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La Trobe University Student Union

ANNUAL REPORT 2014 Objectives..........................................................................................................................................4 Membership.....................................................................................................................................5

Representing students President’s Report..........................................................................................................................6 Student Representation...............................................................................................................7 General Manager’s Report..........................................................................................................8

Informing students Marketing and Communication...............................................................................................9

Connecting students Activities and Events...................................................................................................................10 Clubs and Societies......................................................................................................................11 Student Theatre and Film..........................................................................................................12

Recognising student achievement LTSU Awards...................................................................................................................................14

Supporting students - Office and Second-hand Bookshop................................................................................16 - Advocacy....................................................................................................................................17 - Postgraduate............................................................................................................................17 - Legal service.............................................................................................................................18 - Tax Help......................................................................................................................................19

Associated bodies - International Student Association (ISA).........................................................................20 - Mildura Students Association (MSA)..............................................................................21 - Shepparton Students Association (SSA).......................................................................21 - Mature Aged Students Organisation (MASO).............................................................21

Statistics..........................................................................................................................................22 Financial report......................................................................................................................24 Staff & office bearers 2014........................................................................................43 2

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LA TROBE UNIVERSITY STU DENT UNION

The Student Union is a member based not for profit organisation and is made up of student members, governing members, ordinary members, associate members and life members.

The purpose of the La Trobe Student Union (LTSU) is to advance the education of the students of La Trobe University by: (a)

Enhancing the learning experience of students while at the University;

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Promoting the interests and welfare of students;

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Representing students within and outside the University;

(d) (e)

At an annual fee of $40 for students and $60 for nonstudents, the LTSU membership program continued to attract strong support from the La Trobe community in 2014. The program provides members with a package of discounts on:

Co-ordinating and supporting the activities of students; and

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2014 Student Union memberships available NOW LTSU Membership gets you - Discounts on majority of food & drink outlets on campus - Car parking discounts (Students only) - Sports Centre discounts - Second-hand Bookshop discounts - Discounts on all LTSU events throughout the year - FREE weekly member BBQ in the Agora - And SO MUCH MORE … see below and overleaf for a selection. For full details go to www.latrobesu.org.au/membership or to purchase online go to www.latrobesu.org.au/store

Providing amenities and services for students, other members of the University community and the public.

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OUTLET

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DISCOUNT

Bake n’ Bean

Agora

10% off all products

Café Spice

Agora

10% off small, medium and large meals

Caffeine Café

Agora Plaza

30cents off coffee or tea

Café Veloci

Upper Agora

10% off food and drink

Child Care Centre (students only)

East side of campus

$16 off per sessional care

Eagle Bar

Union Building

Ongoing drink discounts

Fuel Juice Bar

Agora

$1 off large juice & 30cents off water

Fusion Pizza

Agora Plaza

$1 off whole pizzas and large pastas

Grain Express

Upper Agora

10% off hot bar food items

Image La Trobe

Agora

10% discount

La Trobe Golf Park

906 Plenty Rd

35% off driving range and mini golf

La Trobe Jewellery

Agora

10% discount on all stock

La Trobe Parking

Peribolos East

$20 discount (students only)

Life Skills Café

Agora West walkway

30c off large hot drink & 15% off large salad

University services, including car parking, sports centre memberships and child care Goods and services from the majority of on-campus businesses and a host of businesses off campus

Member Type 2012 2013 2014 Student Members 4051 3541 3673 Non-Student Members 255 251 242 TOTAL 4051 3792 3915

2014 EXCLUSIVE STUDENT UNION MEMBER DISCOUNTS so far… ON CAMPUS

LTSU products, services and event tickets

Student Council has the authority to confer life membership to individuals it believes have made an outstanding contribution to LTSU. The following individuals were made life members in 2014:

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Lisa Huntington Corrine Grant Pranay Lodhiya David Ensor Sarah Cole Jim Morrison (posthumous award)


A movement is only composed of people moving. To feel its warmth and motion around us is the end as well as the means. Gloria Steinem

REPRESENTING STUDENTS We have also been able to grow with the help of the Student Services and Amenities fee – which is sees the funding of crucial campus services, clubs and student representation! With over 70 Clubs and Faculty Societies now it is amazing to see our membership and numbers of clubs growing every year!

