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Student Advisory Council (SAC)

The Student Advisory Council (SAC) was formed in May 2018 to provide the University of Wollongong greater ability to hear and respond to the wider student voice.

The Student Advisory Council will:

  1. Advise, consult and make recommendations to the University on matters affecting the academic and social wellbeing of students, including:
    • The effectiveness and comprehensiveness of student service delivery;
    • Teaching and learning matters of concern to students;
    • Policies and procedures affecting students;
    • Campus life and activities; and
    • The potential uses of SSAF funds that align with the student lifecycle and priority support categories as permitted under the legislation.
  2. Provide an occasion for student representatives to be proactive and engage with one another to formulate common and group-specific student issues for presentation to the University.
  3. Provide an occasion for University representatives to respond to issues raised by student representatives or issues requiring student consultation.
Student Advisory Council PositionDuration of termDescriptionElection details
University Council - Undergraduate and Postgraduate Representatives 2 years University Council is the governing authority of the University. Visit the  for more informationn. Student positions currently filled until 31 December 2020
Academic Senate - Undergraduate & Postgraduate Representatives 1 year The  is a peak body for advising University Council. Undergraduate Student positions currently filled until 31 December 2020. Postgraduate Student positions currently vacant.
WUPA President or standing nominee 1 year The student body elects WUPA representatives. For more information on  Student positions currently filled until 31 December 2020.
WUSA President or standing nominee 1 year The student body elects WUSA representatives.  For more information on  Student positions currently filled until 31 December 2020.
Undergraduate Representatives from each five faculties 2 years Faculty Representatives participate in faculty governance and represent students while sitting on the SAC. Student positions currently filled until 31 December 2021.
Postgraduate Representatives from each five faculties 2 years Faculty Representatives participate in faculty governance and represent students while sitting on the SAC. Student positions currently filled until 31 December 2021.
International Representative from each five faculties 2 years International student representatives seek feedback from International students and represents issues of concern while sitting on the SAC. Student positions currently filled until 31 December 2021.

Other non-faculty student representation

PositionDuration of termDescriptionElection details
Woolyungah Student Representative 2 years The Student Representative from the Woolyungah Indigenous Centre (WIC) seeks feedback from Indigenous students and represents issues of concern while sitting on the SAC. Position currently filled
UOW Pulse - Student Director 2 years One student (over 18 years of age) may be elected to the board by students. Position currently filled
UOW Clubs & Societies 2 years

Eligibility for the Student Representative position requires the student to be a current member of a registered UOW Pulse Club or Society.

Position currently filled

Regional and Metropolitan Campus Representatives 2 years Representatives seek feedback from students at the regional and metropolitan campuses and represents issues of concern while sitting on the SAC. Position currently filled
University Residences 1 year The Student Residence Representative is elected from a group of student residence leaders and represents issues of concern while sitting on the SAC.  Elections conducted by the Accommodation Services Division
Persons with Disabilities 2 years The Student Representative will be registered with Disability Services and have a disability or health condition or be caring for a person with a disability or medical condition. The representative will seek feedback and present issues while sitting on the SAC.

Position currently filled

Women's Representative 2 years The Student Representative must be, or identify as a female and will represent issues of concern while sitting on the SAC.

Position currently filled

Mature Age Representative 2 years The Student Representative must not have been a current Year 12 school leaver when applying for admission to UOW. The Mature Aged representatives seeks feedback and presents issues while sitting on the SAC.

Position currently filled

LGBTIQ+ Representative 2 years The Student Representative must identify as a member of the LGBTIQ+ community. The LGBTIQ+ representative seeks feedback and presents issues while sitting on the SAC.

Position currently filled

2019 Key Agenda items

The SAC discussed a large variety of topics in 2019 and the following is a brief description of key 2019 agenda points.

  • Annual Presentation to the Vice-Chancellor's Advisory Group (VCAG) 2018/19. The SAC Executive presented objectives of the SAC at VCAG and provided an update on the activities of the SAC for 2019. 
  • Lead the push for increasing the recording of lectures via the ECHO360 project. The SAC were part of a working party for the recording of more live lectures via ECHO360 at UOW.  The working group presented guiding principles of lecture recording to the Academic Senate and as a result a policy and procedures are being developed.
  • Participated in the consultation of informal learning projects 2019/2020. The SAC provided feedback to Facilities Management Services regarding student infrastructure projects across campus.   The SAC identified that the campus required more covered learning places and that student feedback has an impact on project funding and approval of these spaces.
  • Consulted on the Safe and Respectful Communities (SARC) 2019/2020 Action Plan. The SAC provided feedback on the SARC video campaign that highlights the services provided by UOW Security across campus.  Part of the Action Plan was to engage with the SAC and student leaders about creating student led programs to encourage the conversation around Safe and Respectful Communities.
  • Reviewed and commented on the SARC Review of 'Consent Matters'. The University currently offers the SARC Consent Matters module which is optional for students to complete.  The University sought feedback from SAC as per the SARC Action Plan whether UOW should make this module compulsory.
  • Reviewed and commented on the UOW 2020-2025 Strategic Plan.The University sought feedback and comment from the SAC on the draft UOW 2020-2025 Strategic Plan.  SAC were able to ask questions and provided valuable feedback regarding the strategic direction of UOW with the focus on Goal 1 of the strategic plan: Empowering students for their future.
  • Consultation of the Student Service @UOW strategy. The University sought feedback from the SAC regarding current UOW student service environment, the intended roadmap strategy and its impact on students.
  • National Student Voice Summit. As a part of the ongoing collaboration of the Students as Partners working group, SAC representatives attend the summit.  The objectives of the summit was to further develop an understanding of a partnership approach to student engagement and to explore how students can be effective partners in decision making and governance at UOW.

