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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 USQ. 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 USQ
  • represent students needs to the university
  • network with professionals at USQ
  • participate in professional development and training
  • have the opportunity to attend the National Student Leadership Forum
  • 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 an Academic Student Representative, you'll contribute to decision making at USQ and be a voice for your fellow students. 

You will regularly meet with university staff and attend university committee meetings with executives across the university to shape the future of the university for yourself, your peers and future students.

As a member of a USQ 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
  3. Represent the views and opinions of your fellow students on all matters relating to the committee
  4. Provide both positive and negative feedback to staff and fellow students
  5. Continuously improve the student learning experience by attending committee meetings, raising issues and working with the university to identify appropriate solutions 
  6. Give a student voice to university projects and consultation processes
  7. 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).
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In addition to being actively involved in creating your learning environment in partnership with the University, you will gain a multitude of valuable skills and have access to a number of benefits including:

  • Develop your graduate skills
  • Develop and enhance your leadership and professional skills
  • Gain experience in formal meetings and transferrable skills
  • Build your confidence, communication and resilience skills  
  • Receive formal recognition of your work
  • Have access to funded student leadership conferences around Australia
  • Receive formal training and professional development opportunities
  • Be provided with opportunities to meet new people and make lifelong friends  

Student representation provides you with the opportunity to collaborate with students, staff and industry experts on decisions that enhance the teaching and learning services and the overall university student experience.

If you are interested in making the student voice heard, enhancing the student 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 get involved in 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

The semester one formal nominations and elections round is now closed. Elections for the new Student Representatives are now running and we encourage you to vote for the students you want to represent you at USQ! You can view the student nominee statements and vote by visiting the elections block on your UConnect.

If you are interested in pursuing a student representative role, open the 'Available positions' sections of this page to see committees still 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 USQ 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 USQ
  • What does being a student representative mean to you
  • What are some of your interests
  • What are some of your past experiences

Elections for the new Student Representatives are now running and we encourage you to vote for the students you want to represent you at USQ! You can view the student nominee statements and vote by visiting the elections block on your UConnect.

The formal nomination round for Semester One is now closed, with the following positions still seeking student representation. 

To apply for one or more of the positions listed below (under 'Available positions'), 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.

Committee Term of office
Committee function
Available positions
Level of commitment
BELA Diversity and Inclusion Committee
One year from 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022
The Faculty Diversity & Inclusion Committee is responsible to the Executive Dean for oversight and reporting on strategies and initiatives to encourage and enable a fair, inclusive and diverse environment in which the Faculty’s students and staff are able to perform to their full potential.

One undergraduate Ipswich/Springfield Student Representative

The Committee meets at least quarterly.
BMID Midwifery Advisory Committee
One year
The BMID Midwifery Advisory Committee is a collaboration between USQ 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
One year
The BNSG Nursing Advisory Committee is a collaboration between USQ and External Partners in relation to delivery of program, placements and accreditation.
One postgraduate Nursing 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 Board of Study (School of Education)
One year
The Education Board of Study for the School of Education is an avenue to provide insight and advice on current and potential programs. The current profession/industry and employment climate is considered and the Board may also provide input to any programming changes under consideration.
One postgraduate student representative
The Education Board of Study will meet at least two times per 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.
Education Quality Committee (AB Standing Committee)
One year from 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022
The Education Quality Committee is a Standing Committee of Academic Board and is responsible to Academic Board for ensuring excellence in learning and teaching across the University.

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

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

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

Education Quality Committee has six scheduled meetings throughout the year, normally on a Thursday afternoon, for a duration of two 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 Academic Program Committee
One year
The Faculty Academic Program Committee is responsible to the Executive Dean for the quality assurance of 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 HES FAPC meets on the first Tuesday of each month from February to December.  As a student representative you will be requested to attend these meetings and will have the opportunity to provide student perspective during discussion items.
Learning and Teaching Environments Working Party
One year
The Learning Environments Working Party is a working party of Education Quality Committee and is responsible to Education Quality Committee for ensuring evaluation, excellence, development and innovation in learning and teaching environments across the University. The Working Party aims to align its activities to the Academic Quality Framework.