Although O Week 2014 seems so far away it was a great way to start off the year – jokes just before Orientation Week 2014 Vice Chancellor John Dewar announced the cut of 500 members of staff. We saw throughout the year a savage hand of management with little consideration of the students they serve.

If you are a new student in 2015 or returning for the 2nd 3rd 4th or any other year it is never to late to join a club, the union and use our vital services!

The lack of understanding of management in the areas, courses and subjects cut has never been more obvious than in 2014 where such little foresight has culminated in the cutting of 5 faculties into 2 colleges, seen staff leave and students stranded without any knowledge of the future of their degree.

Thankyou to the office bearers of 2014, councillors, clubs and societies, the students and in particular the LTSU staff who made my year and who were so supportive of the student voice. I am so proud to handover to such a capable and passionate team in 2014 – I know they will cause trouble!

The amazing work of the La Trobe Student Union activities department and student representatives to welcome in the new and returning students however was incredible. It is such a testament to how much we have grown in our few years to our 4th year of operation to see a huge spike in union membership and the well received events!

As elected student representatives, LTSUoffice bearers sat on numerous university committees to provide the student voice on proposed university policy and procedural changes. They also provided feedback to the university on student issues in a range of less formal forums.

LTSU’s governing bodies are comprised of student representatives who are elected by the student body through an annual election process across the University’s Bundoora, Shepparton, Mildura, Collins St, and Franklin St campuses. Elections are held towards the end of semester two, and the elected students commence their period of office from January 1st in the following year. 2012 Nominations Votes cast

114 1898

2013 election 133 2590

2014 has seen the first year of the newly created Office Bearer position of Education Public Affairs. Collaboration between the Education Vice President and Education Public Affairs positions helped create a unified and strong voice for students through strong representation on University governing boards while maintaining an active and informed student body.

2014 election 186 2866

Elected office bearers 2014

In 2014 our elected student office bearers ran weekly member barbecues and breakfasts; held regular welfare, education and disability collectives and clothes swaps and championed major events including First Year Ball, Pride Week, Sexual Health & Consent fun fair, Queer Beer, Stress Less Week and more.

President......................................... Rose Steele General Secretary........................ Jessica Cornish Education Vice President ......... Lisa-Maree Goff Activities Officer........................... Patrick Gibson and Minh Dat Trang Rabelais Editor.............................. Finbar James and Nikita Vanderbyl Welfare Officer.............................. Sebastian Horey and Lance Sinclair

Rose Steele 2014 President

Women’s Officer........................... Jacalyn Grose and Jenny Stramilos Postgraduate Officer.................. Eshan Arya Environment Officer................... Lucy Fallon Queer Officer................................. Justin Butler Disabilities Officer....................... Mohammadreza Shabab Dehkordi Indigenous Officer...................... Jay Wymarra

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LTSU continued to be a strong presence in student life at La Trobe in 2014. The attached report details our activities and achievements during the year.

predominant form of income. Over and above the grant, the University provides space to LTSU at Bundoora, Shepparton and Mildura campuses, as well as a range of tangible support and goodwill from a range of University areas including Student Services, Infrastructure and Operations, Human Resources, and IT.

Highlights included: • Boosting the organisation’s capacity through appointment of an Advocate /Research officer position

Thanks also to 2014 President, Rose Steele and her team of elected student representatives. It’s been a pleasure to support Rose and her team during what has been a very busy program of student activities and events during the year.

