The Graduate School's Development team looks after a wide range of events and activities that enhance the HDR experience at UQ. Contact details for staff members who look after particular areas can be found below, however you are welcome to contact any member of the team for assistance. 

Career Development Framework

The UQ Graduate School’s Career Development Framework (CDF) provides a range of free-of-charge development opportunities for you during your studies. All Career Development Framework workshops and activities are mapped to the UQ Higher Degree by Research Graduate Attributes.

Jennifer Boreland, Development Coordinator
Margaret Giebels, Engagement & Development Officer
+61 7 3346 0503

Visit the CDF website


The Graduate School Career Development Framework facilitates industry experiences, as placements, to allow you to experience current practice and develop networks while demonstrating and strengthening your transferable, professional and research skills.

Harmony James, Placements Coordinator
+61 7 3346 0503

Learn more about placements for HDRs

Career Advice

Researchers work in all facets of government, industry, NGOs and universities. Understanding the diverse range of career options available will allow you to reflect on the 'fit' between academia and your own strengths and interests. 

Please call the Graduate School
+61 7 3346 0503

Book an appointment with a Careers Advisor

3MT - Three Minute Thesis Competition

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) celebrates the exciting research conducted by PhD students around the world. Developed by UQ, the competition cultivates participants’ academic, presentation, and research communication skills.

Samantha Smith, Engagement & Development Officer
Amanda Lee, Engagement & Development Officer
+61 7 3346 0503

Visit the 3MT website

Marketing & Communications

The Graduate School has a number of communication channels including hard copy publications, email newsletters, websites, social media, and an intranet for UQ staff. We can also assist with scholarship advertising, student recruitment, and information dissemination to the HDR cohort.

Claire Backhouse, Engagement & Development Communications Coordinator
+61 7 3346 0503

Wonder of Science Program

Wonder of Science Program promotes a STEM culture in Queensland schools. Wonder of Science's Young Science Ambassadors are selected PhD candidates who visit participating schools, working with students on challenging tasks and supporting them in STEM development.

Robyn Bull, Program Manager
+61 7 3346 0530

Visit the Wonder of Science website

Global Change Scholars Program

The Global Change Scholars Program is an initiative designed to produce research leaders who will possess deep understanding of global trends, the challenges and opportunities they present, and an awareness of how to drive the changes necessary for us to build sustainable futures.

Dr Anna Phelan, Global Change Scholars Program coordinator
Dominique Pomfret, Global Change Scholars Program administration
+61 7 3346 0503

Learn more about the Global Change Scholars Program