Support a new UQ Staff, Graduate, and Alumni club
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Support a new UQ Staff, Graduate, and Alumni club

Support a new UQ Staff, Graduate, and Alumni club

    1. Marianne Doyle-Pegg
    2. Petition by

      Marianne Doyle-Pegg

      Brisbane, Australia

The Staff & Graduate club, as a building and as an entity, was closed to avoid insolvency late in 2011. Many UQ staff, graduates, and alumni felt that the club was important, both professionally and personally, because it provided an environment separate from the general undergraduate population in which to meet both formally (in the upstairs restaurant) and informally (in the downstairs bar and bistro).

We ask UQ Management to support the development of a new Staff, Graduate, and Alumni club, with an understanding that such a club would need to be a self-sustaining business.

We believe that a Staff, Graduate, and Alumni club space away from the general undergraduate population is valuable because:

1) it provides a crucial space for the development of local collegiality which provides the foundation for committed research and teaching cultures, as well as a strongly-linked professional and academic cultures.

2) it provides a crucial space for offering hospitality to academic, industry, and government guests.

3) it provides a crucial space for employees with restricted break allocations to dine efficiently and comfortably, especially when special events impact upon hospitality space in other commercial venues on campus.

Thank you

The Future UQ Staff Club Group

 

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    1. Colleagues Group - Replaces the UQ Staff Club

      Marianne Doyle-Pegg
      Petition Organizer

      “Colleagues” is a group for Academics, Professionals, Teachers, Researchers, Post-Docs, Doctoral students, Masters students, Honours students, Alumni, all past & current staff members of UQ and their friends interested in revitalising Staff Club collegiality.

      Join us for a drink on Thursday June 21st from 4:30 pm at Saint Lucy Caffé e cucina (the old tennis club).
      You need to RSVP to colleaguesqld@gmail.com (for catering purposes) & bring along the attached invitation flyer to receive a FREE standard beverage with any purchase over $15 from the apertivo or lunch/dinner menu.
      See you on the 21st.
      Colleagues

    2. Re-opening petition due to the Senate's response: Show more interest

      Marianne Doyle-Pegg
      Petition Organizer

      We have decided to reopen this petition to give us more time to collect more signatures. The UQ Senate requires a much bigger show of interest as well as some sense of a business plan. While many staff members feel that this is short-sighted (as you can see from the posts below), our best hope now is to increase our numbers to keep this as ongoing concern.

      Please tell everyone you know about this petition--via email, Facebook, Twitter, and any other media you use-- so we can present a show strong interest when we submit our business plan to the UQ Management.

    3. Outcome of the petition to the senate part 5

      Marianne Doyle-Pegg
      Petition Organizer

      • UQ management would be happy to consider a business case for an operation that aimed to provide a replacement for what the Club provided.
      No further debate occurred.
      So, to summarise, the end-mood of the meeting was that the argument about having somewhere to host business visitors had been dealt with adequately, and that if anyone wants to put up a business case for a facility for the use of staff, graduates and whoever, then the door (Maurie’s door) is open.

    4. Outcome of the petition to the senate part 4

      Marianne Doyle-Pegg
      Petition Organizer

      • Claims of the need for a white tablecloth service for visitors were being “conflated”. For other than really top-level visitors, the other campus outlets ought to be sufficient. It was noted that Wordsmiths has gone more upmarket and will have a licence and that Darwin’s is getting a licence. Where something fancier is warranted, organisational units can book one of about five boardrooms on campus that have a kitchen attached (eg, Terrace Room, Llew Edwards Building; Art Museum Board Room) and get caterers in. The Vice-Chancellor added that information about these venues needs to be more widely distributed within the University.
      • In response to a question from one of the student reps about what was planned for the Club building, Maurie responded that a number of internal claims for the space were being considered by the Infrastructure Sub-Committee, but a decision was pending.
      See next post.......

    5. Outcome of the petition to the senate part 3

      Marianne Doyle-Pegg
      Petition Organizer

      The EDO then made the following points:
      • A number of UQ staff had worked with the Club committee for three years and no viable solution had been suggested in that time. Even with a $4M-$6M refurbishment investment by UQ, the Club committee had been unable to guarantee a break-even operation.
      • In response to a question from an external Senator, Jane Wilson, as to whether consideration had been given to letting a tender for a restaurant in the Club building with a peppercorn rent, Maurie replied that too much money would be required to refurbish and that there was doubt that people wanted that kind of venue anymore, given the proliferation of more-relaxed dining options on campus.
      • 1,200 signatures on the petition was compared to the Club having 1,700 members at the time it folded – ie, not seen to be impressive.
      See next post....