• Securing capital funding for an upgrade of space in the Union Building to provide improved facilities for use by our Mature Aged Students Organisation, Queer Lounge, Clubs and general students. Work is due to commence in early 2015

LTSU’s staff continued to do great work in maintaining and developing many of the services and activities undertaken by LTSU. Welcome to Kat Nordern (Advocate / Research Officer) and Rosina Byrne (Mildura Student Association Support Officer) who joined us during the year. Sadly, Leanne Innes (Operations Coordinator) left us in early December to move interstate. Leanne made a major contribution since she joined us at the start of 2011, in what were the very early days of LTSU, and she will be sorely missed. We also farewelled Chelsea Candy, who from May 2013 pioneered the provision of the Student Legal Service under our new partnership with the West Heidelberg Community Legal Service.

• Introduction of the LTSU Scholarship program • Adoption by Student Council of a number of new regulations – on Membership, Discipline, Committee and Office Bearers, ISA, Associated Bodies and an LTSU Code of Conduct • Adoption by University Council of the Recognition of Student Organisation Policy, establishing core principles of the University’s relationship with LTSU and the other recognised La Trobe student bodies Our financial performance remained strong, with the audited reports revealing a surplus of $101,385. We have now accumulated financial reserves of $531,559.

Support for LTSU from the University community has remained strong. Our membership program attracted 3,915 members, and our Newsletter is distributed to an audience of over 10,000 students who have created an account on our website.

I want to thank La Trobe University for their ongoing support of LTSU. The annual University grant to LTSU, funded by students’ SSAF contributions, remains our

We look forward to making a difference for La Trobe students in 2015 and beyond.

INFORMING STUDENTS LTSU Newsletter

LTSU communicates with students and markets our activities and services through a range of media, including:

In January 2014 LTSU entered into an agreement with an email service provider to better service our student member database with more professional and consistent newsletters. The result has been a significant increase in students signing up to receive the LTSU fortnightly newsletter. The LTSU newsletter grew from 3000 subscribers to over 10,100 in 2014.

LTSU Website The website has gone from strength to strength each year, in 2014 the website traffic increased by over 45% with over 80,000 Unique visitors and 110,000 visits.

Web traffic at latrobesu.org.au no. hits (visits) unique visitors 120000

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CONNECTING STUDENTS LTSU’s events team delivered an exciting calendar of social events at Bundoora Campus in 2014.

join, an entertainment stage, and the LTSU marquee informing students of services available to them.

Orientation Week

Activities Program

LTSU is responsible for delivering the Orientation social program to ensure maximum engagement for first year students and an introduction into the social groups available to them.

Other major events in 2014 included the heavily attended mid and end of year Ex Parties (end of exam parties), Halloween party, LTSU Cruise, Battle of the Brain Trivia night and our consistent weekly Wednesday Acoustics sessions and monthly 90s nights.

Major events included Oh! Fest Music Festival, held on campus to an audience of over 1000 first year students, O Week bar night attended by 1700+, and an alcoholfree moonlight cinema event.

In 2014 LTSU hosted the National Campus DJ Competition grand final at the Ex Party. State champions flew to Melbourne to compete at the event which was won by first-year La Trobe Melbourne student, Sam Bertuna. The National DJ Competition is a flagship event of the Australian Association of Campus Activities (AACA).

The Student Union Festival is a cornerstone event of Orientation week, and in 2014 it featured over 50 club and faculty society stalls for new students to meet and

The LTSU Clubs & Societies program supported over 60 campus based clubs and faculty societies through:

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Administering and implementing a full affiliation program to ensure proper governance of clubs Financial assistance of the club Web trafficvia atadministration latrobesu.org.au grants program no. hits (visits)

uniquetraining visitors and materials on Providing club executive 120000 food safety and certification, responsible service of 114,836 100000 risk assessment, bookkeeping, leadership alcohol, skills, 87,173delegation 80000conflict resolution and 60000 Facilitation of62,370 joint club events and festivals 40000

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Student Theatre and Film run an annual program of events which give students the opportunity to direct, write, perform, crew and compose for stage and screen. Student Theatre and Film is managed by an Artistic Director and supported by an Office Coordinator and a range of casual staff and student volunteers.

