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Academic and Governance Student Representatives

Academic and Governance Student Representatives (ASR) play a vital role in bridging the gap between students and the University through being an important member in decision making at UniSQ. The committees on which the Academic and Governance Representatives sit can be Faculty and School Committees or USQ Wide and Divisional Committees. Regardless of the committee, becoming a student representative allows you to:

  • contribute to decision making at UniSQ
  • represent students needs to the university
  • network with professionals at UniQ
  • participate in professional development and training
  • have a say in how your Student Amenities Fee is spent.
'As an Academic Student Representative (ASR), I feel like I can influence academic policy making and provide the student voice on important issues. Being able to see the difference students can make when working with senior members of USQ empowers me to make the most of my opportunities as an ASR, whether providing guidance on new policies or advising on the impact of upcoming restructures.'
Ashley Woods, Academic Student Representative - USQ Research Committee

As a volunteer Academic Student Representative, you will be representing the voice of all UniSQ Students to ensure the best possible experience at UniSQ.

You will work in partnership with university staff and attend university committee meetings to shape the future of the university for yourself, your peers and future students.

As a member of a University of Southern Queensland committee, you will have several important responsibilities: 

  1. Provide regular updates to the committee via written report or where appropriate verbal on matters such as the specific degree and course modules, learning environment, resources, diversity and inclusion and general university functions  
  2. Gathering the opinions and views of students and presenting them at meetings on their behalf
  3. Provide both positive and negative feedback to staff and fellow students
  4. Continuously improve the student learning experience by attending committee meetings, raising issues and working in partnership with the university to identify appropriate solutions 
  5. Be the student voice on university projects and consultation processes
  6. As a member of the University community, demonstrate the highest possible standards of professional and personal conduct, both as an individual and as part of a team, commit to regular engagement in personal, professional and team development

Hear what some of our fantastic Student Representatives have to say about what it's like (Youtube, 2:02) and why you should get involved (YouTube, 1:26).

In addition to being actively involved in creating your learning environment in partnership with the University, you will gain a multitude of valuable skills for your future career and have access to a number of benefits including:

  • Formal training and development to fully equip you for your role 
  • Exclusive access to LinkedIn Learning 
  • Exclusive access to Cultural Capability Training 
  • Opportunities to develop your graduate skills through real world work experience
  • Opportunities to develop and enhance your leadership and professional skills
  • Real world work experience in formal meetings and negotiating for mutual benefit  
  • Opportunities to build your confidence, communication and resilience skills  
  • Formal recognition of your work 
  • Access to funded student leadership conferences around Australia
  • Opportunities to meet new people and make lifelong friends

Formal Semester Two nominations for Academic Student Representatives are now closed. Some committees and positions are still available and can be applied for through the online nomination form.

If you are interested in making the student voice heard, enhancing the student university experience and developing your graduate skills, the Academic Student Representative positions are for you!

You can choose to become a Student Representative for your Faculty, School or general University Committee, and all of these committees provide you with the opportunity to be involved in decisions that are made about your University experience, and enact change. For more information about the Academic Student Representative roles, you can view the overarching Student Representative position description.

How to apply

If you are interested in pursuing an academic student representative role, open the 'Available positions' sections of this page to see a full list of committees that are seeking representation.
As part of your application form, you will need to write a small statement of interest, which in the event of an election will be published on the UniSQ electronic elections system for all students to view and vote on your nomination. As a result, this statement should inform your fellow students why you are applying for this role and why they should choose you for this role.

Other information to consider including in your statement could be:

  • Why do you want to become a representative at UniSQ
  • What does being a student representative mean to you
  • What are some of your interests
  • What are some of your past experiences

To apply for one of the positions listed in the Available positions tab, you will need to complete the online nomination form.  This nomination form is through the USQ Access portal and you can log in using your normal student log in details. 

For any questions, please email UniSQ Representation.

To apply for one of the positions listed, you will need to complete the online application form.

If you have any questions about Student Representative positions, please contact Student Life or view the overarching Student Representative Position Description (PDF).

Committee Standard Term of office (Years) Committee Function Available Positions Details Level of commitment involved
For example, the number of meetings per year, duration of meetings and feedback gathering requirements.
BMID Midwifery Advisory Committee 1 Year The BMID Midwifery Advisory Committee is a collaboration between UniSQ and External Partners in relation to delivery of program, placements and accreditation.

