SUPRA 2018 General Election

Notice of Election 

SUPRA Councillors 2018-19

Announcement of candidates

for SUPRA General Election 2018

Nominations have now closed for the 2018/19 Council elections.

The ballot draw was conducted on Wednesday March 28th.

All nominations have now been confirmed.

The list of candidates is available below.

All candidates should by now have received their first official email from the returning officer, if you have not then it means the email address you lodged has not responded. Please email returning.officer@supra.usyd.edu.au to correct this.

The ballot paper will be posted on the wall of the SUPRA offices as soon as it is ready.

Any postgraduate student who is also a SUPRA member is eligible to vote in this election. Current Postgraduate students who are not SUPRA members can subscribe at the time of voting. Voting is conducted by postal ballot, which will be issued on Wednesday 11 April 2018 and two days of on-campus polling at a polling booth located outside the SUPRA offices and the Jane Foss Russell courtyard on Thursday 26th April and Friday 27th April, 11:00am – 7:00pm

Polls will close at 7:00 pm on Friday 27th April 2018.

Candidate and Ticket statements can be found below.

The SUPRA General Council Election uses proportional representation with a single transferable vote method of counting which is subject to provisions specified in the SUPRA Constitution. On our website you can find the constitution and the electoral regulations for this election.

All enquiries about the election can be directed to the Returning Officer at returning.officer@supra.usyd.edu.au.

Paulene Graham
SUPRA Returning Officer, 2018

 

POSTAL BALLOTS WILL BE ISSUED:

Wednesday 11 April 2018

POLLS WILL BE OPEN:

Thursday 26 and Friday 27 April 2018 11:00 am -7:00 pm

POLLING BOOTH LOCATIONS:

  • Foyer of the Footbridge Lecture Theatre, Holme Building and
  • in Jane Foss Russell Plaza

Check this campus map to find these locations.

POLLS WILL CLOSE: 

7:00pm Friday 27 April 2018

The Returning Officer will declare the result on Tuesday 1st May 2018.

ELECTION OF OFFICE BEARERS:

After the election of SUPRA council members, the new council elects from among itself six office bearers-

a President,
a Vice-President,
a Secretary,
a Treasurer,
an Education Officer
a Director of Student Publications.


List of Tickets

  • Jinghan for Change
  • ‘Impact’
  •  Jarkz
  • Weihong for International
  • Team for Continuous Improvement
  • HD Reform
  • Postgrad Action for Health
  • Postgrad Action

 

List of Candidates

WANG, Shuai – Jinghan for Change
MUNN, Brandon
SHAHID, Saad
KUMAR, Rachael – ‘Impact’
LI, Junke – Jarkz
LI, Menglin – Weihong for International
WANG, Fangyuan – Team for Continuous Improvement
FENG, Jinghan – Jinghan for Change
XUE, Aobo – Jarkz
GRANT, Cassie – ‘Impact’
HU, Weiyi – HD Reform
BATTRÉ, Desirée – ‘Impact’
LEEDER, James – Postgrad Action for Health
SATESH KUMAAR, Sathya – ‘Impact’
SEGUNA, Tim – ‘Impact’
JOHNSON, Bec – ‘Impact’
NICHOLSON, Jennifer – Postgrad Action
RAJAN MENON, Karishma – ‘Impact’
CHAU, Karen
JOHNSON, Domi Dana – ‘Impact’
SAEED, Azhar – ‘Impact’
DUCK , Martin – Postgrad Action
MADHAVAN, Darshana – ‘Impact’
LU, Juhao – Team for Continuous Improvement
LIANG, Weihong – Weihong for International
LIU, Zirui – Jarkz
AVERY, Nicholas – Postgrad Action
CHENG, Rong – Jarkz
LU, Ruoning – Team for Continuous Improvement
BASSETT, Sam – Postgrad Action for Health
DU, YiFang – Weihong for International
MATCHETT, Lily – Postgrad Action
RAY, Jason – Postgrad Action
MURPHY-HASTE, Phillippa – Postgrad Action
MANSINGKA, Divya – ‘Impact’
McCONNOCHIE, Julia – Postgrad Action
GU, Zijun – Weihong for International
YOO, Kim – HD Reform
LIU, Minran – Weihong for International
WILLIAMS-BROOKS, Llewellyn – HD Reform
RICHARDS, Candace
LLOYD, Brittany – Postgrad Action
COOK, Patrick – Postgrad Action for Health
FU, Yiti – Team for Continuous Improvement
WANG, Junqi – Jihang for Change
HU, Kun – Jarkz
AVILES ESPINOZA, David – HD Reform
JANGHAM, Jeevan – Postgrad Action for Health
DING, Yuting – Jinghan for Change
KARAMBAKHSH, Pooya – Postgrad Action
DONG, Luoning – ‘Impact’
GEORGE, Geena – Postgrad Action
WU, Yiqi – Team for Continuous Improvement
SURTEES, Matilda – Postgrad Action for Health
YE, Yunlin – Team for Continuous Improvement
BHATNAGAR, Sonali
XUE, Ye
MISPELHORN, Oliver – Postgrad Action
RIFAI, Issa – ‘Impact’
MOORE, Oliver – Postgrad Action
BRYSON, Robyn
SUN, Xiaobo – Postgrad Action
BRAHMA, Riya – ‘Impact’
HUANG, Zilan – Weihong for International
BIASATTI, Marguerite

