At 12PM this Friday (May 21) on South Lawn, join our UMSU departments, students and staff to strike for the climate! 


Click ‘GOING’ on our event to stay up to date on all organising efforts: https://fb.me/e/EodnNaS5 . Sign our petition here: bit.ly/may21petition 🌏🌱


School Strike 4 Climate (SS4C) has called a #ClimateStrike for May 21. Melbourne Uni staff and students will turn out in force to join the rally in the city. Workers and students are mobilising to demand that the Morrison Government #FundOurFutureNotGas:

1. Resource Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-led solutions that guarantee land rights and care for country.
2. Fund the creation of jobs that fast track solutions to the climate crisis and help communities recover.
3. Fund Projects that transition our economy and communities to 100% renewable energy by 2030, through expanded public ownership.

Speakers list:
Dylan McConnell – Energy Scientist, NTEU & Workers 4 Climate Action Member
Srishti Chatterjee (they/them) – UMSU Women’s Officer
Callum Simpson (he/him) – Education Officer, Postgraduate Environment Network (PEN)
Brittney Henderson (she/them) – Indigenous Representative on Students’ Council
Help us spread this climate strike across our campus so we can give the school strikers a massive show of support on May 21. Get involved with the Enviro Collective and invite your friends, classmates, club mates, housemates, students, tutors and lecturers to strike on the day.

This Climate Strike is held by the UMSU Environments Department, with support from the wonderful folks from the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU), and our lovely friends from the Media, People of Colour, Women’s, Education Public and Academic, Activities, Queer, Clubs & Societies, and Welfare departments. ❤️
We acknowledge that we are based on the unceded lands of the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nations. We reaffirm that no vision of environmental justice is complete without First Nations justice. We pay our respect to their elders past and present. This land was, is and always will be, Aboriginal land. Sovereignty was never ceded.

WHAT: Students and Staff Climate Strike Contingent 
WHEN: 12PM, May 21st
WHERE: South Lawn

Recommended? Yes
Available as Breadth? Yes

It is a subject with heavy content but worth learning. Very practical knowledge regarding flow in pipes and open channels etc. Assignments include a lab report and a calculation assignment, both to be completed individually.

Recommended? Yes
Available as Breadth? Yes

The lecturers and tutors are really interactive and they provide really great help for the students’ own understanding of materials even outside of the syllabus as well as feedback that motivates improvements in the following assignments.

Recommended? Yes

Available as Breadth? Yes

If you despise group work, then give this subject a miss. However if that doesn’t faze you then get ready for one of the most exciting and challenging subjects around. The supervisors are all lovely and incredibly helpful, but make no mistake, this is your project and the onus is on you to deliver. So be smart. Choose a project species you love, and, more importantly, can stand spending huge amounts of time around. If you notice before projects are finalized that someone you hate is in your group, swap out. Furthermore, brushing up on stats before you start is a really, really good idea.

Recommended? Yes

Available as breadth? Yes

One of the more enjoyable Zoology subjects, with fantastic content and illuminating assignments, however be warned! Many students achieve extremely high marks throughout the year only to receive appallingly low exam scores. This is due to high levels of ambiguity in terms of what the examiners expect, and the exam’s harsh marking rubric. A petition attempting to improve the exam preparation supplied was quashed, so expect more of the same this year.

Recommended? Yes

Available as breadth? Yes

This subject was entirely practical based, and it was such a nice change from most science subjects which are so exam focussed. The main assessment is an experimental report and having the opportunity to submit drafts of each section each week make it so not stressful. All the experimental methods learnt are applied to the main report and the cumulative learning of them feels a lot more useful than other subjects which just teach a new method each week and don’t have any other context.

Recommended? Absolutely

Available as breadth? Yes

Charles Sevigny is the best lecturer ever. He made this subject the best subject I have ever taken. Lectures were always short but jam packed and you can’t help being fascinated, its probably the only class I’ve ever been in where I wouldn’t check Facebook once during the lecture because I was so caught up with what was happening. Charles often included costume changes, sets and crazy demos. It’s entirely concept based which is nice compared to a lot of science subjects which rely on memorisation.

Recommended? Yes

Available as breadth? Yes

This subject was just good fun and great for both Science students and Arts students. There’s really no prior science knowledge required and even though it is classified as a physics subject it doesn’t cover really complex concepts. Even after swearing off physics forever I still loved it. As a science student it was a nice break, the pracs were nowhere near as strenuous as first year chem or bio pracs, they were just time to discuss things, play with balloons and eat snacks.

Recommended? Yes

Available as breadth? Yes

If you are interested in biomedical research this subject is for you! This subject exposes students to a totally hands on approach to biomedicine, pharmacology and biochemistry.

You are required to attend one lab and one tutorial per week, where the practical skills get harder, but the experiments get way more interesting. By the end of the subject, you will be taking medication and controlling your own human drug trial. It is possible to undertake this subject without having second year pharmacology under your belt but it is not a good idea. The most difficult aspect of this subject is remembering to put every slight detail into your official laboratory notebook, which is assessed at the end of the subject. The most surprising characteristic of this subject is how well the pharmacology department ingrain certain ideas and abilities into your mind. The pipetting, analytical and organ bath skills all become second nature and are easily remembered in the exam. The practicals require a steady hand and an active mind, but overall the subject is incredibly stimulating  and useful to anyone interested in pharmacology or pursuing a career in research.

Recommended? Yes

Available as breadth? Yes

This is possibly the hardest of all the pharmacology subjects, it has a lot less students than is normal for a Third year subject and it means there’s a more face to face learning environment which is really supportive. The assessment layout is really well done and makes it easier to do well as long as you stay up to date and appreciate the amount of detail involved throughout the semester.