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.
Student Advisory Council (SAC)
Students as Partners gives students a bigger voice at UOW
The Student Advisory Council played a key role in creating Students as Partners, which enables greater engagement between the University and its students. UOW Vice-Chancellor Professor Patricia M. Davidson said this was a commitment by UOW to engage more deeply with students as trusted partners in everything the University does going forward.Read more about the project
Global Climate Change Week Video Competition
As part of UOW's activities for Global Climate Change Week this year the Student Advisory Council are conducting a student video competition. Submit your video encouraging climate action and you could win $500!FIND OUT MORE
SAC Climate Change Statement Project
Members of the Student Advisory Council have worked in collaboration with the University of Wollongong (UOW) to establish a Youth Climate Change Statement, to be presented as a part of 16th Conference of Youth on Climate Change (COY16) in Glasgow later this year.Read more about the project
The Student Advisory Council will:
- 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.
- 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.
- Provide an occasion for University representatives to respond to issues raised by student representatives or issues requiring student consultation.
|Student Advisory Council Position||Duration of term||Description||Election details|
|University Council - Undergraduate and Postgraduate Representatives||2 years||University Council is the governing authority of the University.||Student positions currently filled until 31 December 2022.|
|Academic Senate (Onshore International)||2 years||Academic Senate is a peak body for advising University Council.||Student positions currently filled until 31 December 2023.|
|Academic Senate (Postgraduate)||1 year||Academic Senate is a peak body for advising University Council.||Student positions currently filled until 31 December 2022.|
Academic Senate (Undergraduate)
|1 year||Academic Senate is a peak body for advising University Council.||Student positions currently filled until 31 December 2022.|
|Academic Senate (Undergraduate)||2 year||Academic Senate is a peak body for advising University Council.||Student positions currently filled until 31 December 2023.|
|WUPA President or standing nominee||1 year||The student body elects WUPA representatives.||Student positions currently filled until 31 December 2022.|
|WUSA President or standing nominee||1 year||The student body elects WUSA representatives.||Student positions currently filled until 30 November 2022.|
|Undergraduate Representatives from each of the four faculties||2 years||Faculty representatives participate in faculty governance and represent and promote the interests of their respective faculty students whilst a member of the SAC.||Student positions currently filled until 31 December 2023.|
|Postgraduate Representatives from each of the four faculties||2 years||Faculty representatives participate in faculty governance and represent and promote the interests of their respective faculty students whilst a member of the SAC.||Student positions currently filled until 31 December 2023.|
|International Representative from each of the four faculties||2 years||Faculty representatives participate in faculty governance and represent and promote the interests of their respective faculty students whilst a member of the SAC.||Student positions currently filled until 31 December 2023.|
Other non-faculty student representation
|Position||Duration of term||Description||Election 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 whilst a member of the SAC.||Position currently filled.|
|UOW Pulse - Student Director||2 years||The UOW Pulse student representative will report on matters and initiatives relating to UOW Pulse and the student experience whilst a member of the SAC.||
Position currently filled.
|UOW Clubs & Societies||2 years||
Student Representatives must be a current registered member of a UOW Pulse club or Society to represent the issues and concerns of students registered with a club or society whilst a member of the SAC.
Expressions of Interest now closed.
|Regional and Metropolitan Campus Representatives||2 years||Campus representatives promote the interests of campus students to the University and seek to improve the experience and facilities at the campus whilst a member of the SAC.||Positions vacant at Sydney CBD, Batemans Bay, Bega, Shoalhaven, Moss Vale, Innovation Campus.|
|University Residences||1 year||The Student Residence representative is elected from a group of student residence leaders and represents issues of concern for student living in UOW residences whilst a member of the SAC.||Positions currently filled until 31 December 2022.|
|Persons with Disabilities||2 years||The student representative will be registered with Student Accessibility and Inclusion (SAI - formerly Disability Services) and have either a disability or health condition or be a carer for a person with a disability or medical condition. The representative will seek and present issues whilst a member of the SAC.||
Positions currently filled until 31 December 2023.
|Women's Representative||2 years||The student representative must be, or identify as a female and represents the issues of concern and concerns of women on campus whilst a member of the SAC.||
Positions currently filled until 31 December 2023.
|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 Age representative represents the issues and concerns of mature age students on campus whilst a member of the SAC.||
Expressions of Interest now closed.
|LGBTIQ+ Representative||2 years||The student representative must identify as a member of the LGBTIQ+ community. The representative seeks feedback from LGBTIQ+ community on campus and represents the issues and concerns whilst a member of the SAC.||
Positions currently filled until 31 December 2023.
