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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).
Academic and Governance Student Representative logo

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

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

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

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

Full Committee Name
Standard Term of Office
Committee function
Available positions
Level of commitment
Academic Appeals Committee
One year
The Academic Appeals Committee will hear Appeals lodged by Students against decisions relating to academic matters.
One Postgraduate Representative (must not be current USQ staff)
The Academic Appeals Committee will meet at least four times per year for three hour meetings. Some email consultation may be required in between the meetings.
BELA Diversity and Inclusion Committee
Six Months until 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 or Springfield Student Representative
The Committee meets at least quarterly.
BELA Faculty Academic Program Committee (FAPC)
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 Representative

The Committee meets monthly 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 a student perspective.
BELA Faculty Learning, Teaching and Student Success Committee
One year
The Faculty Learning, Teaching and Student Success Committee is responsible to the Faculty Executive Dean for oversight of learning and teaching performance and student experience in the programs and courses offered by the Faculty.

One Undergraduate student member elected by and from the students enrolled in programs offered by the Faculty

The Committee meets six times throughout the year for a duration of two hours per meeting. As the student representative, you will be required to attend these meetings and provide a student perspective on undergraduate courses, both current and future courses. Also to provide student insight to student retention and progression.
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 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 Undergraduate Nursing Representative

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 High Degree Research (Doctoral) 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 to 31 March) with annual opportunity to continue membership to a maximum term of three years.
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 BELA Student Representative - elected by and from the undergraduate 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

(All positions must not be current USQ staff)

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.
The HES Faculty Diversity & Inclusion Committee
1 Year
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 student member (enrolled at Toowoomba or Ipswich campus)
The HES Faculty Diversity & Inclusion Committee meets at least quarterly. As the student representative, you will be required to attend these meetings and provide your own perspective as a student and provide the perspectives of your fellow students.
Learning and Teaching 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 on-campus 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 and Teaching 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!
Safer Communities Reference Committee
One year
The Safer Communities Reference Committee will provide strategic oversight of institutional responsiveness to national sexual harm and respect campaigns (including but not limited to the National Student Safety Survey) and management of the safety of students and staff at USQ within this context. With high-level oversight of the Assessment and Monitoring Behavioural Risk Team (AMBR), the Safer Communities Reference Committee will contribute to institutional analysis and reporting on matters pertaining to, but not limited to, sexual harassment and sexual assault.
One male student representative and one female student representative
The Safer Communities Reference Committee will meet approximately six times a year (i.e. every two months), the first meeting is to be held in late October 2021. Meetings are conducted via Zoom.
School of Creative Arts Learning & Teaching & Student Success Committee
One year
The Learning, Teaching and Student Success Committee is responsible for advising the Head of School/College in relation to any issue relevant to the quality assurance, conduct and performance of coursework programs (including accreditations); student retention and progression; and engagement with students.
One Higher Degree Research student representative from within the school
The Faculty LT&SS Committee meets at least six times per year. Special meetings may be called by the Chair as the need arises. Your role will be to provide a student perspective on undergraduate, post graduate and HDR courses, both current and future courses.  Also provide student insight to student retention and progression.
School of Creative Arts Research Committee
One year
This Committee will play an important role in providing communication links between the school/college and the newly established Graduate Research School. Your role will be to provide a student perspective on the HDR student experience in the School of Creative Arts, the Graduate Research School and Centre for Culture and Heritage.  Assist in advocating a HDR/early career creative research culture and training within the School of Creative Arts.  This can include leading post graduate seminars, symposiums and showcases, participating in community of practice and the developments of workshops for students.  The Student Representative will be encouraged to mentor other students.  They may also be required to assist with ERA data collection, reporting process and training.

One Higher Degree Research Student Representative

One Doctor of Creative Arts Student Representative

Monthly meeting of two hours duration. For some meetings an hour or two of preparation (reading of documents) will be required.
School of 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 during business hours throughout the year. 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 Humanities and Communications Advisory Board
One year
The Advisory Board provides an important opportunity for industry and external stakeholders to provide feedback to the Head of School and Program Directors on a range of matters, including curriculum design and industry needs.

One Undergraduate Student Representative

One Postgraduate Student Representative

The Advisory Board 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.
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 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 Forum
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 Bachelor of Midwifery student representative elected by and from the students enrolled in the School programs

One Postgraduate student representative elected by and from the students enrolled in the School programs

The School of Nursing and Midwifery Forum meets once a month for nine months of the year with meetings being scheduled for two hours each meeting.  As the student representative you will be required to attend these meetings and provide your own perspective as a student and provide the perspectives of your fellow students.   Students are required to provide written reports for circulation to the other members of this forum.
School of Nursing and Midwifery 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 Undergraduate Online Student Representative

