University of Wollongong starts student representation model review

The hopes of a group of students wanting the University of Wollongong to stop its Student Representative Model review, have been dashed.

A UOW spokesman confirmed the review had not only started on July 5 but had seen ‘’positive’’ response from students.

In its first 48 hours 546 surveys were completed, with university management encouraging all students to contribute feedback to the survey before the August 18 deadline.

Student activists looking to save their troubled union claim the university only launched the review after a proposal by former Wollongong Undergraduate Student Association president Sam Tedeschi to shut down WUSA.

But a UOW spokesman said the decision to undertake the review was made by the University Council.

‘’The university received a joint proposal from WUSA and the Wollongong University Postgraduate Association (WUPA) to reform student associations at UOW,’’ he said.

‘’The Student Representative Forum (SRF) then endorsed a review of the broader student representation model at UOW.

‘’Given the last review took place in 2007, University Council considered it timely that a review of student representation be conducted.’’

The review will focus on the role and structure of all student representative bodies. It is due to be completed by the end of the year, with the University Council to then consider whether any changes need to take place.

‘’The university considers that comprehensive and timely representation is essential to maintaining a vibrant student community, and is therefore committed to providing a student representative model that is inclusive, responsive to the needs of students and best represents the student voice,’’ the spokesman said.

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