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La Trobe University Student Union

Contents Objectives.......................................................................................................................4 Membership....................................................................................................................5

Representing students 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 and Scholarships..................................................................................14

Supporting students - Advocacy..................................................................................................................16 - Postgraduate Advocacy.........................................................................................16 – Financial Counselling.............................................................................................17 - Second-hand Bookshop........................................................................................17 - Student Legal Service.............................................................................................18

Volunteering, training and development-.........................................19 Associated bodies - Mildura Students Association (MSA)....................................................................20 - Shepparton Students Association (SSA)..............................................................21 - Mature Aged Students Organisation (MASO)....................................................... 21 - International Student Association (ISA)...............................................................21

Statistics........................................................................................................................22 Financial Report......................................................................................................24 Staff and Office Holders 2016.....................................................................43

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

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.

(a)

Enhancing the learning experience of students while at the University;

At an annual fee of $40 for students and $60 for non-students, the program provided members with a package vof discounts which included:

(b)

Promoting the interests and welfare of students;

• LTSU products, services and event tickets

(c)

Representing students within and outside the University;

(d)

Co-ordinating and supporting the activities of students; and

• University services such as sports centre membership

(e)

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

At the end of 2016, LTSU has committed to a revised $25 per annum (students) membership package with greater focus on discounted entry to LTSU events. This is a response to the loss of key membership benefits such as the parking fee discount – the major reason for the decline in membership we have experienced since 2014.

Life Membership 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 2016, at our annual Life Members Dinner.

• Goods and services from many on-campus businesses and a host of businesses off campus Member Type

• Eshan Arya

2014 2015 2016

Student Members Non-Student Members

3274

2795

242

185

201

3915

3459

2996

LTSU mEmbERShip

TOTAL

3673

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• Discounted dentistry and optometry services • Snap Fitness and LTU Sports Centre membership discounts

• weekly free food + Vip access to LTSU events

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Student Representation LTSU’s governing bodies are comprised of student

At the end of 2016, agreement was reached with the

representatives who are elected by the student body

University for funding of a student representative to improve

through an annual election process across the University’s

representation, services and connection to the larger LTSU

Bundoora, Shepparton, Mildura and City Campuses.

organisation for the growing cohort of students at the

Elections are held towards the end of semester two, and

Collins St campus of the University.

the elected students commence their period of office from January 1st in the following year. James Wangmann of Argent Elections was appointed Returning Officer for the 2016 election. The election was again a keenly contested affair, and attracted the largest number of voters who have ever participated in an LTSU election.

Votes cast

President – Nathan Croft General Secretary – Damaan Mann Education Vice President – Aseel Sammak

2014 2015 2016 election election election Nominations

Elected office bearers 2016

186

198

212

2866

3310

3919

Education Public Affairs – Hugo McLachlan & Jake Cripps Rabelais Editors – Emilia Sterjova & Sarah Gard Welfare Officers – Kevin Kapeke & Anthony Lay Women’s Officers – Natasha Khoshneviss & Shanae Murnane

To most of the La Trobe community, our elected student representatives are “the face of LTSU” and they play a critical role in promoting LTSU activities and gathering support for them from the student body. In 2016 our elected student Office Bearers ran weekly barbecues and

Postgraduate Officer – Aziz Ur-Rehman Environment Officer – Joshua Grey & Michael Iroeche Queer Officer – Sam Webster and Gavriel Broten

breakfasts, maintained the Queer Lounge and Womens

Disabilities Officer – Elysia Kernan & Alexandra McKenzie

Lounges on campus, drove the continued growth of our

Indigenous Officers – Shane Fry and Leah Hunt

Clubs program, promoted LTSU through social media outlets and Rabelais magazine, championed our

People of Colour Officer – Urwah Khan & Yashavi Tandon

membership program and major events including our Orientation, Re- Orientation and Back2Uni (semester 2) events, Ex Parties, Student Awards Night and other activities both on and off campus. LTSU Office Bearers sat on numerous University committees to provide the student voice on proposed University policy, program and procedural changes. They provided feedback to the University on student issues in a range of less formal forums, and organised and ran campaigns around issues of concern locally and on the broader tertiary education stage.

