February/March 2018 – Postgrad Rep Report

Hello again!

Now that the semester is in full swing, I hope you are all keeping on top of your studies as well as taking the time to look after yourselves. If you need to adjust your course load, remember that Census date is between the 26th and 31st of March, depending on your course. Before you do so, remember that there are plenty of people here to help  you if you are still finding your feet: check out UniSA’s student support services here.

I’ve had a chance to meet some of you already this year at research orientation events and at Campus Fair, but for those I haven’t, especially our coursework students, please say ‘hi’ on the UniSA Postgrads Facebook page.  I’ve made this page for postgrad students to make friends, share ideas and let me know what they want from USASA this year. Please share it with any other postgrad students you know so we can all be in the loop.

facebook group

Settling in can be particularly challenging for those of us who have recently arrived in Australia, particulary if we’ve brought family with us. If this is you, the UniSA Business School is offering a program to help you out and connect you with other new UniSA international families!

Family Support Program


Abid, Quihua, Sneha and myself were invited to the Carnegie Mellon University (Adelaide Campus) International Night, which was a lovely and vibrant event, and we look forward to a continuing relationship with their student rep team. I also enjoyed our USASA Clubs Welcome Back BBQ, and was excited to see how motivated our club execs are and what great events they are putting on for students!

This month has been an intense and challenging, but very fulfilling one. I attended my first University Council meeting, after an induction from the Chancellor. The Council members were very welcoming and I look forward to representing students as the university sets it’s vision for the years ahead. I attended a Formal Inquiry, and saw the vital work the USASA Advocacy team does in supporting students through this process.

I also attended meetings regarding the UniSA Sexual Assault Policy Review, a challenging but vital process which will be ongoing throughout the year. I am encouraged so far by the Project Group’s committment and approach to the issue, but I will continue to ensure that the university takes responsibility for this issue and addresses in an accountable and evidence-based manner. I have submitted a discussion paper and will be preparing a report for the USASA board to inform our potential involvement with this process.

Keep up the good work everyone, and remember; slow and steady wins the race!

Activity Report

09/02/18 – CMU International Night


That the board consider ways to build relationships with other student representative groups e.g. joint events, particularly where this may allow us to pool resources to create events tailored to certain student groups including postgrads and international students.

06/02/18 – USASA Board Meeting

13/02/18 – Introductory Meeting with Chancellor

14/02/18 – University Council Meeting

19/02/18 – UniSA Sexual Assault Policy Review Steering Group meeting

20/02/18 – Attended Research Degree Orientation Day

21/02/18 – Attended DVCRI town hall

27/02/18 – Introduced myself to HDR students at Flying Start Seminar and created UniSA Postgrads Facebook page


That USASA try to have a video introduction for cross campus representatives ready for orientation events next year and ask the uni to make organisers aware of it.

That all reps please try to share the page with any postgrad students they engage with, as it is a convenient way for them to communicate with me about their ideas and concerns.

28/02/18 – Formal Inquiry

01/03/18 – USASA Clubs Welcome Back BBQ

06/03/18 – Campus Fair Magill

08/03/18 – Women’s Committee Meeting

09/03/18 – UniSA Sexual Assault Policy Review meeting re: USASA involvement

12/03/18 – Prepared a discussion paper for the board on the above

Ongoing – Reviewing evidence for efficacy of Campus Events for primary prevention of sexual assuault on campus

Upcoming Events

15/03/18 – UniSA Council Strategy Session and Council Meeting, Farewell Dinner for Deputy Chancellor

20/03/18 – USASA Board Meeting

05/04/18 – UniSA Sexual Assault Policy Review Steering Group meeting

10/04/18 – Seminar “The 5Ps approach to improving the transition, retention and success of university students”



International Rep Report – June Activities

Hi everyone,

I hope you all had a successful exam period. I am Luke, your new international representative. It was a big surprise to be offered the position 3 weeks ago. First step is always the hardest. I am still trying to adapt to the workload and responsibility as a representative. This month, I have met with Bridget and Kayla for the takeover meeting. It was amazing to learn about what I have never known before. Being a representative is a stressful responsibility but meaningful as I will be able to understand more about students’ needs and help make their experience at university a memorable one. I have also met with Bridget to discuss about a few ideas including:

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April 2017 Report

Hi everyone,

This month I had achieve by setting up our first meeting with International Student Sub- Committee, and have the usual meeting with Events and Marketing Committee. I’m still in progression on recruiting students to be part of the Events and Marketing Committee. Besides, I’m in progression with both Healthy Food Video and Personal Finance.

