SRC Election

2020 STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE COUNCIL ELECTIONS

View here for the final schedule of nominations.

Please note: all elected or appointed candidates are required to attend the SRC Induction on Thursday, 12th November 2020.

VOTING

Voting held in week 6 (Monday 19 October - Thursday 22 October 2020)). Voting will be held online only.

Who can vote:

All current UNSW students (including UNSW Art & Design students and PG students) may vote for the following unrestricted positions:

  • President of the SRC
  • General Secretary
  • Education Officer
  • Environment Officer
  • Welfare Officer
  • Ethno-cultural Officer
  • All students may vote in the election of the NUS positions:

Restrictions apply to voting for the following positions:

  • Women's Officer - only female-identifying students may vote for this position.
  • International Students' Officer - only international students may vote for this position.
  • Undergraduate Councillors - only current UNSW undergraduates from Electorate A may vote for the candidates from Electorate A and only current UNSW undergraduates from Electorate B may vote for the candidates from Electorate B.



How to vote:

Elections will be held online. 


CANDIDATES FOR CONTESTED POSITIONS

PRESIDENT OF THE SRC

Shovan BHATTARAI (LEFT ACTION)

Staff and students are under attack. The government and Vice Chancellors' response to the crisis in the university sector has been: hiking uni fees, slashing public funding, sacking university staff, cutting courses, and punishing international students. As 2020 Education Officer, I organised resistance to these attacks and other injustices: uni student climate strikes, protests against the Liberals' uni fee hikes bill, Black Lives Matter demonstrations, and protests against UNSW's faculty merger and the sacking of 500 FTE staff. As a socialist I think student unions should be fighting bodies that unapologetically stand up to defend the rights of students, workers and the oppressed. They should see the Ian Jacobs and Scomos of the world as enemies to be confronted, not sucked up to; and they should throw themselves into organising an activist response to their attacks. If you agree, vote for me as a Left Action SRC President and Councillor.

Tom KENNEDY (Together)

Hey there, I’m Tom, and I am incredibly excited to be running for SRC President in 2021! I believe that the most important responsibility of the SRC is delivering concrete results for student welfare, especially when students are suffering so much due to COVID-19 and trimesters. That’s why I’m very proud to be running with Together, an experienced and diverse group of leaders focused on ensuring the best outcomes for students. During my time on the SRC, I have been the driving force behind the introduction of flexibility week, increasing StuVac to a full week, and expanding special considerations to include weddings, job interviews, and many extracurriculars. If elected, my priorities will be reducing lecture and tutorial attendance requirements, instituting universal lecture recordings, improving access to online and flexible course delivery options, and improving funding and access to Counselling and Psychological Services. Vote [1] Together for your SRC!

Jerry OFFOR (TRUST)

Having served as the President of Public Speaking Society and Research Students Officer of PGC, l will put my treasurable and extensive experience, leadership, teamwork and evidence based advocacy skills To build a better dialogue strategy with University administration, Ensuring that students voices and concerns are heard and responded to accordingly with urgency especially during this COVID-19 pandemic. I will work closely with various students’ societies, schools and faculty representatives in Reinvigorating students’ belief that their say really matters. I am part of a team that is founded on 5 main principles: Transparency, Responsibility, Unity, Students-first, and Tenacity (T.R.U.S.T.). l recognize that COVID-19 has caused unprecedented hardship, which is why if elected, Team T.R.U.S.T. will establish a COVID-19 support fund for postgraduates most in need during this pandemic. It is time for the Students Representative Council to do more for you. Please support us by casting your invaluable vote

Ramanashree PALAKSHAMURTHY

I have a ‘Platinum Mine’ of ideas, which I will endeavor to achieve as a President of Students Representative council Arc. I would like to contribute to our university life and make sure we get the best opportunities, experiences accessibility to resources with all the fun that UNSW has to offer. I look forward to driving the change by steering the direction of the UNSW as a President of Students Representative council Arc, to help the students, “to reach out, reach high and reach beyond “. I Promise to be a VISIBLE and APPROACHABLE representative, how helps to connect students with the alumni network, to sets up opportunities, share experiences and ideas. I will use the knowledge which, I have gained as a Faculty Board member and PGC councilor to best represent and implement the ideas, to make life better amidst the COVID-19 pandemic for all the UNSW students.

GENERAL SECRETARY

Nayonika BHATTACHARYA (Together)

Hello, I am Nayonika, a 4th year Arts/Law student! As this year’s Welfare Officer and last year’s International Officer on SRC, I am ecstatic to be running for the General Secretary’s role. I am a firm believer in the idea that the glass is always half full and respect is given until proven otherwise. As an actively involved UNSW Student across different faculties, volunteering events and student advocacy, I am committed to ensuring we foster a more supportive, inclusive and accountable community at UNSW. I have a keen interest in increasing how support services are visible, engage with students and creating proactive policies to improve your social, academic, professional environment at UNSW. If elected, I will champion a strong voice for students and encourage wider group participation to facilitate student discussion and improvement around the impacts of University changes and COVID-19 to facilitate a more accessible environment across all areas.

Ganesh PRASAD (TRUST)

I am Ganesh Prasad pursuing Commerce extension (Business analytics, Enterprise system & Business design). I am determined with a focused mindset, believing in multi-cultural ethnicity & equality. My goal as SRC General Secretary is to congruously develop strategies based on 5 main principles: Transparency, Responsibility, Unity, Student priority, and Tenacity (T.R.U.S.T.). I assure to give my fullest to all the possibilities in this syndicate of being SRC General Secretary with Benevolence. My interests revolve around over all personality development which ranges from being pet friendly to immense e-sports activities. I'd take responsibility for the same to promote co- curricular culture. Putting Plans in action to assure your satisfaction amidst unprecedented hardship caused in this pandemic. It is high time for the Student Representative Council (SRC) to do more for you. Please support us by casting your invaluable vote. Make US Your Choice and WE will be Your Voice.

EDUCATION OFFICER

Kieran SORENSEN (SPICE UP)

Hey! I’m Kieran and I am a second year studying Civil Engineering and Commerce. I grew up in a small town on the coast called Port Macquarie and moved to Sydney to study. Over my time at UNSW I’ve continually witnessed a lack of transparency between the university and student body about the true intentions of initiatives and a general lack of consideration of student opinion. The university seems to only care about its international ranking and has moved away from considering the actual quality of education it is delivering. As Education Officer, I will continue to ensure that student opinion is heard and that a greater focus is put on the quality of the delivery of education, especially online. I will also act to defend our staff and faculties, pushing for a reversal of the recent faculty merge, as these factors are intrinsically linked to education quality.


Macy REEN (LEFT ACTION)

Hey, I'm Macy and am running for SRC Education Officer. The world is increasingly unequal and crises ridden as governments and bosses are on the offensive against the rest of us. In this situation I think the SRC should be used to fight for social justice and the rights of staff and students that are currently being undermined to prioritise the profits of the corporate university. I have been involved in Black Lives Matter protests and in the fight for climate justice as well as education campaigns such as Cancel Trimesters last year and against the Liberals latest proposed fee hikes and UNSW course cuts this year. The SRC and NUS need more people who are willing to throw themselves into these struggles. If you agree, vote for Left Action in this election.

Howra AL TIMIMY (Together)

Hi! My name is Howra and I am a Microbiology student who is running for Education Officer for 2021! During these unprecedented times, we need a strong and diverse voice for UNSW, to ensure no student gets left behind, especially in a time of significant uncertainty. As Education Officer, I will be that voice. I will strive to secure transparency from management and ensure that the education collective space is proactive, progressive and accessible for all students. Creating an environment where all students and staff can feel comfortable to share their voice in an inclusive and welcoming environment is my absolute priority. If elected I would endeavour to guarantee that the education collective space actively thrives with a variety of social events, protests and upskilling opportunities for both new and experienced activists in this collective. Vote [1] Together!

