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and short courses, LTSU newsletter, advocacy, student support, postgraduat ort, financial counselling, student legal service, emergency housing, student representatives, Internation dent Association (ISA), Mildura Students Association (MSA), Shepparton Students Association (SSA), MAS ure Age Student Association), discounts, food & drink on campus, free BBQs, Thursday market, membersh gram, Secondhand Bookshop, publications, newspapers, services, cheap cinema tickets, reception & sale es, activities & events, entertainment, clubs & societies, Student Theatre and Film, productions, merchand is student newspaper, locker hire, awards and scholarships, trips and tours, training and short courses, L letter, advocacy, student support, postgraduate support, financial counselling, student legal service, em cy housing, student representatives, International Student Association (ISA), Mildura Students Associatio ), Shepparton Students Association (SSA), MASO (Mature Age Student Association), discounts, food & dri mpus, free BBQs, Thursday market, membership program, Secondhand Bookshop, publications, newspap ces, cheap cinema tickets, reception & sales, lounges, activities & events, entertainment, clubs & societie nt Theatre and Film, productions, merchandise, Rabelais student newspaper, locker hire, awards and sch ips, trips and tours, training and short courses, LTSU newsletter, advocacy, student support, postgraduat ort, financial counselling, student legal service, emergency housing, student representatives, Internation dent Association (ISA), Mildura Students Association (MSA), Shepparton Students Association (SSA), MAS ure Age Student Association), discounts, food & drink on campus, free BBQs, Thursday market, membersh gram, Secondhand Bookshop, publications, newspapers, services, cheap cinema tickets, reception & sale es, activities & events, entertainment, clubs & societies, Student Theatre and Film, productions, merchand is student newspaper, locker hire, awards and scholarships, trips and tours, training and short courses, L letter, advocacy, student support, postgraduate support, financial counselling, student legal service, em cy housing, student representatives, International Student Association (ISA), Mildura Students Associatio ), Shepparton Students Association (SSA), MASO (Mature Age Student Association), discounts, food & dri mpus, free BBQs, Thursday market, membership program, Secondhand Bookshop, publications, newspap ces, cheap cinema tickets, reception & sales, lounges, activities & events, entertainment, clubs & societie nt Theatre and Film, productions, merchandise, Rabelais student newspaper, locker hire, awards and sch ips, trips and tours, training and short courses, LTSU newsletter, advocacy, student support, postgraduat ort, financial counselling, student legal service, emergency housing, student representatives, Internation dent Association (ISA), Mildura Students Association (MSA), Shepparton Students Association (SSA), 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03 Objectives 04 Membership 05 Student Representatives 06 General Manager 07 Student Leadership Conference 08 Marketing & Communication 10 Activities & Events 12 Clubs and Societies 13 Student Theatre and Film 14 LTSU Awards and Scholarships, TAG awards 17 Advocacy, Postgraduate Advocacy Financial Counselling 18 Student Legal Service 19 Policy 20 Volunteer program 21 ISA: International Student Association 22 MASO: Mature Aged Students Organisation MSA: Mildura Students Association SSA: Shepparton Students Association 24 Funded Services statistics 28 Financial Report 47 Staff and Office Holders 2018


Objectives 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; (b) Promoting the interests and welfare of students; (c) Representing students within and outside the University; (d) Co-ordinating and supporting the activities of students; and (e) Providing amenities and services for students, other members of the University community and the public.

“Make the most of your time at the university by becoming a member of one or more of the various clubs and political groups on campus, in addition to putting in the hard academic work. Take the opportunity to meet and talk to other students, especially those who may have different views and opinions to yourself.� Fortunato Forte

Bachelor of Economics La Trobe University, 1975


Membership The Student Union is a member-based not for profit organisation. The LTSU Constitution defines five categories of membership:

LIFE MEMBERSHIP

student members

governing members

ordinary members

associate members

Student Council has the authority to confer life membership to individuals it believes have made an outstanding contribution to LTSU and the La Trobe community. The following individuals were made life members in 2018, at the annual LTSU Student Awards night.

life members

Jacob Cripps

Cost of membership in 2018 was frozen at the 2017 fee of $25 (students) and $40 for (nonstudents).

