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UMSU Stands For Marriage Equality - UMSU supports the right of every Australian to choose who they marry, regardless of their or their partner’s gender. We stand in support and solidarity with the queer community in this troubling political climate. Recently, the Federal Government has authorised a postal survey asking Australians on the electoral roll for their opinion as to whether […]
UMSU’s response to the AHRC report - In the wake of the release of today’s Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) survey results, many things are clear – one of them is that the Australian student community deserves an apology. To any student, past or present, who has experienced sexual harassment or sexual assault on our campus – we are sorry. To any […]
Support & Solidarity - Tomorrow the Australian Human Rights Commission will release its much-anticipated report into sexual assault on university campuses. This will be a challenging time for many who have been affected by sexual violence and we will need to have some very difficult conversations. Our hope, however, is that these conversations are the next step in changing […]
UMSU Stands in Solidarity with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders - *Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers should be aware that the following statement contains the name of someone who has passed away and may be quite distressing.* UMSU stands in solidarity with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people today. It was less than a year ago that Elijah Doughty, a 14 year old Aboriginal boy […]
UMSU Fully Supports Cultural Diversity on Campus - Early Monday morning, it was brought to our attention that racist posters targeting Chinese international students had been put up around the University of Melbourne Parkville campus. The posters stated in Mandarin, “Attention, entry into the campus of Chinese students should be strictly prohibited. If violated, you can be deported from the country” and included […]
Expressions of Interest Sought – Returning Officer - The University of Melbourne Student Union (UMSU) is seeking expressions of interest for the appointment of a Returning Officer for the conduct of its Annual Election, with polling to commence on Monday September 4.  A by-election is also required for a number of positions, and is to be held concurrently with the UMSU Annual Election. […]
UMSU Stands by Respect Week Workshop - Early Friday morning, The Australian published an article about an UMSU workshop called ‘How Privilege Manifests in Tutorials’ (HPMIT). The article contained a number of inaccuracies and misrepresentations, so I’d like to take a moment to clarify the purpose of these workshops and the context around them. These workshops ran as part of The University […]
Federal Budget – UMSU’s Response - The University of Melbourne Student Union (UMSU) is deeply disappointed to see that that young people and society’s most vulnerable were not the Government’s priorities in this Federal Budget. Young people today face unprecedented challenges to financial stability. Graduate employment prospects are at an all-time low, having fallen from 88% to 68% in the last […]
Flexible Academic Programming - Ever had to wait two hours to select your timetable and think the system should be changed? Want more summer and winter subjects, or annoyed about only being able to do some subjects as intensives during the break? The University of Melbourne is currently considering a whole range of changes to the way it delivers […]
UMSU’s Response to Higher Ed Budget Proposal - The University of Melbourne Student Union (UMSU) is appalled by reports that the upcoming federal budget will contain university fee increases, a lowered HECS repayment threshold and funding cuts to universities. Students will see a significant rise in course fees of 7.5%, while university funding will face a 2.5% cut. While student fees currently cover […]