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ANNUAL

REPORT 2017


The Student Guild strives to create a professional, supportive and welcoming environment through the provision of quality facilities, programs, representation and services whilst encouraging a positive lifestyle and Griffith – Gold Coast Experience.


Contents

Student Guild Board Office bearers, committee members and Board meeting attendance....................................................................... 4 2017 Student Guild Board members.................................................................................................................................... 5

Student Guild staff......................................................................................................................................................... 6 President’s Report........................................................................................................................................................... 8 General Manager’s Report................................................................................................................................ 10 Student support and advocacy..................................................................................................................... 12 Gold Coast Association of Postgraduates........................................................................................ 16 Administration (accommodation, employment and ancillary services)..................................................... 18 Sport and recreation................................................................................................................................................. 20 Programs (courses, workshops and volunteer program)...................................................................................... 30 Social and cultural events................................................................................................................................... 32 Clubs on campus........................................................................................................................................................... 36 Commercial Uni Bar and Function Centre.................................................................................................................................................. 40 Uni Fitness Health Centre ....................................................................................................................................................... 42 The Uni Store .............................................................................................................................................................................. 44 Village Café ................................................................................................................................................................................ 46

Audited financial report........................................................................................................................................ 48 Board’s Report.............................................................................................................................................................................. 49 Auditor’s Independence Declaration under Section 60-40 of the Australian Charities and Not-For-Profits Commission Act 2012.................................................................................................... 50 Statement of Profit or Loss........................................................................................................................................................ 51 Statement of Financial Position.............................................................................................................................................. 52 Statement of Changes in Equity............................................................................................................................................ 53 Statement of Cash Flows......................................................................................................................................................... 54 Notes to the Financial Statements........................................................................................................................................ 55 Statement by Members of the Board.................................................................................................................................. 64 Independent Audit Report........................................................................................................................................................ 65

Sponsors and supporters.................................................................................................................................... 68

Griffith University Gold Coast Student Guild acknowledges the people who are the Traditional Custodians of the land, pays respects to Elders, past and present, and extends that respect to other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.


2017 Student Guild Board

Office bearers and committee members President George Lindley-Jones Harriet Nash

Vice President Harriet Nash Christian Nimri

Executive Committee Aleisha Hynes Ronald Kitcher-Pentey George Lindley-Jones Harriet Nash Christian Nimri Masaichiro Oi Ellen Quinn Alan Veh

Sport and Cultural Committee Dan Carter Ashleigh Cooksley Aleisha Hynes Ronald Kitcher-Pentey Joshua Murchie Harriet Nash Christian Nimri Christine Pickersgill Stephen Redfern Ellen Quinn

Board meeting attendance Brittany Golding................. 3/3 Aleisha Hynes..................... 6/7 Jordan Jansen...................... 3/3 Ronald Kitcher-Pentey....... 9/9 George Lindley-Jones........ 9/9 Jeremy Lynch........................ 5/6 Joshua Murchie................... 6/7 Harriet Nash........................ 9/9 Christian Nimri................... 7/9 Masaichiro Oi.................... 3/6 Adam Schenk...................... 6/6 Ellen Quinn.......................... 2/3 Alan Veh................................ 4/9

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George Lindley-Jones President

Harriet Nash

Christian Nimri

President

Vice President

Adam Schenk

Alan Veh

Aleisha Hynes

Brittany Golding

Ellen Quinn

James Nightingale

Jeremy Lynch

Jordan Jansen

Joshua Murchie

Masaichiro Oi

Ronald Kitcher-Pentey

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2017 Student Guild staff

Wayne Watt

Linda Gillespie

Dennis Bollington Commercial Manager

Marketing Manager/ Operations Manager

Mila Lutz

Brigitte Oschadlin

Kate Delaforce

Cameron Sherwood

Ryan Lenegan

Christina Hickman

April Albertini

Stevie Snook

General Manager

Finance Manager

Sports and Recreation Manager

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Executive Assistant

Finance Officer

Sports Officer

Student Support and Advocacy Manager

Events and Recreation Coordinator

Jessica Brown

Events Manager

Programs Officer


Receptionist/Admin support

Pauline MacDonald

Receptionist/Admin support

Diane Hackett

Penny Van Wamelen

Shiggy Shinomiya

Debby Hague

Stacey Hague-Ogilvie

Shaun Edie

Casey Frewin

Bobby Smith

Sharna McIntosh

Sedgley White

Manager The Uni Store

Venue Manager Uni Bar and Function Centre

Assistant Manager The Uni Store

Bar Manager Uni Bar and Function Centre

Receptionist/Admin support

Manager Village CafĂŠ

Manager Uni Fitness Health Centre

Assistant Manager Village CafĂŠ

Manager Australia Post

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President’s Report

Harriet Nash President

Another year in the books at the Griffith University Gold Coast Student Guild and what a fantastic year it has been. Once again it has been filled with more growth and improvement, and we will continue to keep growing well into the future. The Student Guild staff and the members of the Student Guild Board have continued to cultivate relationships that have ensured the success, expansion, and delivery of events, services, and support programs to the students of the Gold Coast campus. Aligned with this, the Guild also provides projects and programs which are beneficial to the wider Griffith University community. It is important to acknowledge the support the Student Guild receives from Griffith University and we thank them sincerely for this support in sustaining our positive and mutually beneficial relationship. The Student Guild Board met regularly throughout the year, discussing new ideas and new ways to build on the existing events in order to try to keep the Guild experience as fresh and exciting as possible. I would like to take this time to thank the board members for their time and commitment to improving student life on campus. A main agenda item during the year was to work on ways to improve how the Student Guild interacts with students. To this end, the positive number of ticket sales and participation levels in Guild activities suggests that we are on the right track. These events would not be possible without the Guild staff and Guild Crew helping to assist them. The Guild Crew has become an integral part of the Student Guild and their numbers continue

to grow. In 2017, the Guild Crew volunteers accumulated a total number of 2,863 hours, providing essential assistance to ensure that all Guild events ran smoothly. Their time and commitment to the Student Guild is very much appreciated by all. With 103 clubs in total, I would also like to recognise the efforts of all club executive committee members who worked hard to create an experience that improved student life. We thank you for your continued cooperation with the Guild. Finally, I would like to extend an enormous amount of thanks to the Student Guild staff who are the driving force behind creating the positive and inclusive environment on campus. The year would not have been as successful without the passion that each of you has for your job and for creating a university experience like no other. We as a Board sincerely hope to continue creating these experiences as well as growing even bigger in the years to come. It is an exciting time to be a part of the Student Guild and I hope that the increasing involvement from students carries well on into the future.

Harriet Nash President

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General Manager’s report reports provide details on these programs, activities, and events, I would like to highlight a number which further contributed to these successes. • The refurbishment of the Uni Fitness facility and the replacement of all gym equipment created a much needed upgrade of the health and fitness space to complement the new functional fitness area in the Aquatic Centre.