2018 Key Agenda items

The SAC discussed a large variety of topics in 2018 and the following is a brief description of key 2018 agenda points.

  • Safe and Respectful Communities (SARC). Representatives have received SARC first responder training and have provided feedback and recommendations on the UOW SARC action plan. The SAC continues to support the efforts of the University in this initiative.
  • 100th Armistice Day Commemorations. The SAC acknowledged the sacrifice made by so many others in World War One and unreservedly supported a representative initiative to send SAC members to take part in commemorations at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra and locally in Wollongong. A UOW media release was also created in support of the event.
  • Digital Literacies. Representatives have worked with UOW Library to provide user feedback and support on the “Manage, Use, Create” program which is a series of self-paced Moodle modules and resources designed to improve the proficiency of student’s digital capability.
  • Student Services Amenities Fees (SSAF) Working Group. The SAC SSAF Working Group reviewed the student SSAF survey results and project submissions for SSAF monies, this is integral in student consultation process for SSAF. The SAC provided recommendations on all SSAF funded projects for 2019 to meet SSAF legislated requirements.
  • Students as Partners (SaP) Working Group. A SaP Working Group has formed to develop a Student Partnership Agreement with the University. Working group participants have had the ability to create the wording, direction and scope of the agreement which will impact all aspects of student involvement within UOW.

Other areas of feedback and discussion have been UOW Wifi capability, accommodation services fees, Unilife membership prices, UOW support services and representative engagement.

University Council Representatives

NameStudent Representative position
Yuxi Ruan Postgraduate Representative
Mia Watson Undergraduate Representative

Academic Senate Representatives

NameStudent Representative position
Olivia Poate Undergraduate Representative
Jackson Cocks Undergraduate Representative
Damien Beckett Undergraduate Representative
Theo Totsis Undergraduate Representative
Vacant Postgraduate Representative
Vacant Postgraduate Representative

Student Associations Representatives

NameStudent Representative position
Alexander Hall WUSA Representative
Chuhao Liu WUSA Representative

Faculty Representatives

NameUOW facultyStudent Representative position
Henry Streamer Faculty of Business Undergraduate Representative
David Havyatt Faculty of Business Postgraduate Representative
Laura Bassaikhan Faculty of Business International Representative
Samuel Harrison Faculty of Engineering & Information Sciences Undergraduate Representative
Vacant Faculty of Engineering & Information Sciences Postgraduate Representative
Vacant Faculty of Engineering & Information Sciences International Representative
Theo Totsis Faculty of Law, Humanities & the Arts Undergraduate Representative
Natasha Popcevski Faculty of Law, Humanities & the Arts Postgraduate Representative
Thien Thuy (Helly) Pham Faculty of Law, Humanities & the Arts International Representative
Bryce Humphries Faculty of Science, Medicine & Health Undergraduate Represenative
Catherine Stephen Faculty of Science, Medicine & Health Postgraduate Representative
Sandeep Satapathy Faculty of Science, Medicine & Health International Representative
Hannah Dews Faculty of Social Sciences Undergraduate Representative
Thi Minh Anh Nguyen Faculty of Social Sciences Postgraduate Representative
Mahime Watanabe Faculty of Social Sciences International Representative

Campus Representatives

NameCampusStudent Representative position
Safiye Caferoglu Sydney Business School (Sydney CBD)  Student Representative
Daniel Bakrdanikoski Southern Sydney (Loftus) Student Representative
Bethany Ireland South Western Sydney (Liverpool) Student Representative
Vacant Southern Highlands (Moss Vale) Student Representative
Emily Nield Shoalhaven Student Representative
Samantha Minney Batemans Bay Student Representative
Margaret Hansen Bega Student Representative
Emma James Innovation Campus Student Representative

University Wide Representatives

NameStudent Representative position
Val Sun Women's Representative
Lucas Catt-Peers LGBTIQ+ Representative
Keval Patel UOW Pulse Representative
Vacant Student Residences Representative
Ranjith Raj Persons with Disabilities Representative
Kate Sharp Mature Age Student Representative
Thomeissa Mason Woolyungah Indigenous Centre
Wayde Van Weerdenburg Woolyungah Indigenous Centre
Maheshika Nanayakkara Clubs and Societies Representatives
Skylar Alucia Clubs and Societies Representatives

Get in touch

To contact one of your representatives or to ask a question, call the Student Representation Coordinator on 0427 418 401 or 4221 5672 and via email uow-sac@uow.edu.au. In your email, please include your preferred contact details, the course you are completing and the representative area you would like to have contact you.

Alternatively, if you have feedback about UOW, please visit Feedback at UOW to lodge your enquiry.

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