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General Manager’s Report The contents of this report provide an outline of the great work done by LTSU in 2016 across the broad range of our activities in representing La Trobe University students and providing services, events and facilities for them. High levels of club activity, another record voter turnout at the annual elections, successful events and large numbers of students using our support services are all indicators of the strong engagement we have with the La Trobe student body. It was particularly pleasing to see strong interest from students in being involved with our associated bodies – the International Student Association, Mature Age Students Association and at our Shepparton and Mildura student associations. This augurs well for strong activities and programs by those bodies in 2017 and beyond. Financially we recorded a surplus of $168,239. The organisation has now achieved a budget surplus in each of the six years of our operation, and our accumulated financial reserves now stand at a healthy $822,337. LTSU can only succeed with the support of a large and diverse team and I want to thank:

• The team of professional staff under the LTSU umbrella at Bundoora, Mildura and Shepparton campuses, who very capably provide many of the services outlined in this report, as well as providing invaluable support to the student representatives at those campuses. A key element of the LTSU team are the student volunteers who contribute their valuable time and skills in our Clubs, Student Theatre and Film, Advocacy Peer Support, Events and student representative programs. Our 2016 Volunteer program identified more than 600 volunteers engaged in these programs, and began the important work of providing better support and recognition for the roles they undertake within the organisation.

Website

Social Media

www.latrobesu.org.au continues to be our key electronic means of communication, covering news, events and resource material for our Clubs, general students and members of the general public wanting to engage with LTSU. Our electronic store embedded in the website provides a platform for sales of secondhand books, memberships, event tickets and LTSU merchandise.

LTSU departments maintain a range of social media sites. Our 2 most popular sites are

2014

2015

2016

*No of hits (visits)

114,836

n/a

n/a

*Unique Visitors

81,396

n/a

n/a

No of website sessions

n/a 102,249

94, 248

No of website users

n/a

58,417

61,942

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Newsletter Distributed – fortnightly during the two academic semesters, our electronic newsletter reached an audience of 14,435 subscribers per edition in 2016.

• Facebook – La Trobe Student Union (general page): 6,824 Likes • Facebook – La Trobe Student Union Activities Page: 8,886 Likes Other LTSU social media platforms include: LTSU Clubs Facebook page, @ latrobeSU Snapchat, @LaTrobeSU Twitter, @LaTrobeStudentUnion Instagram and LTSUvideo on Youtube.

Printed Publications • 13,500 student diaries distributed • Brochures covering all major service areas • Posters for each major event and key programs • Wall planner

I also extend my thanks to La Trobe University for the ongoing support they provide both financially and through in kind support and assistance from a range of staff including Student Services and Administration, Infrastructure and Operations, Human Resources, IT and a broad range of academic and professional staff across the ASSC and SHE Colleges.

• Our 2996 members, and other LTU students and staff who have supported our 2016 programs and events • Our 2016 elected student representative team, led by President Nathan Croft

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Clubs & Societies

Activities & Events LTSU’s Activities and Events team again delivered an exciting program of events at the Bundoora Campus, commencing with a series of Orientation week events, and concluding with Ex Party II at the end of the semester 2 examination period. Major events included: • Moatflix & Chill (O’Week Outdoor Cinema) - 24 February - 600 attendees

• End of Exams Party - 23 June @ Level 3, Crown - 1800 attendees (sold out)

• FRESHIES Party - 25 February @ Royal Melbourne Hotel - 1250 attendees (sold out) • Food Truck Fiesta - 17 March @ Preston Food Truck Park - 450 attendees • Re-Orientation Clubs Festival - 05 April @ the Agora - 45 club stalls + 2500 attendees • Secret Warehouse Party - 21 April - Coverlid Place, CBD - 800 attendees

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• Administration of a regulated affiliation process,

• Back 2 Uni Clubs Festival - 26 July @ Union Hall - 1800 attendees + 60 club stalls