Wayne Watt

General Manager

When formalising the annual report you always seem to reiterate and promote the continued growth and additional services the Guild has created in the past year. However, in this instance, I believe the following report can justify 2017 has set an even higher benchmark for student engagement and service provision to the Gold Coast campus. Aligned with the commencement of the year, the campus welcomed the opening of the Griffith Aquatic Centre incorporating an international standard swimming pool and a state of the art functional fitness space. The facility hosted a Dive-In Movie night during our Orientation Week activities, and its success has been captured in a number of photos which have been utilised by the University within internal promotions and staff briefings. Orientation also set an unprecedented demand for the Guild’s O-Week bags, with the quota all distributed by the first few days of Week 1. The program and activities designed for these initial weeks created an atmosphere and energy which was to continue throughout 2017. In the following pages our reports and photos provide an insight into the many and varied Guild operations which made the past twelve months very special, and created a distinct service standard for our students and campus community. Whilst the 10

• Womens Rugby Sevens - Griffith was awarded one of the limited spots in the inaugural national university competition which provided an opportunity for our students to compete with, and against, the highest calibre of player. • The Guild Crew program was further developed into an invaluable Guild resource with ever increasing student numbers being utilised across the Guild’s activities. • Sports community partnerships with varying local clubs were developed to ensure our students had pathways to high level competition within the community. • High performance and development swim squads incorporating internationally recognised coaches were included in the Aquatic Centre’s program, in conjunction with the Griffith Sports College and the University. • The Student Support department streamlined and extended our services, re-focussing the Gold Coast Association of Postgraduates (GCAP), whilst also representing the Guild on several important University committees. • Events, programs, and activities continued to develop and once again be at the forefront of the Guild’s student engagement. • The Marketing department had the unenviable task of dealing with all the promotion aspects of the aforementioned areas (and others) in standardising the Guild’s brand and recognition strategies.


All of the above and those outlined in the following reports are only possible due to a committed and talented staff - I am sincerely grateful to all staff for their time and energy as they continue to contribute to the Student Guild’s development and positive campus presence. Please enjoy the report’s successes and achievements of 2017. The past year was certainly a watershed in staff retirement. Russell Hume - Facilities Manager (Campus Life), retired in the early part of the year after 21 years of service. Russell had an understanding of the Guild’s operations at all levels and, in conjunction with the Guild, always had the student’s wellbeing and interests in mind when making decisions for the campus. His relaxed and welcoming manner was always consistent throughout our many meetings, both formal and informal. We thank Russell for his support of the Student Guild and his contribution to the Gold Coast campus. The latter part of 2017 was the time to farewell one of the Student Guild’s most important supporters and partners, Mr Colin McAndrew. Colin, having served 26 years with the University as Pro-Vice Chancellor - Administration/Vice President (Corporate Services), was our University contact for many of the Guild’s operational and financial directions. From constitution matters, Board issues, to budgets and financial allocation, Colin was always constant and considered in his advice and guidance. His contribution to the Guild’s success through this support is immeasurable and on behalf of all Presidents, Board members and staff, and especially myself, we thank him most sincerely and wish him every happiness in his retirement. The major loss in 2017 to the Student Guild was the retirement of Dennis Bollington - Commercial Manager for the past nine years. Dennis, after much heartfelt and personal consideration, for both himself and his family, made the reluctant decision to retire. Dennis’ association with the Guild commenced in an external audit role which, serendipitously, converted into the Guild’s Commercial Manager role. Dennis’ contributions are too many to list however it would be remiss of me not to note

a few highlights of his time with the Guild. His overhaul of our accounts and financial operations was critical in setting up the department to cater for the major developments which were to follow. With his expertise and passion, the Guild’s commercial ventures thrived. The conversion of the Campus Bookshop to The Uni Store, establishment of an Australia Post outlet on campus, redevelopment of the fitness centre and the refurbishment of the Village Café, were a few of his achievements. However his ‘jewel in the crown’ was the redesign and conversion of the (old) Uni Bar into the contemporary food precinct and Uni Bar facility which is the envy of many university campuses. Dennis spent an ‘inordinate’ amount of time researching, sourcing personnel, equipment, and services to ensure this redevelopment was not only of benefit to the students but to the wider community. Dennis’ contribution to the Guild’s presence, success, and financial sustainability and security, can never be underestimated. Dennis was admired and respected by his commercial partners but most importantly, by his peers. His efficiency, fastidiousness, personable nature (and his idiosyncrasies) are sorely missed around the Guild offices and campus precinct. On a personal level I cannot begin to repay Dennis for his time, commitment, advice, and guidance over the myriad of issues personal and professional - but mostly I miss our conversations. On behalf of everyone he has been associated with, we wish him and his wife Paula, a special and lengthy retirement. Lastly I would like to thank the Presidents, George Lindley-Jones and Harriet Nash, and the Board members of 2017, for the support of both myself and the Guild staff in ensuring the Guild’s continued positive presence on the Gold Coast campus, and we look forward to progressing these achievements further in 2018.

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Student support and advocacy

Advocacy

In 2017 the Student Support and Advocacy Manager provided academic and/or personal support to students on 682 occasions via email, phone or in person on a formal basis.

Booked appointments - 210

Walk-in appointments - 52 Kate Delaforce Student Support and Advocacy Manager

The Student Support and Advocacy department delivers services and programs designed to enhance the wellbeing and experience of Griffith University students. The central focus of this department is to provide students support and advice in regard to Griffith University policies, and to ensure that students understand their academic obligations and entitlements. Student Support also oversees other services including the intercampus bus, Justice of the Peace, emergency loans, assignment help, financial assistance, exam support, tax service, and legal advice. Through this department, the Student Guild delivers regular events to promote health and wellbeing, as well as the dedicated Wellness Warriors program. 12

Email assistance - 326 Phone assistance - 94

60% domestic students 40% international students

54% undergraduate students 46% postgraduate students


Intercampus bus Assistance provided to students (number of occasions)

682

The intercampus bus service provides students and staff transport between the Gold Coast and Nathan campuses. The service was offered Monday to Friday during each trimester including examination periods. Throughout Trimester 1 and 2, five departure times were provided each way, servicing passengers from 7 am to 10.15 pm. With the introduction of trimesters, and subsequent uncertainty around the number of students expected on campus, the service was limited in Trimester 3. Trimester 3 (weeks 1 - 8) made up 8.2% of total bookings for the year. As a whole, the intercampus bus was predominantly utilised by students, with a slight reduction in staff usage.

2017 annual passengers

223

Students - 6,162 | Staff - 1,104 Total passengers: 7,266

2016 annual passengers

2017

2016

Students - 6,181 | Staff - 1,221 Total passengers: 7,402

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Justice of the Peace

The Justice of the Peace service was available January to December from 11 am to 1 pm on varying days throughout the year, dependent on volunteer availability. Overall, this service was provided on 104 days servicing a total of 889 students, staff and the public. We thank the Justices of the Peace Branch, Department of Justice and Attorney-General, for their continued support of the Guild’s service through the provision of volunteers.

Documents witnessed

Tax service

The Student Guild partnered with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) to assist students with submitting online tax returns in 2017. A one-day workshop delivered by the ATO provided step-by-step instruction on how to lodge an online tax return via myTax. Thirty-two students registered for the Tax Help Workshop, 24 students were provided with email assistance and 38 students were referred to the ATO Tax Help program. The Student Guild also partnered with Oncloud Accountants for students who preferred the opportunity to meet with a tax accountant face-to-face. Tax returns were provided to students at a discounted rate on campus. This service was offered three days per week from July to October.

Students - 628 Staff - 183 Public - 78 Total number of documents witnessed

2,659 Financial support

The Student Guild provides financial support through the provision of emergency loans and crisis care packages. The emergency loan scheme offers students a cash loan of up to $50 for an emergency situation. The crisis care packages are a new initiative aimed at supporting students experiencing difficulties paying for essential items. Students have a choice of food, hygiene or baby crisis care packages. In 2017 the Student Guild provided 41 emergency loans and 19 crisis care packages.

