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Financial aid for students – 30 March 2020 - Hannah Buchan, UMSU President Jack Buksh, UMSU General Secretary   After putting lots of pressure on the University, we have made significant progress – the University has announced that they will be extending more financial aid to students. It isn’t perfect however, and we have some issues that need addressing, as outlined in the video. […]
Update on private residential and university tenancies, 27 March 2020 - Hannah Buchan, UMSU President Jack Buksh, UMSU General Secretary  The UMSU Legal Service has been inundated with COVID-19 affected students needing to end their leases early. The calls for assistance are coming from students in both private residential and university tenancies. You have rights as a renter. No matter your living situation, UMSU’s Legal […]
You can now apply for Special Consideration using a Statutory Declaration form – 25 March 2020 - Hannah Buchan, UMSU President Jack Buksh, UMSU General Secretary 25 March 2020   Video Transcript: Hi all, just a quick update on what the University has been doing over the last 24 hours. And, we come with quite a big win for students. And that is that the University is now allowing you to apply […]
Scholarship payments, reducing your study load, noncompliant classes – 24 March 2020 - Hannah Buchan, UMSU President 24 March, 2020 Here are some important updates from the University which have come in response to our efforts to lobby for immediate action on these issues. We identified that some students were concerned that their scholarship payments, which normally are disbursed directly after census date, would be delayed due to […]
Changes to teaching, special consideration and more – 23 March 2020 - Hannah Buchan, UMSU President Jack Buksh, UMSU General Secretary   23 March 2020   Video Transcript: So, you would have seen an email from the Vice-Chancellor today, saying that the University will be ceasing its teaching this week. That includes all lectures, tutorials, assignments, and essays. If you have subject coordinators who aren’t complying with […]
Victorian restrictions and what that means for your studies – 22 March 2020 - Hannah Buchan, UMSU President 22 March 2020 As many of you have heard by now, Victoria will proceed to a more comprehensive shutdown of non-essential services over the next 48 hours in an attempt to slow the spread of coronavirus. We are in contact with the University to get a better understanding of what the […]
Census date change – 21 March 2020 -   Hannah Buchan, UMSU President Jack Buksh, UMSU General Secretary 21 March 2020   Video Transcript: Hi, my name is Hannah, I’m the UMSU President. And I’m Jack, I’m UMSU’s General Secretary. We’ve recently received communication from the University that they are pushing back the census date. The census date which used to be on […]
What we’re advocating for – 19 March 2020 -   Hannah Buchan, UMSU President Jack Buksh, UMSU General Secretary 19 March 2020 Video Transcript: Hi, my name is Hannah and I’m the President of UMSU. And I’m Jack, I’m UMSU General Secretary. We have been listening and speaking to you over the past few days and wanted to update you on what we, as […]
Update regarding Novel Coronavirus – 17 March 2020 - A message from UMSU President Hannah Buchan in light of the recent public service and University announcements Hannah Buchan, UMSU President 17 March 2020 Video Transcript: Due to public service and University announcements about coronavirus, UMSU has had to make some hard decisions in regards to our events. Student safety is our primary concern so […]
March 13 National Day of Action  - Over summer, we saw the devastating impact that the apocalyptic bushfires had on the Australian community, and it is clear that we are rapidly approaching our tipping point. Just last week, we had ExxonMobil and Rio Tinto here on campus – courtesy of the University of Melbourne.  Hannah Buchan, UMSU President, 10 March, 2020 It’s time […]