    6. Outcome of the petition to the senate part 2

      Marianne Doyle-Pegg
      Petition Organizer

      President of the Academic Board, Kaye Basford, then rose to echo the point about having a venue to entertain business visitors without having to compete with students. As per the petition cover-letter, she mentioned the possibility of caterers like St Leo’s and UQ Union providing a service if a venue could be found.
      The Chancellor responded that he still thought the matter was for management, not Senate, and that a sub-committee should not be formed. This drew a response from one of the external Senators, Margaret Brown, who said that if management was not interested in exploring options, then Senate should, as the reasons for the matter being raised were things that Senate ought to be concerned with. However, no other support was forthcoming.
      See next post......

    7. Outcome of the petition to the senate

      Marianne Doyle-Pegg
      Petition Organizer

      Below is the outcome of the petition that was presented to the Senate on the 23rd Feb. After reading this if you would like to join our efforts to open a new staff club email me at mtdoyle-pegg@physics.uq.edu.au. We have at least 2 ideas for a business plan for a new club.
      Thank you
      Marianne

      The matter was introduced by the Deputy Chancellor, Mary Mahoney, who referred to the petition and 1,200 signatures. Copies of the petition and cover letter had not been made available to Senators, but had been read by the Chancellor, John Story and Executive Director (Operations), Maurie McNarn.
      Mary then handed to me and I ran through the points in the cover letter:
      • need for venue to entertain business visitors
      • staff engagement
      • alumni engagement
      I finished by calling for a sub-committee of Senate to investigate new models for a club-like facility and whether University support thereof is warranted.
      See next post......

    8. Join the email list & the petition close Midday Thuirsday 23rd February

      Marianne Doyle-Pegg
      Petition Organizer

      If you would like to be on the "Future UQ Staff Club Group" email list please send an email to mtdoyle-pegg@physics.uq.edu.au.

      I will keep you up to date on our progress.

      The Petition will close midday Thursday, so please keep up the good work in asking others to sign the petition. It would be great if we can get 2000 signitures.

      Thank you for your support
      The Future UQ Staff Club Group

    9. Reached 1,000 signatures
    10. Correction to the building name. Not Richie but Richards Building

      Marianne Doyle-Pegg
      Petition Organizer

      Meeting Monday 20th February at St Lucia Campus 1pm

      We are having a meeting on Monday 20th Feb at 1pm in room 213 Building 5 Richards Building to discuss our plans for the letter to go with the petition, our goals for the campaign and ideas for what we want a new staff club to be.

      If you would like to be on our email list please email Marianne

      We hope to see you there.
      The Future UQ Staff Club Group

    11. Meeting Monday 20th February at St Lucia Campus 1pm

      Marianne Doyle-Pegg
      Petition Organizer

      We are having a meeting on Monday 20th Feb at 1pm in room 213 Building 5 Richards Building to discuss our plans for the letter to go with the petition, our goals for the campaign and ideas for what we want a new staff club to be.

      If you would like to be on our email list please email Marianne

      We hope to see you there.
      The Future UQ Staff Club Group

    12. Reached 750 signatures
    13. Future UQ Staff Club Group - Email list

      Marianne Doyle-Pegg
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you all for your support. If you would like to join our email list please send me an email.
      If you would like to put faces to this group & help out join us at the Physiol refect 12.30pm tomorrow Friday 10th Feb. I will sit outside and have a "Staff Club" Sign on the table. Hope to see you there.

    14. Reached 100 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Peter White BARDON, AUSTRALIA
      • over 2 years ago

      I fully support this petition for the reasons stated. I have been a member of this club for 20 years and I found it to be the only place on campus where colleagues and I could go as a quiet venue to enjoy each others company as well as the critical liaison work that such an informal setting provides. The university culture at UQ is vastly poorer due to the closure of this club.

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    • Keith Watts BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA
      • over 2 years ago

      I strongly support the need for a staff, graduates and alumni club, and sincerely regret the financial situation that led to the closure of the UQ Club. I was a life member of the UQ Club. The support of UQ management is crucial, and actually will support and foster continued development and top performance of our university, a goal which I am sure UQ management will wholehearedly endorse.

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    • Andrew McLennan ST LUCIA QLD, AUSTRALIA
      • over 2 years ago

      The food on campus is a disaster. In addition to the Staff Club, the restaurant at the tennis courts has not reopened. The Staff Club was consistently popular, so I do not understand why it was not thought to be a successful part of UQ.

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    • Ross Strong ST LUCIA, AUSTRALIA
      • over 2 years ago

      This was,and would be, an integral social venue for staff and graduates. It is also vital as there are only very few reasonably priced function venues on campus.

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    • Kit Barker BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA
      • over 2 years ago

      University Staff need a venue in which they can meet socially in an evironment that is largely free of undergraduate students. Every University i have ever attended has one. They cannot all be wrong.

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