Kunjita BAJAJ (TRUST)

I am Kunjita Bajaj, a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) and Business student at UNSW. I intend to undertake a Masters in Neuroscience and successively be an entrepreneur. I’m also interested in Visual Arts wherein I won the Academic Award, another in Mathematics and additionally four gold medals in the English Olympiad My academic portfolio makes me suitable for the Education Officer at SRC and believe it will further my goals and better the community; something I feel strongly about. I have raised $400 for the Sydney Children’s Hospital, taught rural girls science and volunteered at a Mental Disabilities Institute. I’m part of a team founded on 5 principles of Transparency, Responsibility, Unity, Student-First and Tenacity (T.R.U.S.T). We understand that COVID-19 caused unprecedented hardship hence, Team T.R.U.S.T will support UNSW students in need. It is time for the SRC to do more for you. Support our endeavor by casting your vote.

WELFARE OFFICER

Emily POPE (SPICE UP)

My name is Emily Pope and I am a second year Commerce student running for the position of Welfare Officer. I am running for SRC as I want to improve the quality of the UNSW student experience, by taking issues and concerns into consideration and working to find solutions. I have been on the SRC during 2020 as a councillor, and have thoroughly enjoyed being a student advocate and ensuring voices are heard. As Welfare Officer, I aim to improve students’ mental wellbeing and help them with a comfortable transition back onto campus. Many students have been socially alienated during the CovID crisis and online learning experience. If elected I will be dedicated to increasing opportunities for students to feel at home in campus life again, as well as increase funding for CAPS to help those going through a tough time.

John ECONOMIDES (Together)

Hi, I’m John Economides, a second year actuarial studies/mathematics student. Campus life is something I have been heavily involved in during my time at UNSW, from getting involved in subject related societies through camps, case comps and activities, to playing sport weekly with the basketball society. I’ve also been involved with uni peer support and have held an executive position within clubs. University is something I have been privileged to experience to the extent I have and I am running for welfare officer to try help extend this experience to everyone. A welfare officer who cares for the students they represent is crucial as I know how my mental health has been affected in the past from missing out on opportunities for reasons out of my control and hope to help limit this for those at UNSW. Vote (1) Together

Abhimanyu GUPTA (TRUST)

My name is Abhimanyu, as an entrepreneur and team lead for several organizations, I have been able to gain first-hand experience in leadership and coordination within a team, If elected as welfare officer, my top priority will be ensuring the wellbeing of everyone on campus and being the person whom any student can promptly approach to get guidance and support on their mental, physical, financial and emotional difficulties and get access to an affordable and seamless university experience at UNSW. We are part of a team that is founded on 5 main principles: Transparency, Responsibility, Unity, Students-first, and Tenacity (T.R.U.S.T.). We recognize that COVID-19 has caused unprecedented hardship, which is why if elected, Team T.R.U.S.T. will establish a COVID-19 support fund for postgraduates most in need during this pandemic. It is time for the Students Representative Council to do more for you. Please support us by casting your invaluable vote.

WOMEN'S OFFICER

Natalie SIMONOVSKI (Together)

Hi, my name is Natalie, I am a 3rd year Social Work student. I am running this year for the Women’s officer position on the SRC. I believe that students should have strong and passionate voices fighting for change and promoting the needs of students at UNSW. I am extremely passionate about women’s rights and safety on campus and hope to contribute to an environment that empowers and supports students. I strongly believe that it is the SRC’s role to advocate for students to feel safe and accepted within our university. If I am elected, I will strive to foster an environment where female identifying students feel appreciated and supported at UNSW. Vote (1) Together

Dimple LALWANI (TRUST)

I am Dimple Lalwani pursuing Masters of Architecture. As a female I believe that it is vital to give a voice to every woman and create an environment which is holistic encouraging the women to grow and come up as a strong personality. I believe that it is really important to remove the barriers of inequality ultimately promoting genders as equal entities. This can come into action by facilitating empowerment of women through education, demanding a safe and respectful environment in all areas and aspects of life, advocating women to break expectations that reinforce inequality. My goal as SRC Women’s Officer is to consistently initiate strategies based on 5 main principles: Transparency, Responsibility, Unity, Student priority, and Tenacity (T.R.U.S.T.). I strongly believe if we work towards promoting equality we can surely bring change in the society we inhabit.

ENVIRONMENTAL OFFICER

Saransh AGRAWAL (TRUST)

Hi, My name is Saransh. I believe that my experiences and past leadership roles have equipped me with the right tools to pursue the elected position of the Environment Officer. While working on the ongoing project lead by the Environment Institute of Sydney, I have gained experience on working as a team. With my passion for environment issues I believe I can transform the university landscape into a more environmentally responsible space. We are part of a team that is founded on 5 main principles: Transparency, Responsibility, Unity, Students-first, and Tenacity (T.R.U.S.T.). We recognize that COVID-19 has caused unprecedented hardship, which is why if elected, Team T.R.U.S.T. will establish a COVID-19 support fund for postgraduates most in need during this pandemic. We believe that it’s time that the student council does more for you. Please cast your vote for us!

Anna HO (RISE)

Hi! I am Anna, a second year Law and Science student, and I am running for SRC Enviro Officer in 2021! Students are living through a pandemic as well as a global climate crisis, which is why it is more important than ever for our representative bodies to advocate for climate justice. During my time in Fossil Free UNSW in 2019 and UNSW Environment Collective this year, I have learnt about the importance of effective grassroots organizing to strike for the climate and take direct action against our educational and political institutions. The climate movement must be intersectional, by prioritizing justice for First Nations people, refugees, and a just transition for workers! These are issues which I am deeply passionate about and will push for both on the SRC and within the Environment Collective’s activism.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT'S OFFICER

Tanmay MANCHANDA (Together)

As the International Officer, I aspire to improve the chain of communication by increasing transparency - by acting as a bridge between the university and students, having zero tolerance for discrimination, representing diversity by promoting cross-cultural awareness and advocating for the interest of all international students at UNSW. I’ve been extremely passionate to lobby for concession opal cards for students – which is an ongoing battle for a few years now. Moreover, as the President of UNSW Indian Society, I’ve assisted the community in navigating the current global pandemic and efficiently responding to student welfare issues. I am a strong advocate of effective communication and hence I strive to take initiative and ensure that everything under me is run smoothly, without any glitches and at the same time be respectful to different perspectives and opinions. Such a role will harness my creative yet simplistic self to reach full potential. Vote[1] Together.

Luqi HUANG (TRUST)

Having experienced from diverse cultures, ethics and norms in the USA and have led the International Volunteers at Sydney Airport Welcome Desk. l have overcome cultural barriers and broken through the limitations of being a non-native. With the chance of serving at SRC, I intend to advocate maximum benefits for our students through excavating the value of diversity. I believe the needs and interests from different backgrounds would be satisfied with the support of a cross-cultural team. I am part of a team that is founded on 5 main principles: Transparency, Responsibility, Unity, Student priority, and Tenacity (T.R.U.S.T.). I recognize that COVID-19 has caused unprecedented hardship, which is why if elected, Team T.R.U.S.T. will establish a COVID-19 support fund for all students in need during this pandemic. It is urged for the Students Representative Council (SRC) to do more for you. Please support us by casting your invaluable vote!

Poorva ANAND

Hello Everyone! My name is Poorva. I am a first year MCom student from India. So far, I have had the opportunity to live in five continents and eight countries. While living life as a global citizen has allowed me to travel and experience different cultures, it has also posed some challenges that most international students face. For example, moving countries can lead to confused identity and feeling like you don't belong anywhere. However, through many years of struggle, I have learned how to cope with this and many other problems. Additionally, during my undergrad, I worked with the International Student Office to gain more insights regarding the necessities of international students to feel at home. Hence, I would like to run for the International Students' Officer position as I believe that I can understand what you are going through and help you get the best college experience.

