InspireU is UQ’s leading tertiary experience program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander high school students.

The InspireU Program is designed to engage and inspire young Indigenous high school students to further their studies at university and broaden their career possibilities. Students participate in on-campus residential camps, where they will explore their future career and study options.

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What to expect

The InspireU Program brings Indigenous high school students from across the state for a week long camp on our St Lucia Campus in Brisbane. During the week, students will participate in a range of interactive and fun activities, led by UQ academics and our industry and community partners.

In addition, InspireU Program includes:

  • Meet UQ faculty staff and learn about their interested degree and career discipline.
  • Stay on campus at one of UQ’s colleges and experience student life at UQ;
  • Participate in fun and interactive workshops and cultural activities; and
  • Connect with current Indigenous UQ students and learn about their university experiences.

InspireU Senior Engineering
3 - 8 July 2022



InspireU Junior STEM Camp
3 - 8 July 2022 



InspireU Health Sciences Camp
26 June - 1 July 2022



InspireU Spring Camp

18 Sep - 23 Sep 2022



School Engagement 


The Outreach and Engagement team visit schools across Queensland and Northern NSW to present information to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in Years 9-12 to help them make informed decisions about their future study options.

In addition to the team visiting schools, we invite schools to visit a UQ campus for a Tertiary Experience Day (TED). While on a TED, schools groups have the opportunity to experience our vibrant campus and discover all possibilities and opportunities waiting at UQ. Our team will inform students on UQ programs, study options, scholarships, accommodation, admission pathways and campus lifestyle.

Learn more about our school visits and Tertiary Experience Days (TED), please email

Our Story

The InspireU program was developed in 2013 and since then has contributed to increasing the awareness of the University in the broader Queensland community as well as the participation rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Years 11 and 12 students.

The scope of the program is two-pronged. In the first instance, it is designed to raise aspirations, demystify previously held misconceptions, break down barriers about university, and ultimately empower students to not only see themselves at the University, but to also be adequately informed so that they can navigate the subject selection and university application process. In addition to and facilitated through the residential camps, relationships are built between participants, their community (school and local), and university staff. The creation of the relationship between these parties contributes to and can often be attributed to a smoother transition from senior school to University. Links have been made to indicate that when an effective transition program is implemented, student enrolment and retention numbers increase.

In order to make these opportunities accessible to as many students as possible, all reasonable costs associated with attendance at the camps is covered by the University's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Unit.

These residential camps are themed around the professional disciplines such as Engineering, Science, Health Sciences and more through the InspireU Program. With the exception of the Junior STEM camp which is open to Year 9 -10 students, each of the discipline related residential camps are provided specifically for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who are in Year 11 or 12, who meet a certain set of strict criteria such as;

  • being on The Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) Pathway, previously known as Overall Position rank (OP),
  • be high performing students (A and B grades) in their subjects,
  • write a short response to two questions that shows their understanding in relation to what that field entailed and their passion or reason for wanting to pursue this area of study.

Meet the Team



To speak with a staff member about our InspireU camps, or how we may further negage with you, please contact 

Outreach and Engagement 

  (07) 3365 6699

General Enquiries

To speak with a staff member from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit, please contact 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit 

 (07) 3443 1404

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