One online student representative elected by the students of the University

The Learning and Teaching Environments Working Party meets six times per year. Special meetings may be called by the Chair (Learning Environments Working Party) as the need arises. 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.  If you are interested in technology and innovation, this might be the role for you!
Reconciliation Action Plan Working Party
One year
The RAP Working group reports to the Vice-Chancellor’s Executive Committee, providing leadership and support to the Reconciliation efforts of the university including monitoring, tracking, and reporting on progress; and incorporating the valuable perspectives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders and communities. For more information on Australia’s Reconciliation commitment see: https://www.reconciliation.org.au/reconciliation-action-plans/
One Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student representative from any faculty and any level of study
The Committee is scheduled to meet five times per year (bi-monthly), with meetings of one hour in duration. As the student representative, you will be required to attend these meetings and provide your own perspective as an Indigenous student and provide the perspectives of your fellow Indigenous students.
Research Committee (AB Standing Committee)
One year from 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022
The Research Committee is a Standing Committee of Academic Board and is responsible to Academic Board for providing leadership in relation to the academic governance and quality assurance of research and research training, research integrity and risk.
One Higher Degree by Research student, elected by and from the Higher Degree by Research students of the University
Research Committee has six scheduled meetings throughout the year, normally on a Wednesday afternoon, for a duration of two 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.
School of Health & Wellbeing Learning, Teaching and Student Success Committee
One year
The Committee considers issues and the implementation of initiatives relating to learning and teaching quality, curriculum design and program offerings, and student success.
One postgraduate student member elected by and from the students enrolled in programs offered by the Faculty
Attend eight one hour meetings scheduled through to November – seven are remaining and the next is 31/03/21. Expected to offer a student perspective if you deem it appropriate.. The committee mostly has a role in approving new programs and changes/reviews of existing programs in all the disciplines in the School.
School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Outreach and Engagement Committee
One year
The Outreach and Engagement Committee is responsible for providing leadership to the School, as well as advising the Head of School, on strategies to enhance engagement and outreach, improve the quality of engagement and outreach projects and deal with issues related to engagement and outreach within the School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering. Also, the Committee will communicate with other engagement and outreach teams within university, faculty, schools and research institutes/centres.

One Toowoomba Representative from within the School

One Springfield Representative from within the School

The committee meets normally every three (3) months. Additional meetings may be convened when necessary. To meet twice (2) yearly with the equivalent committee in School of Civil Engineering and Surveying.
School of Nursing and Midwifery
One year
The School of Nursing and Midwifery is a collaboration between school members and the wider USQ committee when invited to discuss School related matters in relation to the delivery of programs within the school.

One undergraduate 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 program

The School of Nursing and Midwifery Form meets one a month for 9 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 Learning, Teaching and Student Success Committee
One 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 student representative from within the school
The Committee meets monthly (first Wednesday of each month) 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 your own perspective as a student and provide the perspectives of your fellow students.
School of Nursing and Midwifery Outreach, Engagement and International Committee
One 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 Bachelor of Midwifery Student Representative from within the School

One Bachelor of Nursing Student Representative (Online) from within the School

One Postgraduate Student Representative from within the School

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 Counselling Forum
One year
The role of the School of Psychology and Counselling Forum is to advise and assist the Head of School in the conduct and management of the programs within the School.

One postgraduate Counselling Student Representative

One postgraduate Psychology Student Representative

The Committee meets at least 6 times throughout the year for a duration of two hours per meeting. As the student representative, you will be invited to submit items for the agenda regarding any matters you wish to table at the meeting, and provide a short written report summarising recent student activities and perspectives.
School of Science Learning, Teaching and Student Success Committee
One year
The School of 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 representative enrolled in one of the programs managed by the School of Sciences, i.e. DPSC, DWIN, BSCI, BSCH, BASC, BCSE, BEHS, BITC, GCAG, GCSC, GDSI, MADS, MSCN, MSCR, DPHD

One postgraduate representative enrolled in one of the programs managed by the School of Sciences, i.e. DPSC, DWIN, BSCI, BSCH, BASC, BCSE, BEHS, BITC, GCAG, GCSC, GDSI, MADS, MSCN, MSCR, DPHD

The School of Science 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 Science 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 Sciences
One year
The role of the School of Sciences 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 Sciences 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 Sciences International Subcommittee
One year
To contribute to International strategy providing contextual information on potential partner universities of different regions of the world.

One undergraduate student representative from within the schools

One postgraduate student representative from within the schools

The School of Sciences International Subcommittee meets at least five (5) times per 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 Sciences Outreach and Engagement Committee
One year
The School of Sciences Engagement and Outreach Committee is responsible for providing leadership to the School, as well as advising the Head of School, on strategies to enhance engagement and outreach and strategies to improve the quality of engagement and outreach projects.