Grace SONG

I am international student who studies Criminology and Criminal Justice Course at UNSW and has lived in Sydney for 5 years. I have learnt a lot during these years and cherish time at campus, so I decide to apply for a position at ARC Society and I can do something for other lovely UNSW students. I applied for the position of International Students’ Officer that is because I can quickly pick up the problems from international students and more appreciate their conditions. Besides, I can get well in passing on the principles of ARC Society and UNSW Community and promoting a series of activities to international students. I am good at communicating and problem solving, as I have worked in a range of different internship and volunteer program. Otherwise, I am a creative person who can help with designing and organising some funny activities and play with them together.

ETHNO-CULTURAL OFFICER

Charley GONZAGA (Together)

Hi, my name is Charley! I am a Social Work student and a strong advocate for anti-racism, diversity and multiculturalism at UNSW. I believe that having a strong, diverse, and truly student-focused student representative council is of utmost importance which has further been solidified after the recent events this year. Hence, I am extremely excited to be running for the position of Ethnocultural Officer this year! As a member of the UNSW Filipino Students’ Society and as an immigrant and young person from a CALD background myself, I understand the importance of continuing to create a safe, welcoming and warm environment for CALD students on campus. I aspire to be a voice for us CALD students, creating meaningful connections with students and societies in order to bring to light any issues that may be a concern to specifically CALD student life on campus. Vote (1) Together!

Ramanashree PALAKSHAMURTHY (TRUST)

I have a ‘Platinum Mine’ of ideas, which I will endeavor to achieve as a Ethno-cultural Officer of Students Representative council Arc. I would like to contribute to our university life and make sure we get the best opportunities, experiences accessibility to resources with all the fun that UNSW has to offer. I look forward to driving the change by steering the direction of the UNSW as a Ethno-cultural Officer of Students Representative council Arc, to help the students, “to reach out, reach high and reach beyond “.We are part of a team that is founded on 5 main principles: Transparency, Responsibility, Unity, Students-first, and Tenacity (T.R.U.S.T.). We recognise that COVID-19 has caused unprecedented hardship, which is why if elected, Team T.R.U.S.T. will establish a COVID-19 support fund for UNSW students most in need during this pandemic. It is time for the Student Representative Council (SRC) to do more for you. Please support us by casting your invaluable vote.

Peoly GUNARATNE (RISE)

Running with RISE allows me to spearhead anti-colonial and anti- racist attitudes within the work SRC achieves. I will work toward providing greater financial and equity support for First Nations students and work to uplift spaces where minority voices and needs are often neglected - this includes students of colour, refugees and asylum seekers. This year the student base has come to understand how important it is to host intersectional discussions about race and equality. I will push for greater action strategies within human resources and development to ensure that students of colour are well supported following events of racial discrmination and racist behaviour/ attacks. Increasing accessibility to educational resources and safe discussion spaces is another priority for me. Education is the key to enabling inclusive and respective discourse about race, allyship and white supremacy and I want every UNSW student to feel included in the social justice movement toward anti-racism.

Ganesh PRASAD

I am Ganesh Prasad pursuing Commerce extension (Business analytics, Enterprise system & Business design). I have fluency over 6 languages and learning new. Believes in spreading love and peace among all. My goal as Ethno-cultural officer is to congruously develop strategies based on 5 main principles: Transparency, Responsibility, Unity, Student priority, and Tenacity (T.R.U.S.T.).  I assure to give my fullest to all the possibilities in this syndicate of being NUS Delegate with Benevolence. My interests revolve around over all personality development which ranges from being pet friendly to immense e-sports activities. I'd take responsibility for the same to promote co- curricular culture. Putting Plans in action to assure your satisfaction amidst unprecedented hardship caused in this pandemic. It is high time for the Student Representative Council (SRC) to do more for you. Please support us by casting your invaluable vote. Make US Your Choice and WE will be Your Voice.

COUNCILLOR - UNDERGRADUATE A

Franky GONZAGA (SPICE UP)

I’m Franky, a 3rd year Commerce and Arts student running for Councillor A. I’m from St Mary's, Western Sydney and am pretty lucky to be attending and living at UNSW. Honestly, I’ve only recently developed an interest in student politics but I am incredibly passionate about working with people. During my three years here, a lot of older students have been kind enough to show me the ropes, encouraging me to jump into new experiences. Because of them, I’ve been able to be an executive and director on a college committee. I couldn’t imagine what my uni life would be like without those people, so for me, SRC is a platform to replicate the experience for others. Personally, I would like to see a greater awareness of campus life so that students understand the breadth of opportunities waiting for them.

Lileana COLARELLI (SPICE UP)

My name is Lileana Colarelli and I am a UNSW college student in the second year of my Law/Fine Arts degree. Being passionate about community service and fostering vibrancy in university life, I’m excited to be running for a Councillor position on the SRC. I’ve been an active member of campus life, holding an executive position within my college in my first year and currently being a councillor on the UNSW Inter-Residential Community Council. Believing community engagement and facilitating positive relationships and experiences for students is the key to maximising and improving student-life, I’m committed to putting the needs and concerns of students first. Whist ensuring student-life at UNSW is at an all-time high and that student influence in decision-making is prioritised within the university, if elected I’ll also be committed to ensuring UNSW students can bounce back from the impacts of COVID-19 in the most seamless way possible.

Hamish COVELL (SPICE UP)

As you can see I’m running for to be a councillor on the SRC, and that means I’ve got to tell you a little bit about myself. I’m a first year International Studies student, I’m a proud campus resident and mediocre learner of German (Sprichst du auch Deutsch?). Given The Rona I haven’t yet had the chance to make the biggest impact I can on campus, not that I’ve let it stop me entirely. While here I’ve helped a friend of mine to be successfully elected to the UNSW Council as the undergrad rep, probably eaten everywhere there is to go on campus AND I’ve sprinted up Basser steps way more times than I care to admit. If you vote for me I can’t promise that I can put soft drink in the taps, but I can ensure that you have a legitimate voice in how your Uni is run!

Cherie PAN (SPICE UP)

My name is Cherie Pan and I am a 2nd year Psychology/Law student. As the current philanthropy director of PsychSoc, I’ve realised (particularly in the last few challenging months) that the wellbeing of our students is fundamentally contingent on having a supportive community. As a councillor, I will work conscientiously to ensure university decisions reflect more than just politics, and that they actually address everyday issues faced by students through practically measures that prioritise student health and wellbeing. One particular area I believe needs work, is a revival in student-teacher engagement across faculties especially since teachers are the frontline supporters for students. Ensuring teachers know who/where to refer students to for additional support, understanding how groupwork tasks might require avenues for conflict resolution, and ensuring students have accessible means of receiving academic help, are just some examples of issues that appear small, but can be root causes underlying student distress.

Joanne FARES (SPICE UP)

Hello! My name is Joanne and I am a second year Law and International Studies student. I always love taking advantage of new experiences and challenges and that is why in my almost two years at university I have signed up for many different activities and societies. Some of these include joining Arc Street Team (the green shirts that hand out free food), UNSW Law Revue Society (playing trumpet in the band portfolio), being a peer mentor, almost making it to Japan for World Model United Nations (but corona happened ) and many more. I also love playing basketball so you can catch me on the courts around uni. As part of my degree I got to learn Spanish and I can also speak Arabic (originally Lebanese). Although I was born in Australia, living overseas before university has led me to having a funny mixed accent!

