Candidate Data Appearing in the Ballot

Postgraduate: Elections for Board of Trustees and Academic Senate 2017
   Election for Board of Trustees - Postgraduate Student
   Election for Academic Senate - Postgraduate Student

Poll Group: Postgraduate: Elections for Board of Trustees and Academic Senate 2017

Poll: Election for Board of Trustees - Postgraduate Student
Alexandra Coleman

I am a fourth-year PhD student at the Institute for Culture and Society (ICS). My research is exploring the experiences of first-generation university students and graduates from Western Sydney.

I am deeply committed to Western Sydney and the University: I have lived, worked, and attended school and university in the region. I completed a Bachelor of Arts (Dean’s Scholars) with Distinction at the Penrith campus, a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) with Honours Class I at the Bankstown campus, and am currently completing a PhD at the Parramatta campus.

I was the HDR Representative for the ICS in 2015 – a role that required me to sit on the ICS’s HDR Committee, represent HDR interests, and organise key events.

Many postgraduate students are disgruntled with WSU’s lack of vision for what a profitable university may look like. Profit is more than financial. A university degree is more than a product.

As a nominee for the role of Postgraduate Student Member, I stand for the following:
• Smaller tutorial sizes
• Reintroduction of 90-minute tutorials
• Greater transparency regarding the development considerations of the campuses
• More frequent shuttle bus services
• Travel concession cards for international students
• Reduced university parking fees
• Redirection of university funds to teaching and research
• Greater transparency regarding the distribution of HDR funds
• Six-month scholarship extensions for all doctoral candidates
• Top-up scholarships for all doctoral candidates
• Rethinking the expectations of a three-year doctoral thesis
• Increases to HDR enrolments
• Removal of the 10 percent cap on international student enrolments in doctoral programs
• More HDR desk spaces
• Greater integration of MRes students with HDR culture
• Ban on outsourcing teaching to private education companies, such as Online Education Australia and Navitas
• Connecting postgraduate students and recent graduates to workplace opportunities
• Increased rates for casual tutors
• Greater meritocracy in WSU’s recruitment process
Anthony Barnes

NO PHOTO OR CANDIDATE STATEMENT RECEIVED.
Grant Peter Murray

I am Grant Peter Murray, current Chair of the BSCC and Vice President of the SRC. I am a Master of Research student with a background in Literature and Primary Teaching. I have a broad interest in representing the student body of Western. So far I have done my absolute best to represent the student body and I aim to continue to do so in a new role.
I have gained great experience in communication, interpersonal skills, chairing meetings and minute taking. I believe I am a suitable candidate as I am familiar with University structures and I have experience in making these more accessible for students. I believe I have great skills in diplomacy and democratic action. I have served as a student representative since Janurary 2016 and I wish to continue to do so in the future in my academic career.
I have a strong interest in academic pursuits and I believe this will serve me well in pursuit of an academic career. I have a strong interest in the students as partners framework of delivering higher education and I am passionate about fighting for student issues such as threats to funding cuts, which hurt the higher education sector overall. If chosen to represent the student body at academic senate or otherwise I will do my best to uphold the code of conduct and advocate for student issues in as many humanly possible avenues.
Sincerely,
Grant Peter Murray
Parasdeep Singh Virk

It is with great passion and enthusiasm that I respectfully submit my application to serve on the Board of Trustees. I am currently studying Master of Social work. Before commencing this course, I was Team leader at an NGO which works with homeless and underprivileged people. I have also played Tennis at international level. I have deep passion for sports and social work. I possess a broad range of skills relevant to become member of university trusteeship, analytical thinking, strategic development and management experience. I have insight and a deep understanding of challenges which I going face as a board member. If elected, I will work towards effective resources management
Robyn Quinn

NAME ROBYN QUINN
WORK EXPERIENCE
• Government policy advisor to Executive level across a wide range of portfolios and intergovernmental relations.
• Current workplace mentor
• Big Issue workplace volunteer
• Member of Economic Society of Australia
EDUCATION
• Executive Master of Business Administration (2nd year)
• Dean’s Merit List 2017 (School of Business)
• Bachelor of Economics
• Diploma of Superannuation Management
• Certificate of Trusteeship

COMMITTEE EXPERIENCE
Professional
• Australian Superannuation Funds of Australia Legislation Committee (NSW)
• Government Superannuation Policy Advisors Group (National) Netball Club Committee
• COAG Not-for-Profit Working Group (National)
• National Injury Insurance Scheme Senior Officials Group (National)
Community
• NSW Women’s Baseball Committee
• Netball Club Committee
• Ski Club Committee


COMMITMENT TO WESTERN SYDNEY UNIVERSITY AND REGION
• Keen interest in growing the success of Western Sydney University
• Passionate about the benefits of lifelong learning
• Current and committed student
• Strong commitment to Western Sydney region as resident of 25 years


Poll: Election for Academic Senate - Postgraduate Student
Aaron Woodland

Hi,
My name is Aaron Woodland. I hereby put forward my nomination for the post-graduate student position on the academic senate. After receiving so much from the University, I would like to give something back, I am currently studying a Masters of Teaching - secondary. During my time with Western Sydney University, I successfully ran my own business before moving into the disability sector while I finish my studies. If success in obtaining a position upon the academic senate I will continue to uphold the good name of the University while keeping with the values it stands for and keeping with the policies that have been put in place.

Thank you,

Aaron Woodland
Grant Peter Murray

I am Grant Peter Murray, current Chair of the BSCC and Vice President of the SRC. I am a Master of Research student with a background in Literature and Primary Teaching. I have a broad interest in representing the student body of Western. So far I have done my absolute best to represent the student body and I aim to continue to do so in a new role.
I have gained great experience in communication, interpersonal skills, chairing meetings and minute taking. I believe I am a suitable candidate as I am familiar with University structures and I have experience in making these more accessible for students.
I have a strong interest in the students as partners framework of delivering higher education and I am passionate about fighting for student issues such as threats to funding cuts, which hurt the higher education sector overall.
If chosen to represent the student body at academic senate or otherwise I will do my best to uphold the code of conduct and advocate for student issues in as many humanly possible avenues.

Sincerely,
Grant Peter Murray
Julie Onyango

I am currently enrolled at the Western Sydney Post Graduate School of Business at Parramatta CBD campus, where I am studying the Executive Master of Business Administration. I have a Bachelor of Nursing Degree, a Certificate IV in Training & assessment, as well as a Diploma in Leadership and Management. I am a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society and I currently work as a Deputy Service Manager at Uniting. I know that I will be able to positively contribute to the work of the Academic Senate committee because in all the various roles that I have had over the years, I have always had a passion for ensuring quality and adhering to standards while still working within the organizations values. If elected to be a member of the Academic Senate Committee, I will work diligently and inclusively as the voice of the students. I will also ensure open communication between the University and the students by driving a culture of openness, feedback and productivity.
Maria Astakhova

NO PHOTO OR CANDIDATE STATEMENT RECEIVED.
Zarlasht Sarwari

NO PHOTO OR CANDIDATE STATEMENT RECEIVED.
Faheem Ullah

NO PHOTO OR CANDIDATE STATEMENT RECEIVED.