UTS Students' Association

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The University of Technology Sydney Students' Association (UTSSA)
MottoOur Voice. Our Way. Our SA.
InstitutionThe University of Technology Sydney
LocationLevel 3, UTS Tower Building 1 Broadway BROADWAY NSW 2007
PresidentLachlan Barker
TreasurerMehmet Musa
AffiliationsNational Union of Students (NUS)
Websiteutsstudentsassociation.org.au

The University of Technology, Sydney, Students' Association is the representative body for students at the University of Technology, Sydney.[1] It is based at the Broadway campus of UTS. It publishes the student magazine Vertigo.[2] The association has departments which have previously worked collaboratively with the University to achieve practical outcomes for students, as well as ensuring that the University is held to account over its handling of student issues. Historically, this has resulted in numerous successful campaigns which have won rights for students in the University.

Executive[edit]

The executive for 2018 are:

Position Name
President Lachlan Barker
Education Vice President Kirra Jackson
Secretary Georgina Goddard
Treasurer Mehmet Musa
Assistant Secretary Vacant

Collectives[edit]

Wom*n's[edit]

The Wom*n's department creates a space and community for non-male identifying members of the UTS community, and is affiliated with NOWSA. There is an Autonomous Space in Haymarket Building 5. in 2016 they worked with the NUS Women's Officer to host the NOWSA conference for that year.

Indigenous[edit]

The Indigenous Collective is a group exclusively for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. The Collective meets weekly and works alongside, but independent of, Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning. Founded in 2012, they do not have a space but run campaigns surrounding Indigenous issues and have been an active political and pastoral component of the Students' Association since their inception.

Queer[edit]

The Queer department runs campaigns for LGBTIQ students on campus, is affiliated with the Australian Queer Students’ Network and maintains a Queer Space in Building 5C. Campaigns include anti-homophobia campaigns, student safety campaigns, Pride Week, Anti Queer Youth Homelessness campaign, Gender Neutral Bathrooms campaign and works with the Out2Party club on social events. The Queer department also works closely with the UTS Equity Department in cases where the personal interests of the Association do not align with the best interests of the Queer Student population.

The 2018 Queer Officers, Aardash Prasad and Christie Lau, facilitated the Queer Collective's move from Building 1 to Building 5. Spearheaded by Prasad and Lau, 2018 has seen substantial growth and involvement within the department. Despite the considerable workload involved, the Queer Officer positions remain unpaid.

Environmental[edit]

Affiliated to the Australian Student Environment Network, the environmental Collective is focused on green activism and campaigns like 'Flick my Switch' and 'Fossil Free University' as well as environmental campaigns off campus.

DAGs (Disability Action Group)[edit]

Opened to students who experience physical, mental and/or emotional disability, and debatably, open to carers of people with disabilities. The group operates without a space, but cooperates with many internal UTS sectors to ensure students with disabilities receive adequate support. The group also campaigns around larger abilities awareness projects.

Welfare[edit]

The welfare collective is opened to all students, but has in the past been asked to be the main organising body for students from low socio-economic backgrounds. The collective aims to help students by providing food and how2life workshops. These workshops have covered topics like cooking 101, renting how to, and fair wage/your rights.

Education[edit]

The Education Collective is open to all students and is focused on campaigning around issues that affect all students on campus. This includes fighting for a better trimester system, more library hours, as well as organising the UTS continugent for the NUS Nation Day of Action

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