These are your 2020 TUU Election candidates.


Braydon Broad

This year I have had the distinct privilege of serving as the President of the Tasmania University Union – and what a year it has been.

Many of the priorities that my team and I were elected to fight for last year were pushed aside by the more immediate concerns that students had at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the challenges that were presented, I am pleased to say that we were able to deliver meaningful results for students. Please find below our achievements for this year.

  • Convinced the University to implement 5-day extensions for most assignments
  • Fought to protect students GPA’s by working with the University to allow students to take Ungraded Passes
  • Ensured that fail grades were not recorded for most units this year

Please visit the Broaden Your Horizons Facebook page for more information on our achievements and future plans.

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Special Projects President

Lucy Slevin

I am a postgraduate student in the Master of Teaching specialising in music and arts education. I am committed to climate activism and social justice through my current voluntary role as sociocratic Chairperson of Source Community Wholefoods co-operative.

The TUU is changing and I want to be a part of that change. I believe I would be best positioned to do this through the role of Special Projects President as I am deeply committed to community action and have experience organising and coordinating events.

I would work to ensure the arts are an integral part of any events and campaigns I would be involved in as the arts have been proven to have a crucial role in health and wellbeing. Most importantly I would prioritise student voices so that all projects would be informed by student needs, bottom-up not top-down.

Maria Kumar

I strongly believe I have the necessary experience and proven track record that makes my profile best fit for this position. I had the opportunity to undertake responsibilities through my school day till now through various roles like president, vice president, student leader and assistant treasurer.

Having over a year of professional experience, I had the opportunity to report directly to the CEO and work to meet multiple stakeholders’ expectations while I was handling projects. If given the opportunity, I would use the platform to promote sustainability and raise mental health awareness that would benefit all the students in the short and long run.

I would wholeheartedly dedicate myself to this position and be a valuable addition to the Union and the community. Having the relevant experiences and skills, I feel confident that I will be able to meet and exceed the expectations that comes with this role.

Tim Lippis

My name is Tim Lippis and I am running to be your Special Projects President for the TUU in 2021! I am a Bachelor of Medical Research student, about to start my honours year and finishing my current role as Welfare Officer on the SRC South. In my year with the TUU, I ran the TUU Vent Tent online which helped set the direction of advocacy during the pandemic and worked to build the new student representative structure.

A major part of the Special Projects role is to advocate and plan for sustainability within the TUU and the University, and would be my main focus in the role. I would also work to establish the first volunteer program for the TUU!

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Equity President

Sophie Crothers

Hey everyone!

My name is Sophie and I am a third year Law and Psychology student running to be the Equity President of #yourTUU for 2021. I am incredibly passionate about ensuring UTAS listens to, respects, and supports every student, and have advocated for student rights throughout COVD-19.

Although I can only speak from my own experience as a woman, as the 2020 Campus President – South of the TUU I have been lucky enough to develop a strong relationship with a team of student representatives from all areas of the equity space.

I can’t claim to know what the concerns and issues of every community at UTAS are – but I hope to both continue the relationships I have and create new ones so that I will be best informed to bring your concerns to the UTAS Equity Committee.

Education President (Undergraduate)

Brian King

I was so excited when I received an email notifying that applications for student representatives were open for 2021. As a student entering Year 1, I feel that I have settled down and gained experience as a pupil studying abroad, away from home, friends and family.

I also have experience as a Student Representative during my Foundation as a member of the UTAS IPC Student Representatives. Besides that, I’ve worked as a part-time tutor and thus, know and understand how to comfort and solace new students who feel lost and lonely, or students facing difficulties. I am also open-minded, easy to approach and always ready to help and listen to the troubles of others.

I will not disappoint and do my best to serve the community of UTAS if I am elected for my role. Thank you for taking the time to read this.

Elizabeth Joseph

My name is Elizabeth Joseph and I’m running for TUU Undergraduate Education President. I’m in my final year of Bachelor of Medical Research and am starting Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery next year. Having been an active member of the TUU since enrolling, as well as working on the Christ College committee in 2019, I greatly value opportunities to contribute to my community.

If elected I will advocate for:

  • Mandatory recording of every lecture, expanding to tutorials and workshops where possible, to accommodate for clashes between study and other commitments.
  • Implementation of the same or improved academic policies should there be a spike in Tasmanian Covid-19 cases, including the automatic 5-day extension and GPA amnesty.
  • Connection between UTAS academic societies and university academic policy changes.
  • Improving UTAS environmental conscientiousness, particularly through a campus-ban on single-use plastics and divestment in fossil fuels.

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Education President (Postgraduate)

Mughees Bhalli

Hello! I am Mughees Bhalli. I am running for the position of Education President – Postgraduate. I want to play an active role in the ongoing improvement of our University and its many facets.

I see the position as an excellent way to be a part of a team that is involved not only in the current student’s lives, but also the bigger picture of providing a better place for future students. As a post graduate student since 2017, I can understand the issues affecting the postgraduate students.

If elected, I would make it my goal to use the platform of TUU in supporting the Postgraduate students to attain their professional objectives. I would appreciate your vote for myself and the Broaden Your Horizons team.

Rohan Puri

Why does writing these things always feel strange? I guess a lot of it has to do with having to explicitly list things you have done and ‘sell’ yourself in order to convince people to vote for you.

