The VUWSA Executive

VUWSA’s Student Executive consists of 10 elected students who work to represent all Victoria students on the many committees and boards within the University.  The Executive are also responsible for the strategic direction and governance of VUWSA.  We are students working for students.

MAKING THINGS BETTER

Because we’re student-led your ideas shape everything we do. We’re here to help you make things better at VUWSA, Victoria, and even Wellington – so if you’ve got a suggestion please let us know as we want you to get the best out of your time at Victoria.

GETTING YOUR VOICE HEARD

VUWSA’s Executive, together with over 1400 Class Reps and Faculty Delegates all work hard to make sure your voice and opinion is heard at every level at Victoria. We are committed to ensuring you have a fantastic student experience.

HERE TO HELP

VUWSA offer a professional, confidential and independent student support and advocacy service, so if you have any problems (academic or personal) let us know. We also offer many welfare services that provide you with a helping hand.

GET AMONGST IT

Your time at Victoria isn’t just about passing courses and gaining degrees; it’s also about having fun, meeting new people, and having new experiences. Make sure you follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/vuwsa), Twitter (@VUWSA) and keep checking our website (www.vuwsa.org.nz) for details about events and all other ways you can get amongst it!

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Sonya-Clark-22Sonya Clark – President

Hi there! I’m Sonya, your VUWSA President 2014. Being President is a pretty awesome job, and I have such a great team to work with! I am responsible for ensuring that VUWSA, as an organization, meets its strategic and constitutional goals. As President, I’m responsible to the Executive and members for VUWSA’s operations. The President is also responsible for chairing and providing leadership to the VUWSA Executive and ensuring that the Executive are acting transparently and are being held accountable.

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Rawinia-Thompson-2Rāwinia Thompson – Academic Vice President

Kia ora whanau! Ko Rawinia toku ingoa, ko te Academic Vice President o VUWSA ahau. As Academic VP, I head VUWSA’s Education Team, and am responsible for ensuring all student issues in the academic arena are addressed. These issues can be big or small, from making sure lecturers’ PowerPoint slides are available to students, right through to lobbying the University and writing submissions to Central Government opposing the removal of student voice on University Councils nationwide. I’m also here to train and support our student representatives like Class Reps, Faculty Delegates and other students from rep groups and faculty societies. This year, I’m keen to see an Education Action Group on campus advocating for tertiary education issues in the upcoming General Election. I’ll also be questioning why student tuition fees have become increasingly more expensive every year here at Vic, and whether the quality of our education is getting any better as a result. Feel free to call me, flick me an email, pop in to our office or ask me for coffee!

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Rick-Zwaan-2Rick Zwaan – Welfare Vice President

Kia ora, I’m Rick, your Welfare Vice President. I reckon I’ve got the best job on Exec – I get to look after all those cool Welfare things to make your life a bit better: the VUWSA Food Bank, free bread, free flu shots, Stress Free Study Week, Hardship Grants, and heaps more. Everything we do is all about you, and I want to make sure we do it well; I’m focused on improving the quality and consistency of VUWSA’s services. I also head the Welfare Team, and we’ve got some cool stuff underway: VUWSA’s #FairerFares campaign for cheaper public transport, and a campaign for warmer, healthier homes are both priority campaigns this year. Ultimately, I’m here to help, and would love to hear from you. Get in touch and I’ll see what I can do!

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Declan-doherty-ramsay-2Declan Doherty-Ramsay – Engagement Vice President

Hi there! My name is Declan and I am the Engagement Vice President for 2014. It’s my job to make sure that everything we do is all about you – helping you get the best out of your student experience at Vic. I look after the Engagement Team along with Alasdair and Toby, and we’re going to be working hard this year making VUWSA accessible and relevant. From O Week to the General Election, the Faculty Games to Clubs Week, you’ll find us in the middle of it. When I’m not engaged with the student population you’ll find me making music, geeking out over sci-fi, and posting all the things on tumblr.