2021 key activities and agenda items
The SAC has been actively engaged in a number of projects and initiatives. These projects span the breadth of the student lifecycle and diverse student community.
- Students as Partners - The Student Advisory Council played a key role in creating the Students as Partners framework, which enables greater engagement between University, and its students. The Students as Partners signing took place on 2nd December 2021.
- SAC Climate Change Statement Project – Members of the Student Advisory Council worked in collaboration with the University to establish a Youth Climate Change Statement to be presented as a part of 16th Conference of Youth on Climate Change (COY16) in Glasgow, November 2021. The statement fulfilled the requirements for ‘Climate Here’ recognition. The project team also contributed to the Australian Statement having been the only institution to make submission to COY16.
- Annual Report to University Council – The SAC Executive prepared a written report to update University Council of the activities and achievements of the SAC including consultation activities and projects. Other items reported on were SAC Leadership, Planning and Training, Leadership Event, creation of SAC Values and Goals, Induction and Training.
- Interim (Student) Report on Academic Appeals and Review of Grades Process and Procedure – The report contains 16 interim recommendations to the University (some of which have been implemented). The report was also submitted to the November Academic Senate meeting. A final report has been produced after further consultation with stakeholders.
- UOW Reference Guide – the ASSH representative identified issues with the current UOW Referencing Guide as being outdated. Work continues on updating the existing guides with Learning Development and the Library.
- Student Engagement Policy – the BAL postgraduate representative established an effective student engagement policy and framework to support new students for 2022. Progress of this project will be ongoing in the upcoming SAC 2022/2023 term.
- LGBTIQ+ Community – The LGBTIQ+ representative is working on an initiative to increase awareness of ACON and Ally Network through resource to assist students in accessing these support networks. In addition, creating more ‘Welcome Here’ spaces across the Wollongong Campus; and register safe spaces and include signage for the LGBTIQ+ community particularly in the STEM area.
- Wellbeing and Inclusion Space – The Persons with Disabilities representative is currently working on an initiative to create a Wellbeing and Inclusions space. Work on this project continues into 2022.
The following are examples of the consultation and working party membership that occurred in 2021:
- Student Knowledge Management Project
- New approach to Student-Teacher Evaluation
- Higher degree research at UOW
- UOW COVID-19 Return to Campus Roadmap
- Graduation Ceremonies
- Student Feedback on Subjects Report
- UOW Student Mental Health Advisory Group
- Online Examination Proctoring System Project
- Safe and Respectful Communities
- Outdoor Informal Learning Spaces
- UOW Future Health and Medical Services
- Return to Campus Working Party Consultation
- VC Delegates Strategy Event
- Sustainable Goals Development Strategy Working Party
- SAC Student Services and Amenities Fee Working Party
- Consulted on communication strategies on various student related activities throughout the year
- Online Teaching and Learning experience at UOW
- Initiated a Student-Staff Partnership on Student Representation in Academic Matters
2020 key agenda items
The SAC discussed a large variety of topics in 2020 and the following is a brief description of key 2020 agenda points and projects identified as critical for the student body.
- Annual Presentation to the Vice-Chancellor's Advisory Group (VCAG) 2019/2020. The SAC Executive presented objectives of the SAC at VCAG and provided an update on the activities of the SAC for 2020.
- UOW Transition to Online – in response to the global pandemic, the SAC Executive met regularly with Executive of the University to provide feedback and comment regarding the transition from on campus to online teaching and learning.
- Development of a SAC Facebook page to increase the visibility and awareness of the SAC across the student cohort.
- Review and feedback of Lecture Recording Guidelines and the Teaching & Assessment Subject Delivery policy. The SAC provided feedback to the Academic Quality Standards Unit following the implementation of ECHO360 project.
- Students as Partners Agreement – representatives of the SAC worked with the Student and Accommodation Services Division on the formation the agreement for approval in 2021. The agreement intends to strengthen the student voice in governance and decision making across UOW by working in partnership with the University.