Legal service

The legal service provides free fortnightly legal advice to all currently enrolled Griffith University Gold Coast students in partnership with McInnes Wilson Lawyers. Students are offered 15 minute personalised legal consultations with a qualified lawyer face-to-face or via phone. In 2017 the service was available February to December each Wednesday fortnight. Advice was commonly sought by international students regarding rental bonds and property tenancy agreements, which were often referred to the Residential Tenancies Authority (RTA). Total appointments - 51 (16% increase from 2016)

Assignment help

The assignment help service provides currently enrolled Griffith University Gold Coast students with academic support, specifically basic proofreading and editing, referencing, planning and layout, research techniques, or general instruction on course and University assignment guidelines. Students are offered 30-minute personalised appointments with an Assignment Help Advisor focussed on refining their assignment prior to submission. This service was offered from Monday to Friday from 10 am to 3 pm (Weeks 2 - 12 during trimesters) at the Student Guild office. Overall 1,012 appointments were made representing a 47% increase in the number of appointments from 2016. APPOINTMENTS

APPOINTMENTS

APPOINTMENTS

APPOINTMENTS

PER Trimester

DOMESTIC vs INTERNATIONAL

UNDERGRADUATE vs POSTGRADUATE

2017 vs 2016

Domestic - 275 International - 737

Undergraduate - 836 Postgraduate - 176

2017 - 1,012 2016 - 689

Trimester 1 - 530 Trimester 2 - 437 Trimester 3 - 45

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Gold Coast Association of Postgraduates (GCAP) participation in CAPA conferences ensures GCAP’s continued ability to have a voice when it comes to issues affecting our postgraduates at a national level.

Kate Delaforce Student Support and Advocacy Manager

Katherine Lee Vice President

The Gold Coast Association of Postgraduates (GCAP) aims to create a positive experience for Gold Coast postgraduate students. GCAP provides academic services and support, opportunities for increased social engagement within the postgraduate community, and assists students to prepare for the transition from postgraduate study to the workforce. In 2017, GCAP was successful in its mission to support the work-life balance and wellbeing of postgraduate students. This was achieved through a number of networking events, funding opportunities, self-enrichment workshops, wellbeing initiatives, and various recreational excursions. Membership comprised 802 students, engaging approximately 30% of the Griffith University Gold Coast postgraduate student base, which is consistent with the preceding year. GCAP focused on implementing more social events that did not include alcohol, and increasing the variety of activities on offer. This led to the implementation of a range of new initiatives including a professional development program comprising guest speaker workshops and a well-recieved writing retreat. In addition to these new activities, GCAP continued funding opportunities such as Community Volunteering Enhancement funding, and a new addition in 2017 - Social and Networking Event funding. This was added to provide faculty specific networking events to fellow postgraduate students.

2017 saw some of the highest turn outs that GCAP has ever seen at events. This increased GCAP’s engagement with postgraduate students and enabled postgraduates to enjoy the beautiful Gold Coast, and experience many of the wonders it has to offer. It is with great pride and honour that GCAP extends a huge thank you to all postgraduates at Griffith Gold Coast for their continued support and presence at events. GCAP would also like to give a big shout out to the GCAP Board members and general committee members who have put in time and effort to ensure that activities ran seamlessly and created positive experience for all participants. All the best in 2018 and see you at future GCAP events.

Events

During 2017 GCAP offered 24 events to postgraduate students. These events were an opportunity to socialise, informally network, and relax. The events program included a mix of parties, casual food and drink events, tours, and physical activities. 4th Annual Cocktails in the Sky Q1 Resort & Spa, Surfers Paradise 13 May 350 attendees (sold out) Secret Cocktail Party Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa 9 September 300 attendees (sold out) Free networking lunches Trimester 1 and Trimester 2 700 attendees over seven events Friday Social Uni Bar Gold Coast (G07) Trimester 1, Trimester 2 and Trimester 3 More than 1,200 attendees over 11 events

GCAP has recognised the need to improve the group’s visibility and presence on Facebook and other social media platforms such as Instagram and Twitter, (including regularly organised competitions to win free tickets to GCAP events). GCAP also regularly shared useful information through social media such as external funding opportunities, where to find help or resources, theses writing tips, and the occasional comic or meme to lighten the mood.

Winery Tour Gold Coast Hinterland 25 March 22 attendees

In June 2017, GCAP hosted the Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations (CAPA) Special Council Meeting (SCM), which was attended by postgraduate student representatives all over Australia. In December 2017, GCAP delegates once again represented the postgraduate students of Griffith University Gold Coast at a national level at the CAPA Annual Council Meeting (ACM) held in Perth. Regular

Lamington National Park Hike 29 July 24 attendees (sold out)

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GCAP Games 22 April 24 attendees

Tree Top Challenge Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary 25 November 15 attendees


Professional development program

Funding

GCAP presented a series of workshops to assist postgraduates with their personal and professional development. Each workshop was specifically designed around a topic that will help postgraduates develop professional skills to further increase their employability. The workshop presenters were expert guest speakers who shared their wealth of knowledge and experience.

GCAP restructured its funding opportunities in 2017, following direction from the University. GCAP’s funding programs are now designed to provide support to groups of postgraduate students who engage in community charity work both domestically and internationally, and/or groups of postgraduate students who organise social and networking events that benefit the postgraduate community.

Public Speaking Workshop Uni Bar Function Centre (G07) Trish Springsteen, speaker 13 March 39 registered participants

In 2017, the Charity and Community Enhancement Fund provided $13,500 to a total of 20 students who attended charity or community events as a group of postgraduate students. GCAP also offered up to $600 funding via the Social and Networking Event Fund to support group-initiated social or networking events and approved the first application to the fund, to support a networking event held for approximately 65 Master of Physiotherapy students.

Leadership is an Attitude Uni Bar Function Centre (G07) Sonia McDonald, speaker 13 July 57 registered participants

Academic services

GCAP continued to utilise the Student Guild’s assignment help, student support, and advocacy services in 2017. During the year, 176 postgraduate students attended assignment help appointments while the Guild’s Student Support and Advocacy Manager formally engaged with postgraduate students on 244 occasions via email, phone, or in person to provide academic and personal support, assistance, and advice.

Writing Retreat Gold Coast Hinterland 10 participants

2017 GCAP Board

Pierre Hofstee President

Katherine Lee

Anna Chruscik

Vice President

Director of Communications

Fahimeh Alaei

Joshua Murchie

Director of Equity

Ghazaleh Taherzadeh Director of Events

Director of Funding

The Director of Funding position remained as a casual vacancy following the AGM. This position was appointed and ratified at a Board meeting on 17 July, 2017. 17


Administration - Accommodation, employment and ancillary services

Administration delivers professional customer service to welcome, inform and to assist students to access Guild services. The Student Guild’s administration and reception team is the first point of call for students visiting the Student Guild, as well as for those with phone, website or email enquiries. The department provides critical assistance to commencing and continuing students, particularly during orientation periods, to help them access accommodation, transport and general information. The Student Guild also fields a large number of enquiries from the public and staff seeking direction to or with questions about Griffith University facilities and services. Linda Gillespie Executive Assistant

The Student Guild reception received over 18,500 enquiries in 2017, ranging from telephone calls, walk-ins and emails relating to Guild services and Griffith-related information. In the past, ticket sales for major events accounted for a large number of in-person transactions however the ability to purchase tickets online has seen a decline in demand for on-site purchases.

18,500 Front Desk Enquiries

Accommodation

The Student Guild delivers a range of services to help students find accommodation. To get students started, the Guild offers new and potential students welcome packs that detail oncampus and off-campus accommodation options, and general information about the Gold Coast. The packs also promote the Residential Tenancies Authority who provide important rental information on renters’ rights and obligations. Approximately 100 packs were distributed in Trimester 1, and 30 packs across Trimesters 2 and 3. The Guild also promotes on-campus and off-campus accommodation for students. During 2017, there was a high interest in on-campus accommodation at Griffith University Village which reached capacity, while major purpose built, off-campus accommodation providers also reported 100% occupancy during Trimesters 1 and 2. The Guild assists students and the broader community to advertise private accommodation options online. In the first half of the year, this provided students with 108 advertised community options and 101 student options (including units, apartments and houses) to choose from, and a total of 108 accommodation options (from 54 community advertisers and 54 students) in the second half of the year. Overall, 2017 saw student advertisers increase by 48% on the previous year and community advertisers increase by 16%.