Moat Festival La Trobe’s Moat Festival is the largest arts event on campus and has been held annually for nearly 30 years. 2014 had a diverse collection of theatrical works, both classic and contemporary, as well as a student film night and a day of outdoor happenings in the Agora.

The Studio The Activate season provided us with the first opportunity to showcase our newly refurbished performance space, The Studio. This small wellequipped theatre space will provide us with many more opportunities to facilitate student-made projects in the future.

Cabaret The annual Cabaret held at the end of first semester keeps getting better and better. This year’s theme was the seven deadly sins and it was a wonderful collaboration between singers, musicians and performers. Cabaret has been one of Student Theatre and Film’s most popular events over the past couple of years, with people filling the room each night to enjoy songs from some of the University’s most talented singers and musicians.

Short Flicks Short Flicks is our annual filmmaking program where students are given the opportunity to make short films over the mid-year break. This year’s films covered a range of genres and had a very successful screening at ACMI in Federation Square.

Short Works and Activate We always start second semester with a rush of projects. First up has always been our Short Works program of student written and directed plays. This was followed by a season of edgy contemporary plays that we are now calling our Activate season. This has replaced our offWeb traffic at latrobesu.org.au campus season of plays and is now performed in various no. hits (visits) venues around the University. This year we continued unique visitors our collaboration with La Trobe International with the 120000 114,836 from project, A Different Sky, which featured students 100000 eight different countries in a moving and at times 87,173 80000 hilarious account of their experiences as international 60000 62,370 students on this campus.

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LTSU Scholarships LTSU is committed to providing support to assist students in the successful completion of their studies. In 2014 we launched the LTSU Scholarships to help students with the costs associated with studying. The gold, silver and bronze scholarships combined are valued up to $6,300, and are paid to winners through a range of vouchers that assist with education and living expenses.

LTSU Awards LTSU’s annual awards recognise excellence across the student body and acknowledge the dedication shown by many La Trobe University students to helping provide fellow students with an outstanding university experience in a supportive environment. Students who received awards in 2014 had made notable contributions across academic support and community building; and towards activities such as clubs, faculty societies, sporting clubs, and student theatre and film. The LTSU Teaching Award is a student-voted award; 2014 saw a 25% increase in student participation in the voting process. LTSU Student Leadership Award – Giulia Portelli & Kar ina Quinn LTSU Teaching Award – Dr. Michael Emmerling International Student Award – Tu Thanh Tran LTSU Clubs & Societies Award – La Trobe University Islamic Society LTSU Faculty Society Award – Psych Society LTSU Club Event of the Year – Psych Society ‘Psych Study Club & Peer Mentoring Program’ Sports Club Award – Mountaineering Club Student Theatre Workshop Award – Clarisse Bonello Geoffrey Milne Student Theatre Writing Award – Luke Jacobson LTSU Regional Commitment Award – Stuart Walsh (Mildura Campus) 14

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SUPPORTING STUDENTS Office and Second-hand Bookshop The LTSU Second-hand Bookshop provides La Trobe University students with the opportunity to buy and sell second-hand text books. Offering both over the counter and online sales options with reimbursements to students made through a consignment system, the bookshop has grown exponentially since recording sales of $245 in 2009, its first year of operation. Regional students have access to the bookshop via the online sales system, with deliveries being transported through the internal mail. Regional students can also hand their book in for sale at their home campus.

Sale queues in peak times remained long but were reduced somewhat by these improvements. In late March 2014 we commenced selling a range of pens in the bookstore, which we hope to grow in the future. The welfare initiatives established in 2013 gathered pace in 2014, with hundreds of unsold books being passed on to families in need.

Casework Advocacy

In 2014, upgrades to our cataloguing system made the processing of books faster and more efficient.