• Financial assistance, via our club grants process

• Back 2 Uni Party - 28 July @ Brown Alley - 900 attendees

• Training for Club officials including Responsible Service of Alcohol, Food Handling, First Aid and Conflict Resolution

• National Campus DJ Competition - 18 August @ Eagle Bar (La Trobe Final) - 6 student DJ competitors

• O’Week Clubs Festival - 25 February - 4500 attendees + 65 club stalls

80 clubs and societies affiliated with LTSU and were supported by a program that encompasses:

• National Campus DJ Competition - 25 August @ Eagle Bar (Victorian State Final) - 6 student DJ competitors - won by La Trobe Student DJ Trimeko who went to Perth for the National Final • End of Exams Party - 17 November @ Royal Melbourne Hotel - 1250 attendees (sold out) • La Trips – 168 students participated in a program of 8 trips

• Organisation and promotion of major Club events, in particular the Clubs Festival (Orientation Week), the Back 2 Uni Re-Orientation Festival (Semester 2). Activities organised and promoted by individual clubs are a key driver of community life and social interaction at Bundoora Campus, with a record 932 individual clubs events promoted on the LTSU website during 2016. 2014

2015

2016

66

83

80

Club Events

709

830

932

Number of Grants

270

297

418

Volume of Grants

$78,940

$74,109

$75,491

Affiliated Clubs

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Student Theatre and Film 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. 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. Short Flicks – a program of student written and directed short films - is screened at ACMI at Federation Square.

During the year STF succeeded in attracting a grant of $22,800 from the Commonwealth Government’s New Colombo Plan for the “Crossing Borders” project. These funds, together with additional revenue from the LTSU and other sources within the University, will enable a team of Australian students to travel to Indonesia to collaborate with Indonesian students in developing, rehearsing and performing their production in Bandung and Bali . The cast and crew will then travel to Australia to perform at the 2017 Moat Festival, and at La Mama’s Courthouse Theatre in Carlton. 2014

2015

2016

No of Productions

19

21

21

No of Performances

82

89

89

2673

2616

2373

The Student Theatre and Film program is underpinned by of a number of seasons that are key elements of the arts and cultural life of the University, namely: • Moat Festival

Audience numbers

• Cabaret • Short Works • Activate • Short Flicks

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LTSU SCHOLARSHIPS

2016 Award Winners

Since 2014 LTSU has provided support to assist students in the successful completion of their studies.

LTSU Student Leadership Award........................... Manh Do LTSU Teaching Award..........................Phong Minh Nguyen

Scholarships awarded in 2016 were:

LTSU Research Supervisor Award.................. Dr Eva Dakich

• 5 Gold Scholarships, each valued at $1500

LTSU International Student Award................ Ankur Rastogi

• 2 Silver Scholarships, each valued at $1200

LTSU Clubs Award...........................................She’s The First

• 3 Bronze Scholarships, each valued at $800

LTSU Faculty Society Award.........................BioGen Society In addition, 10 Study Subsidies each valued at $150 were awarded.

LTSU Clubs & Societies Event of the Year................................... Dumbledore’s Army

The scholarships and subsidies were presented at our annual Awards Night in October.

Sports Club Award...........La Trobe Cheer and Dance Club Student Theatre Workshop Award.........Bethany Tweedale Geoffrey Milne Student Theatre Writing Award .................................................. Blayne Welsh

LTSU AWARDS

LTSU Regional Commitment Award............. Teisha McCoy

LTSU’s annual awards recognise excellence across the student body and acknowledge the dedication shown by many La Trobe University students and staff to helping provide students with an outstanding university experience in a supportive environment. Students and who received awards in 2016 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. Each award category is voted on by a panel of LTSU elected student representatives, and LTSU and University staff. The Teaching Award and Research Supervisor Award recognise academic staff who in students’ eyes have given outstanding service in their respective fields.

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Advocacy

Financial Counselling Service Peer program. The Peer initiative aimed at deploying trained student peers to support students across both colleges at UPC meetings has not realised its potential as yet. A great start to the program was made in the mid-year UPC exercise with dozens of students supported by the peers but well short of the hundreds who could have benefitted. Optimizing the use of Peers through co-operation with the Colleges remains a high priority of the Advocacy Service in 2017.