Employment

For over 14 years, the Student Guild has provided a free transportation service for students to view accommodation. The service provides students with the opportunity to inspect accommodation options in person which enables students to compare accommodation types, and meet with potential tenants and landlords. Disappointingly the service usage decreased in 2017 by 38% in Trimester 1 with only 55 student users. The decrease prompted the service to operate for only one week in Trimester 2. The service did not operate in Trimester 3. Although usage has decreased from 2016, comparatively it is still 30% higher than 2015 (42 student users), which demonstrates there was a spike in usage last year. The service is still considered to be a valuable one and it will be trialled for a one week period (down from two weeks) during Orientation Week in Trimesters 1 and 2, 2018.

The Student Guild advertises casual and part-time positions on the G07 Employment Noticeboard and processes them for inclusion on the online Griffith Careerboard. In 2017, 33 new positions were advertised in Trimester 1 and 28 new positions in Trimester 2. The Guild also posted 95 advertised positions from the Griffith Careerboard onto the Guild’s physical Employment Noticeboard, to provide students the option to view casual vacancies in person rather than entirely online. Though the number of vacancies advertised via the Student Guild did decrease somewhat from 2016 (approximately 27%), the Guild actively contributed to promoting jobs to students by promoting Griffith’s Careerboard and Unitemps promotional material on noticeboards as well as the Guild website and social channels. 18


Ancillary services go card Translink go cards are available for purchase and top-up at the Student Guild. In 2017, new purchases saw 2,514 cards issued to students, staff and the public. The majority of new purchases (96%) were adult cards rather than concession cards due to Translink’s implementation of tertiary fares to an existing adult go card. In April 2016, Translink and Queensland tertiary institutions established a flexible arrangement to enable go card users to utilise the one adult go card for student and non-student purposes. Many students have waited for their existing concession card to expire before purchasing the required adult go card. The single card system has effected a significant decline in the number of concession go cards purchased however the overall quantities of new card purchases remained consistent. Lockers The Student Guild offers 132 lockers around campus which include general lockers, suitable for bags and books, as well as bike lockers that provide secure undercover storage for bicycles. Students hired 117 lockers in total during the first half of the year, an increase of 51% compared to 2016. The second trimester remained consistent with 2016, with 91 lockers hired, and saw 58 students securing hire into 2018. Bike lockers in particular proved popular, with all 20 lockers continuously booked out. End of Trip Facilities Seventy-five new swipe cards were purchased for access to the End of Trip Facilities in G52, G40, G16 and G42, consistent with the previous year (with 79 new swipe cards purchased in 2016). The swipe cards enable students and staff to utilise the enclosed bike sheds, showers and temporary lockers (not available in G40) available at these facilities. Trimester 1 was busier with 75% of the year’s new card requests. There were 90 swipe cards (held by existing users) re-activated in Trimester 1. Tutors The Student Guild offers an online database to match tutors with tertiary and school students seeking assistance. In 2017, 133 Griffith students were registered as tutors on the database. The total number of registered tutors decreased from 204 in 2016, with only 45 students continuing on from 2016 due to graduation, or work and study loads. The decrease can also be attributed to a change in internal processes. Typically tutors remained on the database unless they contacted Student Guild reception to advise otherwise. This often led to information becoming outdated or students contacting tutors who were in fact no longer available. The process was reviewed and subsequently all tutors were automatically removed at the end of 2016, and then prompted to relist their services. So while the number is less than previous it is worth noting that the accuracy of listings is now much more precise.

Court hire The Pavilion (G32) houses two barbeques, two tennis courts, a basketball court and beach volleyball court. Secured bookings are made in person at the Student Guild by Griffith students, staff, and many Student Guild clubs, and includes free use of equipment. Bookings decreased by a small 4.8% from 2016 due to marginally less basketball and beach volleyball court bookings.

2017 vs 2016 court hire (number of bookings)

Basketball 2017 - 154 2016 - 201 Beach volleyball 2017 - 111 2016 - 156 Tennis 2017 - 554 2016 - 156 Pavilion (BBQs) 2017 - 21 2016 - 22

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Sport and recreation

GUGC Sport delivers and oversees sporting life on the Gold Coast campus, ranging from social sports to student clubs, University Games, and local competition. Australian University Sport events, particularly the Northern and Australian University Games (AUG), are calendar highlights, and Griffith University Gold Coast (GUGC) continues to perform to a high representative standard.

Christina Hickman Sports Officer

At the 2017 Northern University Games (NUG) held in Rockhampton and Yeppoon, GUGC registered a team of 202 participants. It was a successful week with a gold medal result for mens 3x3 basketball, womens basketball, open golf, womens netball, mixed netball, and womens touch football, awarding Griffith Gold Coast a total of six pennants. In the last ever Northern University Games, GUGC had a dominant performance winning the Jodie Martin Trophy (Overall Champion). The NUG and AUG will move to a more elite format in 2018, named Nationals Div 1 & 2. The Australian University Games were held on the Gold Coast where 230 participants from the Gold Coast campus competed in a combined Griffith University team. Within the combined Griffith team, 77% were Gold Coast students, 20% 20

of those being GUGC Sport Ambassadors. Griffith University progressed through to 10 gold medal pennant finals with open baseball, womens basketball, mixed handball, mens rugby 7s, and womens touch football each securing the win. Griffith finished 7th of 42 universities - a great result considering how condensed the top ten results were - and 5th in per capita. The GUGC Sport Ambassador program plays an important role in securing and providing financial support to high level student athletes to represent Griffith. In 2017 there were 33 Gold Ambassadors, 88 Silver Ambassadors and 7 Bronze Ambassadors. Overall 128 Griffith Gold Coast student athletes were ambassadors and Griffith certainly benefited from their representation at the Northern and Australian University Games.


Within the combined Griffith NUG team, 77% were Gold Coast students, 20% of those being GUGC Sport Ambassadors.

NORTHERN UNIversity GAMES overall result

2017

1

ST

2016

2nd

Australian UNIversity Games overall result

2017

7 th

2016 TH

11

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NORTHERN UNIversity GAMES RESULTS MEDAL TALLY

5

4

Pennants Event

Team

3x3 Basketball

Mens 1

Basketball

Womens 1

Golf

Open

Netball

Womens 1

Netball

Mixed 1

Touch

Womens

2

OVERALL RESULT

1

ST

22


GOLD MEDAL

GOLD MEDAL

GOLD MEDAL

3 x 3 BASKETBALL MENS 1

BASKETBALL WOMENS 1

NETBALL WOMENS 1

GOLD MEDAL

GOLD MEDAL

NETBALL MIXED 1

TOUCH WOMENS

SPORT TEAM

RESULT

SPORT TEAM

RESULT

3 x 3 BASKETBALL - MENS 2

SILVER

VOLLEYBALL - MEN

SILVER

BEACH VOLLEYBALL - MIXED

SILVER

BASEBALL - OPEN

BRONZE

TOUCH - MEN

SILVER

SQUASH - OPEN

BRONZE

BASKETBALL - WOMENS 2

4TH

BASKETBALL - MENS 2

7TH

LAWN BOWS - OPEN

4TH

FUTSAL - MENS

7TH

BASKETBALL - MENS 1

6TH

TOUCH - MIXED 2

8TH

NETBALL - MIXED 2

6TH

NETBALL - WOMENS 2

10TH

TENNIS - MEN

6TH

BASKETBALL - MENS 3

13TH

TOUCH - MIXED 1

6TH

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AUSTRALIAN UNIversity GAMES TEAM RESULTS