Hersha KADKOL (LEFT ACTION)

Hi, I'm Hersha and I'm running for council and to be a delegate to the National Union of Students because, as society becomes increasingly unequal and brutal, our student unions should be proudly fighting for a better world. We need a world that works for us, not just the 1%. And students should be part of the fightback - whether for Black Lives, against the corporate university or for the planet. I'm an activist of many years standing and for two years the anti-racist officer in the National Union of Students. If elected to the SRC, I'll continuing on my record of standing up for equality and justice and empowering others to do the same. Get involved with the Left Action campaign if you want to be part of the fightback!

India OLD (LEFT ACTION)

Hi, I'm India and I'm running for SRC Councillor and NUS Delegate as I think it is important that the student union is a progressive body that fights for the rights of students. The current COVID-19 pandemic has seen a radical restructure of our Universities as course have been cut and degree costs increased by 150%. I want to be able through the SRC to organise students against these unprecedented attacks on our education. I have previously been an activist involved in the SRC participating in the Black Lives Matter movement, the climate strikes, refugee rights, LGBTI rights and against sexism. If elected, I will continue to protest and get students involved in fighting against the corporate university and all the injustices of this world.

Caitlin KEOGH (LEFT ACTION)

Hi my name's Caitlin and I'm running for council this year because I think our SRC should be made up of people willing to stand up for students and staff against UNSW management. I am a long time socialist activist who has been fighting in progressive campaigns for over 5 years. I was the Ed Officer in 2019 and led the Cancel Trimesters Campaign. I want to keep pushing the SRC to be a body that stands up against the corporate university, for LGBTI rights, against racism and sexism!

George CASTILLO (Together)

Hello! My name is George Castillo, I’m a 2nd year Media PR and Advertising student and unfortunately I can’t promise you that I'll put Coca Cola in the bubblers around campus. Although I am quite calm and lighthearted by nature, I take the roles I devote myself to very passionately and diligently. I’m blessed to be working alongside charitable organisations with 180 Degrees Consulting both as a project consultant and their Treasurer for 2020. My experience performing for ARC, being a UNSW student ambassador and now running for a place in the SRC has been incredibly fulfilling. My philosophy behind a campus and student body that flourishes in all aspects of Uni life, is that every individual should have the opportunity to thrive in their respective fields, interests and passions with the support of a SRC primed to see their hardwork come to fruition. So vote yourself. Vote (1) Together.

Lulu EDWARDS (Together)

Hi, I’m Lulu and I’m a third-year Arts/Law student. Recently I was chatting to a friend about simple changes that would make university more accessible for people with the invisible disability we share, and she encouraged me to run for SRC. I am running for Councillor A with Together because change requires action.If elected, I will listen and work with you. The job of a councillor is to represent you in council meetings, introduce motions and ask questions to hold others accountable. I will investigate more effective ways for societies to communicate to you about events. Unpredictable social media algorithms need not be our only link to student life. I will also increase knowledge of Equitable Learning Services in Councillor A’s electorate. Equitable learning plans should be discovered before, not after a crisis. Vote (1) Together.

Rebecca ZHANG (Together)

Hi, my name is Rebecca and I am an International student currently in my 3rd year of Actuarial Studies. I am the vice director of the Department of Career and Development in UNSW CSA and I am very passionate about running for a position of Councillor A as I am really looking forward to representing more interests from international students on the UNSW SRC. I strongly believe that a diverse, inclusive and robust student representative council will encourage a larger number of students to express their opinions and will be able to fight for student rights. International students are more than a quarter of all enrolled students in UNSW, and I believe their voices need to be heard and valued all equal. Vote (1) Together

Oliver VINCENT (Together)

I’m Oliver Vincent, an Arts student looking to become one of your councillors on the UNSW SRC. I am a keen student activist and as your representative, I will be invested in protecting and advocating for the wellbeing of our students. With Covid-19 remaining active, I will be championing the health and safety of our student body. As an Arts student, I understand the diversity of our university and aim to do my best to voice the concerns of all students. This includes fighting against the “fee hikes” proposed by the government. As someone who is not entitled to HECS-HELP, I understand that this proposal could prevent many from having a quality higher education, and for others who continue to pursue their degree, it could add tens of thousands of dollars to student loans. With huge changes on the horizon for UNSW and its students, I hope you put your trust in me to represent you on our SRC and vote (1) Together to have a truly proactive SRC!

Ben BURGESS (Together)

Hi, my name is Ben and I am a current third year student undertaking a Bachelor of Commerce and Science. Over my time at university, I have been heavily involved in a range of student initiatives within sport, volunteering and academia, and am very excited to be running for this year’s SRC. I believe in the role of UNSW as a source of leadership and responsibility within the community, and would therefore seek to promote a managed shift to more sustainable practices, both environmentally and economically. In addition to this, I would endeavour to develop UNSW’s cultural identity, fostering an inclusive and supportive community that students can be proud to be a part of. Also, I would like to see a strengthened connectivity between the SRC and the student body as a whole, increasing students’ power over the way that UNSW operates. Vote (1) Together!

Jennifer LIN (Together)

Hi, my name is Jennifer and I am a first-year student studying Actuarial Studies! I am excited to be running for a councillor position on the SRC for next year! Over the past year, I have been involved with student societies and more broadly with campus life at UNSW. I have worked in the student advocacy space before during my time in high school, so despite my young age, I feel there are many similarities between my past work and the role I hope to fill on the SRC. Additionally, I feel as if I have good connections with the students from my faculty and the broader societies I am in at UNSW and this means I can bring different student experiences and concerns to council. In short, I hope to be able to represent the broad student voice at UNSW on the SRC next year. Vote (1) Together.

Aadesh KANDA (TRUST)

My name is Aadesh, after working with several NGO like “Jagriti” which ensure that poor kids gets education, uniform, meals and also played as a football team captain , I have been able to gain first-hand experience in child care, leadership and coordination within a team, If elected as a Council member, my first concern will be the prosperity of everybody on the campus and being able to provide guidance and support to the students during hard times.

We are part of a team that is founded on 5 main principles: Transparency, Responsibility, Unity, Students-first, and Tenacity (T.R.U.S.T.). We recognize that COVID-19 has caused unprecedented hardship, which is why if elected, Team T.R.U.S.T. will establish a COVID-19 support fund for postgraduates most in need during this pandemic.

It is time for the Students Representative Council to do more for you. Please support us by casting your invaluable vote.

Saransh AGRAWAL (TRUST)

Hi, My name is Saransh Agrawal. I believe that my experiences and past leadership roles have equipped me with the right tools to pursue the elected position of the Councillor. While working on the ongoing project “Pandemic Resonance and Indigenous Vibrations” lead by the Environment Institute of Sydney, I have gained valuable experience on working as a team. Being a creative team leader in a start-up company has helped me a lot in gaining event management and leadership skills. We are part of a team that is founded on 5 main principles: Transparency, Responsibility, Unity, Students-first, and Tenacity (T.R.U.S.T.). We recognize that COVID-19 has caused unprecedented hardship, which is why if elected, Team T.R.U.S.T. will establish a COVID-19 support fund for postgraduates most in need during this pandemic. It is time for the Students Representative Council to do more for you. Please support us by casting your invaluable vote.

Abhimanyu GUPTA (TRUST)

My name is Abhimanyu, as an entrepreneur and team lead for several organizations, I have been able to gain first-hand experience in leadership and coordination within a team, If elected as council member, my top priority will be ensuring the wellbeing of everyone on campus and being the person whom any student can promptly approach to get guidance and support on their mental, physical, financial and emotional difficulties and get access to an affordable and seamless university experience at UNSW. We are part of a team that is founded on 5 main principles: Transparency, Responsibility, Unity, Students-first, and Tenacity (T.R.U.S.T.). We recognize that COVID-19 has caused unprecedented hardship, which is why if elected, Team T.R.U.S.T. will establish a COVID-19 support fund for postgraduates most in need during this pandemic. It is time for the Students Representative Council to do more for you. Please support us by casting your invaluable vote.

