Education Conference is held annually by the National Union of Students. It is a chance for students from across the country to skill share with other student unions, learn about education activism, and guide the national campaigns for the rest of the year.

This year the conference will be held in Perth at the University of Western Australia from the 8th of July until the 11th. As it will be difficult for students to travel this far, UMSU will cover the cost of registration for all students who fill out the expression of interest form and register for the conference. Grants will also be made available at a later date.

If you are thinking about going to Education Conference, please fill out this form to register interest.
You must fill out the form by the 21st of May to receive a grant from UMSU.

NUS press release: Victory against the Cuts!

6 March 2014 at 21:11




6 March 2013

For immediate release

The National Union of Students welcomes the Senate removing parts of the Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment Bill that would see Student Start-Up Scholarships turned into loans.

NUS National President Deanna Taylor said that this was a great win for students who have been campaigning against the Federal Governments’ proposed $2.3 billion higher education cuts, of which this plan was a part.

“That the Senate has now rejected turning Student Start-Up Scholarships into loans represents a victory for students,” said Deanna Taylor.

“Students faced choosing between being burdened with thousands of dollars more debt or struggling to pay for basic study expenses under the original legislation.

We look forward to seeing this move repeated in the House of Representatives.”

Deanna Taylor noted that the $900 million of cuts to university funding were still on the cards.

“Students will continue to oppose the $900 million cuts to university funding, and will make this loud and clear at demonstrations on the National Day of Action on March 26.”


“This subject leads on from MAST10008 Accelerated Maths 1, and covers the content of both MAST10006 Calculus 2 and the second-year subject Real Analysis, all in one semester. The topics were: sequences (convergence, divergence, etc), limits (including “epsilon-delta proof”), continuity, differentiability, integration, differential equations (including some physics-related applications), improper integrals, and infinite series.

The lecturer is Prof Barry Hughes, a slightly eccentric but kind-hearted man. He shows up to lectures wearing a mischievous boyish smile, and with a black umbrella under his arm (which he uses as a pointer). In spite of his quirks, Barry is an approachable and charismatic professor. His consultation hours were popular and very helpful.

The subject content is hard and fast-paced (it’s not called “accelerated” for nothing) so you really have to concentrate in the lectures. The lectures are recorded – however, Barry uses the whiteboard to work through examples, so if you use the recording, it is a matter of reconstructing the examples based on his “narration”, which is not always easy.

It takes a few weeks to get into the right frame of mind for the subject, so don’t be put off by the complicated example in the first lecture!

Is this subject right for you? Basically three categories of people do AM2: those who did AM1 in first semester, those who did UMEP maths, and mid-year intake students. If you’re in the first category, then you’d already have some idea of what you’re in for! AM2 is possibly a bit harder than AM1, but if you survived AM1 you should survive AM2 as well. If you’re a UMEP student, chances are you’re pretty good at maths… that means you’ll love AM2. Mid-year intake students should check out the review for AM1 (MAST10008) to see what this “accelerated” stream is all about.”

Would you recommend this subject? yes

“This course is an introduction to all things to do with maps: history of maps, different kinds of maps, how to make maps and take measurements, how to interpret maps, what makes a good map, modern mapping technologies, and much more. It serves as the first stepping-stone into the geomatics program, but it is relevant to other fields as well. It’s a great “holistic” subject.

The lecturer, Cliff Ogleby, is absolutely brilliant. He is one of the few lecturers without a PhD, but that hasn’t stopped him winning no fewer than three “teaching excellence” awards! He’s really passionate, enthusiastic, and soft-hearted. However, despite Cliff’s endearing charm, many people decide not to show up to lectures (in my opinion, this is a real shame…) The lectures are recorded, and slides are posted on the LMS well in advance.

Kenny Tan, the senior tutor, runs most of the prac classes. He is a lovable character, quite keen and pretty funny (hence the name Kenny?). In the pracs you have to form groups of four people to work with for the entire semester – all assessment is group-based (except the online test at the end of semester). Basically, in the prac classes, you just work on your group assignments – one week you gather data for the project, the next week you write up the report. Kenny says you don’t necessarily have to do homework for this subject, but if you want top marks, you should be prepared to pitch in outside class time and write detailed chunks of Discussions etc for the reports.

No exam! Yay. But there is an online test worth 25% in the final week of semester – so beware of not bothering to keep up with the lecture material!