- Sustainable Development Goals Steering Committee – representatives of the SAC had the opportunity to contribute to the UOW’s development of a suite of subjects that enable students to learn about the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) as well as also exploring other opportunities for students to engage with the SDG’s more broadly.
- Online Examination Proctoring Tender Evaluation – SAC representatives provided feedback to the University during the process of tender evaluation for the development of an online examination proctoring system.
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.
- 19 Oct 2021 meeting minutes (PDF)
- 23 Sept 2021 meeting minutes (PDF)
- 31 Aug 2021 meeting minutes (PDF)
- 29 Jul 2021 meeting minutes (PDF)
- 18 May 2021 meeting minutes (pdf)
- 15 Apr 2021 meeting minutes (pdf)
- 16 Mar 2021 meeting mintures (pdf)
- 15 Oct 2020 meeting minutes (pdf)
- 17 Sep 2020 meeting minutes (pdf)
- 18 Aug 2020 meeting minutes (pdf)
- 21 Jul 2020 meeting minutes (pdf)
- 19 May 2020 meeting minutes (pdf)
- 23 Apr 2020 meeting minutes (pdf)
- 16 Mar 2020 meeting minutes (pdf)
- 17 Oct 2019 meeting minutes (pdf)
- 17 Sep 2019 meeting minutes (pdf)
- 13 Aug 2019 meeting minutes (pdf)
- 16 May 2019 meeting minutes (pdf)
- 18 Apri 2019 meeting minutes (pdf)
- 12 Mar 2019 meeting minutes (pdf)
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Jackson Cocks is an undergraduate student, studying a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mechatronics) and a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) at the University of Wollongong. This unique degree combination gives me a range of experiences in many areas of the University, assisting me to put forward different student perspectives at various forums.
I am also a member of the University Council (2021-2023) and Academic Senate (2020-2021). I am also the current chair of the Student Advisory Council and co-chair of the Student Staff Partnership on Student Representation in Academic Matters. I am an advocate for strong student representation at the University and believe it is key to giving students the best university experience. I have also been involved in other task and finish groups, working towards developing student-staff partnerships and ensuring university governance bodies are appropriate and adapted to serve their purpose. In my time on these forums I have co-authored the Interim Report on Academic Appeals and Review of Grades Processes and Procedure and has commenced working on initiatives focusing on UOW accommodation services.
In addition to my degree, I have taken on various roles at the University of Wollongong Law Students’ Society since 2019 working on marketing, policy development and ensuring the smooth operation of the Society. For this work, I was recognised by the School of Law through an Excellence in Student Leadership Award. I also chaired the Society’s Faculty Feedback Committee which provided feedback to the University on key issues surrounding online learning. I have worked as a caseworker at the Illawarra Legal Centre, providing support to the Illawarra community and assisting in policy contributions, and has research experience working with ANCORS at the University of Wollongong.
Sarah Vogel (She/her)
I am a Postgraduate Representative on the University Council, beginning 2022. I am currently in my third year of a Doctor of Philosophy, having graduated from a Bachelor of Medical and Radiation Physics Advanced (Honours) in 2018. Throughout my time at UOW, I have interacted with the entire breadth of the student population; from those in primary and high school aspiring towards tertiary education, through to postgraduate students submitting the theses. I have worked in several roles; as an In2Uni mentor, Peer Success Coach, an academic tutor and demonstrator, and as the Vice President and President of the Physics Society
Consequently, I offer a unique understanding into the wants and needs of not just postgraduate students, but also the wider student community. I believe that this scope is necessary to make the appropriate decisions to be a university that students want to attend, allow students to continue to thrive in a rich education environment and to expand our strong research output. As part of my membership on the SAC, I will advocate for postgraduate students by encouraging continued investment into research facilities and equipment.
International Onshore Representative
I am a PhD candidate with the Centre for Medical Radiation Physics in the School of Physics. My research investigates combination treatments for cancer, which blend the use of novel nanoparticles as nano-medicine in order to improve radiation therapies.
I am a Postgraduate Student Representative on the Student Advisory Council through my work as a Postgraduate Representative on the Academic Senate. Additionally, I serve as the Postgraduate Student Representative on the School of Physics Committee. In all of these roles, I am always open to hear any issues my fellow students would like to bring to my attention; to advocate for these issues to SAC, Senate and the University Executive; and to work hard to resolve these issues in order to bring about positive change for everyone.