Saskia WIBOWO (RISE)

I am a second-year student studying a Bachelor of Commerce – running for councillor in the hopes of giving the student body a perspective and voice that is better heard and value. Throughout this year and even before university, I have been heavily involved in a wide range of extracurricular activities – ranging from volunteering to positions in student societies and community groups – which have allowed me to develop my communication, interpersonal skills and openness to others’ input. As a person, I am always keen to take on new opportunities and commit as best as I can to everything that I decide to undertake. I hope that these aspects of my character – along with the insight and experience I have gained from my active involvement within the campus community – will equip me with what is required to help make the university experience better for all students from all walks of life.

Hridaya HARIDASAN (RISE)

Hey everyone! My name is Hridaya and I am a second year Commerce student, majoring in accounting and management. I’ve decided to run for councillor as I want to continue to make UNSW more accessible to its staff and students. As a team player and a strong-willed individual, I believe I will be able to make efficient decisions and changes with my peers that will be of some relief during this difficult time. Given the current situation with the pandemic, making education accessible is all the more difficult and more crucial, and as a councillor, I will try my level best to do so. Vote [1] Rise.

Sam LANE (RISE)

Hi everyone! I’m Sam and I am a 2nd year Arts/Law student running for the position of councillor. This past year UNSW has had to respond to numerous political issues - from paid pandemic leave, to their position on racist conduct among the student body. While there has been an effort from the university to accomodate students needs it oftentimes feels like they are out of touch. I hold the view that on such important issues it is simply not enough to be ambivalent - UNSW owes it to its students to be actively anti-racism and pro-climate justice to create a future which is more inclusive and sustainable. Vote [1] Rise!

Ruby PANDOLFI (RISE)

Hey! My name is Ruby and I’m a fourth year Arts/Law student. With UNSW proposing almost 500 job cuts, fee hikes and course cuts, I believe now is the time for students to fight back against the corporatisation of universities and demand a better quality of education. I have been involved in activism around social justice throughout my time at unsw, including being a part of the Fossil Free divestment campaign, the black lives matter movement, climate strikes, as well as organising in solidarity with various worker struggles. The skills and experience that I have gained in the student movement will allow me to work effectively as a representative and bring a principled approach to everything I do. If elected, I will continue to fight passionately against attacks on education, for climate justice, and act in solidarity with anti-colonial and anti-racist struggles. Vote [1] Rise if this matters to you!

Jelena RUDD (RISE)

I’ve been involved with grassroots student activism for some years now and am really excited to be running for the position of councillor for this year’s SRC elections. Joining environment collective and then fossil free in 2018 has led me down a whole variety of different paths, connecting me to communities such as the Australian Student Environment Network. Universities are valuable places for building communities and political activism, and as councillor I would like to represent grassroots values on the SRC to make sure that the right decisions are being made along anti-colonial, anti-capitalist, directly democratic, and non-hierarchical lines. I would like to see a student body at UNSW building community networks of support around issues that we think are important, a student body that is coordinated and organised enough to see these changes through. These are the values which I will be bringing to the SRC in 2021.

COUNCILLOR - UNDERGRADUATE B

Jack NETHERY (SPICE UP)

Hi! My name is Jack, and I am running for a Councillor position on the 2021 SRC. I am originally from Port Macquarie, but am currently living on campus in my first year of medicine, having transferred in from Advanced Science last year. In my spare time, I enjoy playing sport, listening to music, and spending time with friends. Conversation topics to avoid with me include anything related to footy or the Hottest 100, as I will happily talk forever. If elected to the SRC, I hope to provide an avenue for more of the student body to share their thoughts and concerns regarding uni/campus life. I’m excited by the possibility of working alongside a diverse range of fellow students, and am eager to work hard to make a positive impact on student life.

Melody RANGER (SPICE UP)

I’m Melody and I’m a second year Chemical Engineering student. I’m grew up in Brisbane, but I always wanted to attend UNSW. I moved down after graduating and I currently live at New College on campus. I really enjoyed playing sports even though I’m quite uncoordinated and unfit. Despite this, I’m currently trying to learn how to surf. My other hobbies include playing the piano and Mario Kart. If I get elected for SRC, I hope to make a more inclusive and lively campus, especially after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kieran SORENSEN (SPICE UP)

Hey! I’m Kieran and I am a second year studying Civil Engineering and Commerce. I grew up in a small town on the coast called Port Macquarie and moved to Sydney to study. Over my time at UNSW I’ve continually witnessed a lack of transparency between the university and student body about the true intentions of initiatives and a general lack of consideration of student opinion. The university seems to only care about its international ranking and has moved away from considering the actual quality of education it is delivering. As Education Officer, I will continue to ensure that student opinion is heard and that a greater focus is put on the quality of the delivery of education, especially online. I will also act to defend our staff and faculties, pushing for a reversal of the recent faculty merge, as these factors are intrinsically linked to education quality.

Tom BERRYMAN (SPICE UP)

My name is Amit Pal, and I am running for Councillor B. I believe that the SRC should remain a by-student for-student organisation. The SRC has a responsibility to provide the best services to the students it is supposed to be working for. As a council member, I will make sure the SRC is working to make UNSW a fossil free/renewable energy university, fight on-campus discrimination, and fight for affordable on-campus housing.

Christine HA (SPICE UP)

Cherish KUEHLMANN (LEFT ACTION)

Hi, I'm Cherish, and I’m running for SRC council and a National Union of Students delegate position in this year's elections because I think it is crucial that our student union fights for student and staff interests. The corporate university is in crisis, and under the guise of COVID-19, the Liberal government is trying to further push the cost of education onto students. Funding cuts alongside massive shortfalls in revenue has meant management are also squeezing students and staff to get it back: cutting 500 staff, faculty mergers, and restructuring degrees. As a socialist I believe education should be free and fully funded, and that when staff are fighting cuts to their hard earned conditions, students should support them. If elected, I will fight for the SRC & NUS to prioritise organising students to fight these attacks and demand the quality of our education be put before profits.

Corwin OLLIS (LEFT ACTION)

I'm Corwin, a socialist activist and math and physics student. Capitalism is experiencing compounding crises; that of economic collapse, a massive health crisis, and rising imperialist tensions. In response to the failure of their system, bosses, politicians and university managements are launching vicious attacks on the rest of us. It is more important than ever that the SRC is made up of activists committed to fighting for student rights and who stand in unflinching solidarity with workers and the oppressed. At uni I have been involved in campaigns for the environment and anti-racism, and have fought both the Liberal's attempt to slash funding and raise fees and UNSW management’s move to sack 500 staff and merge faculty.

Macy REEN (LEFT ACTION)

Hey, I'm Macy and am running for an SRC councillor position. The world is increasingly unequal and crises ridden as governments and bosses are on the offensive against the rest of us. In this situation I think the SRC should be used to fight for social justice and the rights of staff and students that are currently being undermined to prioritise the profits of the corporate university. I have been involved in Black Lives Matter protests and in the fight for climate justice as well as education campaigns such as Cancel Trimesters last year and against the Liberals latest proposed fee hikes and UNSW course cuts this year. The SRC and NUS need more people who are willing to throw themselves into these struggles. If you agree, vote for Left Action in this election.

Nick PALMER (Together)

Hi, my name is Nick and I’m a 3rd year Physics and Philosophy student. Over my time at university I have felt continually let down by the decisions made by the university and I believe it is essential for universities to have a greater level of transparency and accountability, especially in the midst of ‘restructuring’ at UNSW. I believe students have become discontent with the lacklustre level of concern and communication of the administration - and rightly so, with the quality of uni life and education suffering greatly in recent years. I would value the opportunity to represent your voice and provide greater insight into the decisions being made by the student council and the university, especially concerning major issues such as trimesters and supporting those negatively affected by COVID-19 - ensuring UNSW moves in a direction that is better for the student body as a whole. Vote (1) Together

Ava POWELL (Together)

Hi, I’m Ava and I am a second-year student studying Environmental Engineering. In my time at UNSW I have been the Sustainability Officer and Charities and Communities Representative at Philip Baxter College, and a consultant at 180 Degrees Consulting, where I have been honoured to channel my passion for the wellbeing of our community and the environment. I am incredibly interested in now focusing this energy in representing the wider student body of UNSW and am hence running as a councillor on the student representative council. I strongly believe in the SRC being listening ears and a strong voice for the overarching concerns of our university community, with the purpose of optimising student experience, and collective mental health and happiness. Vote (1) Together.