One first year Bachelor of Midwifery Student Representative

One second year Bachelor of Midwifery Student Representative

The BMID Midwifery Advisory Committee meets four times per year with meetings being scheduled for two hours each meeting. As the student representative you will be required to attend these meetings and provide your own perspective as a student and provide the perspectives of your fellow students.
BNSG Nursing Advisory Committee 1 Year The BNSG Nursing Advisory Committee is a collaboration between UniSQ and External Partners in relation to delivery of program, placements and accreditation.

One Postgraduate Nursing Student Representative

The BNSG Committee meets twice a year with meetings being scheduled for two hours each meeting. As the student representative you will be required to attend these meetings and provide your own perspective as a student and provide the perspectives of your fellow students.
Education Committee (AB Standing Committee) 1 Year (from 1 April to 31 March) The Education Committee is a Standing Committee of Academic Board and is responsible to Academic Board for quality assurance processes for learning and teaching to promote an academic culture of excellence and to ensure positive student outcomes.

One elected Undergraduate student from the Business, Education, Law and Arts faculty, elected by and from the Undergraduate students of the University

One Postgraduate Coursework student from the Business, Education, Law and Arts Faculty, elected by and from the Postgraduate Coursework students of the University

One elected Postgraduate Coursework student from the Health, Engineering and Sciences Faculty, elected by and from the Postgraduate Coursework students of the University

Education Committee has six scheduled meetings throughout the year, normally on a Thursday afternoon, for a duration of up to three hours per meeting. As a student representative, you will be required to attend these meetings and provide your own perspective as a student and provide the perspectives of your fellow students.
HES Faculty Learning, Teaching and Student Success Committee 1 Year The Faculty Learning, Teaching & Student Success Committee is responsible to the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs) for oversight of learning and teaching performance and student experience in the programs and courses offered by the Faculty. One Postgraduate Student Member elected by and from the students enrolled in programs offered by the Faculty The Committee meets anywhere between 6 – 10 times a year for a duration of up to two hours per meeting. As the student representative, you will be required to attend as many meetings as possible and provide your own perspective as a student and provide the perspectives of your fellow students.
Industry Advisory Committee (Counselling) 1 Year To provide 1. strategic advice to the Advisory Board of Study relevant to a specific discipline, or group of similar disciplines; 2. assistance to the Disciplines, Schools and Faculties in identifying needs and opportunities in teaching and research, and making timely responses to changes in industry, the professions or the community; 3. advise and comment on major reports.  One student representative from a postgraduate counselling program Meets twice per year for 90 minutes per meeting. Online.  As the student representative, you will be required to attend these meetings and provide your own perspective as a student and provide the perspectives of your fellow students.
Learning and Teaching Innovation Subcommittee 1 Year The Learning and Teaching Innovation Subcommittee reports to Education Committee which in turn reports to Academic Board. The Learning and Teaching Innovation Subcommittee is responsible for evaluating and providing advice on educational innovations to foster high quality learning and teaching. This is an opportunity to contribute to initiatives and uses of technology to enhance student learning outcomes.

Two elected Postgraduate Coursework students from different discipline clusters, elected by and from the Postgraduate Coursework students of the University

The Learning and Teaching Innovation Subcommittee has six meetings throughout the year, for a duration of one hour per meeting. As a student representative, you will be required to attend meetings, in person or virtually, and provide your own perspective as a student, as well as the perspectives of your fellow students.
Paramedicine Program Quality Assurance Committee (QAC) 6 Months The purpose of the QAC is to provide student feedback about the Paramedicine program’s design, implementation and quality. Student committee members will facilitate the movement of information between academic staff and each of their cohorts, to encourage greater student investment in our program and profession. In order to contribute to program planning, these student representatives will be expected to organise meetings with peers from their year.