SPORT TEAM

RESULT

SPORT TEAM

RESULT

Baseball - Open

GOLD

Tenpin Bowling - Open

8th

Basketball - Womens

GOLD

Rowing - Mens

8th Overall

Handball - Mixed

GOLD

Rowing - Womens

8th Overall

Rugby 7s - Mens

GOLD

Football - Womens

9th

Touch - Womens

GOLD

Swimming - Womens

9th Overall

3x3 Basketball Womens

GOLD

Cycling - Mens

10th

Futsal - Womens

Silver

Water Polo - Mens

10th

Golf - Mens

Silver

Badminton - Mens

11th

Golf - Womens

Silver

Lawn Bowls - Open

11th

Netball - Womens

Silver

Judo - Mens

11th Overall

Rugby 7s - Womens

Silver

Taekwondo - Womens

11th Overall

Beach Volleyball Mens Pairs

Bronze

Taekwondo - Mens

11th Overall

Touch - Mixed

Bronze

Touch - Mens

12th

Kendo - Womens

3rd Overall

Water Polo - Womens

12th

3x3 Basketball - Mens

4th

Cheer & Dance

12th Overall & Silver (Co-ed Level 2)

Beach Volleyball Womens Pairs

4th

Futsal - Mens

14th

Beach Volleyball Mixed 4s

4th

Tennis (team) - Mens

14th

Surfing - Womens

4th Overall

T20 Cricket - Mens

15th

Judo - Womens

5th Overall

Athletics - Mens

15th Overall

Athletics - Womens

5th Overall

Netball - Mixed

16th

Surfing - Mens

7th Overall

Football - Mens

20th

Swimming - Mens

7th Overall

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AUSTRALIAN UNIversity GAMES

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS (GOLD COAST STUDENTS)

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Sport - Event

Result

Athletics Discus

GOLD

Athletics Hammer

GOLD

Athletics Shot Put

Bronze

Swimming 200m Butterfly

GOLD

Swimming 100m Butterfly

Silver

Swimming 50m Butterfly

Silver

Grayson Bell

Swimming 100m Breaststroke

GOLD

Joshua Connolly

Athletics High Jump

Silver

Amy Coulston

Athletics High Jump

Bronze

Jordan Betts

Athletics 110m Hurdles

Bronze

Hedda Cooper

Rowing Single Scull

Bronze

Reagan Leong

Swimming 50m Freestyle

Bronze

Kirsty Williams

Alice Stuart

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Blues Awards for Sporting Excellence

Recognising outstanding sporting performances of Griffith University students, the Blues Awards are a collaboration between the Student Guild, Campus Life, and the Griffith Sports College. Held at the Griffith University Nathan Function Centre, 2017 saw 46 Full Blue Awards presented to Griffith students who had competed at an international level and 29 Half Blue Awards presented to students who had competed at a national level in the preceding 18 months. It is worth noting an additional 18 Full Blue Awards were presented in 2017 meaning an increase in the number of students representing Australia (or any nation) at an open level.

National Sevens University Series

2017 held the inaugural National Sevens University Series which consisted of eight university teams contesting a four tournament series. Members of the Australian womens rugby team, the Pearls, competed in this tournament with each player allocated to a university team. Griffith alumni Demi Hayes and Shannon Parry (also Pearls Co-Captain), were assigned to play for Griffith University. Unfortunately Demi could only play for the first tournament due to injury, and Shannon missed the full tournament due to Wallaroos commitments. The Griffith University team as a whole was made up of the named Pearls players, community players, and of course Griffith students. Griffith University had the highest number of students take the playing field with seven students named in at least one tournament

team. There were some great results even without some key Australian players and thanks must go to the Sunnybank Dragons Rugby Club and Griffith Uni Colleges Knights Rugby Club for their contribution. Sunnybank and Colleges were the feeder clubs for the competition, both supporting the team through the provision of players, facilities, uniforms and coaching staff. Results: Round 1: Tasmania - 4th Round 2: Sydney - 3rd Round 3: Brisbane - 7th Round 4: Gold Coast - 5th Overall: 4th

2017 Griffith University Womens Rugby Sevens team (Sydney) Front row (left to right): Eliza Flynn*, Ana-Maria Afuie, Laura Waldie*, Lauren Brown (Captain)*, Eseta Aho-Fangaloka, Samantha Treherne Back row (left to right): Katie Curtis*, Nareta Masters, Ash Cooksley*, Ellen Field*, Alysia Lefau-Fakaosilea, Phoebe Thomas. *Griffith University student

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Recreation

GUGC Sport offers a range of recreational trips each trimester providing students the chance to get out and get active, and experience some of the best activities the Gold Coast and surrounding areas have to offer at an affordable price. There were many popular trips offered in 2017 that have been run in previous years, with the addition of Aussie Surf ‘n’ Sizzle which sold out and involved many local businesses. This may have been the first time many of the students, especially international, experienced what a typical Australian beach summer would involve. With the addition of this new trip, recreational trip attendance increased by a steady 10 percent from the prior year.

Recreational trip attendance Aussie Surf ‘n’ Sizzle

96

Wet’n’Wild

56

Byron Bay Surf Trip

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Griffith Takes Over - Titans vs Knights

115

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

26

Griffith Takes Over Gold Coast Suns vs Richmond Tigers

55

Dreamworld Trip

54

Whale Watching Trip

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Social sport

The mixed social sport program provides students the opportunity to join an informal competition as part of an organised team, or join as an individual to be placed into a team. Social sport is designed to facilitate students meeting people and making friends on campus, while also keeping fit and healthy. 2017 saw an overall participation increase of 11.5% from the prior year, largely due to new one day competitions offered in Trimester 3.

2017 saw an overall participation increase of 11.5% Social Sport participation

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Female

Domestic

International

Total

Touch Football

Trimester 1

41

31

62

10

72

Water Polo Fast 5s

Trimester 1

30

26

40

16

56

Trimester 2

22

16

24

14

38

Total

52

42

64

30

94

Trimester 1

8

36

40

4

44

Trimester 2

6

28

28

6

34

Total

14

64

68

10

78

Trimester 1

27

30

28

29

57

Trimester 2

30

25

28

27

55

Total

57

55

56

56

112

Trimester 1

64

32

48

48

96

Trimester 2

64

15

38

41

79

Total

128

47

86

89

175

Beach Volleyball (one day comp)

Trimester 3

17

18

22

13

35

3x3 Soccer (one day comp)

Trimester 3

19

9

18

10

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235

193

250

178

428

Indoor Netball

Beach Volleyball

Indoor Soccer

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Sport Clubs

Sport clubs are the heart of sporting life on campus with 37 sporting clubs with 2,147 members in 2017. The Student Guild provides all clubs with financial support and administrative guidance. Further information on the general support provided to clubs can be found within the Clubs on campus report on page 37. In 2017, GUGC Sport continued to pursue and develop partnerships with local sporting clubs in the community. Through these partnerships, the Guild provided financial and administrative support to local community clubs for the benefit of both the club and to expand the sport and recreation opportunities available to students on the Gold Coast campus. The partnerships granted students access to sporting facilities, established sporting pathways for students and affiliated clubs and led to greater student engagement. The partner clubs represented the University at local leagues and competitions, Australian Uni Games, and various other events. GUGC Sport will continue to pursue strong and sustainable partnerships that will foster participation and growth in local sport. SPORT

ORGANISATION

American football

Gold Coast Stingrays

Australian Rules Football

Surfers Paradise Demons AFC

Basketball

North GC Seahawks

Cricket

Southport Labrador Cricket Club

Football

Musgrave Mustangs FC

Hockey

North Gold Coast Roosters Hockey

Power boxing

Power Boxing Club - PCYC Ashmore

Rowing

Surfers Paradise Rowing Club

Rugby league

Southport Tigers

Rugby union

Griffith Uni Colleges Rugby Club

With the opening of the Griffith Aquatic Centre on campus in 2017, the Griffith Swim Club was established to make the most of the opportunities afforded by this state of the art facility. The Student Guild delivers a range of swim squads out of the Aquatic Centre including a Development Squad and a High Performance Squad. Nationally recognised Head Coach, Michael Bohl leads the High Performance Squad while the highly experienced swimmer and coach, Chris Wright, has been engaged full-time and leads the Development Squad. 28

The Griffith Swim Club is comprised of all Development and High Performance Squad swimmers and is also open to regular and casual members of the Centre’s Open Squad. The Griffith Swim Club has seen positive membership growth from each squad and the future looks promising. The club anticipates that it will be able to capitalise on the interest in swimming and the facility generated by the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. 2017 also saw the establishment of several other new sporting clubs on campus. Each club had a successful first year and increased the number of diverse sporting clubs on offer here at the Gold Coast campus. According to Australian University Sport (AUS) data, Griffith University Gold Coast campus has one of the largest number of sport clubs in Australia. A large reason for success at AUS events is due to the work of clubs on campus. Noteworthy clubs that not only support massive participation levels, but continue to produce great results are the clubs for basketball, netball, rugby union and touch football.