Fergus STAFFORD (Together)

Hey! My name is Fergus and I am in my 4###sup/sup### year of Medicine. Throughout my time at UNSW I have been actively involved in the Medical Society as a member of the Charities Subcommittee, Council, and Executive, and am keen to now apply what I have learned to a role on the UNSW SRC. I am incredibly passionate about student representation and connection, something that I have pursued this year as UNSW’s representative to the Australian Medical Students Association. This has enabled me to see firsthand the impact that effective representation can have at the faculty, university, and national levels, and I believe that now more than ever, the UNSW student cohort needs representatives that understand their needs and can effectively campaign for meaningful change. Vote (1) Together!

Aurpita SAHA (Together)

I'm Aurpita Saha, a student studying in the science faculty, and I am eager to help and take part in building a better UNSW community. As a science student, one of the two important skills we learn is collaboration and communication. UNSW's students are exactly like this, a hub of inspirational and brilliant students that need a strong representative to express their ideals on their behalf. I am also involved in a diverse range of Arc Clubs and Volunteering, where I've seen so many diverse and amazing people throughout my stay in UNSW, they all have various goals and aspirations that I'd love to help cultivate into something more and help pave that way for other students as well, regardless of their background. I perceive myself as a friendly and empathetic person that will make sure that everyone's perspective holds a part of shaping UNSW's student community through the SRC

Jun WEI (Together)

Hi, my name is Jun and I am a 4th year medical student. It has been a great honor for me to run for the UNSW SRC Councilor position. As the Vice President of Chinese Student Association, I would love to represent International students’ voice, especially in this difficult time while the travel restriction is in place. If I could become a part of UNSW SRC, I would contribute my best to help our International student to come back to campus study as smooth as possible. I would fight for students’ right and contribute to create greater study experiences for students in UNSW. Vote (1) together!

Damian BASSO (Together)

I’m Damian Basso, a Software Engineering student interested in representing the student body of UNSW as a councillor on UNSW’s SRC body. The SRC functions as a central voice and representative body for the students of UNSW on campus. In this, it is important to bring strong leadership that is accountable to the student body as maintaining a strong SRC is one of relatively few ways students can develop their own all-to-often neglected needs. This importance has only been emphasised in recent times with the increasing threat of University cuts and the disruption caused by the ongoing pandemic. I am dedicated to ensuring UNSW is an accessible, inclusive and safe space for students of all backgrounds whether cultural, socioeconomic or between faculties. UNSW should put students and their wellbeing first, not the Universities own interests economic or otherwise, and I want to be on the SRC to ensure this.

Storm DRURY (TRUST)

My name is Storm Drury and I am currently in my second year of university, studying a Bachelor of Engineering in Photovoltaics and Solar Energy. I am always enthusiastic towards any challenges I face in both university and life and have always tried to take myself out of my comfort zone to explore different avenues that I find interesting. Being a member of the Public Speaking Society and the Leaders Society at UNSW has helped me gain more confidence in talking to crowds and presenting and I am confident that I will fulfil the role of the councillor position, given my experience.

Anna HO (RISE)

Hi! I am Anna, a second year Law and Science student, and I am running for Councillor B in 2021. During my time in Fossil Free UNSW in 2019, which was funded by the SRC, and UNSW Environment Collective this year, I have learnt the importance of having committed progressive voices in our representative bodies, to amplify social and educational issues which affect students’ wellbeing and futures. These issues include education cuts, the climate crisis, and racial inequality – the SRC should take public and principled stances on these topics!

Meg COOKE (RISE)

Hi! My names Meg and I'm running to be a councillor on the SRC. During my time as a student I've been involved in campaigns for climate justice, Black Lives Matter, and against uni fee hikes. If elected I would argue for the SRC to be involved in calling and building protests around these issues. I think the SRC should stand on the side of students against university chancellors whenever they try to raise fees or cut courses. Young people have been at the forefront of the Black Lives Matter and climate movements and I think our organisational bodies like the SRC should be dedicated to building these movements.

Sarah MULLINS (RISE)

Hi! I'm Sarah, and I'm a third year Aerospace Engineering and Geography student. I'm running for councillor because I've been inspired by the amazing work activists before me have done to push UNSW towards climate action, and I want to help continue those efforts into the future. I'm passionate about the environment, and about community action to protect it. If elected, my main goal will be to support the ongoing work of groups like Fossil Free UNSW. I have had the amazing experience as a Green Impact Auditor to see how UNSW is already becoming more sustainable on a grassroots level, and I'm excited to help continue and grow these efforts into the future. I am also passionate about improving the quality of education at UNSW for students with disabilities, both on campus and in our new online world. Vote [1] Rise!

Mirima GOLDMAN (RISE)

Hi! I am Mirima, a third-year student studying Science/Social Research and Policy and majoring in ecology and the environmental humanities. I have strong grass-roots politics and believe that change comes from the ground up. This year I have been the Environment Officer on SRC. My involvement in environmental activism on campus has given me skills to be an effective agent in the university, to advocate on your behalf and mobilise support on a range of issues including the environment, social justice and education. If elected to SRC I will continue to advocate for a more environmentally sound university, fight against course cuts and for increased transparency and student involvement in university decision making.

Lily DUN (RISE)

Hi I’m Lily; I’m a second year science student majoring in Biology and Mathematics. I’m running for councillor because I believe it’s time for UNSW to open our eyes to the peril that is climate change. I’ve been actively involved in Fossil Free UNSW, and am incredibly passionate about the growing environmental and social issues our generation faces. My time participating at UNSW has allowed me to diversify my world view greatly, and become passionate about helping other. We have seen today that it is through students and young people that real change can happen and I want to be at the forefront of this, which is why I’m running for councillor. I hope to be involved in ongoing change at UNSW through the council, and assisting other groups on campus to achieve our goals. Vote [1] RISE.

Bonita HAMMOND-BROWN (RISE)

Hey! I’m Bonita, and I'm doing a double degree in Renewable Energy Engineering and arts, majoring in environmental humanities. I am running for councillor because I want to continue the fight against climate change, and continue to strive to make education more accessible and affordable for all students. I have been involved in a number of efforts off campus including the Fight for the Bight campaign in South Australia, fighting to keep big oil companies out of our pristine waters, and the climate justice movement. I am the current sustainability officer at my college. This involvement as well as further collaborations now on campus with Grassroots has given me the skills and experience to work effectively as a councillor where I intend to put environmental, educational and social justice issues at the forefront of my role. I hope to support the leaders and groups on campus who strive for change. Vote [1] Rise.

NUS DELEGATES

Hamish COVELL (SPICE UP)

As you can see I’m running for to be a councillor on the SRC, and that means I’ve got to tell you a little bit about myself. I’m a first year International Studies student, I’m a proud campus resident and mediocre learner of German (Sprichst du auch Deutsch?). Given The Rona I haven’t yet had the chance to make the biggest impact I can on campus, not that I’ve let it stop me entirely. While here I’ve helped a friend of mine to be successfully elected to the UNSW Council as the undergrad rep, probably eaten everywhere there is to go on campus AND I’ve sprinted up Basser steps way more times than I care to admit. If you vote for me I can’t promise that I can put soft drink in the taps, but what I can promise is fair promotion of your interests above all else.

