So you’re making an app that involves UQ! We’d really like to know about it.

There are a lot of reasons why our IT infrastructure works in very specific ways – an app that isn't designed for our infrastructure might cause strain on our systems.

We might not be able to offer help or support for a particular app if you haven’t coded according to certain requirements. And, of course, it’s important for us to know about products in the marketplace that our staff and students might use.

Can you give me any free advice?

Yes. If you're developing a UQ-related app we’re happy to discuss it with you. Talking to us about your idea before you start will help with things like:

  • advice if your app uses UQ’s technology systems (e.g. our website)
  • advice on whether it duplicates an app already under development by UQ
  • any code conventions and requirements if you are designing your app with the hope that it may be purchased by UQ.

FAQs and helpful hints

University crest and branding

Talk to us if you want to use any university insignia (e.g. “UQ” or “The University of Queensland”). This way we can let you know about any potential concerns that the University may have. 

Using photos

If you intend to use photos in your app, be careful about what photos you use – there are legal issues to consider. 

If a photo hasn't been taken by you, then legal rights will generally belong to some other person or organisation. Using any photo without consent is likely to breach legal rights.

Even if you have taken the photos yourself, be wary of making use of them in your app if the photos are of identifiable people – unless those people have approved the use of their image. 

Using Apple marketplace to sell your app

UQ sometimes gives permission for apps that have not been developed by UQ to be placed in the UQ section of the Apple marketplace. You stand the best chance of this happening by following our style guides and discussing your project with us before development.

Style guides for UQ-related apps

Coding your app in a way that is consistent with how we code at UQ will be particularly important if you want to sell your app to UQ, or ask that it be affiliated with UQ.

Please get in contact with us – we’re happy to discuss your project and give you advice.

Publicly accessible information

A lot of information on UQ websites is publicly available. If you are a student or staff member who has access to information that is not publicly available, you can't share this information with other people – unless you have permission from UQ.

There may be limitations on your right to use publicly accessible information. For example, the right to use information found on the internet may be restricted in at least two ways – (a) express restrictions in the Terms of Use on the website; or (b) restrictions implied by law.

I want to sell my app, will UQ buy it?

We’re happy to look at your app to see if it’s something that we want to buy. We have bought apps developed outside UQ before.

Of course you stand the best chance of us purchasing your app if it is aligned with our systems. For this reason we recommend you get in touch with us during the development phase so we can provide advice and guidance.

UQ credentials

It is important that you never ask a user to authenticate with their UQ account details. If you believe this is a requirement for your app, please talk to us, so we can discuss a solution to this problem.

Contact us

The ITS Service Desk can direct your call to an expert who can advise you on your app:

ITS Service Desk
Email: help@its.uq.edu.au
Phone: (07) 3365 6000 or 1300 738 082 (Australia-wide)

 

“UQ were very helpful when I approached them. They gave advice and made sure my app complied with branding; they respected my intellectual property and even had a look at my code for errors! I highly recommend anyone thinking of writing an app that involves UQ to give them a call.” – Aaron McDowall, co-developer of UQnav