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SPORT CLUBS Beach volleyball Cue sports Fencing Golf Gridiron Swimming Underwater hockey The outstanding achievements of the Student Guild’s affiliated sporting clubs are recognised at the annual Guild Awards. More information about the Guild Awards, which also includes non-sporting clubs and volunteers, can be found in the Clubs on campus section on page 38. Sport specific awards are detailed on the next page.


Guild Awards - Sport and recreation

Best Performance at a Sporting Event Griffith Cheerleading Club Australian All Star Cheerleading Federation Battles

Single Best Sporting Achievement Womens Basketball First AUG gold

Sport Club Administrator of the Year Stephen Redfern Baseball

Sport Star of the Year Ash Cooksley Rugby 7s and touch football

Team of the Year Womens Touch Football

Recreational Club of the Year LIFT - Nutrition, Health & Wellness Society

Sport Club of the Year Griffith University Cheerleading

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Programs

- Courses, workshops and volunteer program

The Programs department provides courses, workshops and volunteer programs designed to increase student participation in non-academic activities. These activities offer a range of experiences designed to enhance students’ experience at university, expand their skill-set and provide professional and personal development.

Stevie Snook Programs Officer

After its successful introduction in 2016, the Kids Holiday Club was offered in 2017 to Griffith students and staff whose primary school aged children are on school holidays during university trimesters. Growing from the previous year, the program was offered in both the April and September holidays hosting 81 kids collectively. This was a 10% increase on the number of registrations from 2016. The program included on campus activities such as arts and crafts, activities on the basketball court, Sand Studies presented by the CoastEd department, and daily interactive morning tea demonstrations hosted by nutrition and dietetics students. Off-campus excursions took place twice per week including theme parks, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, indoor play centres and mini golf. The Guild Crew Volunteer Program continued to provide students with hands on experience at, and provide crucial sport for, a wide range of events and activities. A total of 236 students volunteered in 2017, 20% of whom were international students. Special mention must go to Aleisha Hynes and Ben Irwin, who were acknowledged at the annual Guild Awards for their outstanding contribution to volunteering on campus.

Courses and workshops offered by the Student Guild proved increasingly popular in 2017. All barista courses sold out with a total of 59 students completing a course (up from 50 in 2016), 41% of which were international students. The Guild also offered free self defence workshops in Trimesters 1 and 2, both mixed classes and women’s only, and an impressive 572 students participated. First Aid courses were offered in 2017 through the Student Guild’s continued partnership with PulseStart Training Solutions. A total of 11 Apply First Aid courses were held on campus with 342 students in attendance. For the fourth consecutive year, the Student Guild Volunteering Abroad trip took place. Twenty-seven students travelled to the small, underdeveloped community of Urubamba, Peru. From 21 October - 4 November, Griffith students worked at three schools in the Sacred Valley community. Students were involved in creating murals, tree planting, teaching English and assisting with an after-school program. After fundraising throughout the year to offset some of the trip costs, Griffith students also raised funds to build a roof at the Palccaraqui School to deliver muchneeded respite from extreme weather conditions.

Guild Awards - VOLUNTEER AWARDS

Most Active Volunteer Ben Irwin

236

Guild Crew volunteers

Volunteer of the Year Aleisha Hynes

2,863

hours volunteered by the Guild Crew

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Social and cultural events

The Events department delivers a wide variety of social and cultural events to provide students the chance to socialise, interact, and relax outside the classroom. Events include market and recreational days, entertainment, and parties. All Student Guild events are high quality and are tailored to meet the needs and wants of Griffith University Gold Coast students.

Cameron Sherwood Events Manager

The introduction of trimesters in 2017 caused many challenges for the events calendar. The condensed teaching weeks, smaller breaks, and subsequent change in the dates of the trimesters resulted in the movement of a number of the regular event dates, especially in Trimester 2. This impacted attendance numbers at some events however the trimesters also resulted in some new opportunities. One of these opportunities, due to the earlier Trimester 2 start, was being able to hold a NAIDOC Week celebration on campus to acknowledge the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples (which previously fell in the university holidays).

Many of the long running events continued to be successful. The themed parties again proved to be popular, despite some forced date changes, such as the Halloween Party, which sold out well in advance despite being held in the holiday break following Trimester 2. Due to overwhelming demand for tickets, the Toga Party was moved off campus for the first time and resulted in the Guild’s largest ever Toga Party with 2,500 attendees. The Guild Ball moved back to its spiritual home at the newly renamed Star Casino, Race Day was again the flagship event on the Student Guild calendar, and the fortnightly markets continued to be the most popular on campus event.

The opening of the new Griffith Aquatic Centre on campus in 2017 provided a great venue to host some fun new events for students during the warmer months, including Dive-In Movies and weekly Splash Pool Parties. 2017 saw the formalisation of the arts and crafts program with the creation of the Hands On workshop series. This program gave students a chance to have a go at different activities, from making flower crowns and trying break dancing, to star gazing and more.

Acknowledgement should be given to Events and Recreation Coordinator, April Albertini, who has taken the reigns on a number of events, including overseeing the implementation of the successful Hands On series. Particular thanks is also extended to the events team who work tirelessly in all types of conditions to put on the best event possible; as well as all of the Guild Crew who gave up their time to help at many events in 2017, without them it simply wouldn’t be possible to deliver the Guild’s high quality program of events.

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2017 Events Market Day - 1,553 Toga Party - 2,500 (sold out) Movie Night - 30 Hands On workshop: Dreamcatcher - 80

O-week Carnival days - 7,000 Roller Disco - 400 Dive-In Movie - 600 Comedy Night - 400 (capacity) Band Night - 750 (sold out) Beach Party - 1,300 (sold out)

FEB

Trimester 2 O-Week - 1,000

MAR

APR

MAY

Second Hand Textbook Fair - 300 Clean up Australia Day - 60

Market Day - 3,008

Hands On workshop: Paint and Sip - 60 (sold out)

Stress Less Week:

Movie Night - 150 Hands On workshop: Intro to Breakdance - 20 International Inspirations - 1,200 Hands On workshop: Kokedamas - 90 (capacity) Market Day - 3,053 Splash Pool Parties - 500

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Wellness Day - 1,500 Yoga - 70 Terrarium Workshop - 90 Movie Night - 80 Paint and Sip - 70 (sold out) Guild Ball - 1,000 (sold out)

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Volunteer Experience Fair - 16 exhibitors, 400 student attendees

Halloween Party - 1,300 (sold out)

Hands On workshop: Origami - 60 Band Comp - 8 student bands, 100 attendees Market Day - 4,730 Sustainability Fair - 1,200 Doctors and Nurses Party - 1,300 (sold out)