As a researcher, I have a passion for problem solving and solution building. I further contribute to the University and our local community through academic teaching at both UOW, and UOW College Australia, and via outreach and co-curricular programs (e.g., Learning Labs, Discovery Days). Most recently, I have sort to further my involvement with the local community by becoming a member of my local Wollongong Rotary Club. I have also previously served several years as a Vice-President and Secretary in the UOW Physics Society (the ones that make all the ice cream!).
My passion for teaching, and supporting my students and peers, drives me to seek new and innovative means of student-centred and technology-supported teaching and research, in both the on-campus and online learning environments. Throughout my time at UOW, I have been on both sides of the fence, as both a student and teaching staff across both UOW and UOW College, and have held nearly all teaching roles across the University, including time as a demonstrator, tutor, lecturer and subject coordinator. I believe that these diverse experiences in education and research provide me with a unique perspective that will bring change for the better across both of these matters, including more options for learning and course accessibility, and more support for research and research students. I aim to provide a strong voice for my fellow students to create a rich and positive environment where all students can thrive, and fondly remember their time at our University.
Ben Hamill (He/him)
My name is Ben Hamill and I am one of the Clubs and Societies Representatives and Deputy Chairs of the Student Advisory Council, currently in my third year of a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) degree. I have a wide range of involvement outside of my positions on the Student Advisory Council, both within the university and in the broader community. With a passion for actively elevating the student voice, I seek to impact meaningful change to the benefit of student academic and social wellbeing.
Within the University, I am also the undergraduate representative on the University Education Committee and Vice President of the UOW Psychology Society. In the broader community, I am a Patrol Captain at Scarborough Wombarra SLSC, Telephone Crisis Supporter at Lifeline South Coast and is currently employed at Standby, providing suicide bereavement support. I endeavour to use my extensive background of experience to improve student access to mental health services, awareness of student support and increase the transparency of university decisions and governance. I look forward to collaboratively with the student body and university to address issues that arise in a student's university experience. I enjoy engaging with other students and is always up for a chat.
Jin Zhao (He/him)
My name is Jin Zhao. I am a Ph.D. candidate from School of Electrical, Computer and Telecommunications Engineering (SECTE), Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences (EIS). I am an international student from China and I completed my Master's degree at University of Wollongong. My research topic for Ph.D. is about the control of electric vehicle transmission. Now it is my third year doing research at UOW and my Ph.D. study enables me to explore an area deeply with specialised insight. And I hope the results of my original research can have wide-reaching benefits, not only for my own career but also for everyone.
I am also the president of Wollongong University Postgraduate Association, and it is my duty to contribute in WUPA assisting more students in improving their campus life. As a student representative in SAC, it is my core belief to make students heard. I will actively work with every other member of SAC to help make every students’ daily life more enjoyable and meaningful.
Faculty of the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (International Student Representative)
Faculty of the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities Representative (Postgraduate Student Representative)
Andrea Knezevic (She/her)
My name is Andrea Knezevic and I am honoured to have been appointed as the Postgraduate student representative in the Faculty of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (ASSH), commencing March 2022.
I am currently a PhD Candidate in the School of Health and Society at UOW and hold a Bachelor of Social Work (Honours). The focus of my research thus far has been on staff wellbeing in health care, which is an area I am tremendously passionate about. My current research is exploring the connection between the wellbeing of frontline staff in health care and the implementation of Patient Reported Measures (PRMs) in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District (ISLHD).
Over the past few years I have actively volunteered at the Serbian Orthodox Church in Wollongong and the Multicultural Communities Council of Illawarra (MCCI), providing support to youth and senior community members when accessing services. In addition to this I have an extensive track record volunteering in ISLHD, working in collaboration with the executive team, management and frontline staff to implement, embed and sustain staff wellbeing initiatives across the District. One of the highlights of my career was volunteering in the aftermath of the 2019/2020 Australian bushfire crisis, providing immediate crisis support to staff at Milton Ulladulla Hospital for a period of six-months.