Three first year Paramedicine Student Representatives

Three third year Paramedicine Student Representatives

Meetings shall convene every three months or as deemed necessary by the committee. One representative from the QAC will be invited to attend the bi-annual Paramedicine Advisory Committee meeting.
Physiotherapy Program Advisory Group 1 Year To provide a forum to discuss issues relevant to the Physiotherapy program at the University of Southern Queensland. The Committee will inform and provide advice, direction and support for future research plans, partnerships, and developments within the discipline of physiotherapy. One Health Discipline Student Representative from any year and level of study The committee will meet quarterly with industry partners.
School of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Learning, Teaching, and Student Success Committee 1 Year The School of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Learning, Teaching & Student Success Committee is responsible to the Head of School for oversight of learning and teaching performance, and, student experience in the programs and courses offered by the School. One Undergraduate Student Representative from within the School The School of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences LT&SS Committee will meet 10 times per year, i.e. once a month during semester one and semester two. Special meetings may be called by the Chair as the need arises. The student representatives who are members of the School of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Learning, Teaching and Student Success committee will take on an advisory role to provide valuable student perspectives and inputs into the directions and designs of programs and courses administered by the School. The School very much needs representatives from the student body to provide insights into the current student experience that will contribute greatly and have great impact in the development of new programs and initiatives. Membership in this committee will provide the student representatives valuable insights and experience in the inner workings of the University.
School of Business Research Committee 1 Year The School of Business Research Committee is responsible to the Head of School for oversight of research quality and performance. One Higher Degree Research student representative The School of Business Research Committee meets monthly.
School of Creative Arts Learning, Teaching and Student Success Committee 1 Year The Learning, Teaching and Student Success Committee is responsible for advising the Head of School/College in relation to any issue relevant to the quality assurance, conduct and performance of coursework programs (including accreditations); student retention and progression; and engagement with students. One Higher Degree Research student representative from within the school The School LT&SS Committee meets at least six times per year. Special meetings may be called by the Chair as the need arises. Your role will be to provide a student perspective on undergraduate, post graduate and HDR courses, both current and future courses. Also provide student insight to student retention and progression.
School of Creative Arts Engagement Committee 1 Year The Committee is to be used for raising the school’s/college’s profile in relevant professions and industries and with stakeholders to develop and promote the school’s/college’s reputation through professional, industry and corporate events; facilitate the promotion of coursework programs (especially internationally) and work placements; and establish a strategic approach to adjunct appointments to enhance the school’s/college’s research teaching and scholarship. Your role will be to provide a student perspective on community and school engagement. One On-Campus Undergraduate Student Representative The School of Creative Arts Engagement Committee meets monthly.
School of Creative Arts Research and Research Training Committee 1 Year This Committee will play an important role in providing communication links between the school/college and the newly established Graduate Research School. Your role will be to provide a student perspective on the HDR student experience in the School of Creative Arts, the Graduate Research School, Centre for Culture and Heritage, and/or Centre for Health Research. Assist in advocating a HDR/early career creative research culture and training within the School of Creative Arts. This can include leading post graduate seminars, symposiums and showcases, participating in community of practice and the developments of workshops for students. The Student Representative will be encouraged to mentor other students. They may also be required to assist with ERA data collection, reporting process and training.

One Higher Degree Research Student Representative

One Doctor of Creative Arts Student Representative

Monthly meeting of two hours duration. For some meetings an hour or two of preparation (reading of documents) will be required.
School of Education Advisory Board
1 Year
The Advisory Board provides insight and advice on current and potential programs and specialisations relevant to the School and/or major program of discipline area.

One Undergraduate Student Representative

One Postgraduate Student Representative

The Board meets three times throughout the year for a duration of one and a half hours per meeting. As the student representative, you will be required to attend these meetings and provide your own perspective as a student and provide the perspectives of your fellow students. 
School of Humanities and Communications Advisory Board 1 Year The Advisory Board provides an important opportunity for industry and external stakeholders to provide feedback to the Head of School and Program Directors on a range of matters, including curriculum design and industry needs, providing insight and advice on current and potential programs, with respect to the profession/industry and employment in the area of study to which it applies. The Board may also provide input to any programming changes under consideration as well as research directions and industry engagement opportunities.

One Undergraduate Student Representative from within the School

One Postgraduate Student Representative from within the School

The Advisory Board will meet at least two times per year, with dates to be confirmed during the first meeting.
School of Humanities and Communications Learning, Teaching and Student Success committee 1 Year The learning, teaching and student success committee considers issues and the implementation of initiatives relating to learning and teaching quality, curriculum design and program offerings, and student success.

