To All UQ Staff

From Sent on Behalf of Peter Høj, Vice-Chancellor and President

Date Friday 26 October 2012

Subject Culture Survey and EBA Update
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Dear Colleagues

 
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the University community for the very warm welcome I have received since commencing in the role of Vice-Chancellor.
 
As outlined in my first email to you, I am honoured to be leading a world class institution of UQ’s stature and standing and I look forward to the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.
 
In my second, admittedly more operational email to you, there are two matters I would like to canvass.
 
Workplace Culture Survey
 
I would like personally to encourage staff to respond to the confidential workplace culture survey recently announced by the Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Terry. Fixed-term and continuing staff will have received an email from Human Synergistics about how to complete the survey.
 
Not only is the survey a critical part of our Integrity and Accountability Reform Program but, as the new Vice-Chancellor, this survey will provide me with an invaluable insight into the current workplace culture at UQ and act as a catalyst for the consideration and development of a range of workplace initiatives.
 
I encourage staff to engage in this opportunity before the survey closes to ensure that we have as strong a representation of views from staff as possible.
 
The workplace culture survey has been continued until Thursday, November 1 at 8am, so there’s still time for all fixed-term and continuing staff at UQ to have their say.  The deadline has been renegotiated to ensure results are as broad and reliable as possible, and to build on the good response to date.
 
Enterprise Bargaining

 
Along with many other universities, the University will soon commence enterprise bargaining negotiations for a replacement enterprise agreement.  Our Agreement expires in May 2013 with the final salary increase payable under the current Agreement of 2.5% effective from 1 January next year.
 
Negotiations will commence in earnest early next month following an exchange of claims between the unions and the University.  Whilst the University continues to demonstrate excellence in research and teaching performance, these negotiations will take place in an environment of increasing scrutiny of our budget, the need to position ourselves for selective and sustained growth and of the fiscal and policy uncertainties accompanying a Federal election next year.
 
I believe, along with the senior executive, that changes negotiated in a new Agreement need to be sustainable, affordable, supportive of UQ’s high performance culture and strategic direction, and must continue to maintain our competitive position in the attraction, retention and recognition of staff.
 
Further information on the enterprise bargaining process will be advised over the next week with regular updates provided throughout the negotiation process.
 
With best wishes
 
Peter Høj 

Professor Peter Høj 
Vice-Chancellor and President
The University of Queensland
Brisbane  Qld  4072
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