Ticket Statements

Jinghan for Change
JINGHAN FOR CHANGE!! The opportunity is valuable, we are here to attribute our efforts to make a better campus life for the whole Sydney Uni. Edified in such a kind of work environment, we will steel ourselves and improve our specialized level rapidly and steadily to provide as much services as we can. It will be what I pursue in all my lifetime and my glory to do a bit for the progress and development in academy and practice with our efforts and acquisition.

‘Impact’
‘Impact’ is a ticket of diversity, with candidates from different faculties, backgrounds, experiences and beliefs coming together with the shared ideal of making SUPRA as strong and representative as it can be.

Community: We want to organise career and networking events, greater social events, and more opportunities for domestic and international students to come together. We want to engage with the USU. We will build better relationships with satellite students. We also recognise the need for greater connection of HDR students to each other across the University and promise to create additional opportunities for their engagement in Uni life.

Advocacy: We will always fight for postgrads rights to access the benefits and services they require, ensuring they are in the best position to complete their studies. We will work closely alongside the SRC. We will advocate for the rights of international students accessing travel concessions.

Policy: We will continue to foster a strong relationship with the University in order to advocate for the rights of students and ensure that University policy is made with student consultation. Student’s interactions with University administration have been of subpar standard and we deserve better.

 Jarkz
It’s our honour and fortune to be one member of USYD. Driven by enthusiasm in pursuit for students’ benefit and facilitated by group work experience, we are longing for attending SUPRA and making effort to understand students’ needs, comprehends multiple suggestions and explore optimistic approach, making our way to the common goal. Any advice is more than welcome and your trust is my most appreciated support.

Weihong for International
Four master and two HDR students are working for the SUPRA election this year.

Their work will let more people know the fact that most international students, coming here from thousands miles away, are happy to make their contribution for a better service for all postgraduates.

They will start from increasing the influence of SUPRA between communities with different background, through an organised, systematic social media platform. The more students are involved, the more needs will be noticed and taken actions for.

They are making progress, and need the support from you.

Team for Continuous Improvement
We are a team chasing for CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT of facilities and services for postgraduate students studying at The University of Sydney. We believe in building effective communication bridges between the students and the university, creating real changes for better. We will take whatever necessary to bring YOUR views to the SUPRA and the university and let YOU make things happen. We will also be organizing a variety of activities and events in order to meet different demands. We have strong passion in making SUPRA bigger and better, thus serving and benefitting more students from different backgrounds. We are here to fight for YOUR rights. One vote for us will be one vote for YOU. Every single vote would be appreciated! Thank you!

HD Reform
HD Reform aims to use SUPRA to push University management to improve research conditions for HDR Candidates. We support grassroots democratic politics, where social change can happen when ordinary people organise together.

Our ticket is formed out of the Postgraduate Arts Research Centre in Old Teacher’s College, where we have started to run a ‘Log of Claims’ campaign to demand that the University improve our basic research and working conditions. While these demands emerge out of our specific experiences, we believe that they are common across the HDR community.

The University ought to be doing better by us – not just treating us as a cash cow.

