Its role is to represent student issues, run campaigns on student initiatives, participate in national education campaigns, support safer spaces on campus, lobby for the reduction of course fees, provide a strategic direction for the UTSSA and ensure that students are represented at all decision-making levels at UTS. These are all discussed and voted on at its monthly meetings.
Speaking up for every student.
The Student Representative Council runs several campaigns around student issues, both campus-specific and national.
#What do we do?
The SRC, through the UTSSA, also runs several campaigns around student issues, both campus-specific, such as the Know Your Union campaign - and national - such as those run by the National Union of Students (NUS) which target the quality of our education, safety on campus, unfair course costs and decreasing HECS.
#How do I get involved?
Elections for the SRC are held annually in October, giving all UTS students a say when it comes to who will represent them and their values. Students are able to nominate to run for a position, and all UTS students are eligible to vote.
Any UTS students are welcome to attend an SRC meeting and participate in our campaigns. Check out our website for more information.
#SRC Executive Team
I’m Mia, a fourth-year Law and Science student at UTS. I firmly believe in a focused, team-oriented approach to address the issues that impact students at UTS. Positive change, in my view, stems from a combination of strong communication, protest, and teamwork. The main goals of the Students’ Association this year revolve around expanding free student services, reforming SA/SH policies, fostering inclusive communities, creating a productive space in the UTSSA SRC, and enhancing the promotion of our services. By doing so, we aim to elevate the student experience at UTS and amplify the student voice to university management.
Hi, my name is Adam (He/Him), and I'm a third year BCII student also studying strategic communications majoring in social political sciences. During my time here, I’ve grown a great fondness for life at UTS, often spending way too much of my day on or around campus (or in the loft). Throughout the past couple of years I’ve also had the privilege of travelling across Australia, representing UTS as a member of the National Union of Students (NUS). Needless to say, I would be honoured to represent UTS in a leadership role as general secretary of the UTSSA. The UTS students’ association is not simply run by one or two people; it is held up by the backbone of the women’s, queer, disabled, indigenous, ethnocultural, international and postgraduate student collectives. Which is why I pledge to support the full autonomy of every UTS collective, so they can effectively organise in their own best interests. I also hope to ensure that outside of collective organising, the UTSSA continues to support our lively LGBTQIA+ community and continue UTS’ rich history of Indigenous, feminist, environment, and other social justice activism.
Assistant General Secretary
Hi, I’m Bridie, a third-year journalism student and an avid concertgoer and hiker.
With my inherent devotion to promote equity, my commitment to addressing the unique challenges university students face is rooted in my determination to find innovative student-led solutions that incites positive change.
Watch this space #utssa2024 !
Hi! I’m Aylin Cihan, the Welfare Officer for 2024 and a fifth year Bachelor of Laws student. I was previously the Welfare Collectives Convenor in 2022 and the Women’s Officer in 2023 and have been fortunate enough to be involved in the SRC to build and introduce initiatives that aim to improve the student experience at UTS. The Welfare Collective operates to ensure the well-being of students on campus through initiatives that assist mental and physical health, socio-economic disadvantage, academic support, safety on campus, affordable and accessible house and legal aid.
Hey, I’m Alisa and I’m your Education Officer for 2024! I’m a second-year student studying a Bachelor of Law/Bachelor of International Studies. I am extremely passionate about good-quality tertiary education. Every student deserves the opportunity to learn and enjoy learning. During my term, I want to use my position to create greater outcomes and support the student body. This means fighting for paid placements and fighting for accessible extensions regardless of your faculty. I believe in hard work, collaboration and using every strategy you can to achieve the best result. I will use this role to help give our students the outcomes they want for their education.
