Couch Conversations

Get involved in informal, fun and inclusive chats via Zoom (online) with your peers through Couch Conversations. There's something special about connecting with fellow students and staff from UOW. There's a learning, a comradery, a unity that comes with it and we know you are missing it. While we can't connect in person on campus like we once did, it's time to take those conversations virtual.

Join the conversation

Couch Conversation session are back in 2021 with a new timetable. Join a session that suits you.

Register to join in the conversation

Couch Conversations introduction (image)
"Laughter during the session"
Student: You go, all good.
Student: I was saying, all good, thank you Sarah. Yeah, just quiet a lot of things on the to-do list which I’m obviously ignoring.

Friends from all campuses & all countries (image)
Student: How about you guys? Um, I have like 50 million things to do on my to-do list, and I’m just kind of hiding it behind my laptop so I can’t see it.

Pets, Netflix & taking a break (image)
Student: Yeah I kind of feel like I’m in the same boat as Ana, just so many things to do and no time to do it at all. But then I feel like I do sometimes have time and I just watch Grey’s Anatomy, so I need to get my life together and sort that out.

You’re on mute (image)
Facilitator: Do you have a dog in the background?... You’re on mute.
Student: Yes, he’s got the sock and I’m trying to [get it back]. This is Nelson, he’s very playful.
Facilitator: Very cute.
Facilitator: Hi, Nelson!
Student: Any other Netflix suggestions? I am open to everything.

Tips & tricks (image)
Facilitator: Because everyone’s got experience, what would be your top tip for someone starting this semester or beginning remote learning? Something for them to look out for or to start working on now so that they’re not falling behind in a couple of weeks’ time.
Student: So, what works for me is to have a big note / to-do list in front of my desk so whenever I sit here watching a Netflix series, I can look at it and go into the good trap that oh my god I still have to do that. So that it still kind of helps me to do stuff a little bit more than I used to, so I have a big paper there like ‘assignment is due on this date, stop watching this show and start working’, so that pretty much works for me. I think constant reminders are going to help because you have the choice to postpone things now, so yeah, that's pretty much it for me.
Student: I would say, don’t forget to do breaks and not just breaks when you are again watching Netflix which is exciting and relaxing, but also breaks when you go outside and breathe fresh and air and maybe walk or do some exercises because it is very tempting to stay at home.

A little social interaction (image)
Facilitator: [I know] it’s a bit weird to start with to connect through this way, but I think that it’s nice to then see people’s faces. Yeah, I don’t know how everybody else is feeling.
Student: Yes, it’s really nice to see you all because after a long time we are meeting like in such a platform, and yes it’s really great in this new semester.

About the Couch Conversation sessions

Couch Conversations session are on throughout the week. You can join in one, or a lot – it’s your choice, or you can even become a regular – just sign up.

Couch Conversations participants are also formally recognised through UOWx.

What can you expect?

  • An intimate group of students joining in a conversation (just so everyone feels comfortable and heard). 
  • CC sessions are a platform through which all our UOW students - from all campuses and countries, all study areas and all walks of life - can connect. Whatever your motivation, whether it's to share experiences, develop cross-cultural relationships, practice your English or hear about tips and tricks for work, study and play - everyone is welcome!
  • We will be there (a few student and staff facilitators from the UOW Peer Connection Team) to simply guide the conversation if required and give it a bit of structure. We're happy to sit back and let the conversation flow but if you're looking for a topic or an activity to get you started, that is where we can help.
  • Each conversation will go for approximately an hour (60 minutes).
  • You drop in and out as you need to - this really is purely about re-establishing that connection all UOW students like to feel with their peers.  

Once you register, you'll receive a confirmation for your booking and before your session starts, you will get an email with the details on how to join.

Global Community Series

Couch Conversations is extending, and we are excited to bring you the Global Community Series!

This is your opportunity to make global and local connections through 11 weeks of themed interactive sessions that will increase your global and cultural awareness.

With virtual and in-person opportunities available, this is your chance to go around the world through the lived experiences of our community.

This series is recognised by UOWx.

View the Global Community Series schedule (PDF)

Register for a session (spaces are limited).

Couch Conversation session schedule

Couch Conversations is running 4 weekly sessions until Week 13 (Trimester 2 Week 3) followed by a reduced offering over the mid-year recess (Trimester 2 Week 4 to 7).

Couch Conversations will be taking a short break during the mid-year recess (Trimester 2 Week 8 to 9) before coming back in Spring!

Keep an eye on this page for any schedule updates.

Reduced schedule

Study Recess to Mid-Year Recess (Trimester 2 Week 4 to Week 7)

Thursday* 4.30 pm to 5.30 pm
Friday 12.30 pm to 1.30 pm
Friday 4.30 pm to 5.30 pm

*Do you want to expand you professional network? Join our Thursday sessions as we invite our UOW community members to join us so you can make more connections!

Couch Conversations Team

Andrea Kornhoff Andrea
Justin Luzuriaga CC staff Justin
Soutara CC mentor Soutara
Seamus CC mentor Seamus
Shenjie CC mentor Shenjie
Gayani CC mentor Gayani

Conversation starters

Netflix and television shows What reality TV is helping you unwind after study?
Global Conversations travel Where are you dreaming about travelling?
Global conversations beach Anyone been missing the Aussie beaches in iso?
Global conversations culture Share something special about your culture

Get in touch

If you want to know more about Couch Conversations, our team is here to help.