As a Postgraduate representative (ASSH), I am eager to work in collaboration with my peers to understand their interests, bring light to their concerns and actively advocate for their wellbeing. It is my objective to provide guidance to my fellow peers over the course of my term, ensuring that their experience at UOW is welcoming and enjoyable.
Faculty of the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities Representative (Undergraduate Student Representative)
Faculty of Business and Law Representative – International Representative
Bongani Munkuli (He/him)
Hello my name is Bongani Munkuli and I was elected as the International student representative in the Business and Law and will attend the Faculty International Committee in BAL until 31 December 2021. As a faculty representative I hold a position on the Student Advisory Council which represents the student voice. I am currently a PhD candidate in Finance at UOW. I previously received a Master of Science Banking and Finance from the Universita Cattolica Del Sacro Cuore in Milan, Italy and a bachelor's degree in Business Management and Accounting from the University of Fort Hare in South Africa. For the past decade, I have worked both in industry as a financial analyst and in academia where I lectured in the field of finance.
During my journey I have gained a range of experiences in many areas of the University, assisting me to put forward different student perspectives to the Council. I am honoured to have been selected as a representative, which will allow me to voice the needs of international students. I look forward to collaborating with the university representatives; expressing the views of international students; and advocating for students' academic excellence. I enjoy traveling, playing football, investing, and volunteering in his community with friends, and family. I am always willing to share information on a plethora of subjects, including business and finance.
My knowledge, professionalism, and expertise have helped many individuals. I am big on communication and takes pride in listening to people’s wants and needs to achieve the best experience possible on every interaction. I have a love of learning to expand his knowledge as well as applying that knowledge to various situation. One of my mottos is “applied knowledge is better than just knowledge. You can learn all you want but if you do not apply it, it loses its value, purpose, and impact on the lives around you.” I am passionate about advocating for individuals who do not have easy access to the tools that could make their lives better, as well as for those who have the talent to accomplish much but are never given the chance. I hope to always be a servant leader to all and continuously share my knowledge with everyone I cross paths with.
Faculty of Business and Law (Undergraduate Student Representative)
My name is Mikayla Barnes, and I am studying a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Human Resources and Public Relations. In past years, I have worked hard to ensure students at the University of Wollongong have reached their full potential both personally and career wise.
After recently finishing my term as President of three societies and founding, creating, and building a new society – the Business Students’ Society, I aim to make it my mission to bridge the gaps; to be the conduit connecting students with their academic and wider University of Wollongong networks, with the Business and Law Faculty itself, with professional connections and potential opportunities.
Over my term as Business and Law Faculty Representative, I hope to draw upon my experience working within the university, business, and with students as I work hard with passion and dedication to deliver for students. It is through this support and encouragement that students can achieve their best self, giving them the confidence to take every opportunity that arises.
Please reach out to me at any time.
Faculty of Business and Law (Postgraduate Representative)
David Havyatt (He/him)
I am enrolled as a part time student in my second year of a PhD in the Faculty of Business and Law at the University of Wollongong. My field of research is on economic regulation of electricity networks. I also have a long business experience in telecommunications, regulation and policy.
From my earliest undergraduate days to today I have been a supporter of the independence of Universities, the importance of active student participation in governance and that the value of University is in developing skills applicable to all parts of life, not just as narrow job training grounds.
As the postgraduate representative in BAL, I am keen to represent the interests, priorities and concerns of both coursework and research postgraduate students. This includes any aspect of the student experience, and extends beyond just teaching, learning and research to other areas such as any issues students have as visitors to the region or the country. I’m always available for a chat.
Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences Representative (Undergraduate Student Representative)
Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences (International Representative)
Geeta Mahala (She/her)
My name is Geeta Mahala and I was elected to the Student Advisory Council as the International student representative in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences (EIS) for a one-year term, commencing March 2021. I am currently studying a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Computer Science. My PhD is fully funded by UOW and am the recipient of the “International Postgraduate Tuition Award (ITPA)” and the “University Postgraduate Award (UPA)”. The focus of my research is “The future of RPA: Leveraging deeper insights into effective human behaviour using novel classes of abstractions combined with machine learning”.
