Got visitors? Things to see and do at QUT

Are your family or friends visiting for graduation or to help you get ready for your first semester? Are you just looking for something different to do around campus? There are plenty of free or reasonably priced cultural activities available on our QUT campuses. Below is a list of my favourites. Please let me know what I have missed!

Gardens Point

Senator Waters visits the Cube by Greens MPs CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Senator Waters visits the Cube by Greens MPs (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

The Cube – Check out one of the world’s largest digital interactive learning and display spaces. The Cube is fun (and educational) for visitors of all ages.

Gardens Theatre – Experience the vibe of a wonderful live performance in our very own theatre.

QUT Art Museum – Enjoy exciting exhibitions featuring artists of local, national and international importance. Participate in art programs suitable for a variety of audiences.

William Robinson Gallery – Be inspired by the William Robinson Collection, various temporary exhibitions and an archive of Robinson’s art.

Kelvin Grove

Kelvin Grove Markets by Charles Strebor (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Kelvin Grove Urban Village – Not just great food (and coffee), the KG Urban Village also offers plenty of fun social and cultural events.

La Boite Theatre Company Roundhouse Theatre – Renowned for its intimacy, accessibility and imaginative staging capabilities, the auditorium is a modern and expanded copy of the original La Boite Theatre at Hale Street.

And of course, don’t forget to visit our beautiful Library buildings on each campus!

Stay safe on campus

Studying on campus at night? Our QUT Security team has a number of services that make it easier to stay safe.

SafeZone at QUT – Download this app for free  and connect with QUT Security for emergency assistance and first aid. The Security team will know where you are.

Night Security Bus – Check out the timetable and pickup locations. Please call and ASK whether your stop can be included in the run – mine was!

Security Escort – Security officers are available to escort students and staff between buildings, campus carparks and local public transport points.

More safety information and tips are available from the Personal Security page.

SafeZone. QUT Facilities Management All Rights Reserved Queensland University of Technology

SafeZone. QUT Facilities Management All Rights Reserved Queensland University of Technology

Get a free massage and chill out at QUT Library

Just chill out by sleepymf CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Just chill out by sleepymf (CC-BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Getting stressed as the assessment deadlines stack up? Get on top of it all or just take a break at the Chill Out Zones hosted by QUT Library in collaboration with QUT Counselling Services.

Drop by for a one-on-one chat about study and student life and get your questions answered about Centrelink, accommodation, budgeting, QUT rules and procedures, managing stress, and more.

And… Free Massages!

Dog in sleep by Eugene0126jp CC-BY-SA-3.0

Dog in sleep by Eugene0126jp (CC-BY-SA 3.0)


Kelvin Grove Library ~ Tuesday 20th May ~ Level 3, R Block
Gardens Point Library ~ Wednesday 21st May ~ Level 3, V Block
Time ~ 11:00am – 1:00pm and 5:00pm – 7:00pm (both libraries)

Get your group work organised with shareable room bookings


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It has never been easier to organise a group study meeting at your QUT Library!

Our updated study space bookings tool allows you to easily…

  • pop your booking into your Outlook Calendar
  • share a link to your meeting with your group – via Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or send the URL
  • choose who to share with – to Facebook  timelines, to a group, or as a PM

After you complete your booking, click on one of the icons as seen below.

Try it today!

Share room bookings




Was your last assignment rushed or incomplete?

Never again! I am going to get my next assignment in on time. I’m going to start early and not get stressed out!

If you would like to keep these promises, you are in luck. Our assignment calculator can do some of the planning for you leaving your brain free to do the work that will get you the results you want.

All you have to do is open the calculator, plug in your assignment due date and the calculator will break the assignment down into manageable chunks. Even better, there are links to online resources that will help you if you get stuck at any stage. Too easy!

Assignment calculator

Give it a go and remember – Assignment Minder closes slightly before the library building closes. Always check the opening hours as part of your assignment planning.

Library opening hours and online support over the break

QUT Library opening hours are about to change for the upcoming holidays.

1907 Panic by Soerfm
1907 Panic by Soerfm

Library hours will be reduced, and some days your library may even be closed. Please check your library opening hours before heading in.

No need to panic though — you can access awesome online study support, and return your borrowed items to any QUT Library return shute 24 hours a day.

If you are already at the beach you can still access the ask a librarian chat service during the usual hours until April 20th. We’ll have a short break and be back on Saturday, April 26th.

Enjoy your break!

Help with writing and referencing a click away

Help! I have a report due on Friday…

My tutor went through it in class and it looked pretty straightforward but now I have to write the thing I just don’t know…

This is embarrassing, but I haven’t written an essay in years…

These are the types of questions and comments we hear at the Library Learning and Research Desk every day. The answers to these and many more questions are all found in one great tool…

cite write

QUT cite|write is more than just a heap of excellent examples showing you how to correctly cite sources and create an awesome looking (and correct) reference list. (Useful as that is.) QUT cite|write will also walk you through the process of creating your report/review/critique/ other type of assignment.

And don’t forget to double check your assignment information and ensure you are following the correct format.

Happy Writing!


Shout out to student volunteers on campus

QUT is a big place. There’s a lot to learn and the pace is fast. You might feel lost on campus, or with your work.

Luckily, QUT students have the support of many friendly volunteers who use their time and skills to help others and have some fun at the same time.

  • STIMulate Peer learning facilitators help other QUT students with maths, science and IT concepts – on campus and online. They are fun-loving people who make learning new concepts enjoyable instead of scary.
  • QUT Connectors show new students around campus and their faculty or school and are full of helpful tips about what’s important during those first few weeks of university. Connectors also participate in other events throughout the year.
  • Campus Life Volunteers make our QUT campuses a more vibrant and exciting place by assisting in the planning and delivery of campus-wide events and helping to build strong communities among students within the faculties.

A big thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers – QUT wouldn’t be the same place without you!

If you would like to volunteer yourself please follow the links above.

And if some emotional support is what you need, please seek out a QUT Counsellor.


Happy International Women’s Day!

iwd_squareInternational Women’s Day has been celebrated on March 8th around the world since 1911. This year’s theme, Inspiring Change, highlights the achievements of inspiring women everywhere and calls for continued progress toward global equality. Here are my suggestions for marking this special day.

Add your suggestions for celebrating International Women’s Day to the comments. I would especially love to know about Australian films with strong female characters.