Venkat Alagarsamy Danielle Mengel Heidi Ellemor

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Student Representatives President

Michael Iroeche

Vice President/Education Officer Shae Williams General Secretary

Hariharan Lakshmanan

Postgraduate Officer

Navida Ahsan

Women’s Officer

Zainab Abou-Eid

Women’s Officer

Aishwarya Kulkarni

Activities Officer

Jed Clark

Activities Officer

Kelsie Savage

Education Public Affairs Officer

Annabelle Romano

Education Public Affairs Officer

Tharaa El Achkar

Ethnocultural Officer

Muhammad Talha Singh

Ethnocultural Officer

Maninder Partap Singh

Environment Officer

Simon Ashby

Environment Officer

Simone Costa

Welfare Officer

Houng Phoung Anh Bui

Welfare Officer

Liam Mcconnell

Queer Officer

Christopher Graham

Queer Officer

Silje Melsom

Disability Officer

Morgan Mills

Disability Officer

Meng Zhong

ATSI Officer

Chris Saunders

ATSI Officer

Troi Islay

Rabelais Editor

Abood Shehada

Rabelais Editor

Lois Villar

City Campus Officer

Muhammad Omer Imaran

City Campus Officer

Manikandan Anandan

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General Manager 2018 marked a year of change at LTSU when our

A definite highlight of 2018 was the annual TAG Campus

his retirement. Peter was instrumental in growing

saw LTSU come away with five accolades – three awards

inaugural General Manger – Peter Hughes – announced LTSU from its infancy in 2011 into the multi-serviced

organisation it is today. We are extremely grateful for

his efforts and wish him a happy, active and rewarding retirement.

2018 was a year of continued growth and expansion for LTSU as reflected by the content of this report.

LTSU maintained its commitment to providing services, representation and activities that were exciting, engaging and had a strong student focus.

The year started with a bang with LTSU hosting the

annual Student Leadership Conference at the Bundoora campus in January 2018. Student leaders from all LTU

campuses attended the three day event which provided training, information and a number of fun social activities.

In 2018, LTSU was a driving force in campus life at City,

Shepparton, Mildura and Bundoora campuses. A record

94 affiliated clubs fostered connections and kinship. The

many club driven activities provided social opportunities and really helped contribute to the lunchtime buzz in

the Agora. The 2018 events calendar was diverse and

and two highly commended honors. At our own LTSU Gala Awards Night in October we rewarded student,

clubs and teachers for their outstanding commitment to student life and inducted four new Life Members.

Congratulations to Jacob Cripps, Venkat Alagarsamy, Danielle Mengel and Heidi Ellemor our 2018 Life Member inductees.

LTSU’s success is reliant upon the support and assistance of many stakeholders and I would like to thank our

members, volunteers and elected office bearers. In

2018, our president – Michael Iroeche – led our group of passionate, hardworking student representatives onto

many successes. LTSU is proud of their endeavour and commitment to enhancing the experience for all who attend La Trobe University.

I would also like to thank our staff across all campuses

for their professionalism and dedication to the students

of La Trobe University. In 2018 the staff worked tirelessly to ensure our services were delivered seamlessly and

our events and activities were always relevant, enriching and student-centric.

provided numerous chances for La Trobe students to

Finally, I would like to thank La Trobe University for the

Performance based activities such as La Trobe’s Got

to LTSU throughout 2018. The activity and services that

engage with their peers and the wider community.

Talent, the La TUCs (Choral Society) recitals and the

varied Student Theatre and Film program gave many students the chance to take to the stage and display their incredible talents.

LTSU’s commitment to students in need remained strong in 2018 through our Advocacy, Financial

Counselling, and Legal Services. These core services

continued good will, financial and in-kind support given we offered would not have been possible without this support, and I would like to pay particular homage to

Student Services and Administration, Student Success,

Infrastructure & Operations, ICT and Human Resources. I also acknowledge and thank the many academic

and professional staff across both the SHE and ASSC

colleges who support and assist the LTSU all year round.

recorded a 38% increase in Advocacy cases alone.

We value the partnerships with our LTU colleagues

providing many free meal opportunities throughout

achievements.

LTSU continues to invest funds into its welfare program, semester as well as distributing food packs and offering scholarships based on financial need.