Our Log of Claims therefore includes demands for expanded and improved research workspaces, along with support for community-building amongst researchers both within and across disciplines. We believe that the University must ensure HDR Candidates have access to high-quality conference and teaching opportunities – rather than exploiting us for our work.

For too long, the University has ignored the interests of HD Reform. It’s time to change that. Vote [1] HD Reform!

Postgrad Action for Health
Postgrad Action for Health are a group of progressive health students. We recognise that the health of a community is linked to the many societal and systemic challenges faced by its members, and we are committed to enacting policies that will keep our community healthy. Health is also impacted by mental and physical health, access to education, our socioeconomic conditions, and a supportive social network.

We believe health students have a unique role to play in public advocacy – by standing up for refugee rights and communicating the health burden of climate change. We will advocate and fight for solutions to these and other problems, both on-and off-campus. We will work to improve the health of all postgraduate students.

We will stand for:

  • Continued funding of Counselling and Psychological Services!
  • Pushing the University to reform their response to sexual assault!
  • Paid leave for victims of domestic violence!
  • Travel concessions for international students!
  • Fighting to secure casual teaching staff more permanent positions!
  • Fighting against cuts to the education and health sectors!
  • Resources for student-led initiatives on satellite campuses!

If you’re passionate about the health of postgraduates, vote Postgraduate Action for Health!

Postgrad Action
POSTGRAD ACTION are committed campaigners, activist students. We’ve spent the last couple of years fighting for refugees, Aboriginal rights, women’s rights and environmental causes. We are experienced SUPRA councillors and office bearers and we have a plan for the future.

We want SUPRA to be more than a service provider. We want it to be a union of students coming together to fight for their rights in the face of a university that cares more about QS rankings, executive salaries, and fancy buildings than the students and staff that make up our community.

We believe that SUPRA can be a space of collective empowerment. This means standing together in protest against inequality, against discrimination, and against the corporatisation of the University.

If elected, we will be campaigning for:

  • international student travel concessions;
  • better responses to sexual assault on campus;
  • more student desk space;
  • free childcare for staff and students;
  • to make SUPRA accessible, transparent and democratic;
  • resources for student initiatives;
  • stop staff cuts;
  • a fossil-free university; and
  • free education.

Vote 1 POSTGRAD ACTION. Your rights. Your union.

 

Candidate Statements

WANG, Shuai – Jinghan for Change
As a diligent man with pleasant personality, I have been always considered to be a good team member.Meanwhile, as a big fan of sports I fully realize the importance of teamwork and advocate the spirit of being quicker and stronger. I will corporate well with my fellow members of the union and take innovative measures, including establishing a teacher-student- friendship association to make the union a true assistance to students’ study and life here .

MUNN, Brandon
No personal statement received.

SHAHID, Saad
No personal statement received.

KUMAR, Rachael – ‘Impact’
I am running for Impact for SUPRA because I believe in a student organisation that celebrates diversity, endorses unity and firmly represents the concerns of all postgraduate students. As a postgraduate student myself, I am no different to you and thus understand the importance of acknowledging and resolving the small, and large, scale issues that we face at university. I intend to continue the progressive work of the current SUPRA Executives, especially focusing on the mental, emotional and physical welfare of students. Having completed B MSc, and currently studying Doctor of Dental Medicine, I also intend to promote greater healthcare

LI, Junke – Jarkz
It’s my honour and fortune to be one member in USYD business school. Driven by enthusiasm in pursuit for students’ benefit and facilitated by group work experience, Iam longing for attending SUPRA and making effort to understand students’ needs, comprehends multiple suggestions and explore optimistic approach, making our way to the common goal. Any advice is more than welcome and your trust is my most appreciated support.

LI, Menglin – Weihong for International
I started my study at University of Sydney last July and really enjoyed everything that’s going on here. This is my second semester and I’m currently enrolled in a facilitator program at Business School. I wish to make more contribution to the university, especially to Business School and that’s why I’m here to apply for joining SUPRA Council. I hope to help fellow students to enjoy as much as they can during their time at USYD and offer help whenever they need. Hopefully I could be the ideal candidate for this position.