One Undergraduate Student Representative from within the School 

Committee meetings are scheduled on the second Wednesday of each month, with a minimum number of meetings to be held 6 times per year.
School of Mathematics, Physics and Computing Forum 1 Year The role of the School of Mathematics, Physics and Computing Forum is to advise and assist the Head of School in the conduct and management of the programs within the School; and implementation of teaching, research, and service activities associated with the School.

One Undergraduate Student Representative from within the Schools

One Postgraduate Student Representative from within the Schools

One Higher Degree Research Student Representative from within the Schools

The School of Mathematics, Physics and Computing Forum meets every month for two (2) hours at specific dates and times determined at the beginning of each year. As the student representative, you will be required to attend these meetings and provide your own perspective as a student and provide the perspectives of your fellow students.
School of Mathematics, Physics and Computing Learning, Teaching, and Student Success Committee 1 Year The School of Mathematics, Physics and Computing Learning, Teaching & Student Success Committee is responsible to the Head of School for oversight of learning and teaching performance, and, student experience in the programs and courses offered by the School.

One Undergraduate Student Representative enrolled in one of the programs managed by the School of Mathematics, Physics and Computing, i.e. DPSC, BSCI, BSCH, BASC, BCSE, BEHS, BITC 

The School of Mathematics, Physics and Computing LT&SS Committee meets six times per year. Special meetings may be called by the Chair as the need arises. The student representatives who are members of the School of Mathematics, Physics and Computing Learning, Teaching and Student Success committee will take on an advisory role to provide valuable student perspectives and inputs into the directions and designs of programs and courses administered by the School. The School very much needs representatives from the student body to provide insights into the current student experience that will contribute greatly and have great impact in the development of new programs and initiatives. Membership in this committee will provide the student representatives valuable insights and experience in the inner workings of the University.
School of Nursing and Midwifery Forum 1 Year The School of Nursing and Midwifery is a collaboration between school members and the wider UniSQ committee when invited to discuss School related matters in relation to the delivery of programs within the school.

One Bachelor of Midwifery Student Representative elected by and from the students enrolled in the School programs

One Postgraduate Student Representative elected by and from the students enrolled in the School programs

The School of Nursing and Midwifery Forum meets once a month for nine months of the year with meetings being scheduled for two hours each meeting. As the student representative you will be required to attend these meetings and provide your own perspective as a student and provide the perspectives of your fellow students.Students are required to provide written reports for circulation to the other members of this forum.
School of Nursing and Midwifery Outreach, Engagement and International Committee 1 Year The Outreach, Engagement and International Committee will address issues related to the school in outreach as well as professional and industry engagement, as well as promotion and support of International Programs and students. This Committee reports to the School of Nursing & Midwifery Forum, the School of Nursing & Midwifery Executive and the Head of School. The Committee may make recommendations to the Divisional Learning and Teaching Committee and other committees or relevant persons such as the Associate Dean Learning and Teaching.

One Undergraduate Online Student Representative

One Undergraduate Ipswich Student Representative

One Undergraduate Springfield Student Representative

One Undergraduate Toowoomba Student Representative

One Postgraduate Student Representative

The School of Nursing and Midwifery Outreach, Engagement and International Committee meets at least four (4) times a year for two (2) hours. As the student representative, you will be required to attend the School Outreach, Engagement and International meetings and provide your own perspective as a student and provide the perspectives of your fellow students.
School of Psychology and Wellbeing Learning, Teaching and Success Committee 1 Year The purpose of the committee is to evaluate and make recommendations to the Head of School on a number of learning, teaching, and student success related matters. One Student Representative from within the Counselling discipline The Committee meets at least six (6) times throughout the year for a duration of two hours per meeting. As the student representative, you will be required to attend these meetings and provide you own perspective as a student and provide the perspectives of your fellow students.
School of Surveying and Built Environment Research Committee 1 Year The purpose of the committee is to evaluate and make recommendations to the Head of School on a number of research related matters and drive research training and research outputs within the School. One Higher Degree by Research student enrolled within the School of Surveying and Built Environment The Committee normally meets every month. Special meetings may also be called when necessary. As the student representative, you will be required to attend these meetings and provide your own perspective as a student and provide the perspectives of your fellow students.
The University Safety Committee 1 Year The University Safety Committee deals with policy and procedural matters affecting work areas and personnel throughout the University. Issues which cannot be resolved locally may be referred to this committee for advice. One student which can be from any faculty and completing any level of study. The University Safety Committee will meet at least six times per year for at least one and a half hours.