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AUG

SEP

OCT

53 events

48,248 attendances

Second Hand Textbook Fair - 300 Back to School Party - 1,100 Hands On workshop: Flower Crown - 75 Race Day - 2,300 Movie Night - 100

Market Day - 1,634

Hypnotist Show - 400 (venue capacity)

Movie Night - 105

Hands On workshop: Block Printing - 70

Splash Pool Parties - 300

Comedy Night - 400 (venue capacity)

Superheroes and Villains Party - 700

Hands On workshop: Galaxy Gazing - 105

Stress Less Week: Wellness Day - 1,500 Morning Yoga - 35 Crystal Gem Tree Workshop - 95 (capacity) Movie Night - 110

Market Day - 1,465 NAIDOC Week Celebration - 1,500

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Clubs on campus

Joining a club on campus is a great way to meet likeminded people, share interests, build networks, make friends and make a difference. On the Gold Coast campus, Student Guild affiliated clubs include academic, cultural, special interest groups as well as recreational sport to competitive sporting clubs. In 2017 there were 58 non-sporting clubs and 37 sporting clubs creating an overall total of 95 student clubs on campus. A detailed report on sporting clubs is provided in the Sport and recreation report on page 28.

Stevie Snook Programs Officer

The Student Guild has a primary role in providing all clubs with financial support and administrative guidance, enabling the continued improvement of club structures for the benefit of members and increasing diversity to cater for student needs. Clubs are provided with an opportunity to recruit new members at the sign-on days held at the start of each semester and during O-Week. In O-Week clubs were invited to participate on Monday, Tuesday or both days with 46 club stalls held over both days. Trimester 1 Club Sign-On Day saw 42 cultural and 28 sporting clubs and the Trimester 2 event had 35 cultural and 22 sporting clubs in attendance. The success of a club is largely due to the work of the administrative committee. To aid this, the Student Guild held its third Clubs Conference in 2017 with guest speakers covering topics such as financial management and club governance, whilst Student Guild staff addressed the processes and resources of the Student Guild.

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CLUBS Sport Development Sports & Exercise Medicine Society Game Developers of Griffith Debating at Griffith Griffith Gamers Society Griffith Psychology & Counselling Association Planning & Environmental Griffith Students Griffith University Gold Coast School of Medical Science Criminology Student Society IntoMed

An additional club funding scheme continued to be available, enabling Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) funds to be allocated to clubs and club activities, assisting clubs and their members outside of the existing club grants and subsidies. This enabled the Student Guild to support students from the United Nations Student Association to travel to Montreal, Canada to attend the WorldMUN 2017; assisted the A Capella Choir Club to host the Voices in Paradise event engaging high school and university students; and supported Hope4Heath students to travel to the Global Health Conference in Adelaide. It also helped the Griffith Racing Team to purchase specialised equipment such as new engines for their club. At the annual Guild Awards many outstanding clubs were recognised as a whole along with the standout club administrators, club events, initiatives and achievements. See over the page for a summary of all club awards.

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50,000

$

in grants and subsidies given directly to non-sporting clubs

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Guild Awards

Clubs, volunteers and athletes are an integral part of the Student Guild and each year the Guild Awards are held to acknowledge their achievements throughout the year. Held 13 October, volunteers from the Guild Crew, sporting teams, club executives and their members, celebrated and were acknowledged for their hard work and successes across a range of award categories. Listed below are all non-sporting club awards as well as open awards available to all clubs. Volunteer awards are listed on page 31 and sport awards on page 29. Congratulations to all award recipients.

CLUB AWARDS

Best Professional Development Club Event Griffith Employment Relations & Human Resource Management Society Resume Rescue

Best Performance at an Event Serotonin AUSACA, the Australian A Cappella Championship

Most Outstanding Achievement by a Club Griffith Racing Team Formula SAE-A Australasia

Club Administrator of the Year Phuong Anh Le Griffith Employment Relations and Human Resource Management Society

Club of the Year Human Services and Social Association

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MAJOR OPEN AWARDS

New Club of the Year Criminology Student Society

Best Club Event GUMS, GOTsa, GPS, GUAPS & GPSA Allied Health Soiree

Small Club of the Year Serotonin

OPEN AWARDS

Best Small Club Event LIFT - Nutrition, Health & Wellness Society Cultural Cooking Workshop

Small Club Administrator of the Year Joshua Jarvie GUGC TAG Rugby Club

Best Student Support Service Griffith Guild Toastmasters Professional Development Mentoring Service

Best Social Media Presence Griffith University Law Student’s Association

Most Outstanding Club Website GUGC Baseball Club

Most Outstanding Community Initiative HOPE4HEALTH Check It Out Initiative

Best Fundraising Event or Initiative of the Year GUGC Baseball Club Lipton Ice Tea BBQ

Best Club Merchandise GUGC Baseball Club

OrgSync Engagement GUGC Baseball Club

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The Uni Bar is an integral part of the Student Guild services providing an essential place for students and staff to co-mingle, host meetings and events, and relax from their busy schedules - all whilst listening to live music, participating in daily games, and enjoying a quality meal or beverage.

Bobby Smith

Venue Manager Uni Bar and Function Centre

In 2017 the Uni Bar trialled a few new concepts to encourage better student engagement. A re-introduction of the full Uni Bar food menu was a hit with customers, with 12,000 meals purchased for the year. A series of intimate tasting evenings, exploring wine, whiskey, rum and beer, enhanced customer and staff product knowledge. A representative from suppliers Diageo, Lion and Amadio Wines presented at each particular beverage tasting evening providing a wealth of knowledge about the origins, varieties and consumption of each beverage. • Wine Night - 20 guests • World of Whisky - 40 guests • Rum Masterclass - 25 guests • Beer Lovers Night - 40 guests

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To support Griffith University students, the Uni Bar reached out to the Bachelor of Popular Music students from the Conservatorium and provided three timeslots every Thursday for them to play in front of a live audience (which overall bettered their performance). Thirty students with differing music genres graced the Uni Bar stage and complemented the existing live music lineup from external artists on Wednesday and Friday afternoons. In 2017 the Uni Bar made one of its existing offerings even bigger and better than ever. The State of Origin Game 3 was a decider and the whole G07 food precinct was opened to deliver a full marketta style event. 1,400 students attended this must-see event to support their team. All G07 food outlets opened for the event alongside a DJ, two large projectors, and coloured carpets to set the scene.The annual events, St Patrick’s Day and Oktoberfest, were once again very popular with more


than 600 guests in attendance at each. A re-introduction of an old favourite ‘Uni Night’ was trialled in Trimester 3. It was a great success and well supported by the Griffith University Village residents. Uni Night is now a regular fortnightly offering at the Uni Bar. The Uni Bar and Function Centre was honoured to host the Vice Chancellor’s end of year campus event for the third year running. This saw more than 1,000 Griffith University Gold Coast campus staff members enjoy the food options and atmosphere of the G07 precinct as a thank you for their hard work throughout the year. Aligned with Griffith University’s official partnership, the Uni Bar welcomed Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) staff at multiple events in 2017. GOLDOC worked closely with Griffith University on the overall planning of Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games events on campus. The Uni Bar and Function centre hosted the sponsor welcoming event, sponsor family workshop, and the GOLDOC interns end of year breakup (which consisted of a large number of Griffith University graduates and undergraduates). These type of events will continue into 2018. 2017 saw the introduction of trimesters for Griffith University Gold Coast. To support the staff and students over the newly established Trimester 3, the Uni Bar offered two large promotions. Firstly, staff or students supporting the Uni Bar and purchasing a particular beverage received the chance to win an Ultimate Summer Camping pack worth over $1,500. This offer was well received with 416 entries by the draw date of 15 December. Secondly, the Uni Bar promoted a Christmas Tree Charity Appeal. Students, staff, family, and friends contributed presents for people of all ages and genders, and placed

them under the Christmas tree. All presents were donated to the charity organisation Rosies - Friends on The Street (Gold Coast) to support people in need. On Thursday 7 December, 176 presents were handed over to Rosies and everyone who had donated received an invite to a complimentary thank you luncheon with food kindly donated by some of the G07 food outlets. The Uni Bar would like to extend a big thank you to all the ongoing support from its suppliers, Amadio Wines, Diageo, Red Bull, Lion and Coca-Cola; major sponsors, SinCity Night Club and The Bedroom Lounge Bar; and business partners, Griffith University Village and Griffith University. The Uni Bar also acknowledges Providore for their ongoing support with catering, and both Providore and Burger Urge for their support of the Uni Bar food menu. Finally, a very big thank you to Sharna McIntosh - Bar Manager, and the Uni Bar staff members, they are indeed the back bone to the ever growing business. Their individuality and personalities create a welcoming environment at the Uni Bar and Function Centre and they are a pleasure to lead. The Uni Bar, with the continued support of the Student Guild, looks forward to further success in 2018.