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Jordan-Lipski-2Jordan Lipski – Treasurer-Secretary

Hi everyone, my name is Jordan and I’m the Treasurer-Secretary of VUWSA. My role is to look after VUWSA’s finances and administration. My day to day work involves monitoring spending, and recording and making available to students the minutes from Executive Meetings and other important documents. I also chair the Executive Reporting Committee and the Publications Committee, and am a member of the Audit and Finance Committee, as well as an ex officio member of the VUWSA Trust. If you have any concerns about financial or administrative aspects of VUWSA, please feel free to contact me.

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Alasdair-KeatingAlasdair Keating – Campaigns Officer

Kia ora, I’m Alasdair Keating, your Campaigns Officer at VUWSA this year. VUWSA is all about uniting the voices of students so that we can make ourselves big enough to change things for the better. As the Campaigns Officer on the executive this year, it’s my job to ensure that those in power hear that voice, whether it’s the university, council or central government. Getting a student discount for buses and trains, minimum standards for flats so you can study in a warm and dry house and making sure your fees go towards a quality education are all issues VUWSA has campaigned on. This year there’s a general election on, so I’m working hard to make sure students are enrolled to vote and holding the politicians to account on the issues that you care about. So if there’s an issue or cause you’re passionate about, get in touch with me and I’ll see how we can work on it together!

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Caroline-Thirsk1Caroline Thirsk – Education Officer

Hello everyone. I’m Caroline and I’m the new education officer. This year I will be working very closely with our Academic Vice President and team, together with class representatives and faculty delegates, to make you education experience as easy and trouble free as possible. If you have any problems with your course or lecturer or any other problem, be it small, like not getting your results posted online, or larger, your exam disappearing, we are here to help. My role is to make myself available to hear your problems and get you the help you need, so please, do not hesitate to contact me or your class reps for any problem.

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Madeleine-Ashton-Martyn-2Madeleine Ashton-Martyn – Equity Officer

Hi! I’m the VUWSA Equity Officer for 2014, it’s my role to ensure that all students are given the opportunity to participate fully in the university including access to support, academic achievement, student services and general participation in campus life. This predominantly involves interacting with various organizations and rep groups on campus who work hard to provide representation and support to students with disabilities and impairments, Maori, Pasifika, international, women and queer students. I’m a part of the Welfare Team with Rick and Steph where we work more generally to make life easier for students at Victoria. If you have any questions or issues on campus, or any ideas on how we can make things better for you, hit me up at the email address below.

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Steph-Gregor-2Stephanie Gregor – Wellbeing and Sustainability Officer

Hi! I’m Steph and I’m your Wellbeing and Sustainability Officer. That means I work on things that help support your wellbeing and the sustainability of VUWSA, the University and the wider community. It’s a broad role, so this year I’ll be focusing on helping to make our homes healthier, improving mental health across the campuses and running things like Environment Week. The Wellbeing and Sustainability Officer also works with the Equity Officer and the Welfare Vice President who together make up the Welfare Team. If you have ideas, concerns or want to be involved in the things I work on then get in touch.

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Toby-cooper-21Toby Cooper – Clubs and Activities Officer

Hi everybody! I’m Toby, the Clubs & Activities Officer for 2014. I am passionate about ensuring that students at our campuses have a vibrant student experience. I do this by working alongside clubs to provide guidance and support and as a student representative who will stand up to the university to ensure that clubs’ needs are met. I love chatting to clubs about their goals and events, and how I can help to make things happen. Feel free to pop by for a chat if you help run a club, are interested in starting up a new club, or are simply keen on joining a club. You can find me in the VUWSA office at Kelburn every Monday, from noon until 2:00pm. I am also a member of the VUWSA Engagement Team, who will be working tirelessly to put on some fabulous events this year. I’ll be there on the frontline, making sure that everything goes smashingly.

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