WANG, Fangyuan – Team for Continuous Improvement
I am here for CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT at University of Sydney. Hello lm Fangyuan Wang (Claire), doing Master of Commerce majoring in Finance and Aviation & Maritime Logistics. I believe in voicing out the real demands of students and building a communication bridge between the students and the university, creating real changes for better. I will do whatever necessary to take YOUR view to SUPRA and the university and let YOU make things happen. Come on, give me a shot!

FENG, Jinghan – Jinghan for Change
Having been born in the northeast region of China, with neighboring countries such as Japan, South Korea and North Korea, I have been fascinated in international politics and continue to study International Relations. I have been educated in Korean languages and majored in bilingual English and Japanese for undergraduate. During my undergraduate, I was elected as the President of Student Council and made great efforts to the campus. Since I am the experienced one, I want to run for SUPRA, I want to be a member of SUPRA and provide postgraduate students with as much advice, advocacy and support.

XUE, Aobo – Jarkz
My name is AOBO XUE. I am an international student from China and major in Master of Commerce. I am a person who is fervent, outgoing and creative. I would like to be a SUPRA Member because I want to provide a better service for our students and university and make everyone has an activities and colourful university life. I will soon prove that your decision of choosing me is the wisest. Thank you for giving me such a valuable opportunity!

GRANT, Cassie – ‘Impact’
I’m running for SUPRA because I believe that students deserve efficient & effective student services & administration. There are a myriad of administrative issues in recent times that both delay & affect a students academic progression, as well as being harmful to their wellbeing. The University is currently struggling to deliver an administration standard worthy of its reputation. There is so much potential to achieve & engage in this university & I believe there should be a greater emphasis lace by the university on facilitating these opportunities through improved student services. Building on the excellent progress made by the previous

HU, Weiyi – HD Reform
No personal statement received.

 BATTRÉ, Desirée – ‘Impact’
I’m Desirée Battré, an international postgrad from Austria. My strong interest in connecting and engaging people socially is reflected by my current studies of Digital Communication and Culture. Moreover, I want to share my experience in organizing social events as part of the ERASMUS student network team at my former university in Vienna. Therefore, connecting students and helping to ensure a positive experience for all of us would be my overall tenacity.

Last but not least, I’m thrilled to support and strengthen a diverse image with worldwide opportunities at the University of Sydney. It would be my pleasure to represent

LEEDER, James – Postgrad Action for Health
SUPRA has a long and proud history of representing postgraduates and their interests. Now, more than ever, it is crucial we have a progressive association committed to fighting attacks on our education. Whether it be cuts to the education sector or the increasing corporatisation of universities. Postgrad Action is committed to fighting on behalf of all students to prevent these atrocious policies. If elected to SUPRA, I will work to ensure SUPRA remains committed to helping postgraduates, not appeasing the University. Vote Postgrad Action for Health!

SATESH KUMAAR, Sathya – ‘Impact’
Addressing the issues and needs in a flash.

Hello mates,

I am Sathya from Chennai, India, I am enrolled in the MS Program in Electrical Engineering. My hobbies include photography, cricket and socializing.

Looking after the needs and addressing the sides of a graduate student will be my top-most priority. I plan to organise events, parties, regular get-togethers, photo walks for students, to build camaraderie and make them feel at home away from home.

I will ensure that I am approachable and friendly. I would like to pick up the baton from previous members of SUPRA and carry on the

SEGUNA, Tim – ‘Impact’
I’m running for SUPRA because I believe in a student association that represents all students, not just those with political motivations. I wish to see a university administration that is prompt in dealing with student matters; I believe a better standard is to be expected from the University.

I would also like to see SUPRA better engaged with both the SRC and USU, providing greater advocacy, better services, and greater on-campus discounts for postgraduate students. I wish to build upon the current SUPRA Executives fantastic reformation of the association; engaging more students with services and social events.

JOHNSON, Bec – ‘Impact’
Hello! I have been an elected SUPRA Councillor for the last two years. I have been one of your student reps on several University Executive Governance commites and on the Academic Board. I represent all PG Students but as a HDR Student I have maintained a focus on representing this group of 5000 diverse people. My thesis is focused on communication processes at USyd between HDRs & Uni Exec & in 2017 I ran a project to inject HDR voices into uni decision making. I am working on a massive HDR social networking event (keep an eye out!).