The introduction of the Academic Integrity Statute and related policies and procedures considerably increased the number of allegations in 2016 with 408 cases being opened. A high proportion of the students receiving allegations are studying postgraduate business courses and are drawn predominantly from the International student cohort. A predicted increase in the number of students engaging in contract cheating, that is, accessing and paying for ‘tailor made’ essays form online sources, has not been in strong evidence during 2016.

Postgraduate Advocacy The LTSU continued to support postgraduate students in 2016 through the elected student representatives, and a part-time Postgraduate Student Advocate. The LTSU contributed to the review of existing graduate research student policies and procedures, providing written feedback and participating in stakeholder workshops.

Appeals mounted by students against termination and the imposition of conditions and other case types has increased markedly with 207 in 2015 compared with 276 in 2016. LTSU advocates attended 87 formal hearings in support of students in 2016.

In 2016 the LTSU worked to improve the representation of postgraduate students, particularly graduate research students. The LTSU has supported the Board of Graduate Studies graduate research student representatives in the development of the Graduate Research Student Society and a network of graduate research students in the Departments and Schools.

Advocacy staff provided some 2163 consultations in 2016 with some 1027 face-to- face meetings in the same period. Special Consideration enquires increased from 103 in 2015 to almost 200.

Support for postgraduate students in 2016 has included:

Support to students seeking Remission and Refunds remains high reflecting the level of strain some students appear to be studying under. Mental health issues appear to underpin a high proportion of such applications.

Hearings Personal Consultations

2014

2015

2016

15

84

87

1876

1597

2163

• Conducting ongoing advocacy casework for postgraduate students, including both coursework and graduate research students • Collaborating with the Research, Education and Development Unit of the Graduate Research School and the LTU Counselling Service to develop and present a workshop on graduate research student mental health and wellbeing for Graduate Research Coordinators • Providing funding and resources for Faculty Societies supporting graduate research students, including the newly formed Graduate Research Student Society

Peer Support to Students called for Unsatisfactory Progress in 2016

• Organising and supporting events specifically for postgraduate students, including an event run by the Graduate Research Students Society for Academic Writing Month, sightseeing day trips and trips to sporting events

Unsatisfactory Progress meetings have become a regular feature of the La Trobe University academic calendar following the semester results release. This process of review is very welcome and it was anticipated that the change would cement the position of the Advocacy

Follow up associated with casework includes:

The LTSU took steps to augment its support services provision to students by employing a qualified Financial Counsellor in late 2015. The Financial counsellor now works three days a week to provide free and confidential casework support to students. Student financial concerns range from managing daily expenses and bank debts, coping with high utility costs, rental arrears and homelessness. The Financial Counsellor works with students to resolve financial hardship, an issue identified as a principal ongoing obstacle to academic success. 2014

*2015

2016

No of students counselled

n/a

15

134

No of counselling sessions

n/a

47

237

• advocacy with banks, debt collection agencies, government authorities and financial regulators around each student’s particular needs • provision of emergency relief where students are assessed as being in immediate need. 57 emergency food parcels and 45 Coles Myer vouchers were distributed to students in these circumstances in 2016 • referral to other LTSU, La Trobe University and external support services. The LTSU Financial Counselling program has begun to conduct free regular workshops to teach financial capability skills to students on campus. The program became an official supporter of the ASIC National Financial Literacy Strategy in late 2016.

* Note: The service started client consultations in late September, 2015

Second-hand Bookshop Since 2009, the LTSU Second-hand Bookshop has provided La Trobe University students with the opportunity to buy and sell second-hand text books, offering both over the counter and on-line sales options. 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.

2015

2016

Sales $

$259, 453

$162,224

$109,518

Reimbursement $

$166,677

$115,098

$74,628

5965

4242

3352

23.75%

22.55%

23.45%

No. of books sold Percentage of Sales Online

For the second year running Bookshop sales have declined, due in large measure to direct competition from the Coop Bookshop at Bundoora Campus. As a result of this downturn in activity, LTSU has taken the decision to cease over the counter sales of secondhand books. From 2017 onwards, secondhand book sales will only be undertaken online, as part of an Online Marketplace offering sales of other study related items like lab coats and dissection kits.

