October 23, 2023
Message to students - 23 October, 2023
Dear Students, Wishing all our students with end-of-session assessments all the very best as we move towards exams and a summer break.
This year has felt big in many ways, filled with academic opportunities, reconnection with our global community following the pandemic, and turbulent global events. I hope that for each of you, it’s also been a time for personal growth, making friends and creating memorable experiences. Please remember that we are always here to support your student journey.
Subject and teacher evaluations
Have your say about the subjects you’ve studied in this session and go in the draw to win one of ten $50 gift cards! Evaluation surveys allow you to provide honest, constructive and confidential feedback, enhancing the quality of subjects at UOW. You can complete the survey online.
Exams and academic integrity
Preparing for assessments? Remember that academic integrity is a core value at our university. Please familiarise yourself with academic integrity resources to make sure you know what it is and how to avoid plagiarism. You can also AskUOW about academic integrity.
Sitting exams? Your exam timetable with a list of permitted items is available via ‘Exam Timetable’ in SOLS. You have also received SOLS messages with tips to prepare and important links to academic resources and tech support. And if you’re a new student, don’t forget to complete the compulsory modules to receive your results when they’re released. Make sure you understand the rules and instructions and remember that you can apply for academic consideration if you need. To find out more, AskUOW.
Distressing events and on-campus safety
For many of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, it is hard to imagine the disappointment, stress and sadness you may feel after the results of the Voice referendum.
At the same time, it is hard to describe the magnitude and complexity of the conflict underway in the Middle East. Distressing global events weigh heavily on our hearts, whether we have family and friends in the region or not.
During times like this, it is important that we show care, respect and kindness to one another. As a global institution, the University of Wollongong embraces diversity, and celebrates it as one aspect that makes our University great.
People may have differing views, but violence, racism, abuse or harassment and vilification of any kind have no place here. Our campuses must be safe places for students, staff and community.
If you witness or experience any form of discrimination, racial abuse, harassment or hatred, don’t put up with it – speak up and report it. I also encourage you to become an active bystander (register your interest for bystander training).
Support is available
Support for Indigenous students
- Call 13YARN (13 9276 – available 24/7) to talk with an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Crisis Support person.
- Visit the First Nations mental health and wellbeing support website.
- Join the Yarning Circle at the Woolyungah Indigenous Centre (every Friday, 12 noon to 1.30, there is a free feed by the Yarning Circle).
- Call or email the Woolyungah Indigenous Centre on (02) 4221 3776 or email@example.com
Safety and support services for UOW students
- If you – or someone you are with – is in immediate danger, call 000.
- Raise an Emergency, First Aid or Help call using the SafeZonpe app or dial #1 at any Security telephone.
- Access immediate mental health support via the 24-hour Student Wellbeing Support Line (available 24/7). Call: 1300 036 149 or text: 0488 884 164
- The local Wollongong Police District can assist with reporting hate (and other) crimes, providing language assistance and culturally sensitive support with the Multicultural Liaison Officer (MCLO).
University teams are also here to support you and make sure our campuses are safe places for all:
- UOW Safe and Respectful Communities (SARC). Phone 02 4221 3344 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- UOW Security. Phone 0407 287 750, call #1 from any campus security telephone or email email@example.com
- Please check our Safety and Respect page for more information and be aware of our Anti-Racism and Cultural Safety Policy.
Tips for managing academic stress
As you navigate the journey of university life, I want to remind you that taking care of your mental health is important. In this short article by UOW psychology student Maddie Graham, you’ll find tips and resources to help you navigate stressful times.
Graduations are (almost) upon us!
For all our graduating students, I hope you’re getting ready for your big day. This year’s Spring graduation ceremonies will take place on 31 October and 1 November, marking the end of your academic journey and the beginning of the next adventure. I can’t wait to celebrate with you and your loved ones, hear about your stories and experiences at UOW, and witness the bright future you will create when you begin your next chapter.
My warmest wishes for successful exams and a restful summer break. Take care of yourselves and each other.