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.
The Future UQ Staff Club Group