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BANNER_President NEWS Universities to Release Data on Campus Sexual Assault - The University of Melbourne Student Union (UMSU) is delighted to hear that all 39 universities that participated in the Universities Australia Sexual Assault Survey will be releasing their university-specific data. You may remember last year when Universities Australia, in conjunction with the Australia Human Rights Commission, conducted the first Australia-wide survey into safety on campus. […]
BANNER_President NEWS Cadmus – what is it? - Every once in awhile, something comes along which has the potential to radically change the way students experience university life. Cadmus, the academic integrity software the University is thinking of implementing, is just that. Cadmus is a google-docs-type software which is currently being trialed at a number of Universities across Australia, including the University of […]
BANNER_President NEWS Sexual Assault on Campus - As university gets underway for another year, there are a few things I would like to say to all students, new and returning: University should be a safe place for all students, somewhere you can learn and be yourself without fear. Your time at university should be one of the best periods of your life. […]
BANNER_President NEWS Penalty Rate Cut To Hurt Students - Today’s decision by the Fair Work Commission to slash penalty rates will hurt working students and increase the financial burden placed on them. Students working in the hospitality, restaurant, fast food, retail and pharmacy industries will have their Sunday penalty rates cut by between 25% and 50%. Public holiday rates will also be cut by up […]
BANNER_President NEWS UMSU Rejects Commbank Promotional Deal - This year amongst the hustle and bustle of SummerFest festivities, there will be one set of stalls that won’t be making an appearance. Late last year the University of Melbourne Student Union (UMSU) Students’ Council passed a motion ensuring SummerFest (UMSU’s orientation festival) would not be sponsored by or feature any banks that fund fossil […]
BANNER_President NEWS UMSU Reaffirms Commitment to Harm Reduction - Following the unfortunate hospitalisations at Electric Parade this past weekend, the University of Melbourne Student Union would like to once again affirm its commitment to drug harm reduction. This incident, along with a number of other high profile tragedies over the last few months have highlighted the need for a broad approach to harm reduction […]
BANNER_President NEWS Changes to Youth Allowance - The University of Melbourne Student Union (UMSU) is appalled by the proposed changes to Newstart and Youth Allowance payments in the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Omnibus Savings and Child Care Reform) Bill 2017. The proposed changes include a number of elements that will disproportionately and negatively impact students, including: Upon being found eligible for Youth Allowance, individuals […]
BANNER_President NEWS Minimum Wages - UMSU believes that all students should be paid in accordance with the law, regardless of the nature of their employment. There are a number of tenancies in Union House, mostly food outlets, which are not operated by UMSU, but rather are commercial leaseholders with the University the landlord. The UMSU Legal Service has, from time […]
Unimelb-Greenwash Unimelb Releases Greenwashed Sustainability Plan - The University of Melbourne Student Union is excited by commitments laid out in the University’s recent Sustainability Plan and remains hopeful that these targets will be met. While the University’s research, teaching and learning commitments are admirable, as well as their energy emissions, waste and water usage reduction targets, a clear pathway for implementation has […]
INDIG- Change the Date_FB COVER Australia Day: A Day For Inclusion - As January 26th draws ever closer, I’d like to take this opportunity to encourage my fellow University of Melbourne students to approach the day with an open and understanding attitude. For some, it is a day of mourning. For others, it can be a new start in a new place. I’m not going to tell […]