One undergraduate student representative from within the schools

One postgraduate student representative from within the schools

The School of Sciences Outreach and Engagement Committee meets at least five (5) times per 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 Sciences Research Committee
One year, with a possible extension of one more year
The Research Committee is responsible to the Head of School for providing leadership in relation to the performance of research and research training within the School of Sciences. This Committee will play an important role in providing communication links between the school and the Faculty, and with the other schools, the Graduate Research School, the Research Centres/Institutes and the university. Importantly, the committee drives the School high research performance.

One current full-time PhD student at the Toowoomba campus, enrolled within the School of Sciences

 

Committee members meet every two months. Special meetings may be called by the Chair as the need arises.  The next meeting is in April.  The duration of the meeting is normally 1.5 hours. As a HDR student representative, you will be required to attend these meetings and provide your own perspective as a HDR student and provide the perspectives of your fellow students.   If elected, an initial one year sitting in the committee, with a possible one year extension.
Schools of Civil Engineering and Surveying & Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Learning, Teaching and Student Success Committee
One year
The Learning, Teaching and Student Success Committee is responsible for recommending and monitoring actions relating to learning and teaching quality, curriculum design and program offerings, and student success, and for advising the Heads of School on such issues.

One student representative from within the School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering

The Schools of Civil Engineering and Surveying & Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Learning, Teaching and Student Success Committee normally meet every month. Special meetings may be called by the co-chairs as the need arises. 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.
Committee Representative
10th USQ Council Grant Vickery
Academic Appeals Committee Laura Scotton
Oliver de Nicolai
Academic Board Kirstie Smith
Colin Oakley
Courtney Feldman
Academic Program Committee Danielle Nottage

Murtaza Aziz Ahmad

Matthew Endo

Ibin Samu
Danielle Shaw
Assessment Policy and Procedure Review Working Party Aleena Macdonald
BELA Faculty Academic Program Committee (FAPC) Mandy McGauran

Colin Oakley
BELA Faculty Learning, Teaching and Student Success Committee Aleena Macdonald

Leisa Stumkat
BELA Faculty Research Committee Anita Wheeldon
BELA Faculty: Learning, Teaching and Student Success Committee Matthew Endo
Education Board of Study (School of Education) Sarah Woodcock

Robert Cantle
Education Quality Committee Aleena Macdonald

Kym Armytage

Tracee Ward

Ibin Samu

Vanessa Crouch
HES Faculty Academic Program Committee Heather McAulliffe
HES Faculty Learning Teaching and Student Success Committee Kym Armytage

Muhammad Dawood Waheed
Research Committee Ashley Woods

Courtney Feldman
Research Training Sub-Committee Ashly Peterson
Respect.Now.Always Advisory Group Tiarn Barton-Illic
School of Creative Arts Advisory Board Blake Hohenhaus
School of Creative Arts Engagement Committee Gene Clarke
School of Creative Arts Learning & Teaching & Student Success Committee Blake Hohenhaus
School of Creative Arts Research Committee Courtney Feldman
School of Health & Wellbeing - Learning, Teaching and Student Success Committee Samuel Osborne
School of Humanities and Communications Learning, Teaching and Student Success committee Angus Young
School of Law and Justice Advisory Board Katie Lush

Matthew Endo

Timothy Nugent
School of Nursing and Midwifery Forum Alex Baker
School of Nursing and Midwifery Learning, Teaching and Student Success Committee Sagarika Jayasekara
School of Nursing and Midwifery Outreach, Engagement and International Committee Sagarika Jayasekara

Azalea Rai
School of Psychology and Counselling Forum Jeffrey Fox

Heather McAulliffe
School of Psychology and Counselling Research Committee Luke Bayliss
School of Psychology and Counselling, Engagement and Outreach Committee Rachel Roberts
School of Sciences Forum Caleb Genrich

Rosa Stowers
Schools of Civil Engineering and Surveying & Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Learning, Teaching and Student Success Committee Murtaza Aziz Ahmad

Ashish Kiraunbhai Patel
Social Justice Strategy Board Blake Hohenhaus
Student Success and Retention Action Plan Implementation Group
Oliver de Nicolai
Pasaladi Mahesh Babu
Students Portfolio Safety Committee Sherrie Wilson
StudyDesk Advisory Group Oliver de Nicolai
The Advisory Board for Study Area of Information Technology Ayush Agarwal

Uday Kiran Kotha
The HES Faculty Diversity & Inclusion Committee Clayton Lees

Caleb Genrich

Barbara Black
The HES Faculty Research Committee Sai Ajay Chandra Chaparala
The School of Psychology and Counselling Learning, Teaching and Success Committee Kym Armytage
USQ Student Guild Rachel Roberts

Sherrie Wilson

Sharelle Cooper

Ashley Woods

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