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The ATSISU 40th Anniversary Project

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit 40th Anniversary Project

In 2024, we will celebrate 40  years since the creation of the first student support program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students at UQ.

Link to our survey

Us Mob
A cover image from a 1988 'Us Mob' newsletter.

Originally named the Aboriginal/Islander Studies Unit and housed within the Department of Social Work, the Unit’s operations expanded rapidly and quickly became a central feature in the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff and students university wide.

The rich history of the Unit is only just starting to be told, and we invite alumni, current or past staff members, students, and community members to contribute to its story.

The Project

The Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Engagement) is conducting a research project examining the history of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit (ATSISU) in advance of its 40th Anniversary celebrations.

The project aims to gather, preserve, and share the memories and recollections of past and current staff (academic and/or administrative) and students of UQ’s ATSISU. We hope the stories collected will demonstrate the significant place the Unit has held within the UQ community since its inception.

How you can participate

We are seeking alumni, current or past staff members, students, and community members to be interviewed by a member of our research team or to complete a written survey about their experiences with the ATSISU.

If you would like to be interviewed for the project please email Dr Anna Temby at The written survey can be completed by clicking this link.

Further details

More information can be found in our Participant Information Sheet, or you can contact the project’s Chief Investigator Dr Anna Temby at You can click this link to read our evolving history of the Unit.

This study adheres to the guidelines of the ethical review process of The University of Queensland and the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research. Whilst you are free to discuss your participation in this study with the researcher contactable on, if you would like to speak to an officer of the University not involved in the study, you may contact the Ethics Coordinator on +617 3365 3924 / +617 3443 1656 or email .