The School of Languages and Cultures, within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is a leader in teaching and research in the area of languages, linguistics and cultures.

Award-winning research

  • Consistently ranked in the top 100 QS World University Rankings for linguistics and languages.
  • Highest possible score of 5 out of 5 for 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) for the area of Languages, communication and culture and 4 out of 5 for Linguistics.
  • World class researchers who consistently receive awards and research grants.


  • Michael Haugh and Greg Hainge elected to the Australian Academy of the Humanities.
  • Adriana Diaz awarded UQ ECR grant (The invisibility of languages in universities’ internationalisation processes).
  • Peter Crosthwaite awarded  UQ ECR grant (Developing a written corrective feedback system for data-driven error correction in L2 academic writing).
  • Natsuko Akagawa awarded a Promoting Women Fellowship.


  • Geoff Wilkes became the first Australian to receive the translation prize from the Austrian federal chancellery for his translation of the novel ‘The Greater Hope”.
  • Felicity Meakins awarded an ARC Discovery Project
  • Annie Pohlman awarded an ARC DECRA
  • Erich Round awarded and ARC Discovery Project
  • Honorary Associate Professor Kumi Kato awarded the John Barrett Award



Industry and Community Engagement

Our academics are also engaged with business, government and community organizations, working in collaboration on projects.


  • Marisa Cordella-Masini received funding from Independent Schools Queensland signifying an on-going collaboration
  • Noriko Iwashita and a team from the School’s tender to undertake a literature review for the senior school syllabus in languages was accepted by the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority.
  • Kayoko Hashimoto elected to the Management Committee of Queensland Japan Chamber of Commerce & Industry. Kayoko is the only person from the education sector to be elected.