Committee Representative*
10th University Council John Dowling
Academic Appeals Committee
Samuel McClelland (UG)
Nicholas Greenstreet (PG)
Academic Board Grant Vickery (UG)
Adam Schmidt (PG)
Lolita Aranas (HDR
Academic Integrity Working Party Emma Baillie (UG)
Academic Quality Policy Review and Implementation Subcommittee Samuel McClelland (UG)
Lyla Evans (UG)
Nicholas Greenstreet (PG)
Shaima Chowdhury Sharna (PG)
BELA Diversity and Inclusion Committee Billy Morris (UG TWB)
Katrina Cutcliffe (HDR)
BELA Faculty Learning, Teaching and Student Success Committee
Nina Sorley (UG)
Warren Wackerling (PG)
BNSG Nursing Advisory Committee Gillian Gordon (UG)
Education Committee (AB Standing Committee)
Samuel McClelland (UG HES)
HES Faculty Diversity and Inclusion Committee Colin Von Rechenberg (UG)
Michael Mcdonald (UG)
Barbara Black (HDR)
HES Faculty Learning, Teaching and Student Success Committee
Murtaza Aziz Ahmad (UG)
Industry Advisory Board (Study of ICT)
Kenish Shrestha (UG)
Keziah Elsa John (PG)
Learning and Teaching Innovation Subcommittee

Samuel McClelland (UG)
Lyla Evans (UG)

Paramedicine Program Quality Assurance Committee (QAC) Peter Cramp (FY Paramedicine)
Savannah Davis (SY Paramedicine)
Georgia Nicolle (SY Paramedicine)
Samuel McClelland (SY Paramedicine)
Millie Reed (SY Paramedicine)
Alexandra Blyth (SY Paramedicine)
Research Committee (AB Standing Committee)
Damien Lowe (HDR)
Shaima Chowdhury Sharna (HDR)
Research Training Sub-Committee
Shauna Fjaagesund (HES)
Tara East (BELA)
Safer Communities Reference Committee Rachel Conway
Adam Schmidt
School of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Learning, Teaching and Student Success Committee Shaima Chowdhury Sharna (PG)
School of Creative Arts Learning & Teaching & Student Success Committee
Nina Sorley (UG)
School of Education Advisory Board Robert Cantle (HDR)
School of Education Outreach, Engagement and International Committee Dush Bandarawickrama (HDR)
School of Education Research Committee Rian Roux (HDR) 
School of Humanities and Communications Research Committee Katrina Cutcliffe (HDR)
School of Law and Justice Advisory Board Tracy Bowen (UG)
James Hevers (HDR)
School of Mathematics, Physics and Computing Forum Michael Mcdonald (UG)
School of Mathematics, Physics and Computing Learning, Teaching and Student Success Committee Prajin Paul (PG)
School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Mechanical and Mechatronic Industry Advisory Committee
Kate McCullough (UG)
School of Nursing and Midwifery Forum
Alex Baker (UG BNSG)
School of Nursing and Midwifery Learning, Teaching and Student Success Committee
Gillian Gordon
School of Psychology and Counselling Learning, Teaching and Success Committee
Melanie Sienkiewicz-Grob (HS)
Cindy Atkinson (PSY)
School of Surveying and Built Environment Outreach and Engagement Committee Kelvin Chi Chung Siew (UG)
Students Portfolio Safety Committee Prabhsharan Kaur (UG)
The University of Southern Queensland Student Guild Board of Directors
Dinuki Seneviratne

*UG Undergraduate; PG Postgraduate; HDR Higher Degree Research; BELA Business, Education, Law and Arts Faculty; HES Health, Engineering and Sciences Faculty; FY First Year; SY Second Year; TY Third Year; TWB Toowoomba; IPS Ipswich; SPF Springfield; BNSG Bachelor of Nursing; PSY Psychology; CS Civil and Surveying; HS Human Services; HON Honours.

 

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