I want

NICHOLSON, Jennifer – Postgrad Action
[see POSTGRAD ACTION ticket statement]

RAJAN MENON, Karishma – ‘Impact’
I am running for SUPRA because I believe that the right representation makes a huge impact. Policies need to reach every single student regardless of their nationality, gender, orientation, study type, or any other individual identification markers. Being an international and full-time student in a satellite campus, I wish to build upon community engagements, awareness programmes and networking opportunities for all post-graduate students and also ensuring improved advocacy services, student feedback opportunities at regular intervals and better services for us.

With my background and degree in clinical psychology, I want to support and build on existing policies implemented by the

CHAU, Karen
I am a current Juris Doctor Ill student, in my third degree at the University of Sydney. Throughout my academic studies, I have participated greatly in student representation, including election to the Students’ Representative Council, election to the University  of  Sydney  Union’s  Board  Directors,  and  involvement  in the  Sydney  University  Law  Society  since  the commencement of my postgraduate degree. I am also currently the Postgraduate Representative on the Law School Board, and a current student representative on the University’s Disability Action Plan Working Group.

As a student who also lives with a disability, I have experienced first hand the assistance that SUPRA may provide to students who may need it, and how important that this form of support and advocacy may be for a student to attain their academic and social goals. I have a great passion for improving student accessibility in all aspects on campus, whether that be related to physical spaces, or using technology to improve course delivery. I hope that my election to SUPRA Council would help at least provide a voice with such perspective, and an avenue to advocate for the achievement of these goals.

JOHNSON, Domi Dana – ‘Impact’
I am DOMI DANA JOHNSON an Indian, born and bred in the city Chennai. I’m also an engineer on the race to pursue my Masters of information technology and Masters of information technology management at university of Sydney. I am a true team leader but of course not the dictator kind. Ever so willing to compromise, listen, take risks and explore with options. I firmly believe I can bring a change in International Students life and change their perspective about International studies and living.

I basically wanted to bring forth social security for international postgraduate students. As I’m running for

SAEED, Azhar – ‘Impact’
I am running for Impact for SUPRA as I believe in quality service, community engagement and beneficiary satisfaction. This is only possible if the chosen candidate understands you and is the one who works for you.

By representing postgraduate students, my priority will be to put up student body issues and speed up the process of finding solution through expert consultation and advice.

As an international, full time, and a postgraduate student of Social Work, I can be a fairer voice of all as I am amongst the ones who is experiencing hardship without proper supervision and guidance. I want

DUCK , Martin – Postgrad Action
I’ve been a student at The University of Sydney since 2015, during which time I completed a Master of Political Economy. I’m currently a PhD candidate, my research focuses on the financialisation of housing in Australia. During my time at the university I’ve witnessed the closure of the SCA, the centralisation of student services, the over working and casualization of staff and tutors, and the acute challenges faced by HDR students. If elected to council, I will stand for students who are structurally disadvantaged as I believe education is a right, not a privilege.

MADHAVAN, Darshana – ‘Impact’
Hello! I am in support of ‘Impact’ and I am running for the position of general councilor because we represent Unity in diversity and stand up for student engagement here at the University.

I will be in the company of highly motivated individuals who are determined to take conscientious steps to provide a platform where every student’s opinion matter and also carry on the legacy of the current council.

As an international student at the Business School, my aim is to enhance the career prospects of every student through networking sessions, community outreach programs and conferences by partnering with USU.

LU, Juhao – Team for Continuous Improvement
Hello, my name is Juhao Lu. I’m running as a candidate for the SUPRA Council because I would like to fight for a better life for students on campus. I will help fellow students to create better environments for their studies and I want to create a good environment on our campus where students can come to the university and enjoy more activities to alleviate stress during exam periods. I will fight with more expensive items in the university and help students gain cheaper items. Furthermore, I want to help students get a better gym and gain more exercise. If

LIANG, Weihong – Weihong for International
My name is Weihong Liang. This Statement is for SUPRA election this year. I am a research student in the topic of education and democracy.