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2014

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Student Legal Service Students Seeking Legal Assistance

The LTSU Student Legal Service is delivered by West Heidelberg Community Legal Service (WHCLS) at Banyule Community Health in collaboration with LTSU. The service consists of one lawyer contracted for 3 days per week during the academic year, with a reduced service outside of academic periods. Supervision and in – kind assistance is provided by the Principal Lawyer of WHCLS.

2014

In operating under this model since 2013, the Student Legal Service has developed into a broad based generalist service with a focus on advice and self help assistance where possible. Where necessary, whether because of student need, complexity or urgency of matter, ongoing casework assistance is still provided. This refocus allows the service to most appropriately manage service delivery with finite resources to ensure greater reach across the diverse student population.

Number of students seeking legal information, advice or casework

147

Number of students seeking certification/witnessing/ swearing of legal documents

30

2014 Cases

46

187

35

2015 2016

21

17

49

Advice, information or referrals

132

181

267

Total

153

198

316

Area of Law Area of law

LTSU LEGAL SERVICE

2015 2016

11

10

18

Infringements

13

23

20

Employment

14

32

14

1

5

17

Tenancy

85

65

61

Consumer

13

14

9

4

8

6

Motor Vehicle-related

16

8

12

Other

24

33

40

181

198

197

Debt

Total problem types:

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2014

Crime

Family

Confidential

153

Type of legal assistance

In addition to casework activities, the LTSU lawyer undertakes administrative and promotional work associated with the service, community legal education through student media, professional development and campaign work where appropriate. A strong referral and information sharing culture has developed between the Student Legal Service and LTSU’s Advocacy and Financial Counselling services.

Free Professional

2015 2016

A grant of $10,000 from the University in 2016 enabled LTSU to undertake a pilot project designed to improve our monitoring and support of the range of volunteer activity being undertaken within LTSU.

• Incorporate the following categories of Volunteer Awards Certificates into our 2016 LTSU Awards: o Gold level, for over 50 hours recorded activity – 22 awardees o Silver level, for over 35 hours recorded activity – 4 awardees

Through that pilot project we were able to: • Identify that students undertake volunteering activities in a range of LTSU programs, including Clubs and Societies, Student Theatre & Film, the Advocacy Peer Support Program, Activities & Events (including Orientation), International Students Association, Mildura Students Association, Shepparton Students Association, Mature Aged Students Association and various LTSU office bearing portfolios

o Bronze level, for over 25 hours recorded activity – 9 awardees The project provided a valuable insight into current volunteer activity in LTSU and we aim to build on this work with better coordination, training, support and recognition of our student volunteers in 2017 and beyond. Our volunteer program, coupled with training opportunities we offer through the Clubs and Societies program and our work in inducting and training student representatives represents a substantial investment in student training and development by LTSU.

• dentify that over 600 students contributed in excess of 30,000 volunteer hours to LTSU in 2016 • Gather data about students’ motivation for volunteering within LTSU, and their views about the positive and negative aspects of their involvement • Create an online LTSU Volunteer Hub, enabling students to log volunteer hours they had contributed

Free confidential legal advice and assistance to all LTU students

Wednesdays 9:30–12:30 ISA Lounge, Upper East Agora (behind Veloci Cafe)

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Mature Aged Students’ Organisation (MASO) Mildura Students’ Association (MSA) The MSA is the student representative body of the Mildura Campus of La Trobe University. It promotes and supports a diverse program of social, cultural educational and recreational activities, which contribute to the welfare of Mildura Students. In 2016 the MSA: • Held diverse range of social, orientation and campaign based activities and events on and off campus. These included O Week, Women’s International Day, Harmony Day, La Trobe Market day, International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, Stress Less Week, La Trobe Graduate Dinner, La Trobe Grand ball, NAIDOC Day, MSA Scavenger Hunt and MSA Dinner Crawl. • Provided support for the Visual Arts students’ graduate Exhibitions. • Awarded and Funded The Collin Barrie Award for the best Visual Arts student in their third year. • Funded student faculty gatherings. • Purchased outdoor and sporting equipment and uniforms for La Trobe University students’ use.