Postgraduate

Casework activity has increased during 2014. Increased levels of service in Remission and Refund applications and Academic Progress related issues are noteworthy. We recorded a small fall in the numbers of students seeking advice in respect oflatrobesu.org.au Academic Misconduct Web traffic at Web traffic at latrobesu.org.au allegations attributable to fewer recorded cases of no. hits no.(visits) hits (visits) examination centre breaches. unique visitors

support programs In 2014, the LTSU continued to support postgraduate students through the elected student representatives, and a part-time Postgraduate Student Advocate. Audience numbers Audience numbers

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2012 2013 2014 Sales $ $176,500 $231,389 $259,453 Reimbursement $ $132,089 $149,506 $166,677 No. of books sold 4,740 6080 5965

These policies include the introduction of a campus bus to improve students’ safety and mobility for the disabled, a more streamlined approach to bullying and discrimination, assessment, and a critique of the Future Ready strategy. Much of this policy work is rooted in casework however an increasing awareness of the importance of policy research has encouraged the development of a more professional approach to committee work by the LTSU.

The Student Union Advocacy Service provides support and advocacy to coursework and higher degree research students at Bundoora, Shepparton and Mildura campuses. The service comprises a full-time Advocacy Coordinator, a .6 Higher Research Degree Advocate, and an advocate who divides their time evenly between coursework advocacy and policy support to the office bearer team – a role created in March 2014.

3500 3500 The elected Postgraduate Officer and Student Advocate 3000 3000 sat as members of the La Trobe University Graduate 2500 2500 Research School (GRS) working group which met 2000 2000 throughout 2014 to provide insight and feedback to the 1500 1500 review and recommendations for the development of 1000 1000 the500University’s new Graduate Research School. 500 3015 3015 2886 2886 2673 2673 0 LTSU0 convened two focus groups of approximately 10 2012 2012 2013 2013 2014 2014 and 20 HDR students to elicit feedback for the new GRS.

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Academic Integrity Statute and procedures 100000 100000 87,173 87,173 and completion 80000welcomed 80000 The LTSU the development 6000060000 62,370 of a replacement statute for the Academic Misconduct 62,370 40000 Statute 2009 provisionally entitled in a draft form as 40000 the Academic 2000020000Integrity Statute 2014. Many of the key 41,451 41,451 56,599 56,599 81,396 81,396 elements0of this 0 statute meet recommendations made 2013designed 2012group 2013 2014 2014 by the 2012 office2012 bearer to meet industry sector standards and community expectations in respect of a ‘fair hearing’ and appropriate appeal provisions. The LTSU is participating in the advisory Affiliated clubsclubs Affiliated group80formulating supporting Academic Integrity 80 policies 70 and 70 procedures.

Other support for postgraduate students included: • conducting ongoing advocacy casework for ClubClub events events postgraduate students 800 800

• 700running 700 weekly informal drop-in sessions in and December to provide additional 600November 600 500support 500 for research students

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• 300organising social events specifically for postgraduate 300 students 200 200 100 • 100holding educational sessions 384 384 510 510for postgraduate 709 709 0 0 students2012 on referencing avoiding 2014plagiarism, 2012 2013and 2013 2014 writing a CV and job interview skills.

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• 1500“Your Rights at Home” and “Your Rights at Work” 1000 campaigns conducted in the Agora, with quiz 500 materials, information sheets and2673 verbal advice 3015 2886 0 provided to students on both these matters

200 400 100 2012 2013 2014 2012 2014 300 BCH 384 64 our Agreement, 66 LTSU 2013 510 709 Under contracts and funds 0 • A webinar and Powerpoint presentation on tenancy 200 to 2013 provide the legal service at the LTSU. BCH supports 2012 2013 2014 2014 rights prepared for La Trobe International 100

64 384 510 709 the LTSU legal service by66providing legal practice 0 2012 Resources 2013produced 2014part of these education 2012 2013 2014 supervision, compliance and risk management oversight Affiliated clubs Clubasevents 384 as well 709practice and file management. campaigns have been posted on the Student Legal 80 510 800 as general legal Hearings70 Personal consultations 700 Service webpage of the LTSU website, where they can 2012 The service 2013 is provided 2014for 3 days per week during 2000 60 600 consultations Hearings Personal be accessed by the general La Trobe student community. academic semester, and 1 day per week outside 50