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2017 was a significant year for Uni Fitness and included an upgrade all of equipment - both cardio machines and weight equipment. Working with the newly opened Griffith Aquatic Centre, Uni Fitness launched a new gym and swim membership model and now offers an even greater range of services and facilities including a state of the art HIIT Studio, a functional fitness space. This saw a 21% increase in membership from 2016 and enabled Uni Fitness to provide enhanced programs and classes, assisting members to achieve their health and fitness goals.

Shiggy Shinomiya Manager Uni Fitness Health Centre

The group fitness timetable has continued to grow in 2017, with exciting new classes offered at the HIIT Studio and swimming pool, including High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), Boxing Circuit and Deep Water Running. This led to a substantial growth in attendance, up 42% from 2016. The new classes, along with the new equipment and facilities, contributed to the expansion of Uni Fitness’ membership base with statistics from 2017 showing a dramatic growth in both staff and public memberships from the previous year, as illustrated in the graphs on the next page. Uni Fitness hosted yet another successful dance themed event in 2017 - #Werkit. The event reached full capacity of 90 for the night and received an overwhelming amount of positive feedback. This success led to the inclusion of #Werkit to the group fitness time table permanently; and has now become one of the most popular classes.

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Once again, Uni Fitness participated in the Mother’s Day Classic – a charity fun run event held Australia wide, bring students and staff together for a common cause. Uni Fitness received an award for the Largest Tertiary Team for the fifth year in a row. Thank you to all Uni Fitness staff and valued members. Uni Fitness will continue to work to provide its members with the most up to date and exciting services to remain a top class facility within the health and fitness industry.


Memberships

Group fitness attendance

2017

1,630 2016

1,283

2017

14,914

2016

10,445

Students: 1,440 Staff: 151 Public: 39

Students: 1,245 Staff: 31 Public: 7

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The Uni Store experienced an interesting year in 2017 tracking a shift in trends and consumer spending. The departmental figures within this report support a strong indication that the store’s dynamics are changing from a typical stationery shop to a store where customers can purchase a range of nice gifts, snacks, merchandise, and technology products. Of note, From 1 January 2017 the store ceased cigarette sales aligning with the University’s decision to move to a smoke free Griffith.

Debby Hague Manager The Uni Store

2017 also saw the introduction of trimesters although sadly this did not bring the expected increase in sales initially hoped for. While The Uni Store saw an overall marginal decline in sales, of only 3.5%, the results were very satisfactory.

range was up $6,000 on the previous year. The store added a number of healthy snacks to accommodate the growing trend and demand for these options, offering an increased variety to students, staff, and other visitors.

In 2017 The Uni Store introduced new merchandise and expanded the giftware range which converted to impressive logo wear sales of $52,000 (6% increase from 2016), and $56,000 worth of gifts and souvenirs. Sales in confectionery were slightly down, but still in high demand, and the bulk lolly

Stationery sales were down by 10% as the delivery mode for courses continues to move to a more online format. The store did however change stationery suppliers in 2017, passing on lower costs to students.

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The growing popularity of eco-friendly products has seen the sales of drink bottles increase. The Uni Store found a new supplier of aluminium drink bottles at a gift fair in Sydney, and this product contributed to high drink bottle sales. The combination of this product with a pourer spout (that fits different bottles) was a top seller. Customers also took advantage of the store’s large greeting card range and free gift wrapping, to complement any gift purchased. Woodwick Candles are still the number one gift line for purchasing, and the local loyalty card a huge hit for repurchasing. The Fuse accessories range saw the biggest increase within technology sales in 2017, of approximately 10%. This line was expanded slightly to try and keep up with the new ranges of accessories that accompany the launch of new technology products. This contributed to the technology department being up 11% on the year before, bringing the department sales to $47,000 for the 2017 year.

family and friends. This was very successful and the store will continue to run this event in the future. In 2017, The Uni Store Facebook page continued to improve in popularity. The page offers competitions that encourage people to come in store to participate and gives customers insight into what is available in store (and as an added bonus they can win prizes). The Uni Store staff are an amazing asset and create the friendly environment in the store, and help to shape its success. The store often receives compliments regarding staff service. The Uni Store continues to look for new products and suppliers, to identify budding trends, and to strive to make the store a friendly place to be. The Uni Store extends its thanks for the loyal and continued support of its customers.

The Uni Store continues to supply a huge variety of refrigerated drinks and at $160,000 again represented the biggest selling department. Drinks contributed 22% of total sales with Cool Ridge water being the leading sales item. In December, The Uni Store ran a Staff Discount Day for all staff,

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Village Café is located on the south side of the Griffith University Gold Coast campus and services a wide range of customers including the following: • Griffith University Village residents • International students from Griffith English Language Institute (GELI) and Griffith College • Researchers and staff from nearby research centres • Students and staff from the Queensland Academy of Health Sciences High School (QAHS) Shaun Edie Manager Village Café

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• Griffith University students and staff • Neighbouring residents.


The Village Café is the only shop in the immediate precinct and supplies a variety of café lines including coffee, drinks, sandwiches, burgers and other hot foods. The café also stocks a range of convenience items including snack foods, groceries and stationery. 2017 saw a decrease in sales compared to 2016, with a decline in revenue of 8%, an average spend per customer reduced slightly from $7.24 to $6.96, and overall net profit reduced by 6%. This was largely due to a reduction in the number of international students attending GELI, and an increased number of well-established franchises opening in the neighbouring area. Another contributing factor was the cessation of sales of cigarettes towards the end of 2016, which in 2016 added $30,000 to revenue and contributed an additional $5,000 to net profit.

The Village Café is continuously striving to meet its customers’ wants by introducing a variety of quality new products, providing value for money, and good customer service in a friendly environment. The Village Café would like to acknowledge Dennis Bollington, formerly Commercial Manager of the Student Guild, for his hard work and dedication to ensure Village Café became the essential, relevant, and valuable service it has now become. Extended thanks to all Village Café staff, especially Assistant Manager, Casey Haslemore; the staff of Griffith University Village, namely Ky Lower and Maree Wilson; and the Student Guild staff, particularly Wayne Watt, General Manager, for their ongoing support throughout 2017. The Village Café will continue to provide a valuable service in 2018.

The Espresso Bar, located within the Collaboration Space, continued to service the growing foot traffic from the G55 Multistorey car park. This creates a convenient ‘express service’ for students and staff passing through and wanting a coffee before classes. In 2017, Village Café continued to provide daily lunches for the students and staff of Queensland Academy of Health Sciences High School. This valuable service contributed approximately $10,000 to Village Cafe’s revenue, and continues to strengthen the relationship between QAHS and Village Café and, by extension, the Student Guild.

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annual report 2017  

annual report 2017