Operating from its newly renovated space in the Union Building, MASO provided a hub of information, networking, social events and a physical meeting space for mature aged students and their families. Many mature age students are attending university for the first time, or are returning to studies after many years absence.

Shepparton Students’ Association (SSA)

The Shepparton Students’ Association 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. The 2016 program included: • Events such as the Annual Gala Ball, Stress Less Week, LTSU discovery Day, Education Intensive Dinners, End of Exams Cocktail Party, BBQ’s and food stall pop-ups throughout the year • Working in close collaboration with the University in presentation of activities such as O Week, Market Day, Open Day, Graduation Cocktail Party and the Alumni Careers Dinner, aimed at giving Shepparton students opportunities to network with employers and La Trobe Alumni in the workforce.

• Continue to provide supplies for the student kitchen and food for students in need.

• We supported our students through equipping and stocking the new student kitchenette, providing students with help sessions and stationary supplies during exam periods and introduced a table tennis table to the campus.

• Placed a number of students on local boards or committees through the Community Door Program.

• Running events to raise social awareness around campaigns like:

• Collaborated with Mildura community organisations to support students.

Major events

2014

2015

2016

18

33

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o IDAHOBIT Day – International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia;

The year began with a very successful O-Week information session for mature aged students, and momentum around social events grew from that point. The MASO AGM in October saw strong interest from students wanting to be part of the MASO Committee, and the newly elected committee immediately set to work in developing a strong 2017 calendar of events.

International Students’ Association (ISA) 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 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 newly renovated ISA space in Upper Agora East provides a meeting space, offices, lounge and kitchenette to support the organisation’s activities, and attracted a growing number of students to the space throughout 2016. ISA’s Trips & Tours, social events, seminars on issues like immigration and careers, and the annual Multicultural week were again well supported by the student body at La Trobe. 2014 2015 2016 Number of members

343

526

362

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8

12

Average Attendance - trips

40

50

50

Average attendance - seminars

45

40

30

Number of activities

o Screening the ‘Hunting Ground’ documentary with forums based around the issue of sexual assault on campus; o Harmony Day, and o Blue stocking Breakfast– celebrating the first women to study at a university.

Major events 20

2014

2015

2016

34

31

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Website

*Number of website hits

2014 2015 2016

2014 2015 2016

Secondhand Bookshop total sales

1250

No. of students counselled

n/a

15*

134

2620

1720

Orientation Student Union Festival

3000+

4500

4500

No. of counselling sessions

n/a

47*

237

2000

2500

n/a

Number of website sessions

n/a 102,249

94,248

Number of website users

n/a

61,942

58,417

Fortnightly e-Newsletter circulation

10,100

13,142

14,435

Annual Student Diary Distribution

13,000

13,000

13,500

Facebook likes – LTSU general site

n/a

5,296

6,824

Student Theatre & Film

Facebook likes – LTSU Activities site

n/a

7,231

8,886

No. of Productions

19

21

21

No. of Performances

82

89

89

343

526

362

Number of activities

7

8

12

Average Attendance - trips

40

50

50

Average attendance seminars

45

40

30

Hearings attended

1876

1597

2163

15

84

87

10

Number attending / linking by video conferencing to each seminar

Ave 50

3 Ave 20

21

3

Number attending each event

Ave 50

Ave 50

Ave 60

4242

3352

Sales Amount

$259,453

$162,224

$109,518

Reimbursement amount

$166,677

$115,098

$74,628

Percentage of online sales

Ex Party I

1450

1168

1800

23.75%

22.55%

23.45%

Ex Party I I

1290

1573

1250

1500+

900

1800

1800

900

n/a

22

ReOrientation Festival

Back to Uni Bar night (Semester 2) Back to Uni Festival (Semester 2) Pre-Exams Halloween Party