500 400 Information gathered through the year from students 300 200 about tenancy problems formed the basis of a 100 submission by the Student 384 510Legal Service 709 to Darebin 0 Council, outlining 2012 concerns 2013at the practices 2014 of a

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Tax Help is a free, confidential service, and involves over 1,200 trained community volunteers throughout Australia offering help and guidance to low income taxpayers when completing their tax returns. LTSU offers a Tax Help centre at La Trobe University Bundoora Campus from July to October, using the services of student volunteers who have been trained and accredited by the Australian Taxation Office.

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Associated bodies INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS’ ASSOCIATION (ISA)

free and open to any person who entered Australia with a student visa and who is currently enrolled in a course at La Trobe University.

The International Students’ Association (ISA) supports international students enrolled at La Trobe University with representation and advocacy of their interests. It promotes social, educational and cultural activities and helps work towards a better understanding amongst domestic and international students. ISA membership is

In 2014, Student Council revised the ISA Regulations to restructure the ISA Committee and its operations. Planning is underway to renovate the ISA space in Upper Agora East in early 2015, with the support of capital funding from the University.

MILDURA STUDENTS’ ASSOCIATION (MSA) The Mildura Students’ Association (MSA) is the student representative body of the Mildura Campus of La Trobe University. MSA provides opportunities for social interaction for students, promotes social, cultural, educational and recreational activities, and contributes to the welfare of Mildura students. In 2014 the MSA:

SHEPPARTON STUDENTS’ ASSOCIATION (SSA)

• Held a wide range of social and orientation activities, and campaign based activities such as the Rainbow Day and Diversity Day lunches

The Shepparton Students’ Association (SSA) is the student representative body of the Shepparton Campus of La Trobe University. SSA facilitates student community and interaction on the Shepparton campus through social, educational, and cultural events. It provides recreational activities and works to support students through welfare initiatives.

• Provided support for visual arts students’ graduate exhibitions • Funded the Colin Barrie Award to the best visual arts student in their third year • Continued to provide supplies for the student kitchen on campus

Major events

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2013 24

In 2014, SSA’s Membership program attracted 63 members, at an annual fee of $20. The organisation held 34 events, including the annual Gala Ball, to Kids on Campus Day, Market Day, BBQs and Breakfasts on Campus. SSA donated $1000 to the Wishing Tree Appeal, and also contributed $1500 a Green Scheme Keep Cup program initiated by students at the local campus.

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Mature Aged Students Organisation (MASO) The newly formed Mature Aged Students Organisation was promoted on campus during 2014, and attracted significant interest from mature aged students. Several social events were held. Plans are underway to renovate the MASO space on campus early in 2015, with the support of capital funding from the University. This will create a much more inviting and functional space for both mature aged students and other student groups on campus. 20

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STATISTICS 2014

LTSU Funding Agreement and Annual Report Statistics

2014 summary of key statistics

2012 2013 2014 2012 2013 2014 Website Secondhand Bookshop total sales No. website hits 62,370 87,173 114,836 No. unique visitors

41,451

56,599

Number of books consigned for sale Number of Books sold Sales amount Reimbursement amount % of online sales

81,396

ISA No. members No. activities Average attendance – trips Average attendance – seminars

978 9 40

1248 8 40

343 7 40

45

45

45

831 60

1028 59

No. productions No. performances

1876 15

4

6

10

Avg 10 Avg 30

Avg 50

3

9

21

Avg 25

43

Avg 50

5849

4,740 6080 5965 $176,500 $231,389 $259,453 $132,089 $149,506 $166,677 22%

22% 23.75%

18 91

19 99

19 82

(Note: 2013 service commenced operation from May, under new partnership with West Heidelberg Community Legal Centre ) No. consultations with students Total no. students seeking legal advice Students attending for signature of statutory declarations

