A Queensland University of Technology in-house lawyer who feared losing his job after making world headlines by posting a video of himself on YouTube smoking pages from the Bible and the Koran has returned to work.

He received a slap on the wrist from the university after apologising.

"During a conversation [with vice-chancellor Peter Coaldrake] the staff member indicated he was extremely regretful and apologised unreservedly for the offence his actions and remarks had caused to people of different faiths and viewpoints," a QUT statement said.

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