In addition to my degree and studies, I enthusiastically participate and contribute as a volunteer to several welfare agencies as I think my talent/skills can help me to transform society. I actively work towards the betterment of community by sharing my knowledge with university students, budding talent, and Startups and have volunteered for UOW as a Mentor and UOWx Ambassador, Jobs for NSW in Univative Sydney, 2017, and Allotrac in iUnivative, 2017.
As part of the Student Advisory Council, I am currently working on a project seeking to provide a platform/way for international students to find internships and post-study work in their own field. International students, who have plenty of work experience, often struggle to find a part-time (during session) or full-time job (during session break or post-graduation) due to various reasons, such as time taken to make themselves familiar in a new country/environment hampers their ability to quickly build new industrial relationship and to prove how their past work experience benefits Australia. Therefore, I am actively working with faculty to create an Internship Program, a Placement Program, and an Industry Collaboration to make opportunities for international students to get job in their own field.
Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences (Postgraduate Representative)
Helena Ibro (She/her)
Hello my name is Helena Ibro and I was elected to the role of postgraduate student representative in the faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences (EIS) and the Student Advisory Council for a one-year term, commencing March 2021.
I am currently studying a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Computer Science. My studies are fully funded by both the University and NSW Health Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District (ISLHD). The main focus of my research is in utilising Artificial Intelligence (AI) to improve cancer management.
In addition to my degree and studies, I have taken on several leading roles at the University of Wollongong with the most recent being an international mentor for EIS as of 2021. Coming from Albania and being an international student myself, I work alongside other mentors to foster a positive UOW experience in order to reduce barriers for the faculty’s students by providing support and advice and referring them to appropriate support services on campus.
I really enjoy engaging with other students, whether it is at student representation forums, in the lab or at university social events. As part of my role on the Student Advisory Council I am currently working on a project seeking to provide a platform/way for postgraduate students to access various interdisciplinary lectures that would benefit their research without them having to enrol in the subject. Living in this new online learning environment, accessibility to resources has become more difficult and confusing for young researchers.
Supporting them throughout their journey with the appropriate tools and knowledge can make their experience more enjoyable and their work more significant.
Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health (International Representative)
My name is Nischal Sharma. I am elected as an international student representative in the Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health in February 2022. I am an international student currently doing a Ph.D. in the field of single-molecule biophysics at VanOijen’s Lab. I have completed my Masters of Medical Biotechnology from the University of Wollongong in 2020.
I have decided to commit myself to the role of international student representative to hear the problems of students and raise their concerns to the appropriate authority. This would be my first leading role apart from my studies at UOW.
As international students, we encounter numerous difficulties in obtaining information from the available university resources. I believe that this is mainly due to a lack of awareness among international students. Additionally, there are very less opportunities for international students to secure research scholarships to enter into the research field. Therefore, I am planning to actively engage in creating awareness amongst the students to make full use of the University resources that would enhance their development of research skills.
This is a new experience for me and I believe that working together with other SAC members to resolve students’ problems would make their time more meaningful at the University during their course of study.
Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health (Undergraduate Representative)
Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health (Postgraduate Representative)
Shoalhaven campus - Student Representative
Bega campus - Student Representative
Hi, my name is Ellie Grant, I have been appointed the role of 2022 Bega Campus student representative.
I am currently in my final year of a Bachelor of Nursing at UOW Bega Campus. I was fortunate to gain entry to UOW via a non-ATAR pathway. I am a UOW mentor commencing 2021, participating in the FutureMe program.
I offer a unique understanding into the needs of undergraduate regional remote students. Throughout my representation, I wish to continually provide support for non-traditional students. In addition to advocating and making recommendations to UOW to enhance student's campus life and academic wellbeing.
Sydney CBD campus - Student Representative
Seyedeh (Setareh) Tabatbaei
Hi everyone, my name is Setareh, which means Star. I am elected as the Sydney Business School campus representative of the Business and Law faculty. Currently, I am studying for a graduate certificate in Business and then a double master of Business Analytics and Entrepreneurship and innovation in the CBD campus.
As an international student, I know very well that we have migrated to study for many reasons and that we have endured this difficulty to achieve our dreams. I would like to have a wonderful experience of studying.
In the next step, I would love to start businesses together and learn more and more about businesses so that after graduation, we will not only be educated but also independent and self-made. I have a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering and work experience in manufacturing plants, clothing, brokers and advertising companies.
