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Dame Quentin likely to be 'mobbed at coffee shops' when she moves in to QUT

The QUT building where outgoing Governor-General Quentin Bryce will now work.

The QUT building where outgoing Governor-General Quentin Bryce will now work. Photo: Sonja de Sterke

For staff at QUT's Garden Point campus, there's nothing like a dame.

Outgoing Governor-General Quentin Bryce will set up her Brisbane office at the university and is expected to move in next week.

The office suite in the chancellory building will overlook the campus lawn and Old Government House.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced this week she would be made Dame in the Order of Australia.

While the office space is leased and Dame Quentin is not considered a member of staff, QUT Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Coaldrake said she would be a welcome part of the university community.

“I think she's the sort of person who will be mobbed at the coffee shops,” he said.

“I'm sure she'll be invited to give millions of talks, both at our university and elsewhere. All sorts of people will know she's there and she'll bring a lot of people to the place.”

Professor Coaldrake said Dame Quentin's move to the university had been in the works for some time and the pair first discussed the idea when she visited the campus last September.

He said her passion for education and social justice “aligns perfectly” with the university's vision.

Dame Quentin, who was Queensland's Governor from 2003 to 2008, received an honorary doctorate from QUT in 2004.

Her final day as Governor-General is on Friday. She will be replaced by Peter Cosgrove, who will also receive a knighthood.

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