About C&S

The Clubs & Societies department is the the biggest and definitely the mostly penguin-loving Department of UMSU. The C&S Officers and Clubs Committee look after more than 200 clubs that are affiliated to UMSU; this involves all the fun stuff: affiliating new clubs, approving grant applications, and providing clubs with the right training to help them manage their club in financial, administrative and food and alcohol-related ways. If you have any issues or queries regarding club shenanigans (how to start a club, organise an event, fill out different forms, or anything else at all), we’re the people to talk to, so feel free to drop in and have a chat!
(03) 8344 4834

Monday to Friday: 10.30am—4.30pm
Level 1, Union House, University of Melbourne, 3010 VIC

Meet the Office:

From left to right

Gunter the Penguin
Our department’s mascot, you should drop by for a #selfiewithGunter.
In a ‘complicated’ relationship with Tobias Trunke

Fiona Sanders 
The C&S Coordinator aka clubs administrator Sanders.
The beating heart of the C&S department.

Gulsara Kaplun
Office Bearer 1 (OB1)
Your guide to the light side of the clubs

Kayley Cuzzubbo
Office Bearer 2 (OB2)
The one who is usually wearing the penguin onesie.

Meet the C&S Committee
The C&S Council on the 12th of October, 2016 elected the 2017 C&S Committee as follows:

  • Matthew Simkiss (Friends of Unnatural Llamas)
  • Nellie Seale (Melbourne University Potterheads)
  • Sarah Xia (International Relations Society)
  • Harry Adam (Labour Club)
  • Caleb Triscari (Media and Communications Society)
  • Marlo Zambelli (Arts Students  Society)
  • Dorothy Coco Kircaldie Bowell (Science Students Society)

Provisional Declaration of Results: C&S Committee 2017 Election to fill casual vacancies

 The C&S Council on May 16 elected two members to the C&S Committee to fill vacancies. One vacancy effective immediately, and one from June 23. Affirmative action applies as the first vacancy must be filled by a woman.

The nominations received at the Council were:

  • Raphael Canty (Italian Social Club)
  • Jefferson Villaeis (Habitat for Humanity)
  • James Denholm (Tabletop Gaming Society)
  • Dorothy Coco Kircaldie Bowell (Science Students Society)
  • Thomas Goodchild (Student Exchange Society)

After voting was conducted and the ballot counted, the following are provisionally declared elected (in order of election):

  • Thomas Goodchild
  • Dorothy Coco Kircaldie Bowell

However, as affirmative action must be fulfilled, Coco will fill the immediate vacancy, and Thomas will fill the future vacancy and become a member of the committee on June 23.

Anyone who wishes to appeal the decision may contact us in writing within 5 days. (

Declared by the Returning Officer on Wednesday May 17, 2017.

Fiona Sanders (C&S Coordinator)