Southern Sydney campus (Loftus) - Student Representative
I commenced my term on the 11th of May 2021. I am a second-year Undergraduate student
Studying a Bachelor of nursing at the Southern Sydney campus in Loftus. By joining the Student Advisory Council, I am one of the first points of contact for the students at the campus to approach and share concerns and feedback.
Providing a voice for students and a listening ear, I aspire to amplify the campus community and improve students’ university experience.
I aim to listen and act on the queries and concerns of the students currently enrolled at the campus.
South Western Sydney campus (Liverpool) - Student Representative
Gabrielle Tahhan (She/her)
My name is Gabrielle Tahhan and I am the Student Representative for the South Western Sydney Campus at Liverpool. I commenced my term at the beginning of 2022. I am studying a Bachelor of Laws/ Bachelor of Business and I am currently in my final year. My goal as Student Representative this year is to be the first point of contact for all students that attend the SWS campus. I encourage students to voice their concerns and ideas so that we can work together to improve the overall student experience.
An example of when I took the opportunity to voice my opinion about student experiences was when I was a speaker at the 'Student Transitions': Teaching & Learning Student Roundtable hosted by Niamh Kinchin. I was asked to comment on some of the challenges I faced when transitioning from first year to the upper years of my degree, suggest ways in which the law school could better support students in these transitions, and outline what they already have in place to assist students with this transition. This was an extremely eye-opening and informative experience that allowed students to speak directly to those faculty members that have the ability to make the necessary changes.
With the long-awaited return to campus in 2022, I am passionate about organising a wide range of events for students to get involved in. Ideally, I would like to see more student involvement in extracurricular activities and events on campus, so that we can interact with each other after two years of online learning. Please do not hesitate to reach out via my student email if you have any questions or queries this year - I am more than happy to help!
Southern Highlands campus (Moss Vale) - Student Representative
Batemans Bay campus - Student Representative
Innovation Campus - Student Representative
Aurora Green (She/her)
My name is Ms Aurora Green and I was elected to the Student Advisory Council as the LGBTIQ+ Student Representative. Commencing my term in early 2021. I am currently studying a Bachelor of Social Work. The perspectives that my Social Work studies have provided, work well within the Student Advisory Council, allowing me to have a greater appreciation for the importance of LGBTIQ+ representation at UOW.
I am also a Community Leader at Kooloobong Village, also commencing this role in 2021. Being a Community Leader has been beneficial in building connections with LGBTIQ+ students to better represent their experiences. I am also registered on the Ally list as part of the UOW Ally Network, and have become more involved with the UOW LGBTIQ+ community within the Allsorts Collective.
As part of my role as an LGBTIQ+ Representative, I am focused on achieving greater consideration of LGBTIQ+ experiences within processes at UOW. Especially in areas of UOW Administration where said experiences may not be typically considered. I have also prioritised wanting to achieve greater LGBTIQ+ involvement at UOW, since a single voice cannot represent every LGBTIQ+ experience.
I greatly enjoy involvement with any type of UOW student about LGBTIQ+ experiences. With an appreciation for facilitating discussions that many people outside the LGBTIQ+ community are often nervous to engage with. I am currently working on trying to improve LGBTIQ+ accessibility to UOW services, particularly in ways that put forward the importance of respecting LGBTIQ+ identities.
Clubs and Societies Representative
Clubs and Societies Representative
Persons with Disabilites Student Representative
Carly Lavings (She/her)
My role is the Persons with Disabilities Representative on the Student Representative Council (SAC), with my term commencing in March 2021. I am currently a full-time, 3rd year student studying a Bachelor of Arts and in Western Civilisation/Bachelor of International Studies. I previously studied on campus at Kooloobong for two years. During 2021, I was the acting Deputy Chair of the SAC and involved in the Activation Working Party, Student Services and Amenities Fees Advisory Group, Safe and Respectful Communities Working Party and Student Mental Health Advisory Group. I was also on the executive team of the Conference of Youth Climate Statement team which established tangible climate change commitments for the University to uphold. Outside of these commitments, I am a volunteer for Lifeline Australia and have a previous history in offering volunteer tutoring services for those with learning disabilities. I also love to dance, write and play piano.
