University of New England Students' Association

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The University of New England Students' Association (UNESA) was the representative body for students at the University of New England, Australia. UNESA funded a radio station, TUNE! FM initially established in April 1970 known as Radio UNE - was the first student radio station in Australia), and a student newspaper, Neucleus (established April 1947), through a general service fee paid by all students to the University. It also entirely funded a Dentist paid for by the 'dental levy' - the first dental service at a University, a second hand bookshop and was home to many affiliated clubs and societies. Prior to 1990 the association was known as the UNE Students' Representative Council and, for a time, as the Armidale Students' Association. Following the introduction of voluntary student unionism, UNESA was dissolved at a special general meeting of the members in late March 2006. The functions and services previously provided by UNESA were taken over by Services UNE Ltd [1] with UARC and then subsequently undergrads@une being established to fill the gap left which required student representation. undergrads@une was replaced in 2009 by 'UNEG Ltd' (UNE Guild). As of 2013, UNESA has been re-established as a representative body of both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

UNE Liberal Club[edit]

In February 2005 University of New England Liberal Club (UNLEC) members won control of the Students' Association. UNELC members also controlled the student union and the University Council undergraduate position.

UNESA split from the National Union of Students in a disaffiliation referendum. UNESA was among the few student organisations in Australia to support voluntary student unionism.

In September 2005 UNESA made world news following the appointment of a Heterosexual Officer. This position and the position of Men's Officer were created at the same time as the position of Homosexual Officer was disbanded along with the campus "queer space".

In proceeding years, the UNE Liberal Club remained highly involved with student groups Undergrads@UNE and UNEG.

Past Presidents of UNESA[edit]

  • 1940-1942 Dr. J. Belshaw
  • 1942-1944 N.O'Grady
  • 1944-1945 T.Swanson
  • 1945-1946 F. Chong
  • 1946-1951 E. Tapp
  • 1951-1952 N. Fletcher/ C. Wickham
  • 1952-1953 W. Furniss
  • 1953-1954 E. Watson
  • 1954-1955 G. Harvey/ E. Boeham
  • 1955-1956 D. Lamberton
  • 1956-1957 M. Kelley
  • 1975 Laurie Hagan
  • 1976 Celia Smith
  • 1978 Karen Harris
  • 1979 Gavin Roberts
  • 1980 Stephanie Williams (Lawson)
  • 1981 Kirsty Arnold / David Cook
  • 1982-1983 Eva Cawthorne
  • 1984 Christopher Morley
  • 1985 Andrew Quirk
  • 1986-1987 Angela Jackson
  • 1987 Jack Tynan
  • 1987 Peter Legg (acting)
  • 1988 Paschal Leahy
  • 1989 Paul Mc Dermott
  • 1990
  • 1993 Lawrence James (Louis Armand)
  • 1994-1995 Adam Mara
  • 1996 Tanya Gadiel (née Barber)
  • 1998 Siobhan Barry
  • 1999 James Stevens
  • 2000-2001 - Tom Fisher
  • 2001-2002 - Kahn Quinlan
  • 2003 - Kryssy Loker
  • 2004 - Phil Schubert
  • 2005 - Samantha Aber
  • 2006 - Tim Fisher (acting)

Past Presidents of UARC/undergrads@une[edit]

  • 2006 - Amos Young
  • 2006-2007 - Les Wells (Interim)
  • 2007 - Andrew Zhen
  • 2007-2008 - Benjamin Graham
  • 2009-2010 - Tim Holmes

Past Presidents of UNEG[edit]

  • 2011-2012 - Taden Kelliher

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