Our vision is to continue to provide valuable professional development that is of direct benefit to all UQ staff, along with networking opportunities that enable creativity, friendship and a greater sense of community at UQ.


The University of Queensland Professionals Network (UQPN) was established on 24 February 1977 for the purpose of fellowship and the exchange of ideas. It was named the University of Queensland Secretaries’ Association. In 2000, it was decided to change the name of the Association to reflect the changing role of secretaries and to encourage a wider membership from office professionals across the University. Hence ‘Office Professionals’ was added to the name and the ‘University of Queensland Secretaries’ and Office Professionals’ Association’ - UQSOPA was born.

On Tuesday 20th March 2012 we launched the new name of the Association. We felt it important to bring the Association up-to-date with a fresh identity and focus to take us into the future.  The name was changed to the ‘University of Queensland Professionals Network’ – UQPN. This new name better reflects, on a holistic level, the community of professional staff at UQ. We wanted to acknowledge both the changing role of the Association and to recognise all professional staff within the University.

UQPN co-ordinates courses with the generous support of the University and its University Staff Development Committee, which are listed on the University Staff Development website. Events are held throughout the year including the annual conference. These events provide networking opportunities for all.

UQPN celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2017, and continues to hold true to its founding members’ desire to provide an avenue for professional and personal development of individual members and networking opportunities for all professional staff employed by, and associated with, the University.