The activities I had done this month was not that much, but I’m trying to concentrate the things I would like to achieve this year. Plus, I have some exciting stuff happening in the next few months.

Stay tune!

Read the full board report: <May 2017>

Warm regards,

Diana Wong

What a MADMARCH Life! – March 2017

This month I’m trying to get together with cultural club members for International Student Sub-Committee and building partnership with Study Adelaide, Student Engagement and etc. It was great to meet the club members during Club fest and the Clubs Welcome Party. Not just that, I’m still in progression by putting together the Healthy Food Video which aligns with Unitopia and building connections with external stakeholders on Personal Finance Workshop. I also attending the committee meeting especially Unitopia and Warehouse Party. I enjoy working with the staff and give opinions with them on how can we make an awesome events.


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Feb Activity Report 2017_DW

Oh my days, what a month! I can’t believe there are lot of things happening throughout the month of February. From meetings with the schools to preparation of my plans for international students. I also had done my media training masterclass with Kayla (President) & Louise (Postgraduate) on how do we present ourselves and response via radio and filming. Besides, I was really excited that I got to meet from UniSA Student Engagement Staff, Council of International Student of Australia (CISA) President and Welfare Officer, to Study Adelaide Student Supporter during International Student O-Week Day. I was grateful that I had the opportunity to meet them and discuss my future plans for UniSA International Students. Also, I’m excited to see all the new faces coming to UniSA Orientation.


It was an honoured to have an opportunity to give a Welcome Speech and give a presentation about USASA, along with my co-presenter Valerie Claire. Continue reading

International Rep – November Activity Report

Hi everyone,

First of all, I would like to wish happy holidays for all those who are done with their exams and final submissions. I have been on holidays for 3 weeks now and all I can say is that holidays do not have the same taste when you are an international student representative.

For those who are being strong enough to read my post, I will make it brief about what I did this month.

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Valerie Baya- CISA and Ethno-cultural conference- International Report

Hi guys,

As promised, attached are my reports of both CISA( council of international students Australia) and Ethno-cultural conferences I went to during the holidays. Hopefully they are not long.


The CISA (council of international students Australia) conference took place from the 5-8 July in Darwin. The theme of this year’s conference was “Breaking down barriers, facing the future together as one”. Over the 4 days the conference took place in different venues, with different speakers and we had different workshops at the same time. Therefore, I attended the workshops, which were more related to UniSA international students, which will be described later on in this report. Continue reading

Valérie Baya – International Student Rep – July Report

Hi everyone and welcome back to uni…YAAAAYYYY…or nay lol.

I hope you had enough time to relax before this new semester. As for me, this holidays were not really holidays as I was involved in many extracurricular activities. I also went to Darwin to attend the 4 days CISA conference and the ethno-cultural student conference in Melbourne. As a result, I learn a lot about international student rights in Australia, the new strategy plan and many more. How not to forget that I have to submit reports about these conferences by Monday…

I will upload my reports later on but first let’s see what I’ve been up to for July.

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Job hints for international students

Hi everyone,

So last week I went to Darwin to attend the 4 days CISA conference. For those who don’t know what CISA stands for and is about, is it the Council of International Students Australia. For more information on what they do, please check their website: http://www.cisa.edu.au/

Let’s go directly to the subject and I am so happy to share with you few information they gave about what Australian companies look for when employing students. I know many of you complain about having the best CV, but you are still being rejected by companies. So below are what these companies look for and hopefully this will help you to get better at what you think you need to improve. You can also find them in the attachment (below), but because of the quality of the images, I am writing them down below.

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Valérie Baya – International student Rep – June Report

Hi everyone,

I know this is a very busy moment of the year, as many of you are busy and stress about the exams actually going on. For those who are already on holidays, and for those who will be done soon, HAPPY HOLIDAYS you all. Take that break to chill and relax before coming back the next semester very motivated.

Being myself a student, this month was very busy for me as I had my finals going on. It was hard to make myself available because of my busy schedule to work on my submissions and tutorials with the LTU or my lecturers. Hopefully, I could manage it.

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