I am deeply passionate about mental health issues, women’s safety and giving voices to the voiceless. I strive to always be learning about university policy and listening to alternate experiences to mine to enact tangible, meaningful change. I am currently working on fostering a community within the university which promotes healthy, informal support to those in need by adding spaces of communication regarding mental health. My current project is seeking to implement more safe spaces for students with disabilities around campus. If you see me around, I encourage you to approach me in person or online with concerns and questions as well as passions, interests, and ideas. My approach is to work collaboratively with others and I’m always open to new perspectives and feedback.
UOW Pulse Representative
Hi, my name is Keval Patel and I was elected as the UOW Pulse Student Director for a two-year term, commenced 1 March 2020.
I am currently studying a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mechatronics) in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences. I hold other positions at the University such as the Chair, Pulse Advisry Committee (PAC), Vice-President of the UOW Wellbeing Club as well as Chair of the Activation Group Working Party with the SAC. I am also an Event Photographer at UOW which I really enjoy.
What I would like to achieve is to ensure the International student voice is heard, work towards increased visibility of SAC and UOW Pulse; and increase student engagement on campus.
I am passionate about learning new skills, development new contacts, photography and robotics/automation. Please feel free to contact me if you have any concerns or issues and/or ideas or initiatives you would like to be involved in.
Paris Rawaqa (She/her)
Hello my name is Paris Rawaqa and I was elected as the Women’s Representative on the Student Advisory Council in 2021. I am from Albury, NSW, and moved to Wollongong in 2018 to study a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Environmental) and a Bachelor of Laws, both of which I have greatly enjoyed thus far. These degrees are beneficial to my role as a student representative as they ignite underlying passions including justice and women in STEM. These degrees also provide me with an ability to critically analyse circumstances through both the creative and logistical lenses.
I bring empathy and fairness in all of my dealings, particularly with women and other marginalised groups such as Indigenous People, International Students, Persons with Disabilities and those from the LGBTIQ+ community. As a student representative in the Student Advisory Council, and also the Pulse Advisory Committee, my biggest wish is that anybody would feel safe and happy to come and have a cup of tea and a chat with me about absolutely anything.
When not studying or working, you will find me socialising with friends, at the UniGym, at Parkrun or cooking up a storm.
Student Residencies Representative
Sam Jennings (He/him)
My name is Sam Jennings and I was originally born in England but my parents and I immigrated to Australia in 2013. I am lucky enough to be the first in my family to attend University and continue my education. I am completing a Bachelor of Medical and Health Science (Honours) this year and I have recently graduated (2020) from the Bachelor of Pre-Medicine, Science and Health. In both courses, I have had a major focus on the medical side of the content, completing my research in cardiovascular physiology.
I have had a passion for rural and remote medicine that has sent me too many remote communities within Australia and in other countries as well. As such, I have held a few roles with UOW SHARP and written a few reports for the NSW Rural Doctors Network about my experiences and challenges faced within those environments. Thus, I have had a passion for having an influence in our experiences regardless if they are in the healthcare field or as UOW students. Having lived on University accommodation for 4 years now, I am excited for the opportunity to represent my friends and residents, to make the accommodation experience better each year. I have been a Student Leader at Kooloobong Village for 2 of those years and I am currently a Community Leader living at Bangalay.
Woolyungah Indigenous Representative
Hello, my name is Thomeissa Mason and I am the Woolyungah Indigenous Centre (WIC) representative. I am a Gomeroi, Wiradjuri & Awabakal Woman in my third year of studying a Bachelor of Law – Bachelor of Arts – majoring in Indigenous Studies and minoring in Visual Arts. My role on the Student Advisory Council is to be the communication bridge between students and the university and to represent the voice of student’s in particular Indigenous students on behalf of WIC. Our voices matter, so if you have any issues or initiatives you’d like to discuss come and have a yarn with me at WIC, I’m there every day except Fridays.
Woolyungah Indigenous Representative
Ethan Graham (He/him)
Hi, my name is Ethan Graham and I am a representative for Woolyungah Indigenous Centre (WIC) commencing my term in 2022. I am in my second year studying a Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy, and Economics. While apart of the Student Advisory Council, I hope to best represent First Nations voices within UOW. You can often find me at WIC studying or working as a student ambassador. If you have anything to share, please reach out to have a yarn and I'll make sure your voice is heard.
Mature Age Student Representative
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