These are your elected student representatives for 2021.

President

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

Special Projects President

Maria Kumar

Hey everyone! My name is Maria Kumar and I am your Special Projects President for 2021. This role gives me the opportunity to implement projects keeping your best interests in mind. I am here to listen to what you need and ensure that your voice is heard. My main focus for this year is to bring initiatives to you guys that will help ease your life here, I’m talking mental health awareness, tackling student hardships and sustainability for starters!

I am currently pursuing my MBA degree and when I’m not drowning in lecture notes, I’m usually gardening at Paddy’s Patch up the hill. Some fun facts about me; I speak 6 languages, I have written a novel and I have a scuba diving license. Get in touch with me through our FB page or you can email me at maajai@utas.edu.au if you ever want someone to listen to you, about anything really. Cheers!

Equity President

Sophie Crothers

I’m Sophie, your 2021 Equity President. I work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, students with disability, LGBTQI+ students, international students and students who identify as women to ensure they are supported and respected through their time at UTAS. With your help, I’ll be able to take student concerns straight to the TUU and UTAS Equity Committee!

I am currently in my 4th year of a Bachelor of Law and Psychological Science, and I’m super passionate about criminal policy reform in Australia. In my spare time I love to read any book I can get my hands on, paint and explore the Tassie wilderness!

As the Campus President – South in 2020, I know how hard the last twelve months have been for students and I want to keep working to help you this year. I can’t wait to meet you and get through whatever 2021 throws at us together!

Education President (Undergraduate)

Elizabeth Joseph

My name is Lizzie and I have just completed my Bachelor of Medical Research and am currently undertaking a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery. I am also your Education President – Undergraduate for 2021, a role that I am very excited to undertake and I hope to affect positive change and accurately represent the UTAS undergraduate community while in this role. I hope to act as a conduit between academic societies and the appropriate decision-making bodies to ensure that student voices are heard and considered.

This particularly includes establishing societies for courses which are currently not represented, such as the Bachelor of Nursing. In addition we will be launching the TUU College Academic Committee as a platform for students’ concerns to be raised and addressed. Finally, in light of the pandemic, I hope to facilitate the ongoing transition between online and face-to-face learning as smoothly as possible for students.

Education President (Postgraduate)

Rohan Puri

Hello everyone! My name is Rohan Puri and as the Education President (Postgraduate) I have the privilege of representing all of us postgraduates on a few committees (Academic Senate, University Research Committee to name a few) to make sure not only that our voices are heard but also that they are translated to effective action. So, feel free to get in touch at rohan.puri@utas.edu.au. I’d love to hear from you and learn from your experience – nothing is ever too small or too big.

Little bit about me – I’m currently pursuing a PhD through the School of Psychological Sciences. Besides my passion in all things “research”, I am fascinated by ideas and people which translates to interests in philosophy, travel, data science and photography to name a few. I also love sport – watching and playing it – with basketball, futsal, and a few racquet sports (table tennis and squash) high on my list currently.

Education President (Distance)

Jaspreet Sethi

Hello! My name is Jaspreet Sethi. I am a distant student at UTAS studying Applied Business & Sustainability.

As Distance Education President for 2021, my focus will be supporting clubs and societies where distance students can take part in social activities, develop new ways to engage and support in their distance education studies, introduce new ways where all voices can be heard and expressed and there are so many ways the TUU can make this educational journey more fun and memorable.

I can be reached anytime via jsethi@utas.edu.au or 0421806527.

Student Experience President (South)

Madeleine Webster

My name is Madeleine Webster and I am your Student Experience President – South for 2021! I am a third year arts/law student, majoring in international relations. I love all things beauty and skin care, and am also a proud mother of my dog Daisy ( you may see her around campus a little bit ).

This year, my role centres around the Southern Clubs and Societies and the general student experience (so all the social fun stuff!) I hope to make our beautiful little island community flourish, so everyone on the Southern Campus feels as included and comfortable as possible.

Student Experience President (North)

Ratchata Panyadong (Zac)

My name is Ratchata, probably easier to call me Zac!  I am in final year completing a Bachelor of Business with a major in Accounting. I have a strong interest in anything from traveling, photography, fitness, and music to something a little serious like business, investment, Philosophy and religions. In my free time, I often go traveling to places without having much of plan and make sure it is as adventurous as it can be.

My passion for student experiences led to trying to solve some issues that I was encountered while studying here. Your student experience is what I value most as a student myself, it is just as important as academic result that we all make sure it is highly scored at the end of every semester.   My role as a Student Experience President for the north campus, will work together with active clubs and societies to enhance your social connections and other aspects of your university experience while you are studying at UTAS by having fun social event throughout the year. I will also help you to take a lead in community action and enhance your employability through volunteering and professional development events.

Life can be tough sometimes and I do understand how it is like. So, I promise I will be there for you and help you to move through it. If you have any concern, please shoot me an email to ratchata.panyadong@utas.edu.au

Student Experience Vice President (North West)

Davina Smith

 

I am your Student Experience Vice President – North West in 2021 and I will be looking 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.

Student Experience Vice 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!