be lengthened (or even shortened) due to school re-positioning?

The school changes will not affect the length of your program.

Q10. Will my programs or courses become more expensive as a result of the new school?

No. The cost of UQ courses is reviewed annually and that process will continue, separate to the establishment of the new school.

Q11. Will the changes challenge or inconvenience me in any way?

Above all, we want to ensure that you continue to receive a high level of service. You may find you have to go to a different building to speak to a school officer or write to a new email address, but there will be plenty of assistance to make sure your question gets to the right people. If you encounter any challenges, please talk with your faculty or school staff.

Q12. What can I do to help?

Please check your emails regularly, as we will notify you of anything important. If you have any questions, please contact your School or Faculty staff.

Q13. Are school offices moving?

All Professional Staff are now located on Level 6 of the Michie Building (#9). Academic Staff have offices in both Michie Building and Joyce Ackroyd Building. 

Q14. Will the new school mean I will have to attend some of my lectures and tutorials at different campuses?

No, the new school will not affect where you learn.

Q15. Where will I go now for help if I need to speak to someone about my studies?

Speak with your faculty or school staff, as usual. If any changes affect you, you will be notified.

Q16. Will Student Services officers still be available to help me find the right person to talk to about aspects of my study experience at UQ?

Yes, Student Services will be available to help, as will Student Centre and school staff.

If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact the School Office on (07) 336 5 2501.