Being on the Student Senate

Flying MaryDuring August last year, the University’s Student Senate began advertising for positions on the new Senate to be formed for the following year. As a third year student who had not yet been on the Senate, I was very drawn to the idea of a leadership position that would allow me to help make positive changes within the University and increase the enjoyment of the student experience. I filled out the paperwork with my ideas and what I stood for and a couple of weeks later I was luckily elected into the Sports Representative position for all campuses. As an International Studies student, it was not vital that I was a PE student but my role within the Ultimate Frisbee team and continued participation in UniGames events gave me enough background information to make my position easier.

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Cath goes to the National Study Leadership Workshop


Today I went to Melbourne with 3 of my fellow leadership mates from FedUni to attend a workshop on student leadership at universities. It was really rewarding and I was proud to be able to represent FedUni as a student leader.

After the train trip to Melbourne and a quick coffee from a cafe, we went up to the City Campus of Latrobe University to meet with the other participants in the workshop and share in the fruit and danishes that were kindly provided for breakfast. Continue reading Cath goes to the National Study Leadership Workshop

Could you be our next PASS leader?

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Have you heard of the PASS program? Well, you should have because it’s brilliant. PASS stands for Peer Assisted Study Sessions, and they are basically fun and casual study sessions for more difficult courses, run by an experienced student who has done well in that course in the past. And guess what? You could be that experienced student!

Yep, you heard me right. Applications to become next year’s PASS leaders are now open. Excited yet? You should be. Basically, if you have at least a high credit average across your degree, and have received at least a distinction in the course you wish to be a PASS leader in, then you should apply! It would also help if you are great at communicating and interacting with other people, particularly other students, and you have some form of organisational skills. Yes, unfortunately you will have to be at least slightly organised. Sorry, friends.

So what does being a PASS leader involve? Well, I’m glad you asked. If you are a PASS leader, you will run between one to three PASS sessions a week in your course. You will need to organise activities and/or things to do based on the course content that has been studied that week or is more difficult for students to understand, in order to help students learn in different and more interesting ways. One of the most important things to remember is that, as a PASS leader, you are not a teacher, and you shouldn’t give the students the answers but rather facilitate discussion and other ways in which the students can find the answers themselves. You will also be required to attend training, which will probably occur in February. Oh, and of course you get paid. Because money is always good, especially for us struggling uni students.

More information about becoming a PASS leader and application forms can be found here.

To check if PASS runs in a course you have completed and done well in, check this semester’s timetables here (be aware that some courses may change next year).

If you have any questions or need any extra information that you could not find at the link above, contact:


Student Leadership Conference

RyanRegistrations for the Student Leadership Conference have opened and with it so have your horizons.

Ugh. That was horribly cheesy. Poor form, Ryan. Let’s try again.

The Student Leadership Conference is coming up and you can now register for this amazing opportunity. Running on 9 & 10 October at the Mt Helen campus, this conference affords students the opportunity to further develop their leadership skills with a series of presentations, workshops and food. It’s not just for student who already consider themselves ‘leaders’, either. This conference is for anyone at all and works on building skills that you can take with you well beyond your university life. So come along.

The first day is optional (but still awesome) so if you can’t make it on the first day, that’s fine. But the second day is huuuuuuge. You get to hear from some community leaders; participate in workshops to do with politics, climate change, organisations and more; and even choose a specific social project to get involved in. All the things! It’s a full day too, so you get your money’s worth.

Whoa! Yes, okay, I said money. Hang on, hang on. You only might have to pay it. It’s $50, but you might be granted a bursary if you receive Centrelink payments, you’ll just need to provide permission for the uni to contact Centrelink. There’s also food and a secret dinner. Not as in, so secret that you have to hope you stumble upon it, secret as in the location will be provided by an agent via dead-drop. Or you’ll just get the location closer to the date. Probably that last one.

So if you’re super excited by that (and who wouldn’t be) you can find the program, look at the workshop session and register for the conference here.

If you have any questions at all, contact the Overseer (not his actual title), Luke Icely from Student Connect at or 03 5327 6867. He’ll definitely be more eloquent and informative than me.

– Ryan

Student Sport and Leadership Awards

AngeThis past Monday FedUni hosted their Sport and Leadership Awards out at the Ballarat Lodge. Dressed to their best, with free food and drinks, recipients for both Sport and Leadership were congratulated for showing dedication to their roles, and undertaking courses and workshops in professional development.

Over 200 guests were in attendance, including staff, students, and invited guests, and from 6pm onwards the celebration of the FedUni’s student commitment to community, leadership, and volunteering commenced.

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Students who completed over 100 hours of volunteering were given an exceptional surprise as leaders with whom they logged their volunteer hours came forward to speak about their achievements and present them with their awards.

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The Student Academic Leaders and CLIPP, would like to send their congratulations to all recipients of the Sport, Leadership, and Volunteer Awards!!

~ Ange