Postgraduate Students Officer
Hello everyone! My name is Laura Currie and I have been the UTS postgraduate officer for 2023 and now 2024. I’m currently in my second year of Doctor of Philosophy here at UTS and have completed all my undergraduate and honours studies here too! I have recently been elected to be a part of the academic board for the faculty of science, and vice president of academics with the UTS Science Alliance. I’m also currently a UTS staff doing casual academic roles as a teaching associate and it's my 5th year doing this role. Having said all that, I believe I have experienced a lot of ins and outs here at UTS and would love to make some positive changes this coming year! I know how difficult it is to be studying and working at the same time too, it’s tough. Back in undergrad, I used to think it was almost impossible to juggle both. But as you are adulting, it’s unavoidable to have to do both things simultaneously!
I am third-year student studying a Bachelor of Law and Communication . My goal is to address the diverse needs of women on campus. This involves organising enjoyable activities like book clubs and movie nights, as well as more substantial events that provide opportunities for women to enhance their careers and academic pursuits. Moreover, I am committed to advocating for the protection of women on campus by addressing the serve issues of casual sexism, sexual harassment, and sexual assault.
Indigenous Students Officer
I'm Jermaine Petterson-Heard, currently in my third year at UTS pursuing a Bachelor's in Construction Project Management. My mob is Wardaman (South-West of Katherine) and Wagadagam (Torres Strait Islands), and I hail from Darwin, Northern Territory. When not drowning in studies and work, you'll find me hunting or fishing, though unfortunately not in Sydney. My aim is to support and engage in the rich cultural diversity at UTS, particularly by assisting indigenous students transitioning from their hometowns to the big city life of Sydney, a journey I've undertaken myself.
International Students Officer
Master of Marketing Student with a love for hiking and cycling. I am dedicated to community service and advocating for the Opal concession petition. I am determined to build an inclusive community, expand internship opportunities, and improve the UTS experience for international students. I am working towards creating a supportive and safe environment for International Students at UTS.
Hi, I’m Jeremy and I am in my second year of Environmental Science and the Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation. As the SRC Environment Officer, I’m interested in maintaining and expanding the University’s advocacy for the environment and action driven approaches to make a more sustainable UTS.
As the Disability Officer at the UTSSA, my primary goal is to foster a campus environment that champions inclusivity and supports the diverse needs of students with disabilities. My mission is to ensure that every student, regardless of their abilities, feels empowered and fully included in the academic journey. As a student studying Comms and BCII, I bring a unique perspective to the role. Combining my passion for technology and innovation with a dedication to creating an accessible educational experience, I am committed to creating impact within the UTS disability collective.
Hello people my name is Daewah Thein (They/Them) and I will be your queer officers for 2024. With the upcoming election in America the need for a safe space is important now then ever. With anti-trans and anti-queer legislation at the forefront in the current political zeitgeist and with the rise of homophobic and transphobic attacks in our society, the need to provide a space for our LGBTQIA+ students is paramount in ensuring safety and mental stability. The UTS Queer Collective is an autonomous collective for all LGBTQIA+ students to both connect and foster a sense of community. Located in CB.03.04.30, our Queer Space is the space for Queer folk to hang around and meet other Queer folk. It is also our main activist space where we plan events, and rallies throughout the year as well as hold meeting and discuss issues pertaining to the LGBTQIA+ community. Queer students should not have an extra amount of stress when pressuring higher education and as such I will work hard to increase visibility for our collective. Pay us a visit in CB.03.04.30.
Hello everyone! I’m Neeve, a second-year Law and Journalism student, a passionate Formula 1 fan and a lover of all things competition. As a general councillor, I’m committed to getting involved wherever I can! I’m super passionate about active change, particularly around women’s issues on campus and their pursuits in competitive fields.
Hi everyone, I'm Bilvika, and I am a second-year Law student, a massive swiftie and an avid debater.
I chose to run for the UTSSA this year because I believe in the transformative power of education and believe that all students should have the same access to education. During this tenure, I'm excited to work with the UTSSA to continue to provide student services that help foster an equitable, safe and enjoyable learning experience for all UTS students! Please let me know if anything requires fixing or if I can help in any other way!