One Undergraduate Springfield Student Representative

One Undergraduate Toowoomba Student Representative

One Postgraduate Student Representative

The School of Nursing and Midwifery Outreach, Engagement and International Committee meets at least four (4) times a year for two (2) hours. As the student representative, you will be required to attend the School Outreach, Engagement and International meetings and provide your own perspective as a student and provide the perspectives of your fellow students.
School of 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 Postgraduate representative enrolled in one of the programs managed by the School of Sciences, i.e. 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 Forum
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 Postgraduate 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.
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.
The University of Southern Queensland Student Guild Board of Directors
Two years (odd year)
The USQ Student Guild partners with the University to provide a range of activities and services to all students of USQ. The Student Guild is a non-profit organisation and is currently responsible for the management and delivery of: Student Advocacy (for students across all USQ campuses and externally), USQ Staff Corporate Health program (Fit & Well), Clive Berghofer Recreation Centre (CBRC) – Centre Management, The Works Gyms (Toowoomba, Springfield & Ipswich), CBRC – Events, Toowoomba Regional Tennis Centre. The Board is responsible for the Governance and policy direction of the Student Guild on behalf of the members.
One student representative
Board members are responsible for: 1. Attending and contributing to all meetings of Board and Sub-committees on which they serve. 2. Being informed about issues affecting the higher education sector and governance of the Student Guild. 3. Complying with the law, University statutes, rules, policies and procedures 4. Informing themselves about their obligations as members of Board. 5. Reading, questioning and understanding written materials and financial statements distributed to Board. 6. Maintaining the confidentiality of confidential information and deliberations of the Board. 7. Supporting and respecting the majority decisions of Board regardless of personal views. 8. Representing the Student Guild and the Board in external and internal forums, including attending ceremonial functions where possible. 9. Participating in the Board's self-evaluation process. Meetings are held each month up to 2+ hours in duration on the Last Tuesday of every month,  students need to read board papers to prepare to take an active role in Board meetings (2 hours of pre-reading each month in addition to meetings), students are also expected to be active and engaged students prepared to reach out to their student peers to garner their opinions and needs to represent on their behalf, students can be mentored by community / alumni board members so this is also a development opportunity for those wanting to invest more of their time into self-development.
The University Safety Committee
One year
The University Safety Committee deals with policy and procedural matters affecting work areas and personnel throughout the University. Issues which cannot be resolved locally may be referred to this committee for advice.
One student which can be from any faculty and completing any level of study.
The University Safety Committee will meet at least six times per year for at least one and a half hours.

Committee Representative*
10th University Council John Dowling
Academic Appeals Committee
Rachel Conway (UG)
Oliver de Nicolai (PG)
Academic Board Melissa Ward (UG)
Adam Schmidt (PG)
Lolita Aranas (HDR
Academic Program Committee (AB Standing Committee)
Danielle Nottage (UG BELA)
Murtaza Aziz Ahmad (UG HES)
Rachelle Jones (PG BELA)
Adam Schmidt (PG HES)
Danielle Shaw (HDR)
BELA Diversity and Inclusion Committee Fatima Damarda (UG TWB)
Rachel Leslie (HDR)
BELA Faculty Academic Program Committee (FAPC)
Samantha Pederick (UG)
BELA Faculty Learning, Teaching and Student Success Committee
Emma Baillie (UG)
Matthew Endo (PG)
BELA Faculty Research Committee
Cameron Meiklejohn (HDR)
BMID Midwifery Advisory Committee
Victoria Kamen (FY)
Education Board of Study (School of Education)
Sarah Woodcock (UG)
Claudia Pfeiffer (PG)
Education Quality Committee (AB Standing Committee)
Grant Vickery (UG HES)
Vanessa Crouch (HDR)
Employability Working Party
Cameron Meiklejohn
HES Faculty Academic Program Committee
Murtaza Aziz Ahmad (UG)
Heather McAulliffe (PG)_
HES Faculty Learning, Teaching and Student Success Committee
Murtaza Aziz Ahmad (UG)
Muhammad Dawood Waheed (UG)
Neville Madden (HDR)
Industry Advisory Board (Study of ICT)
Kenish Shrestha (UG)
Keziah Elsa John (PG)
Industry Advisory Committee (Mechanical and Mechatronic)
Kate McCullough (UG)
(Christian) Robert Dart (UG)
Learning and Teaching Environments Working Party
Mark Clarkson (Online)
Reconciliation Action Plan Working Party
Joshua Waters
Research Committee (AB Standing Committee)
Ashley Woods (HDR)
Mark Clarkson (HDR)
Research Training Sub-Committee
Shauna Fjaagesund (HES)
Tara East (BELA)
Scholarships Working Party
Samantha Pederick
School of Creative Arts Engagement Committee
London Elliott (UG)
School of Creative Arts Learning & Teaching & Student Success Committee
Shruthika Palvannan (UG)
School of Health and Wellbeing Learning, Teaching and Student Success Committee
Melanie Sienkiewicz-Grob (UG)
School of Health and Wellbeing Post Graduate Committee
Kurt Vogel (PG)
School of Health and Wellbeing Research Committee
Dinuki Seneviratne (HDR)
School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Outreach and Engagement Committee
Darcy Mossman
School of Nursing and Midwifery Forum
Alex Baker (BNSG)
School of Nursing and Midwifery Outreach, Engagement and International Committee
Nomqhele (Que) L Mabaleka (UG IPS)
School of Nursing and Midwifery Research and Research Training Committee
Barbara Black (HDR)
School of Psychology and Counselling Forum
Tamara Erbacher (UG PSY)
Gemma Davie (UG HON)
School of Psychology and Counselling Learning, Teaching and Success Committee
Tiarn Barton-Illic
School of Psychology and Counselling Research Committee
Luke Bayliss (HDR)
School of Science Learning, Teaching and Student Success Committee
Katrina Owens (UG)
School of Sciences Forum
Caleb Genrich (UG)
Neville Madden (HDR)
Schools of Civil Engineering and Surveying & Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Learning, Teaching and Student Success Committee
Murtaza Aziz Ahmad (CS)
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Workforce Strategy Committee
Joshua Waters
The HES Faculty Diversity & Inclusion Committee
Aidan Roache (UG)
Clayton Lees (UG)
Barbara Black (HDR)
The HES Faculty Research Committee
Dinuki Seneviratne (HES)
The University of Southern Queensland Student Guild Board of Directors
Sherrie Wilson
Ashley Woods
Tom Smith
Gene Clarke
Dinuki Seneviratne
USQ School of Law and Justice Advisory Board
Tracy Bowen (UG)
Matthew Endo (PG)
Timothy Nugent (HDR)

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

 

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