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January 26 – A Day of Mourning - This Saturday, many of you will be celebrating Australia Day. However, this Saturday is not a day of celebration. For most Indigenous Australians, January 26 is a day of mourning. It marks the beginning of more than 230 years of colonial violence, enslavement, and the dispossession of Aboriginal land. It marks the loss of culture, […]
Free pill-testing kits for students: UMSU’s harm reduction initiative - Today, the University of Melbourne Student Union (UMSU) launched the first session of workshops for our Safer Partying Initiative, a program based around principles of holistic harm reduction in drug use. We’re excited to launch this program now, especially in the lead up to the summer festival season where we know drug related deaths are […]
Rally Against Sexual Violence at Universities - It has been twelve months since the release of the Change the Course report on campus sexual violence. Out of the 30,000 students who participated in the survey, it was found that overall, 51% of Australian students had experienced sexual harassment and 6.9% were sexually assaulted during 2015/16. These statistics were shocking, but not surprising […]
Notice of Appointment of Auditor - Dear members, UMSU is giving notice that it intends to end its current appointment of an independent financial auditor, and that it intends to appoint a new financial auditor in August. UMSU is an incorporated association, which means that every year, it must have its finances independently audited, and that audit must be presented at […]
Returning Officer – Expressions of Interest 2018 - 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 3 2018. A by-election is also required for a number of positions, and is to be held concurrently with the UMSU Annual […]
Vacancy – VCA Coordinator - Nicholas Lam has ceased their term as VCA Campus Coordinator effective from 10/04/2018, creating a casual vacancy. An unscheduled meeting of the VCA Committee has been called for 4pm, the 24th of May to consider filling the casual vacancy. The meeting will be held in the Dr. Philip Law Meeting Room, Elisabeth Murdoch Building, Southbank […]
UMSU Supports Unimelb Strike Action - The National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) yesterday announced that their members, the staff at the University of Melbourne, will be going on strike next Wednesday May 9 from 9am-1pm. The NTEU has decided to stop work and strike as a result of stalled negotiations on the Enterprise Bargaining Agreement (EBA), which details the pay, hours of […]
UMSU stands with the NTEU on Unimelb ballot - What’s going on with University staff? The National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU), the union for all staff at the University, is currently holding a ballot asking its members on our campus whether to go on strike. At the moment, all staff are covered by an “enterprise bargaining agreement”, or EBA – a big document that […]
Bury The Bill - UMSU Stands with CAPA and NUS in Bury the Bill Campaign The National Union of Students (NUS) and the Council of Postgraduate Students (CAPA) recently launched their Bury the Bill campaign to fight proposed changes to student loan legislation. The Bury the Bill campaign encourages students, graduates and future students to contact their Senators and […]
National Day of Action – Protest Against Education Cuts - Making your place at university contingent on whether you can pay thousands of dollars in university fees upfront is inaccessible and unfair. That is why UMSU is standing against the $2.2 billion cuts that the Government has made to higher education funding. This will disproportionately affect the accessibility of university for students from disadvantaged backgrounds […]