Campus Life


Making connections through volunteering

Being a peer leader at QUT has given me much more than I had expected. I’ve received training, developed professional employment networks and had a real impact on my peers.

If you’re passionate about helping other students succeed with their studies, consider getting involved with one of QUT’s Peer Programs. Support from peers is effective because as a fellow student you are more likely to have experience and awareness of what others may be going through.

What programs are there?

There’s a huge range of programs and leadership opportunities available at QUT. Some are uni-wide programs that focus on connection and wellbeing while others are more discipline-specific. Each program gives you the opportunity to develop leadership skills, establish strong networks and form long-term friendships. Often being a peer leader is described as one of the most memorable highlights of student life.

What will I do?

Peer leaders are experienced students trained to share their knowledge and tips about life and learning at QUT. All peer leaders are required to undertake both online and on-campus training and professional learning for their particular peer leader role or roles. You can get involved through a variety of on-campus or online programs.

As a peer leader you will:

  • connect with other peer leaders in your program
  • help achieve your peer program’s goals and expectations
  • participate in training and receive support in your role
  • develop your professional and employability skills
  • receive recognition for your volunteer service.
  • Am I eligible to apply?

    Each Peer Program has different applicant requirements. These may include:

  • applicant requirements (minimum GPA, study year level)
  • Peer Leader role overview and expectations (time commitment)
  • discipline area.
  • Check out what’s available for the upcoming semester. You never know where volunteering can take you!

    Not everything’s about study – take the time to connect

    Australia is a vibrant and multicultural country — from the oldest continuous culture of our first Australians to the cultures of our newest arrivals from around the world. Each year Harmony Week celebrates Australia’s cultural diversity. It’s all about coming together to celebrate our rich culture and spread the message of ‘everyone belongs’. Bringing communities together through sport, food, music and entertainment creates an opportunity to think, talk about and recognise how our differences and our similarities make Australia a great place to live.

    Orange is the colour chosen to represent Harmony Week as it signifies social communication and meaningful conversations. It also relates to the freedom of ideas and encouragement of mutual respect. Choose to wear something orange during Harmony Week to show your support for cultural diversity and an inclusive Australia.

    Show your support by celebrating with us at QUT and connecting with your community. If you’re in Brisbane why not come along next week. Enjoy a diverse range of entertainment, sample delicious food and check out the many clubs and societies on offer.

      Harmony Week Celebration 2022
      11am – 2pm Monday 21 March
      A Block Lawn, Kelvin Grove

    Come along and wear your QUT T-shirt to our event to show we all belong in the diverse QUT community.

  • $2 lunches
  • FREE Henna body art
  • Cultural dance and music performances
  • Games and cultural activities
  • Student club stalls
  • Tag #harmonyweek2022 in your socials

    How connected are you?

    Uni isn’t all about study. One of the best things you can do to improve your overall experience, make new friends, and enjoy your time on campus is getting involved in university life. Check out the student clubs on offer, attend uni events and consider volunteering.

    QUT Connect is the largest student volunteer group on campus, with several hundred active volunteers, known as Connectors. The volunteering and personal development program focuses on:

  • helping new students settle in
  • providing personal development to volunteers
  • building a vibrant campus community.
  • What do Connectors do?

    Connectors can get involved with a range of activities run by Student Engagement and Sport.

      Help run a two-day uni prep program that helps new students make friends and transition to university life.

      Connect sessions
      Facilitate a QUT Connect session and campus tour for new students starting in your degree.

      Welcome tent
      Provide a friendly ‘hello’ and guidance to students arriving on campus for O Week.

      Social events
      Help deliver social events, designed to help new students meet one another in a fun and supportive environment.

      Campus life
      Help design and deliver activities that meet student need and build community. Activities might include fundraisers, social events, campaigns or student-led projects.

      Weekly coffee catch-ups
      Volunteer at weekly coffee catch-ups throughout each semester to facilitate thought-provoking discussions and encourage students to network with their peers.

      Flagship events
      Help with university-wide events such as the QUT Classic, QUT Games, TEDxQUT, or Dragon Boat Regatta.

    What’s in it for you?

    As a Connector, you’ll have the opportunity to:

  • meet like-minded people and expand your social and professional networks
  • facilitate and assist at university events, both on campus and online
  • attend the end-of-year ‘Connect Camp’
  • complete free leadership training and development workshops
  • build the campus culture you want to see at QUT
  • be part of a positive community of peers.
  • And as an added bonus you get:

  • a free Connect t-shirt and lunch during O Week volunteering
  • a Certificate of Participation (upon request) once you’ve completed training and begun volunteering
  • free or discounted entry to the QUT Classic, Dragon Boat Regatta and other exclusive events.
  • Find out more Connect or apply to join QUT Connect.