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Link Conference, culminating in the award dinner which

immensely and look forward to many more collaborative


La Trobe Student Leadership Conference All corners of the campus The SLC was attended by students from all La Trobe campuses – Bundoora, Bendigo, Mildura, Shepparton, Wodonga and City Campus. In addition nine student association staff attended the conference and ten students from the LTSU volunteer program were on hand to help with the logistics. Learning from the best The conference gave student leaders the opportunity to engage with members of the University and wider community. Speakers included LTSU staff, Senior LTU staff and service providers, past leaders from LTU student organisations and external bodies such as The Foundation for Young Australians. It wasn’t all hard work

Organisers worked hard to ensure that all training and diligence was balanced with many fun and student centric sessions. Social opportunities included a Bundoora Campus Scavenger Hunt, events at Welcome to Thornbury and Queen Victoria Market, a Conference dinner in the CBD and a Laughing Yoga session.

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Marketing & Communications In 2018, LTSU communicated with students through a range of printed and electronic media, including the LTSU website (latrobesu.org.au), the e-newsletter, Facebook, Instagram and printed brochures. With the popularity of social media our information is reaching more students than ever before.

TOP 5 MOMENTS OF MARKETING GENIUS • “More than just clever” campaign • Eats Treats & Beats - Speed Eating Competition • LTSU animation (made by student animator) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85Gg2jc3TUM • Tropical Back 2 Uni Party • Phone wallets

15,000

diaries distributed across Bundoora, Mildura, Shepparton & City Campuses, along with

600

wall planners.

900

people logged on to the LTSU website to check out what was on offer during Orientation Week. The busiest day for activity was February 28 – that’s the day before Clubs Festival and Freshies Party.

9,100

likes on our Facebook page – an increase of nearly 14% from 2017 – makes Facebook our most popular means of connecting on the socials.

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WEBSITE latrobesu.org.au Total users

40,998

Total unique sessions

72,424

Busiest day

28 Feb 2018

Top 3 pages

/ (home page) /clubs /events

Most users from Australia

35,641

2nd - 1503 users from USA 3rd – 861 users from India

User demographics

75.88% of users 18 – 34yrs old

= 31,109 users 18 – 34yrs old

= 2,056 active users per month 910 users in 24hrs

SOCIAL MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS Facebook followers /LaTrobeStudentUnion /LTSUActivities

9,100 Likes 9,598 Likes

/LaTrobeStudentUnion /LTSUActivities

Avg Post Reach – 1071 Avg Post Reach – 1027

Facebook most popular post

Free College O’Week Breakfast

8,626 people reached 88 reactions, comments and shares

Facebook most popular video

Eats, treats & Beats Eating Competition video

8,153 people reached 125 reactions, comments and shares

Instagram – most liked

Multicultural Festival Post 90+likes

(image attached to email)

Number of exclusive film preview tickets distributed via social media

165 tickets to 20 new films, distributed to 127 students

Increased by 13.63% Increased by 2.72%

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Activities & Events LTSU is dedicated to enriching campus life through its diverse events and activities program. In 2018, students could participate in a range of events both on and off campus including O-Week festivities, parties, cultural appreciation days, club events, Student Theatre and Film performances

6,000

students attended the Club festivals that took place at the start of each semester* making them by far the most popular events that took place in 2018.

4,500

yummy snacks were handed out for free

* Semester 1, 2019: 3,500 attendees Semester 2, 2019: 2,500 attendees

900

international students attended the LTSU ‘G’Day drinks’ held at the Eagle Bar. The students were very appreciative of the warm welcome they received from LTSU, many going on to join our cultural clubs.

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MULTICULTURAL FESTIVALS

and numerous events held by our cultural clubs, including Africa Day, Indian Independence Day, Pakistan Independence Day had the Agora bursting with music, dancing and delicious food.

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and the moonlight cinema. Bundoora, Mildura, Shepparton and City Campus each ran their own events program. As well as being popular, these events provided a platform for like-minded students to meet and mingle with their peers.


Welfare events In 2018, the LTSU continued its legacy of providing welfare services free of charge to La Trobe students. We served up a Weekly BBQ, Weekly Breakfast, Weekly Chill-Out Trolley and Exam Help Stalls.

