SCMB flood impact
Staff and students, particularly new students about to commence studies in the School, are advised that the School's facilities and the vast majority of staff were unaffected by the recent Brisbane floods.
Access to the St Lucia campus was restricted until Thursday 20 January, while some parts of the site were cleaned up and some services were restored.
Our sympathies go to staff and students directly affected by the floods. The School, together with the Faculty of Science and the University, will offer whatever support it can to those affected.
More information is available at uq.edu.au, including answers to FAQs for staff and students.
Student inspired by Aussie community spirit
SCMB PhD candidate, Lucas Goh, an international student from Singapore, is one of a number of School staff and students directly affected by the flood. His second floor residential accommodation on Sir Fred Schonell Drive in St Lucia was inundated to waist height and he lost all possessions that hadn't been stored above this level.
Lucas and his partner were safely evacuated in a boat by a kind-hearted stranger who worked through the early hours of the morning of 12 January. One of Lucas's lab colleagues took him in at a drier part of St Lucia. Although without electricity, Lucas says they managed very well, with the help of neighbours and enthusiastic volunteers.
When the waters receded, Lucas returned to his apartment to find UQ Student Union volunteers washing dirt from the floor, removing carpets and salvaging muddy but undamaged items.
"I am so grateful to the volunteers who helped us", said Lucas.
"I am extremely proud and fortunate to be a survivor of the floods, but if it weren't for the compassionate Australians, including UQ staff and students, I don't know what might have happened to us.
"My own supervisor was a victim of the floods, but he has provided valuable moral support to me."
Lucas said that he had been disappointed by exaggerated media reports in his home country which were potentially damaging to Brisbane's reputation and had caused unnecessary worry for loved ones back home.