Lileana COLARELLI (SPICE UP)

My name is Lileana Colarelli and I am a UNSW college student currently in the second year of my Law/Fine Arts degree. Being passionate about community service and student advocacy I am excited to be running for an NUS Delegate position. I have been an active member of both college and on-campus life, holding an executive position within my college in my first year and currently being a councillor on the UNSW Inter-Residential Community Council. Believing that community engagement and the facilitation of positive relationships and experiences for students is the key to maximising and improving student-life, I am committed to putting the needs and concerns of students first. If elected I will make sure that the NUS continues to run effectively and addresses issues on behalf of the wider student union movement, where transparency and commitment to student advocacy and support is prioritised.

Priyanshu MALIK (SPICE UP)

Jack NETHERY (SPICE UP)

Hi! My name is Jack, and I am running for a Councillor position on the 2021 SRC. I am originally from Port Macquarie, but am currently living on campus in my first year of medicine, having transferred in from Advanced Science last year. In my spare time, I enjoy playing sport, listening to music, and spending time with friends. Conversation topics to avoid with me include anything related to footy or the Hottest 100, as I will happily talk forever. If elected to the SRC, I hope to provide an avenue for more of the student body to share their thoughts and concerns regarding uni/campus life. I’m excited by the possibility of working alongside a diverse range of fellow students, and am eager to work hard to make a positive impact on student life.

Franky GONZAGA (SPICE UP)

I’m Franky, a 3rd year Commerce and Arts student running for Councillor A. I’m from St Marys, Western Sydney and am pretty lucky to be attending and living at UNSW. Honestly, I’ve only recently developed an interest in student politics but I am incredibly passionate about working with people. During my three years here, a lot of older students have been kind enough to show me the ropes, encouraging me to jump into new experiences. Because of them, I’ve been able to be an executive and director on a college committee. I couldn’t imagine what my uni life would be like without those people, so for me, SRC is a platform to replicate the experience for others. Personally, I would like to see a greater awareness of campus life so that students understand the breadth of opportunities waiting for them.

Melody RANGER (SPICE UP)

I’m Melody and I’m a second year Chemical Engineering student. I’m grew up in Brisbane, but I always wanted to attend UNSW. I moved down after graduating and I currently live at New College on campus. I really enjoyed playing sports even though I’m quite uncoordinated and unfit. Despite this, I’m currently trying to learn how to surf. My other hobbies include playing the piano and Mario Kart. If I get elected for SRC, I hope to make a more inclusive and lively campus, especially after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Shovan BHATTARAI (LEFT ACTION)

Staff and students are under attack. The government and Vice Chancellors' response to the crisis in the university sector has been: hiking uni fees, slashing public funding, sacking university staff, cutting courses, and punishing international students. As 2020 Education Officer, I organised resistance to these attacks and other injustices: uni student climate strikes, protests against the Liberals' uni fee hikes bill, Black Lives Matter demonstrations, and protests against UNSW's faculty merger and the sacking of 500 FTE staff. As a socialist I think student unions should be fighting bodies that unapologetically stand up to defend the rights of students, workers and the oppressed. They should see the Ian Jacobs and Scomos of the world as enemies to be confronted, not sucked up to; and they should throw themselves into organising an activist response to their attacks. If you agree, vote for me as a Left Action SRC President and Councillor.

Macy REEN (LEFT ACTION)

Hey, I'm Macy and am running to be an NUS delegate. The world is increasingly unequal and crises ridden as governments and bosses are on the offensive against the rest of us. In this situation I think the SRC should be used to fight for social justice and the rights of staff and students that are currently being undermined to prioritise the profits of the corporate university. I have been involved in Black Lives Matter protests and in the fight for climate justice as well as education campaigns such as Cancel Trimesters last year and against the Liberals latest proposed fee hikes and UNSW course cuts this year. The SRC and NUS need more people who are willing to throw themselves into these struggles. If you agree, vote for Left Action in this election.

Cherish KUEHLMANN (LEFT ACTION)

Hi, I'm Cherish, and I’m running for SRC council and a National Union of Students delegate position in this year's elections because I think it is crucial that our student union fights for student and staff interests. The corporate university is in crisis, and under the guise of COVID-19, the Liberal government is trying to further push the cost of education onto students. Funding cuts alongside massive shortfalls in revenue has meant management are also squeezing students and staff to get it back: cutting 500 staff, faculty mergers, and restructuring degrees. As a socialist I believe education should be free and fully funded, and that when staff are fighting cuts to their hard earned conditions, students should support them. If elected, I will fight for the SRC & NUS to prioritise organising students to fight these attacks and demand the quality of our education be put before profits.

India OLD (LEFT ACTION)

Hi, I'm India and I'm running for SRC Councillor and NUS Delegate as I think it is important that the student union is a progressive body that fights for the rights of students. The current COVID-19 pandemic has seen a radical restructure of our Universities as course have been cut and degree costs increased by 150%. I want to be able through the SRC to organise students against these unprecedented attacks on our education. I have previously been an activist involved in the SRC participating in the Black Lives Matter movement, the climate strikes, refugee rights, LGBTI rights and against sexism. If elected, I will continue to protest and get students involved in fighting against the corporate university and all the injustices of this world.

Hersha KADKOL (LEFT ACTION)

Hi, I'm Hersha and I'm running for council and to be a delegate to the National Union of Students because, as society becomes increasingly unequal and brutal, our student unions should be proudly fighting for a better world. We need a world that works for us, not just the 1%. And students should be part of the fightback - whether for Black Lives, against the corporate university or for the planet. I'm an activist of many years standing and for two years the anti-racist officer in the National Union of Students. If elected to the SRC, I'll continuing on my record of standing up for equality and justice and empowering others to do the same. Get involved with the Left Action campaign if you want to be part of the fightback!

Caitlin KEOGH (LEFT ACTION)

Hi my name's Caitlin and I'm running for council this year because I think our SRC should be made up of people willing to stand up for students and staff against UNSW management. I am a long time socialist activist who has been fighting in progressive campaigns for over 5 years. I was the Ed Officer in 2019 and led the Cancel Trimesters Campaign. I want to keep pushing the SRC to be a body that stands up against the corporate university, for LGBTI rights, against racism and sexism!

James MORCHED (LEFT ACTION)

Hi my name's James and I'm running to be in the National Union of Students! I'm a dedicated Socialist, Activist, and Neuroscience student currently doing their honours, and have been involved in the student union before, fighting against Trimesters, staff cuts, fee hikes, as well as social justice issues around racism, refugee rights, and against sexism and bigotry both on and off campus! I believe that my experience on the SRC makes me the best candidate for the NUS and believe the union can do a lot of good work with the right people elected!

Manu RISOLDI (Together)

Hi, my name is Manu, and I am in my 3rd year of Social Work & Criminology. The NUS is a progressive body for change and offers students the opportunity to fight alongside each other to ensure our rights are upheld despite the challenging and unprecedented times we are in. With unemployment soaring, university degrees getting more expensive, a stagnant youth allowance payment, and the effects of COVID-19 being felt by all now so more than ever we need strong student unions. I want to be part of the collective effort to have our concerns heard and represented at a national level. I want to play an active role in ensuring all university students are better supported by our student unions. With this platform, I will fight for all students across our diverse cohort at UNSW because no student should be left behind. Vote (1) Together

Damian BASSO (Together)

I’m Damian Basso, a Software Engineering student keen to represent the student body of UNSW as a NUS delegate over the coming period. The National Union of Students serves as the peak representative body for students on a national level. This makes it an incredibly important organisation for enforcing students’ rights both at UNSW and across Australian campuses. This importance has only been emphasised in recent times with the increasing threat of University cuts and the disruption caused by the ongoing pandemic. I am dedicated to ensuring UNSW is an accessible, inclusive and safe space for students of all backgrounds whether cultural, socioeconomic or between faculties. Maintaining these rights for all students is fundamentally essential within education, and is what I believe the NUS should be used for, and what I will strive to do as a delegate representing all students.

