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Special Inconsideration, 1 December 2020 - Jack Buksh UMSU President The University should be a leader in addressing student mental health. But instead, they’re choosing to change policy that will have a disproportionate impact on students facing mental health issues.   Best practice in the sector is informed by comprehensive, evidence-based research in the area. In its report on Mental Health from June 2020, the Productivity Commission Inquiry Report indicates […]
University of Melbourne mental health requires action, not self-congratulatory announcements — 13 October 2020 - Today the University of Melbourne proudly announced the release of a report into the impact of mental health conditions on student wellbeing and academic outcomes. Despite the University’s upbeat announcement, this report paints a bleak picture of student mental health and only underscores the need for the University to take urgent action. Hannah Buchan, President […]
UMSU submission on proposed Student Participation in Study Policy — 8 October 2020 - On 25 September we published a video to let you know about a new policy that the University is seeking to introduce which will effectively punish students who are struggling with mental health issues, rather than provide them with additional support. Today UMSU submitted its response for consultation into the University’s proposed ‘Student Participation in […]
A new policy that will punish, rather than support, students struggling with mental health — 25 September 2020 - Hannah Buchan, President Jack Buksh, General Secretary Now, more than ever, the University needs to be providing real support to students who are struggling with mental health. Instead, the University is proposing a policy that does the exact opposite. This proposed policy allows University staff to identify students demonstrating behaviours that might be linked to […]
Condemnation of the LGBTQIA+ Conversion Movement – 18 September 2020 -   Hannah Buchan, President   Content Warning: Homophobia, transphobia, religion, conversion practices. – – – – – – – – – At UMSU’s most recent students’ council a motion was passed condemning the LGBTQIA+ Conversion Movement. The motion and the text of the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Change Efforts Survivor statement is below:   […]
Senior Melbourne Uni staff warn cuts will do long-term harm — 18 September 2020 - Read the full article on The Age here. We are appalled by the continuing jobs cuts across Victorian public universities. How can universities maintain the quality of education with these levels of cuts? In an already difficult time for staff and students, these cuts are demoralising and a huge blow to our teachers. Teaching conditions […]
Special Consideration Policy changes Report – 4 September 2020 - Hannah Buchan, President   Today UMSU submitted a report to the University outlining its proposed amendments to the Special Consideration policy, which the University is seeking to make changes to that would ultimately disadvantage students to at a time when they’re needing it the most. You can read more about those changes here.   UMSU’s […]
Statement on sexual harassment conducted by Professor Peter Rathjen — 28 August 2020 - Hannah Buchan, UMSU President Aria Sunga and Naomi Smith, Officer Bearers UMSU Women’s Department  CW: Sexual Assault and Harassment . . . . . . . . . . The UMSU Womenʻs Department is disgusted to hear of the sexual harassment committed by Peter Rathjen, the former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Adelaide. We condemn the University of Melbourne’s […]
How has the University’s response to Covid-19 affected you? — 27 August 2020 - Hannah Buchan, President Jack Buksh, General Secretary        Since the start of Semester 2 we have been told by the University that it won’t be making any more money available to students experiencing financial hardship as a result of the pandemic. We saw that they waited until mid-August to let students know […]
Open letter to Vice-Chancellor Duncan Maskell — 21 August 2020 - Today, Hannah will be sending the Vice-Chancellor an email detailing UMSU’s major concerns around the adequacy of the Emergency Support Fund scheme to mitigate the worst impacts of the pandemic on students. Given the urgency of the issue for those students who are in desperate need of financial support for essentials like buying food and […]