Student Advisory Committee

Muneeza Mohammed | Online Student Representative 

Studying: Bachelor of Arts

What are your responsibilities as Online Student Representative?
To improve the experience for UNE online students. As well as reducing the distance between the online and on-campus cohort.

Tell us a little about why you’re in this role?
As an online student, I understand the difficulties that the online students face, and I believe that I can be a great representative.

What do you love about this role?
I love the fact that I am able to help address the needs and requirements of online students. I am grateful to play a part in bridging the geographical gap!

What does UNE mean to you?
UNE means help, support whenever and however, a part of my family and a chance at a better life for me.

What are a few of your interests outside of this role?

  • Reading and writing… in fact anything to do with writing interests me, magazines fascinate me and reading books in the genre of mysteries and non-fiction.
  • I love food from all around the world.
  • Current news and movies play a great part in my recreational activities.
  • Helping out in my local area school through their P & C whenever possible.
  • I really enjoy graphic designing.

And finally, what’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Be who you are!

Drew Walsh | Sporting Representative 

Studying: Bachelor of Rural Science

What are your responsibilities as Sporting Representative?
My role is to communicate the recommendations, concerns, and ideas from students involved in the sporting clubs throughout UNE directly to the UNE Life Board. 

Tell us a little about why you’re in this role?
I have represented UNE at Division 1 and Division 2 University games, I’m also part of the UNE elite athlete program – UNE Sports Academy, and I’m involved in a range of sporting clubs within UNE, I feel the information and experiences I have gained from these involvements are invaluable in communicating the concerns and recommendations of UNE students. 

What do you love about this role?
Being able to connect with UNE students and clubs to understand their concerns and recommendations. As well as being able to express these opinions to the UNE Life Board and to be a part of the solution to better the sporting involvement and experience for UNE students.

What does UNE mean to you?
UNE is a wonderful university for students who prefer to escape the chaotic nature of city universities, while still graduating with a highly regarded degree. UNE is a hub for students to connect, share and learn the cultural practices from all parts of the world, country and background (rural or metro).  

What are a few of your interests outside of this role?

  • Rugby Union
  • Touch Football
  • Farming
  • Horse riding
  • Camping
  • Motorbike riding

And finally, what’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Bite off more than you can chew… then chew like crazy 

Elle Galovic | JCR Representative 

Studying: Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Laws

What are your responsibilities as a JCR Representative?
As a residential college leader, I provide valuable feedback on UNE Life services from the perspective of the wider college community.

Tell us a little about why you’re in this role?
I’m passionate about standing up and using your voice to propel positive change. I think it’s important to make a difference wherever you’re able, and as a UNE student myself, being able to assist in improving part of the student experience is something I hold very near and dear.

What do you love about this role?
I love being able to bridge the divide between residential students and UNE staff, listening to the concerns and feedback given by the residential student body. It’s incredibly important to provide a range of services best suited to the community we serve, I’m so glad to use my platform to bring that voice to the forefront of the conversation.

What does UNE mean to you?
As a residential student living on campus, UNE has become my home. To me, UNE has become more than just a place to study for a degree, and I’ve made plenty of memories and close friends that will no doubt last me a lifetime and then some!

What are a few of your interests outside of this role?
Outside of work and study commitments, I’m a rather talented seamstress ☺️ and am known to be pretty nifty with some fabric bolts and threads!

And finally, what’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
“Never set yourself on fire to keep somebody else warm”.

Helping others is a fabulous use of your time until it comes at your personal detriment. Self-care!

Emma Rice | JCR Representative 

Studying: Bachelor of Agriculture (2019) and starting my Master of Teaching (Secondary) in 2020.

What are your responsibilities as JCR Representative?
My role is to be an active student voice. 

Tell us a little about why you’re in this role?
To help better the student experience at UNE.

What do you love about this role?
The opportunity to give back to an amazing community.

What does UNE mean to you?
UNE has provided me with the opportunity to experience so much whilst building an excellent network of friends and colleagues.

What are a few of your interests outside of this role?
I have enjoyed playing netball and being a part of the UNE Farming Futures Committee.

And finally, what’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
There are people less qualified than you doing the things you want to do, simply because they decided to believe in themselves.

Abu Saleh Md Rafi | International Student Representative 

Studying: Ph.D. in Linguistics

What are your responsibilities as International Student Representative?
To provide insights and feedback on the UNE experience.

Tell us a little about why you’re in this role?
I took up this role because I believe that being an international Ph.D. student, President of the Bangladeshi student association and also an on-campus student, I have so much to contribute in terms of providing a complete university experience for international students here at UNE.

What do you love about this role?
I love this role because I feel valued and respected for what I bring to UNE. It also offers great training and opportunities for my professional growth.

What does UNE mean to you?
UNE is one of the ten most beautiful universities in Australia. For me, it’s a wonderful place to concentrate, study and research amidst a vibrant scholarly community. I love nature and feel blessed to spend three years of my life in this very beautiful campus.

What are a few of your interests outside of this role?

  • Traveling new places
  • Trying multicultural cuisines
  • Music
  • Endless bantering with friends

And finally, what’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
When you meet a new person from a different country, take this as an opportunity to know about their culture. The experience is always enriching.