Tom KENNEDY (Together)

Hello, I’m Tom and I’m a 3rd year Econ/Law student.I’m running to be a delegate to the National Union of Students because I believe that student representation on a national level is now more important than ever. COVID-19 has destroyed the employment prospects of young people, and has devastated learning conditions at UNSW and across Australia.The NUS was the primary force behind the successful push to include Youth Allowance, Austudy and Abstudy in the $550/fortnight Coronavirus Supplement package, providing financial support to thousands of students in UNSW. The NUS has campaigned for extending JobKeeper access to university staff, to help minimise and reverse devastating staff cuts like we’ve seen at UNSW. We need a national student union that acknowledges the political reality of a Liberal Federal and State Government, and continues to push for meaningful, achievable support for students during this crisis. Vote [1] Together for NUS!

Symeon ZIEGLER (Together)

Hey, I’m Symeon and I’m a 2nd year Art/Law student. I’m running to be a delegate to the National Union of Students because it's a critical time for students. Coronavirus and cuts to university funding by the Liberal government have exposed the high risk to students’ education. I am keen to extend JobKeeper to all university staff and help save the jobs of the wonderful people that teach us, and conduct ground breaking research. The NUS has done many great things for students, but I believe it can do many more. Let’s do this together. Vote [1] Together for NUS!

Natalie SIMONOVSKI (Together)

Hi, my name is Natalie and I am running for a National Union of Students (NUS) delegate position. The NUS create meaningful change through bringing student activists together to advocate for university students. I am running because I want to fight for all students to be accurately represented and supported. If elected, I will ensure that student voices are heard and represented in all policies. As a Social Work student, I am passionate about initiating change and creating an environment where students feel valued and appreciated. As an NUS delegate, I will be a strong voice for all students that strives to promote equity and inclusion. Vote (1) Together!

Brianna FITZMAURICE (Together)

Hi, I’m Brianna Fitzmaurice! I’m a first year International Studies student interested in representing UNSW within the role of NUS delegate.  Within this role, I seek to exercise an empathetic and driven approach to upholding and expanding student rights. I believe addressing issues within the academic and social experiences of students at UNSW will be fitting for my passions and skills. I am deeply passionate about accessibility, especially within educational contexts. I believe it is of the utmost importance to create and protect spaces which allow for equal access to education, as an essential building block for personal growth and opportunities for success. This, in my opinion, should not only be addressed through administrative action, but also through the thoughtful initiatives of the student body. Overall, I would like to utilise my confidence, approachability and compassion to competently fulfil the role of NUS delegate and represent the UNSW student body.

Tristan JOHNSON (Together)

Hi, my name is Tristan and I'm a 1st year Politics, Philosophy and Economics student. I’m involved with multiple societies including UNSW Artssoc. I'm running for NUS delegate this year because I want to stand up for students at a challenging time. I will take a stand against the Morrison government's agenda of cutting uni funding, raising fees and attacking faculties including arts and social sciences. As a social science student I oppose Scott Morrison's attacks on higher education. I will listen to UNSW's diverse student body, and work hard to be an effective representative who will fight for students and deliver results. I'm concerned by the many issues facing UNSW students today, and would be a strong voice for greater mental health support for students. Vote (1) Together

Ganesh PRASAD (TRUST)

I am Ganesh Prasad pursuing Commerce extension (Business analytics, Enterprise system & Business design). I am determined with a focused mindset, believing in multi-cultural ethnicity & equality. My goal as NUS Delegate is to congruously develop strategies based on 5 main principles: Transparency, Responsibility, Unity, Student priority, and Tenacity (T.R.U.S.T.).  I assure to give my fullest to all the possibilities in this syndicate of being NUS Delegate with Benevolence. My interests revolve around over all personality development which ranges from being pet friendly to immense e-sports activities. I'd take responsibility for the same to promote co- curricular culture. Putting Plans in action to assure your satisfaction amidst unprecedented hardship caused in this pandemic. It is high time for the Student Representative Council (SRC) to do more for you. Please support us by casting your invaluable vote. Make US Your Choice and WE will be Your Voice. 

Dimple LALWANI (TRUST)

I am Dimple Lalwani pursuing Masters of Architecture. As a part of the Council team during undergrad and a team leader during professional practice, I have always strived for the betterment of my peers and made efforts to make their voices heard. I believe that it is vital to give a voice to every student and create an environment which is holistic, encouraging everyone to come together and building a strong network to rise as a strong community as well as an individual. My goal as NUS is to consistently initiate strategies based on 5 main principles: Transparency, Responsibility, Unity, Student priority, and Tenacity (T.R.U.S.T.) and I assure to give my fullest to all the responsibilities being a part of SRC with Benevolence.It is time for the Student Representative Council (SRC) to do more for you. Please support us by casting your invaluable vote.

Ramanashree PALAKSHAMURTHY (TRUST)

I have a ‘Platinum Mine’ of ideas, which I will endeavor to achieve as a NUS delegate of Students Representative council Arc. I would like to contribute to our university life and make sure we get the best opportunities, experiences accessibility to resources with all the fun that UNSW has to offer. I look forward to driving the change by steering the direction of the UNSW as a NUS Delegate of Students Representative council Arc, to help the students, “to reach out, reach high and reach beyond “. I am a part of a team that is founded on 5 main principles: Transparency, Responsibility, Unity, Students-first, and Tenacity (T.R.U.S.T.). We recognize that COVID-19 has caused unprecedented hardship, which is why if elected, Team T.R.U.S.T. will establish a COVID-19 support fund for UNSW students most in need during this pandemic. It is time for the SRC to do more for you. Please support us by casting your invaluable vote.

Meg COOKE (RISE)

Hi! My names Meg and I'm running to be a councillor on the SRC. During my time as a student I've been involved in campaigns for climate justice, Black Lives Matter, and against uni fee hikes. If elected I would argue for the SRC to be involved in calling and building protests around these issues. I think the SRC should stand on the side of students against university chancellors whenever they try to raise fees or cut courses. Young people have been at the forefront of the Black Lives Matter and climate movements and I think our organisational bodies like the SRC should be dedicated to building these movements.

Mirima GOLDMAN (RISE)

Hi! I am Mirima, a third-year student studying Science/Social Research and Policy and majoring in ecology and the environmental humanities. I have strong grass-roots politics and believe that change comes from the ground up. This year I have been the Environment Officer on SRC. My involvement in environmental activism on campus has given me skills to be an effective agent in the university, to advocate on your behalf and mobilise support on a range of issues including the environment, social justice and education. If elected as a NUS delegate I will continue to use my voice to advocate for environmental justice. I will also be an active voice against the proposed funding cuts and fee hikes and fight for an education system which is economically accessible for future generations.

CAMPAIGNING

Only UNSW students may campaign for the SRC elections (Foundation students may not campaign). 

All campaign material must bear the name and student number of a candidate or ticket contact person who is authorising and taking responsibility of such material. Candidates and ticket organisers should ensure they understand the full campaigning rules, as breaches can lead to the disqualification of individuals or tickets. Further information can be found in the Arc @ UNSW Constitution and Regulations.

TERM OF OFFICE

Officers and Councillors hold office from 1 December 2020 until 30 November 2021. Officers and Councillors may only hold any one office for a maximum of 2 years.

MORE INFORMATION

Please direct all queries to Philip Binns (SRC Returning Officer) via email to returning.officer@ozemail.com.au or phone 0432 218 026.

It should be noted that all elected candidates will be required to attend the SRC Induction on 12 November 2020 (9:30am - 3:00pm). Please ensure you are available to attend.

Please click here for the SRC election notice.

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