Thankfully, the word count for this statement does not really allow that. I’ll mention the UniGym, Conference/Workshop, and Childcare subsidies that I initiated in my brief role as TUU Postgraduate Officer (South) recently but I would like the focus to be on the why. To put it quite simply, it is because I truly care about creating positive change for our diverse postgraduate community. I hope to channel this in the Postgraduate Education President role too.

I am not one to make magnanimous ‘election’ promises but what I will promise is that I will actively listen and act resolutely to achieve the best outcomes for us. I hope the best candidate wins.

Education President (Distance)

Ben Lister

Over the past five years I have studied at the Australian Maritime College gaining a qualification in Marine and Offshore Engineering at the end of last year. I am currently studying the Master of Business Administration (Maritime Logistics Management) via correspondence.

When I am not studying I enjoy riding bulls and paddling my kayak along the mighty Darling river looking for promising snags that will be home to metre cod. When the bulls aren’t bucking and the cod aren’t biting I enjoy chasing bores across the Culgoa Flood Plains.

I believe that these skills are transferrable from the outdoors to the presidential chambers of the TUU. I look forward to representing the distance cohort in the new academic year.

Jaspreet Sethi

Hello! My name is Jaspreet Sethi. I am running for the position of EDUCATION PRESIDENT– Distance. I see the position as an excellent way to be a part of a team that is involved not only in the current student’s lives, but also the bigger picture of providing a better place for future students.

I have held various club positions within Lions Australia, have been honored by the NSW Premier and Local Councils on multiple occasions. I believe that my professional and personal experiences will help me bring a well-rounded perspective to the discussions and issues raised in meetings.

We must make sure that all voices are heard and that every UTAS student is comfortable expressing their needs and ideas. Student data and privacy will be a major concern.

Thank you for taking the time to read this and good luck with your studies.

Student Experience President (South)

Hassan Ali

As candidate for Student Experience President – South, I am committed to develop a strong working relationship with the executive members of the Clubs and Societies in my region. My primarily responsibility is the advancement of student engagement with the Union and the activation of clubs and societies at the University of Tasmania.

If elected, I will promote unity, faith and discipline among students. And I will be the voice of all clubs and societies towards the state council. Every student deserves better future. So, let’s work together for our future.

A vote for Ali, is a vote of your better student life.

Madeleine Webster

I am running for Student Experiences President-South in 2021. I am currently the Southern Women’s Officer and this year has made me want to extend my passion in advocating for UTAS students to ensure their experiences at UTAS are the best they can be. I aim to establish and facilitate societies for all groups of students at UTAS.

Specifically, this includes re-establishing the women’s society and starting affiliated queer and Indigenous societies. I aim to ensure everyone at UTAS’s experience is welcoming, safe and connected. Given the COVID-19 pandemic, I want to work closely with all affiliated positions to put the entire Southern UTAS community first, strengthening the connections between all societies and students to ensure community at UTAS is the best it can be.

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Mohammed Isfarul Hoque (Niel Hoque)

When I started my journey at UTAS, I remember the difference it made in my life seeing people being so welcoming, smiling and willing to help a nervous boy. I understood the importance of university experience, especially after having chats with students who might not have felt the same way.

This drove me to commit to various roles in engaging students on and off campus, mentoring freshers, and being a mate to as many students as possible. I am a simple person and I believe we should help others in any way we can and take opportunities to learn from each other and find ways to contribute to our own communities.

I believe, as Student Experience President South, I can elevate my passion to the next level by enabling a sense of safety, belongingness, fun and confidence for the humans of UTAS.

Student Experience President (North)

Ratchata Panyadong (Zac)

My name is Ratchata Panyadong (Zac), running to be #yourTUU Student Experience President for North Campus.

I have been actively involved with the UTAS community through volunteering with UTASlife, TUU and BESST society. In 2020, I serve you as TUU North International Student Officer, I have been involved in supporting International students during the pandemic and strive at my best ability to engage and support the UTAS community. I have found myself passionate about serving the community and helping students with any difficulties they face. I believe that I have skills to best serve you and the north campus student community.

As a Student Experience President, my mission for 2021 is continuing to build stronger community from the grassroot as planned, working and supporting clubs and societies to organise exciting events on campus and be the voice for all students at North Campus.

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Student Experience President (North West)

Davina Smith



I am choosing to run for the Student Experience Vice President – North West 2021 to finish projects I started 2018-19. 2021 sees the shift to the new West Park campus, I would like to ensure the move is as smooth as possible and that Utas’ “a place to be loved by all” puts students at the forefront of that objective.

I plan to reinstitute the “Produce to the Students” scheme next year and strengthen ties with community groups and businesses started in 2019, such as Burnie Community House, Reseed, and local cafes. I want to see more students involved with Clubs and Societies, making CC Campus a more vibrant and stimulating place.

Above all I want to help you through your student journey. I am always available to listen to you and advocate on your behalf.

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Student Experience President (Sydney)

Richenda Ewen

As the Student Experience Vice President for Sydney, I’ll be able to give weight to students’ wishes and strongly represent our needs. My aim is to make our student experience the best it can be during our time at UTas.

I want everyone at Sydney to have someone to talk to when they’re feeling frustrated about uni; so call me up, message me, lets have a chat and we’ll make an action plan.

I am super keen to work with the presidents of our local student societies at Rozelle, including SPURS, SOS and the brand new SportSoc. Together we want to create an inclusive, fun and active student life experience in Sydney. Let’s get involved! Looking forward to seeing you at the next event!

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