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Welcome home! Residential colleges ready for students

It’s back to school for USQ, about to enter its second semester for 2020 during a time of COVID-19 social distancing.

The return has been carefully organised, with some face-to-face practical classes (such as laboratories and studios) starting from Monday (July 13), but lectures remaining online.

Anthropology student Amy Lester has jumped at the chance to return to an on-campus living experience.

“It is fantastic to be back. Things feel a little different with smaller social events, but of course that needed to happen,” she said.

“Throughout everything the colleges have made sure we students had the information we needed.”

The University’s three residential colleges in Toowoomba - Concannon, McGregor and Steele Rudd – are welcoming new and returning students, expanding available places in line with restrictions lifting across the state.

The colleges have reopened at half capacity with extensive social distancing requirements to ensure a safe and positive environment for students wishing to live on campus.

USQ Residential Colleges has spent the past few months supporting a number of residents with regular welfare checks and financial assistance. It also offered relocation grants to assist those able to vacate during restrictions earlier in the year.

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Students) Professor Josh Pienaar thanked all students for their patience and understanding during the challenging time.

“Our students have persisted during these unprecedented times. We know that the last few months have been extra-challenging – they have been superstars,” Professor Pienaar said.

“The investment our students are making in their learning and future is important, now more than ever.”

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The University’s three residential colleges in Toowoomba - Concannon, McGregor and Steele Rudd – are welcoming new and returning students, expanding available places in line with restrictions lifting across the state.