UQ and the United Kingdom

Building healthier and happier communities

UQ's close relationship with the UK is strong bonds with government and industry, close collaboration on strategic research projects, and significant student mobility. The QUEX Institute of Global Sustainability and Wellbeing brings together researchers from UQ and the University of Exeter to address major global challenges. Other key areas of collaborative research include infrastructure, medicine and sustainability, with a focus on transforming the future for our communities.

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UK students enrolled at UQ


UK-UQ co-publications


academic staff born in the UK


research project collaborations


alumni in the UK


agreements with 20 official partners

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Collaboration in action



The UK is home to one of the largest UQ alumni communities. More than 2,984 alumni live there. Alumni with significant links to the UK include:

Judge of the High Court, Queens Bench Division in the UK (retd.) (Bachelor of Arts (Hons), LLB (Hons), Bachelor of Economy, Doctor of Laws honoris causa 2015)
Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, the University of Oxford (Bachelor of Science (Hons) 1980)
Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer, Aon (Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering 1992)
Head of Product at Asset Management Exchange (AMX), an institutional platform for investors and asset managers; former Executive Director, J.P. Morgan Asset Management (Bachelor of Economics (Hons) 1997, PhD 2007)
Partner, KPMG UK Advisory (Bachelor of Commerce 1990, Bachelor of Laws 1995)
Partner, Cadwalader (Bachelor of Commerce 1991, Bachelor of Laws 1995)
Vice-President and Global Head - Europe and Asia, HARMAN International (MBA 1997)
Head of Science Energy and Climate Change, UK Government Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) 1996)
Chair in Rehabilitation Science and Physiotherapy, University of Birmingham (Bachelor of Physiotherapy 1999, PhD 2003)
President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Surrey (PhD 1991).
International bestselling Australian author (Bachelor of Arts (Hons) 1999, Master of Philosophy 2002)
Australian High Commissioner to United Kingdom (Bachelor of Arts (Hons) 1979, Bachelor of Laws (Hons) 1980)
Chief Financial Officer - Europe and APAC at L.E.K. Consulting (Bachelor of Commence 1992)
Executive Vice President and Functional Head of Exploration at Shell International Exploration and Production (Bachelor of Science (Hons) 1985)
Founder & CEO at Sparrow, contributor to Huffington Post (Bachelor of Pharmacy 2008)
Founder & COO at Space Ape Games (Bachelor of Science 1999, LLB (Hons) 2000)
Producer/Director at BBC Television (Bachelor of Science (Hons) 1995)
Operations Director at Tate (Associate Diploma of Business (Hospitality) 1993)