• UNSW scores below USyd, Melbourne in SSAF report card

    UNSW has ranked third in the 2013 National Union of Students (NUS) report on the implementation of the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF), behind USYD and the University of Melbourne.  In 2014, the SSAF, part of the Student Services and Amenities Bill 2011, imposes a mandatory $140.50 fee on full-time students in order to […]

  • Shortlist #3

    Shortlist #3

    New academic withdrawal procedure set to ‘out’ students with disabilities Under a new procedure for academic withdrawals from courses, applications made after the census and academic withdrawal dates, but prior to the final day of teaching, will elicit an ‘Academic Withdrawal’ grade on students’ academic transcripts. A second ‘Permitted Withdrawal’ grade will apply to all […]

  • Student Leaders Bring Issues to Chancellery

    Student Leaders Bring Issues to Chancellery

    Senior members of the chancellery team met student leaders last Friday, discussing issues affecting the student populace, including concerns over retail developments, the gym and course cuts. Whilst Vice-Chancellor Fred Hilmer was in South America, students met with other officials including Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Richard Henry, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Students) Wai Fong Chua, members of University […]

  • Campaign Begins for Arc Board Elections

    Nominations for the position of Director to the Arc Board have closed and it appears this year’s election will be the most contested in the history of the student organisation. Arc’s 18,000 members will elect 3 Directors, one representing undergraduate students, one representing postgraduate students and one representing students from the College of Fine Arts.

  • Do You Know What You Pay For?

    In 2005, the Sydney Morning Herald reported that the yet to be passed Voluntary Student Unionism (VSU) legislation introduced by the Howard Government, would seriously threaten the survival of student unionism as we know it. As it turns out, it did. On March 16, compulsory union fees were replaced by the VSU legislation, so that, […]

  • Viva Arc?

    “They said VSU, We said ‘Fuck you,’ They said, ‘No, you’re fucked,’ Viva Arc.” Graffiti in a male toilet cubicle at the Roundhouse. Experiences of university life have undergone great changes over the past twenty years. Increasing numbers of students balance part-time work and study, opt for combined degrees, and universities develop their global and […]