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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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]