Neurodiversity Hub

The mission of the Queensland Neurodiversity Hub at UQ is to facilitate high quality employment opportunities for neuro-atypical students by matching them to appropriate paid work and internship experiences.

Neurodiversity refers to the broad range of individual differences in brain functions and behavioural traits that are part of the normal variation in the human population. For example, neuro-atypical individual differences include autism, ADHD, dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, and Tourette Syndrome.

The objectives of the Neurodiversity Hub are to:

  • improve employability of and employment opportunities for neuro-atypical students,
  • assist neuro-atypical students to obtain appropriate paid work experience and internships;,
  • provide partner organisations with an untapped talent pipeline,
  • drive innovation with our partners, clients and collaborators by tapping into the unique abilities of neuro-atypical individuals,
  • undertake research on how to integrate neurodiversity in employment transition programs, human resource management practices, and leadership development, and
  • disseminate state-of-the-art resources for students, educators, managers, and organisations.

What we offer

The neurodiversity student team aims to assist students who identify as neuro-atypical to connect with the Hub and explore industry placement and employment opportunities with our partner organisations such as DXC Technology, ANZ, SAP and the QLD goverment.

Initially, the Neurodiversity Hub will focus on students who have a clinical diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder and/or Aspergers Syndrome. The neurodiversity student team encourages interested students to contact us at employability@uq.edu.au  for more information on how getting involved in UQ’s Neurodiversity Hub may benefit them.

What we offer

The Neurodiversity Hub team can assist your organisation to tap into the unique abilities of neuro-atypical individuals and, according to research, the benefits of employing of such individuals includes:

Personal benefits

Organisation benefits

Economic benefits

Key elements to success

Neurodiversity at work guide

The guide aims to raise awareness among employers of neurodiversity in the workplace and to inspire more employers to take action to create more inclusive workplaces where neurodivergent individuals can thrive.
Neurodiversity at work website
Neurodiversity at work guide (PDF 428KB)

Student Contact

Julia Cottone Gundelach

QLD Neurodiversity Student Advisor

employability@uq.edu.au

Student Services

+ 61 7 3365 1704

Student Services Directorate Building 21D, St Lucia Campus, The University of Queensland 4072

Contact for Employers, Researchers and Media

Professor Charmine Hartel

QLD Neurodiversity Hub Co-Director

c.hartel@uq.edu.au

Charmine Hartel

+ 61 7 3346 3486

Adjunct A/Prof Anna Krzeminska

QLD Neurodiversity Hub Co-Director

a.krzeminska@uq.edu.au