Total Number of students seeking legal advice

147

Students attending for signature of statutory declarations

30

213 153

46

308 187

35

No of affiliated clubs

66

83

80

No of individual grants to clubs

270

297

418

No of club events promoted on LTSU website

709

830

932

No of students attending club events given grants

5139

5734

6438

No of Club Members**

3595

4575

4489

** member numbers listed are a minimum number. Clubs are required

3915

3459

2996

242

185

201

* Note: The service started client consultations in late September, 2015

Rabelais Number of editions

6

8

Average number of students writing articles per edition

15

20

Distribution per edition

2000

2000

186

198

212

2866

3310

3919

18

33

23

No of Members

63

16

17

No of Events

34

31

35

Annual elections

Clubs and Societies 153

Staff members included in total

Ave 20

21

5965

Total Number of members

5

Number of social / networking events

Number of Books sold

Membership program

Postgrad program Number of seminars held in the year

5849

Student Legal Service

Advocacy Personal consultations

Number of books consigned for sale

No of consultations with students

Financial Counselling

Orientation Thursday Bar night

n/a

3484

2014 2015 2016

n/a

81,396

Number of members

Major events

420

n/a

ISA

2014 2015 2016 1050

n/a

* These metrics are no longer available from Google Analytics

Oh Fest – Music Festival

114,836

*Number of unique visitors

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.

Number of nominations for office Number of votes cast

Mildura Student Association No of Events

Shepparton Student Association

Training Skill based – First aid, RSA, Food Handling, etc

NA

169

131

RTO Certificated Training

0

34

n/a

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2016 OFFICE BEARERS Refer list of 2016 Office Bearers on p7

STUDENT UNION 2016

ONGOING FULL AND PART TIME STAFF

NUS Delegates

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

Nathan Croft, Betty Belay, Natasha Khoshneviss, Timothy Benfatto, Shanae Murnane, Sean O’Farrell, Lexi Carroll

Advocacy Coordinator......................................Howard Wilson

Student Council General Members Ilmi Abdi, Julian Dodds, Elizabeth Ware, David Williams, Pranita Pokhriyal, Margrette Salman, Marie Trevithik

Activities Committee Nikhil Soni, Aidan Foott, Priyanka Rajendra, Kyra Seton, Akshay Mukund

Advocate/Research Officer....................................Kat Nordern Advocate (Postgraduate)............................... Dr Heidi Ellemor Advocate..........................................................Kylie Ligertwood Financial Counsellor.............................................Robyn Angus Finance Coordinator............................................. Elissa Khoury Assistant Finance Officer...................................Belinda O’Lynn

Postgraduate Committee

Assistant Finance Officer........................................ Penny Chan

Clara Cueva, Casey Tait, Vanessa Rojas, Sayak Sen, Manh Dang Dao

Office and Bookshop Coordinator..........................Louise Newton Keogh

ASSOCIATES

Bookshop and Reception Support Officer....................................Kylie Neilson

International Students Association President......... Jessica Samuel, then Anubhav Sharma Lizhan Liu elected as President at 2016 AGM

Mildura Students Association President......... George Struan Natuilagilagi Phoebe Bray elected as President at 2016 AGM

Shepparton Students Association

Reception...........................................................Lisa Huntington Operations Supervisor.................................... Danielle Mengel Clubs and Societies Officer................................ Greg Wighton Activities, Events, and Volunteers Officer...........Renee Thompson, then Ana Boado Graphic Designer.............................................. Nicole Johnson

President......... Debra Hall

Student Legal Officer......................................Rebecca Sharkey

Georgia Linton elected President at 2016 AGM

Mature Age Students Association

Student Theatre and Film Artistic Director........................................................Bob Pavlich

President......... Kaitlin Saunders Rebecca Houghton elected President at 2016 AGM

(Contracted from West Heidelberg Community Legal Service)

Student Theatre and Film Office Administrator.......... Sonia Di Iorio, then Helen Mayers ISA Coordinator....................................................Yan (Sean) Xu MSA Support Officer.............................................Rosina Byrne SSA Support Officer...........................................Melissa Beaton Volunteer Project Officer.......................................... Ada Castle

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



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