Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander March Activity Report- Sophie Murray

Here we are! Some of us are finishing up SP1 and about to start SP3 while others are not too far off the SP2 study break and half way point. So, how are we all tracking?

By this point in the year you will have a fair idea of how you are coping with your study load and external commitments such as work, sport and family. You’re probably all crushing it but if you are unsure, fear not!


After having a big first quarter myself I have decided to dedicate this blog to the support services which are here to help.

The Aboriginal Tutorial Program

The Aboriginal Tutorial Program (formerly known as ITAS) provides Indigenous Students with free tutoring in areas such as course content, how to plan an essay, editing and exam preparation. It’s a great way to gain some extra support if you need it or turn that Distinction into a High Distinction. For more information please contact myself or your Indigenous Academic Advisor.

Indigenous Student Study Centres

Did you know every UniSA campus has an Indigenous Student Study Centre? These facilities are available for you to use and offer computer pools, kitchenettes and informal lounge areas. Below is a list of their locations:

City West Y2-53

City East P2-05

Mawson Lakes GP1-13

Magill D1-05

Indigenous Academic Advisors

Finally, if you have not found appropriate assistance yet, make sure you know who your Indigenous Academic Advisors/Support Officers are. They are here to help you with everything and anything and if they do not have an answer for you, they will find someone who does!

City West

Sophie Murray



Kylie Ellis


Mawson Lakes

Mark Osborne


City East

Madaline Boyd


Mt Gambier

Mark Lovett

Summary of activity

March was an incredibly busy month, as I mentioned in my previous Activity Report and Blog Update I have been delivering Cultural Competency Workshops across the state at our Mt Gambier, Whyalla and City East Campuses. This has been an incredibly valuable experience however I am excited to get back to the normal routine, all up I delivered six workshops to almost 700 students.

In addition to this I recently attended the Focus Group which will facilitate the development of the University’s Student Engagement Framework. This was a great opportunity to meet fellow students and unpack some of the strengths and weaknesses of the University and student life as well as identifying future opportunities.

Finally we also saw some great opportunities arise for our current Indigenous Students. This month, Indigenous Students were given the opportunity to play their part in the Recognise Campaign with the ‘Students for Recognition Youth Workshop’ coming to South Australia in April. As well as this, Will and Natalie from the Australian Public Service (Canberra) visited City West Campus to discuss the ‘Indigenous Graduate Program’ and work one on one with students wishing to apply.


02/03/16 – Cultural Competency

Delivered Cultural Competency in Mount Gambier.


04/03/16 – Cultural Competency

Delivered Cultural Competency in Whyalla.


09/03/16 – Cultural Competency

Delivered Cultural Competency at City East.


10/03/16 – Recognise Campaign

Distributed information in regards to the ‘Students for Recognition’ Campaign to all current Indigenous Students.


18/3/16 – Student Engagement Framework Focus Group

Attended the Student Engagement Framework Focus Group with fellow students who were identified as being ‘highly engaged’.


19/03/16 – Cultural Competency

Delivered Cultural Competency at City East.


20/03/16 – Cultural Competency

Delivered Cultural Competency at City East.



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