University of Western Australia Student Guild

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UWA Student Guild
Full name University of Western Australia Guild of Undergraduates
Founded 1913
Country Australia
Affiliation National Union of Students (NUS)
Key people Tom Henderson (President)
Office location Perth, Western Australia

The UWA Student Guild is the official student representative body at the University of Western Australia, representing the interests of students to the University, government and the wider community, as well as providing services to students. The Guild's published mission is to be Western Australia's leading campus student representative organisation.

About the Guild[edit]

The UWA Student Guild is the premier student representative body at the University of Western Australia. The vision of the UWA Student Guild is to be Australia's leading campus student representative organisation.

The Guild provides a number of services, and is instrumental in promoting and sustaining student life on campus. The Guild runs a number of activities including Prosh, Orientation Day (O-Day), End of Semester Shows and other major campus events. Guild Departments and Subsidiary Councils run other events, such as Multicultural Week and Spring Feast (run by the International Student Services department), Club Carnival (run by the Societies Council) and the PAC Pop-Up series of performances (run by the Public Affairs Council).

The Guild also supports and assists a network of more than 100 affiliated clubs and societies on campus, catering to a very wide range of interests (religious, theatrical, cultural etc.). The Guild also runs the majority catering outlets on campus, including the Tavern, as well as a second-hand bookshop and a volunteering centre. The Guild's Student Centre provides one-on-one academic advocacy, as well as financial counselling and interest-free loans.

Guild Council is the overall governing body of the Guild and consists of 20 voting members democratically elected at the annual Guild elections. The current Guild President is Tom Henderson, who took office on 1 December 2013.

Former Guild Presidents include notable figures such as former Prime Minister Bob Hawke, former federal Opposition Leader Kim Beazley and former Health Minister and Attorney General Jim McGinty.[1]

Annual elections[edit]

Student representatives are elected to their positions by students in annual elections held in September. Elections are conducted by the Western Australian Electoral Commission. Both independent and party candidates run in the elections, with the historical bias leaning towards grouped members becoming elected. Elected office bearers take office as of 1 December in the year they are elected.

The 2013 Elections took place from the 23rd to the 27th of September 2013, and were for the 101st Guild Council. It resulted in the largest turnout of voters, with 4000 valid votes cast for the position of Guild President over this period.[2] Four parties contested the 2013 elections, STAR, Liberty, Left Action and The Space Party, as well as a number of independents.[3]

Guild Structure[edit]

The Guild is administered by a Council of student representatives elected for one-year terms at the annual elections. There are twenty voting members of Council, and several more non-voting members. Members may hold a voting and a non-voting role concurrently. Unlike some other campus unions, there is no financial compensation for student representatives, with the exception of the President who works at the Guild full-time during his/her term. The following list shows the Councillors and Officer Bearers elected at the 2013 Guild Elections (with the exception of the Vice President, Chair and Secretary of the Guild who were elected at the first Council meeting on December 2, 2013):[4]

Guild Executive
Name Position Ticket (when elected)
Tom Henderson Guild President STAR
Cameron Fitzgerald Guild Vice President STAR
Sam Shipley Guild Secretary STAR
Daniel Jo Guild Treasurer STAR
Subsidiary Council Presidents
Name Position Ticket (when elected)
Madelene Mulholland Societies Council President STAR
Lizzy O'Shea Education Council President STAR
Honny Palayukan Public Affairs Council President STAR
Ordinary Guild Councillors
Name Position Ticket (when elected)
Sam Shipley Ordinary Guild Councillor STAR
Cameron Fitzgerald Ordinary Guild Councillor STAR
Alexander Bennett Ordinary Guild Councillor STAR
Merredith Cully Ordinary Guild Councillor STAR
Rida Ahmed Ordinary Guild Councillor STAR
Aiden Depiazzi Ordinary Guild Councillor Liberty
Owen Myles Ordinary Guild Councillor STAR
Millie Dacre Ordinary Guild Councillor Liberty
Jonathan Lo Ordinary Guild Councillor STAR
Richie Wu Ordinary Guild Councillor STAR
Kenneth Woo Ordinary Guild Councillor ISL
Rebecca Lawrence Ordinary Guild Councillor Liberty
Francois Schiefler Ordinary Guild Councillor Liberty
Other Voting Members
Name Position Ticket (when elected)
Rebecca Doyle Women's Affairs Officer STAR
Owen Myles Chair of Guild Council STAR
Other Non-Voting Members
Name Position Ticket (when elected)
David Raithel Postgraduate Students' Association President N/A
Cameron Barnes Senate Representative STAR
Cameron Barnes Immediate Past President STAR
Max Riley Welfare Officer STAR
Kenneth Woo International Students Officer STAR
Bryn Howells Environment Officer STAR
Michael Morrissey Sports Representative STAR
National Union of Students Delegates
Name Position Ticket (when elected)
Cameron Barnes NUS Delegate STAR
Rebecca Doyle NUS Delegate STAR
Lizzy O'Shea NUS Delegate STAR
Alexander Bennett NUS Delegate STAR
Aiden Depiazzi NUS Delegate Liberty
Rebecca Lawrence NUS Delegate Liberty
Ben Watson NUS Delegate Liberty