On the whole, this is an excellent subject. I loved it, and everyone I spoke to loved it too. Whether you’ve heard of geomatics or not, you’ll grow to love it through this subject. It’s also a great breadth option for non-BEnvs/BSc”

Would you recommend this subject?  yes

“Perhaps a better name would be “The Philosophy of What We Think They Think About The Environments”.
Bit of a ball-breaker to be honest, but if you read academic journals in your spare time and don’t mind appearing like a bit of a tosser then this subjects for you.
There are certainly pros – not too many contact hours, you can get by in most tutes without having done the reading and no exam. However these pros are overshadowed by the smell of pretentious.

All of you who prefer to be a bit more pro-active, I’d avoid this one like the plague.”

Would you recommend this subject? no

“Initially, it’s a bit confronting if you don’t have a farming background. Quite a few of the lecturers expect you to have some general knowledge of livestock and the breeds of each livestock species that are prevalent here in Aus. The concepts take a bit of time to wrap your head around but once you understand them, the exam is easy -6 long answer questions, that’s it. Also, the lecturers are really helpful and just all-around lovely people.”

Would you recommend this subject? yes

“While it was interesting learning about the role of Quantity Surveyor and what measuring quantities involves for the purpose of cost planning, this subject was poorly taught. It was pretty much a self-teaching subject with little guidance. I gained great results because I worked well with peers forming study groups to solve the assignments. It is a good introductory subject but poorly taught”

Would you recommend this subject? no

“I found this to be a really excellent subject, well taught by Davo. It was really interesting to have a different view on the environment, rather than the same view that is seen over and over again in the other first year environments subjects. The only slightly annoying thing was the 9am lecture on Tuesday but they will probably try to change that to a better time next semester. I also really enjoyed the tutes with Joe, as he was really engaging, and despite them not being compulsory I found myself going to each one because they expanded on the topics that we covered in the lectures, and if I missed a lecture it didn’t matter greatly because it would be explained in the tutorial. A downside to the subject is that the lectures aren’t recorded, however the lecture slides are very helpful as are the tutorials, and Davo generally releases topic notes before the tests which can also help to clarify any unfamiliar concepts”

Would you recommend this subject? yes

The University of Melbourne has submitted a report to government suggesting that fees be dramatically increased, or deregulated completely.

The Group of Eight collectively submitted the report, saying that deregulating fees would allow universities to charge more, and improve the quality of degrees on offer. The individual Melbourne University report, suggested that an increase to undergraduate course fees of 50% would result in a $2 billion improvement to the higher education sector.

Tertiary education in this country is funded well below the OECD average, and further cuts to university funding are planned by the federal government. University Vice Chancellors should not be demanding that students pay more, they should be standing with students to demand more funding.

Please sign our petition and tell Glyn Davis to reverse his position on fee increases, and in future to consider the welfare of students before suggesting policy to government.


“WARNING! Do not pick this subject unless you want to pursue an accounting major! This subject was recently rewritten as of Semester 2 2012. It took the focus away from the recording and reporting side of accounting (which was covered in VCE Accounting) to the analysis aspect of accounting. The textbook is vital! You cannot do without it. Each week you have to complete an online test based on the readings and it counts for 10% of the final mark. Marks can be deducted or added depending on your tutorial participation. I might add it is difficult to participate if you have no idea what is going on. Another note: Reading the textbook is not enough. Lectures and tutorials are big jump from the textbook. The basic concepts are not explained, it is up to you to learn it yourself. The aim to is get students understanding about accounting in the real world. Easier said than done. For someone new to accounting, it’s difficult to apply a basic conce pt and then immediately to the real world. As we know, the real world can get very complicated. Those who did VCE Accounting you are not immune. The subject is very different to VCE Accounting but you are at a SLIGHT (I stress slight) advantage being familiar with the financial statements. Since the subject was recently rewritten, there is very little exam questions available making it difficult to prepare for the exam. There are three lecturers: Matt Dyki, Michael Davern, Michelle Hoggan. Matt Dyki is the subject coordinator. All three lecturers introduce difficult concepts in lectures that were not covered in depth in the textbook. The subject has been so difficult that many people who thought they were going to do an Accounting major are now dropping it. If you are considering to take this as breadth or as a commerce elective, I strongly advise you do not pick it. Only take this subject if you want to do the accounting major.”

Would you recommend this subject?  No