12,800 3,400

sausages and veggie patties

were handed out at our weekly BBQ.

224

That’s how many chicken lives we reckon were saved by ordering veggie and vegan patties as a meatless BBQ alternative!

In 2018, the doughnut van at the Wednesday market remained extremely popular. On the odd occasions when the van failed to make an appearance, LTSU reception was flooded with protests from both staff and students.

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Clubs and Societies

iated Clubs and Societies provide a perfect opportunity for students to connect volved on Campus. LTSU provides administrative and financial assistance to these works with their leaders to ensure things run smoothly.

there’s something for everyone: In 2018, a record 94 Clubs and Societies with LTSU, with over 3000 students signing on as members. Clubs range from olitical, from faith based to academic and everything in between. Clubs

there’s always room for more: If, by chance, a student has an interest in LTSU’s affiliated Clubs and Societies provide a perfect opportunity for students to connect that doesn’t have an existing club, the Clubs Officer will encourage and assist and get involved on Campus. LTSU provides administrative and financial assistance to these art one up. For 2018, we Thesmoothly. Pokemon Club to the LTSU clubs andexample, works with in their leaders to welcomed ensure things run About time! FUN FACT- there’s something for everyone: In 2018, a record 94 Clubs and Societies affiliated with LTSU, with over 3000 students signing on as members. Clubs range from

smart people clubs: 2018, of our 94 were Academic Societies. social tojoin political, fromIn faith based38 to academic andclubs everything in between. societies FUN giveFACTsupport to students within their area of study as well as providing there’s always room for more: If, by chance, a student has an interest in ets for like-minded people. something that doesn’t have an existing club, the Clubs Officer will encourage and assist them to start one up. For example, in 2018, we welcomed The Pokemon Club to the LTSU

nderstands what itAbout means fraternity. time!to be a Physics Student quite like the Physics Society”

y (aka Physics Nick), 2018

FUN FACT- smart people join clubs: In 2018, 38 of our 94 clubs were Academic Societies. Academic societies give support to students within their area of study as well as providing social outlets for like-minded people.

3000+

students signed on as members to a record 94 Clubs and Societies affiliated with LTSU, ranging from social to political, from faith based to academic and everything in between.

“No one understands what it means to be a Physics Student quite like the Physics Society” Nick Anthony (aka Physics Nick), 2018

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20% 20%

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37%

37%

Academic Societies

Academic Societies

Recreation (non(non political) Recreation political) Societies Societies societies PoliticalPolitical societies Project Pool applications

Project Pool applications

40%

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38/94

clubs were Academic Societies in 2018. Academic societies give support to students within their area of study as well as providing social outlets for likeminded people. No one understands what it means to be a Physics Student quite like the Physics Society – Nick Anthony (aka Physics Nick), 2018


Student Theatre and Film Student Theatre and Film (STF) are major contributors to the arts and cultural life of La Trobe University. Their annual program of events provides an opportunity for students to direct, write, perform, crew and compose for the stage and screen. The program also draws on the talents of musicians and singers from our student community. 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. Performances are staged in University venues such as the Moat Amphitheatre, Menzies Theatre, and STF’s own performance spaces within the Union Building – The Studio and The Playroom. From time to time STF will also go off-campus to venues such as La Mama Theatre and ACMI in Federation Square.

2018 STUDENT THEATRE PROGRAM

MOAT FESTIVAL ������a two week season of plays, films, and other activities.

CABARET �������������������a season of songs presented in a theatrical setting.

SHORT WORKS ��������student written plays, directed, and performed by students

ACTIVATE ������������������a season of full length plays, usually contemporary and with a cutting edge feel.

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students participated in STF productions. Student Theatre and Film provides a unique and enriching way to engage in campus life. Students who participated in STF productions were supported, creatively encouraged and part of a vibrant community.

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groups of STF alumni were nominated for the prestigious Green Room Awards in 2018 and many Student Theatre and Film alumni have gone on to have long and successful careers in the Arts.

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Awards & Scholarships The LTSU Awards and Scholarship Gala is one of the highlights of the calendar year. Held in October, the event acknowledges and rewards dedication and excellence shown by many individuals and clubs as well as awarding scholarships to help students in financial need complete their studies.