Total no. members Staff members included in total

4051 255

3792 251

Australian Tax Office Tax help consultations with students

3915 242

Oh Fest – music festival Orientation Thursday Bar night

Ex Party I

Ex Party II Back to Uni bar night (Semester 2) Pre-exams Halloween party

– 1869

students plus 80 guests

1100 1800

No. editions No. students writing articles per edition per year Distribution per edition

1050 1720

3000+

3000+

3000+

1450

1800

1450

1280

1500

1290

Annual elections

1400

1500+

1800

900

No. nominations for office No. votes cast

estimate

N/A

123

153

147

88

147

463

96

30

52 164

63 205

66 270

384

510

709

4164

5139

3179

3595

3007

No. events

74

8 Avg 12

8 26

6 15

1900

2000

2000

114

133

186

1898

2590

2866

17

24

18

86 35

60 35

63 34

per edition*

Shepparton Student Association No. members No. events

** member numbers listed are a minimum number. Clubs are required to submit a membership list of a minimum 10 members for affiliation. Many clubs submit the minimum to avoid excessive administration; however they consist of much larger membership numbers.

22

100

Mildura Student Association

Clubs and Societies No. affiliated clubs No. individual grants to clubs No. club events promoted on LTSU website No. students attending club events given grants No. club members**

75

Rabelais

Major events

Orientation Student Union Festival

Student Legal Service

Postgrad program No. seminars held in the year No. attending / linking by video conferencing to each seminar No. social / networking events No. attending each event

5881

Student Theatre & Film

Advocacy Personal consultations Hearings attended

5,436

2012 2013 2014 2012 2013 2014 Membership Tax help program program Volunteers trained by 5 2 1

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2014 OFFICE BEARERS

STUDENT UNION STAFF

Refer list of 2014 Office Bearers on p7

General Manager.........................................................Peter Hughes

For core office bearers please see page 7.

NUS Delegates Helen Morrison, Rose Steele, Nathan Robertson, Lisa-Maree Goff, Sebastian Horey, Angus Middleton, Emily Feigan

Student Council General Members Allysa Tully, Caitlin Maher-Gale, James Ottaway, Bethel Belay, Jamal Blakkarly, Jack Aquilina, Emily Feigan

Activities Committee Esther Hoang-Le, Mitchell Pether, Jacob Amataya, Nucharegnat Wiratpruk, Mary Thu Thi Ngoc Nguyen

Advocacy Coordinator.......................................... Howard Wilson Advocate/Research Officer.........................................Kat Nordern Advocate (Postgraduate).................................... Dr Heidi Ellemor Finance Coordinator................................................... Elissa Khoury Assistant Finance Officer.......................................Belinda O’Lynn Office and Bookshop Coordinator............................Louise Newton Keogh Bookshop and Reception Support Officer........................................ Kylie Neilson Reception...................................................................Lisa Huntington

Postgraduate Committee

Operations Supervisor.............................................. Leanne Innes

Tathagat Saroop, Aarti Nagpal, Rochelle Tixeina, Royston D’Souza, Renuka Menon

Clubs and Societies Officer..............................Jennifer Sheridan

Associates

Activities, Events, and Volunteers Officer.....................................................Tyler Cameron

International Students Association

Graphic Designer.....................................................Nicole Johnson

President.......... Eshan Arya Jessica Samuel elected President at 2014 AGM

Mildura Students Association President.......... Marie Hopton,

then Stephanie Rochester

Stuart Walsh elected President at 2014 AGM

Shepparton Students Association

Student Legal Officer...............................................Chelsea Candy Student Theatre and Film Artistic Director................................................................Bob Pavlich Student Theatre and Film Office Administrator...................................................Sonia Di Iorio ISA Coordinator............................................................Yan (Sean) Xu

President.......... Ben Moyle

MSA Support Officer................................................. Rohan Morris, then Rosina Byrne

Russell Taylor elected President at 2014 AGM

SSA Support Officer.................................................Melissa Beaton

LTSU would like to acknowledge the vital contributions made to our operations by our student casual staff and volunteers.


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