In the past two years, I have been trying to solve the problem of integration of Chinese students’ campus culture through the China Development Society which I founded. This work let me know more than 500 students in USYD. They all, whoever international or local, will face a lot of challenge during their study period such as the demand for interpersonal communication, excessive academic pressure. Many postgraduate also have to pay for their tuition and

LIU, Zirui – Jarkz
As a semester one student in Business School, the reason why I want to join the SUPRA 2018 Election is I want to be closely involved in the university life and contribute more to my schoolmater.ln addition,as a international student,it is a good chance to meet more friends from different countries.

AVERY, Nicholas – Postgrad Action
I’ve been involved with SUPRA for two years, holding the office of Vice President and working in the Education portfolio. I spent last year writing a coursework thesis in Political Economy whilst working to build support for the staff strikes in their campaign for better pay and working conditions. In the last few months I have been heavily involved in peaceful protests of civil disobedience, particularly in response to the humanitarian crisis at Manus Island refugee detention centre and in Queensland protesting the Adani Carmichael coal mine. If elected, I will be a voice for progressive ideas on Council.

CHENG, Rong – Jarkz
My name is Rong CHENG, a Chinese student. I am doing my master degree on Telecommunications Engineering. It was the first time that I knew this organization in the orientation week, and I found this the only one organization that can represent our postgraduate students at the university. It is obvious that the group of Chinese students is one of the biggest groups in the Uni and most of them might have some trouble in their school life. However, many of them may not have appropriate ways to protect their rights when they are in trouble because of they are

LU, Ruoning – Team for Continuous Improvement
Hello! My name is Ruoning Lu, student from Master of Commerce. I’m here to fight for your rights and to make every postgraduate student get involved into our University. A vote for me is one vote for you. Your vote for me is appreciated.

BASSETT, Sam – Postgrad Action for Health
As a SUPRA councilor, I will ensure a progressive voice is heard on council, as well as making sure the association is working for its students. I’m particularly interested in stopping the commercialisation of university education, as well as how our living and working conditions contribute to our health. I have been on council since early this year and want to continue working for postgraduate rights in SUPRA.

DU, YiFang – Weihong for International
Hello, my name is YiFang Du. I have aspirations to run as a candidate for the position of a general member within SUPRA Council. I am currently pursuing my master degree in commerce at the university of Sydney. Being a member of SUPRA, I wil play an active role, where I positively contribute to the growth in the ongoing improvement of the university. Improving student service is one of the priorities in my agenda and I hope and all the student on our campus can benefit from this.

MATCHETT, Lily – Postgrad Action
I am a Masters of Social Work student and was the co­President of SUPRA in 2016-2017.  I am an activist in Stop Adani campaign and have been involved in the anti-rape culture campaign on campus. I am involved in Australian Student Environment Network and involved in Aboriginal solidarity work in Sydney and NSW. I am standing with the Postgrad Action ticket because they stand up and fight staff cuts, for a feminist campus and for free education.

RAY, Jason – Postgrad Action
I am a Masters of Occupational Therapy student studying at Cumberland Campus. My undergraduate was in medical science with honors in environmental microbiology. I have been involved in grassroots environmental and social justice activism for ten years, working with the Australian Student Environment Network, Front Line Action on Coal and other groups. I am with the Postgrad Action team as they are the activist ticket and I stand for an anti-corporate, pro-environment university.

MURPHY-HASTE, Phillippa – Postgrad Action

  • Passionate about social justice and amplifying the voices of students
  • Experience organizing for causes such as refugee rights
  • Friendly and approachable

MANSINGKA, Divya – ‘Impact’
With a lifestyle that is second-to-none, Sydney is Australia’s most exciting education destination. However, appealing it may sound to be studying abroad, one may face many hinderances. Adjusting to the student life isn’t always as easy as it seems, so I want to be able to provide support and guidance to my peers.

Being an international post graduate student, I know about the various issues the international students face. I want to be able to reassure the students and be the friendly face they look up to in their tough times. As a SUPRA representative, I will be able to

McCONNOCHIE, Julia – Postgrad Action
I am currently studying a Master in Development Studies.

With Postgrad Action I will fight for equity and inclusivity of international and domestic students, and to end discrimination and racism on campus.

Women’s collectives are important and we should fight for the University to end sexual abuse on campus.

I will fight deregulation and a casualised labour force. Workers are the backbone of the University.