$57,850 86

has been awarded to students to assist with their living and studying costs since the inception of the LTSU Scholarship program in 2014.

2018 LTSU SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED

TYPE OF SCHOLARSHIP

Gold

Silver

* As at the completion of the 2018 Awards night. Includes subsidy winners.

 TAG Awards

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Bronze

NUMBER AWARDED

5

3

2

AMOUNT RECEIVED

$1500

$1200

$800

In addition to the scholarships, LTSU awarded 10 study subsidies valued at $150 each


2018 LTSU AWARD WINNERS TYPE OF AWARD

NAME OF AWARD

RECIPIENT

PRIZE RECEIVED

Clubs and Societies

Club of the Year Award

Two Birds, One Scone

$1000 cash prize

Clubs and Societies

Academic Society of the Year

Clinical Audiology Student Association

$1000 grant

Clubs and Societies

Best Club or Society Event

AIP Careers Night – Physics Society

$1000 grant

Student Leadership

International Student

Jose Jairo Villarreal Diaz $800 cash prize

Student Leadership

Postgraduate Leadership Mohsin Khawaja

$800 cash prize

Student Leadership

LTSU Student Leadership Ersi Terolli

$1000 cash prize

Student Theatre & Film

Student Theatre and Film Alyssa Trombino & Workshop Lakshmi Ganapathy

$500 cash prize

Student Theatre & Film

The Geoffrey Milne Writing Award

Helen Krionas

$1000 cash prize

Teaching

Research Supervisor Award

Dr. Roland Burke, Senior Trophy, certificate, name Lecturer in History on perpetual plaque

Teaching

LTSU Teaching Award

Eshan Arya, Lecturer in Business Management

Trophy, certificate, name on perpetual plaque

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MOST SUCCESSFUL STUDENT OUTCOMES PROGRAM: La Trobe Student Union – Student Theatre and Film ‘Crossing Borders Project’ Student Outcomes awards a mutually beneficial collaboration between students, staff and community organisations that facilitates active student learning through participation in a range of activities. A Student Outcomes program is one that enables students to add value to their education and make a difference in their community by acquiring lifelong skills and developing beneficial relationships. The successful program needs to show evidence of developing a student’s skills in a particular area or a group of areas that better prepares the student for life and work both on and off campus.

MOST SUCCESSFUL CLUB/SOCIETY EVENT/ACTIVITY: Engineering Society of La Trobe University (ESOLU) ‘Wearable Technology Fashion Show’ This award recognises excellence in an on-campus event and/or activity run by a Club or Society. Examples include; club camps, fundraisers, social sporting events, outings and adventures, cultural celebrations etc. The Club or Society may have already been formally recognised on their campus for best event or activity. The event or activity must have taken place in the last 12 months.

NATIONAL STUDENT VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR: Highly Commended: La Trobe Student Union – Caitlin Khaw This brand new award recognises an individual student who demonstrates significant motivation, commitment and contribution to the success of their institution, peer programs and community via volunteering.

BEST NEWCOMER AWARD: Highly Commended: La Trobe Student Union – Greg Wighton This award recognises an individual who demonstrates the potential and commitment for long term excellence within the tertiary services sector. The recipient of this award is someone who has demonstrated genuine support and regard for students, a strong commitment to their student service organisation and has made a significant contribution to campus life.

JOE CURTIS TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIP: Danielle Mengel, Operations Coordinator - La Trobe Student Union This award is named after Joseph James Curtis (1951-2003). Joe served at Monash University for almost 20 years, rising from Catering Manager to become CEO of Monash Unicomm. During this time, Joe carried a wide range of roles and responsibilities that in a variety of ways improved the university’s operations and public image. Joe was well respected by his peers and colleagues across a wide range of campus service organisations. His personal warmth and down to earth management style made him stand out from the crowd. Joe’s ongoing commitment to staff development was honoured on his passing in 2003 with the awarding of an annual $5K travel grant, now known as the Joe Curtis Travel Scholarship for professional development.

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Advocacy The LTSU Student Advocacy Service offers support to students who are experiencing difficulty related to an academic, administrative or welfare issue. Our Advocacy team operates independently of the University, which means that Advocates can assist students without bias or influence from the University. The service is confidential, professional and free. The LTSU Postgraduate Student Advocate continued to support Graduate Research Students in 2018 through casework with individual students, participation in meetings of the Graduate Research Representatives (Graduate Researchers Team), and collaboration with the University on issues affecting graduate researchers’ well-being. We are not an island LTSU advocates work closely with other LTU support services to help obtain the best outcome for students. In 2018, advocates frequently received and made referrals to Speak Up, the LTU Counselling Service and Equity and Diversity.

2300

individual Advocacy sessions were delivered in 2018 for a range of issues related to academic studies.

38% increase from

That’s a the year before.

166

students came seeking support for Academic Misconduct –

39%

increase from a the year before. Most of these students needed multiple appointments to help resolve their issue. In total there were 418 appointments made for academic misconduct alone in 2018.

Financial Counselling The LTSU Financial Counselling Service assists LTU students manage their financial issues and provides practical and problem solving support. In 2018 this was a service in high demand with 100 students from Bundoora, Shepparton, Mildura and City Campus visiting the Financial Counsellor+. In total, a whopping 276 appointments dealing with a diverse range of financial issues were made across the calendar year. + The Financial Counsellor is a member of the Financial and Consumer Rights Council Inc.

60%

+

of students who saw the Financial Counsellor partially or totally resolved their financial issues. And they learnt important skills to help them cope with financial stress in the future.

Hunger is a troubling issue: a 2018 survey published in The Australian newspaper found that one in seven university student say they regularly go without food because of difficulty in making ends meet. (The Australian Aug 13, 2018)

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Student Legal Service

*The LTSU Legal Service is delivered by West Heidelberg Legal Service at B La Trobe Student Union.

Where do our clients come from?

50%

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Policy Our student representatives always have a busy year behind the scenes at La Trobe, and 2018 was no exception. In 2018, LTSU’s elected officebearers and committee representatives were involved with: • Campaigning for increased and improved lighting and security around residential colleges, and from the car parks to the colleges • Extending the Bundoora library’s opening hours to 24 hours a day • Working on better support for students who are also parents • Providing information to students on contract cheating and working to reduce the incidences of contract cheating • Reviewing student-facing University policies, such as the Conceded Passes Policy, the Review and Re-mark Policy, the Assessment Policy suite, the Student Complaints Management Policy, The Teaching and Learning Plan and the Student Success and Retention Plan • The Student Voice Australia pilot program, aimed at fostering authentic student partnership at tertiary institutions In addition, students sat on numerous University Committees, Working Groups and Task Forces, including: • Academic Board • Academic Quality Committee • Admissions Committee • Education Committee

People like to chill out In 2018, the popular chill-out trolley program was extended to include other study spaces and to run Monday-Friday during peak exam times. Students were grateful for all the delicious brain-boosting snacks that were on offer.

People like hot food In 2018, one of our most popular initiatives was to install microwaves in the library. It means that people who study in the library in the wee hours can have their soup and eat it too.

We make a difference In 2018, student representatives have worked extremely hard to get students’ perspectives and voices heard at the University. Through their participation in the University’s system of decision-making bodies they have dealt with a broad range of issues and have made an important contribution to positive long-term change for all students at La Trobe.

• Coursework Committee • Regional Committee • Exams Task Force

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Volunteer program

328

students registered with the LTSU volunteer program and formally logged 6560 hours of volunteering through the Track it Forward program.

It is however, important to note that not all students who helped out logged their volunteer hours: an estimated

580

students volunteered with the LTSU volunteer program racking up a staggering 11,660 hours* between them

* This figure is based on the 20 hour average recorded hours.

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ISA

316

international students attended 7 trips organised by ISA, to experience popular tourist attractions and grab a slice of life and leisure activities off-campus.

250

guests attended the 2018 La Trobe’s Got Talent competition, a highlight event in the ISA calendar. Over 100 students auditioned for the competition which ran through audition, quarter-final, semi-final and grand-final rounds. The 2018 grand final was a spectacular affair held at the Odeon and the 2018 La Trobe’s Got Talent winner was Dhruv Oberoi.

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MASO THE MATURE AGED STUDENTS ORGANISATION (MASO) provides support,

representation and social opportunities for mature aged (over 21yo) students studying at the Bundoora Campus. Mature aged students often face challenges such as financial and family commitments that can make completing their study that little more difficult, and the MASO team are there to help. MASO’s student lounge provides a friendly, warm place for mature aged students to meet and catch up with like-minded folks.

1920s

was all the fashion at the annual murder mystery party, one of the most popular events organised by MASO. Titled “A Night at Sea’, guests dressed up in their best 1920s attire and tried to solve the mystery of who killed the Captain. A jolly good time was had by all.

MSA

25%

of the entire campus population rolled up to attend 26 MSA events including a diverse range of activities. In 2018 popular events included Orientation Week, RUOK Day, Multicultural Festival and MSA Dinner Crawl. Wow!

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SSA

3rd

annual Career Networking Dinner with the LTU Careers Officer. SSA hosted this event in order to connect students with relevant employers and also give an insight into what past students have done after graduation.

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La Trobe University Student Union Inc. Reg No. A0054796W

Statement of Changes in Equity For the Year Ended 31 December 2018 2018

Balance at January 1, 2018

Retained Earnings

Postgraduates Reserve

Total

$

$

$

Surplus for the year

901,152 69,718

38,000 -

939,152 69,718

Balance at 31 December 2018

970,870

38,000

1,008,870

2017 $ Balance at January 1, 2017

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$

Surplus for the year

784,337 116,815

38,000 -

822,337 116,815

Balance at 31 December 2017

901,152

38,000

939,152

The accompanying notes form part of these financial statements.

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ELECTED STUDENT REPRESENTATIVES

1ST JANUARY 2018 – 31ST DECEMBER 2018

STUDENT UNION ONGOING FULL & PART TIME STAFF 2018 General Manager – Peter Hughes, then Elissa Khoury

Refer to list of 2018 Office Bearers, p5 under “Student Representatives”

Advocacy Coordinator – Howard Wilson

NUS DELEGATES: Jacob Cripps, Annabelle Romano, Elliot Downes, Bree Ann Lovett, Michael Iroeche, Lois Villar, Kate Crossin, Belle Gibson

Advocate (Postgraduate) – Dr Heidi Ellemor

STUDENT COUNCIL GENERAL MEMBERS: Ayan Huruseh, Himal Thapa, Ghurto Purohit, Elliott Downes, Bree Ann Lovett, Belle Gibson, Bharat Wadhwa ACTIVITIES COMMITTEE: Fangping Xiong, Abhay Dadoo, Declan McBride, Becky Nies POSTGRADUATE COMMITTEE: Audrey Taruza, Liliana Cornejo Tiscareno, Akansha Ravinderkumar, Venkata Kiran Sai Dasari

Advocate / Research Officer – Kat Nordern Advocate – April Orr Financial Counsellor – Robyn Angus Finance Coordinator – Elissa Khoury, then Melinda Petrolo and Sisca Wijayanti Finance and Payroll Officer – Sisca Wijayanti Finance Officer – Melinda Petrolo Office Coordinator – Louise Newton Keogh Reception – Lisa Huntington Operations Coordinator – Danielle Mengel Clubs and Societies Officer – Greg Wighton Activities and Events Officer – Andre Hillas

ASSOCIATES

Events Assistant – Bart Harney

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS ASSOCIATION President – Lizhan (Yankee) Lyu

Graphic Designer – Nicki Johnson

MILDURA STUDENTS ASSOCIATION President – Yasmeen Khurshid SHEPPARTON STUDENTS ASSOCIATION President – Jessica Grant MATURE AGE STUDENTS ASSOCIATION President – Rebecca Budge

Student Legal Officer – Rebecca Sharkey (contracted from West Heidelberg Community Legal Service) Artistic Director, Student Theatre and Film – Bob Pavlich Office Administrator, Student Theatre and Film – Sonia Di Iorio ISA Coordinator – Yan (Sean) Xu MSA Support Officer – Rosina Byrne SSA Support Officer –Kylie D’Aloia Volunteers Officer – Helen Mayers, then Lisa Huntington LTSU would like to acknowledge the vital contributions made to our operations by our student casual staff and volunteers.


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