I will fight for an eco-friendly campus to support sustainability and renewable energy. The land the University stands on is Aboriginal land, and this should be acknowledged.

GU, Zijun – Weihong for International
Hello guys! My name is Zijun Gu and I’m currently studying in Master of Media Practice.I’m applying for councilor of Sydney University Postgraduate Representative Association.SUPRA is actually an active organization that offer convenience and professional help for all postgraduates.I feel I’m an enthusiastic and conscientious person that woul like to help the postgraduate students live a better life.

YOO, Kim – HD Reform
No personal statement received.

LIU, Minran – Weihong for International
Having been a USYD student for 7 years and a PhD student and a tutor for 1 year, I have great passion to serve our community. Also, throughout my student life over the past 7 years, I have gained insight and a deep understanding of the many challenges that one student may facing. I believe I can make significant confributions to our community. I look forward to working with other members with distinction, dependability, intergrity to build an even more vabrite USYD.

WILLIAMS-BROOKS, Llewellyn – HD Reform
No personal statement received.

RICHARDS, Candace
No personal statement received.

LLOYD, Brittany – Postgrad Action
Hello! My name is Brittany Lloyd and I am an international student from the USA. I’m studying masters of coursework in english studies.

In the states I campaigned for marriage equality and black lives matter. In Sydney I’ve been active in the marriage equality campaign & the campaign for concession cards for international students. I volunteer of an intersectional feminist organization in Sydney and participate in women & LGBTQI+ activism events. I’m with the postgrad action (PGA).

COOK, Patrick – Postgrad Action for Health
No personal statement received.

FU, Yiti – Team for Continuous Improvement
No personal statement received.

WANG, Junqi – Jihang for Change
I was vice president of the badminton club during undergraduate period and have gained rich knowledge of activity organization. Also, I used to do a lot of volunteer works including teaching and event coordinating which give me opportunities to working in many associations.

I have been studying in University of Sydney for more than 2 years and noticed a lot of work can be done to assist the postgraduates especially international students. It is important to have every student involved in the activities and known where to find help in the university. I hope the working and volunteer experience I

HU, Kun – Jarkz
My name is Kun, a first year PhD student from Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies. For my past experience in variety of student orgnizations, what I am pursing is that the voice of everyone can be heared and let everyone participate into public affairs. The enthusiasm will definitely drive me to continuoulsy contribute to build our open and pluralistic campus. Thanks for your suggestion and support!

AVILES ESPINOZA, David – HD Reform
No personal statement received.

JANGHAM, Jeevan – Postgrad Action for Health
As a student returning to study from a career, I can understand some of the frustrations faced by post graduate students while they undertake further education. I am aware of the additional life stresses faced by students while they are tasked with challenging assignements and learning objectives. I aim to reduce these stressors by tackling the inequities faced by students and working with service providers and the university. I also believe that interdicplinary interactions lead to innovative thinking among USYD post grads. I aim to work with various student bodies to develop opportunities for exactly such types of interactions.

DING, Yuting – Jinghan for Change
My name is Yuting Ding, I have been studying Accounting in UTS for undergraduate and currently enrolled in Finance in Business School. I am running for the position of SUPRA General Member. I am passionate about improving student service and willing to provide a more convenient and better campus life for all fellow students and I want to attribute my effort to the whole Uni. If I could be a member of SUPRA, I will definitely endeavour to go deep among current students and yield my volunteer experience to maximum function of SUPRA as well!!!

KARAMBAKHSH, Pooya – Postgrad Action
I have been a SUPRA member since 2016 when I started my studies in Political Economy (first as a Graduate Certificate and currently, as an MA by research student). For the past few years, I have been involved in fighting racial discrimination in Australia, advocating for the alleviation of global poverty, promoting tax justice, and challenging climate change. I also worked with an international development agency to help care for those in desperate needs.

I am running as a candidate for the Council because I believe most social problems can only be tackled through collective action, and that SUPRA Council

DONG, Luoning – ‘Impact’
Hi There, I am Luoning Dong, currently the treasurer of SUPRA. I have been in SUPRA for half a year. I have seen the change and also I want to make it impact. I am an international student, I will try my best to fight for students’, especially international students’ benefits.

I have helped with the 2018 budget and funding from university this year, and also helped with organising social events and Oweek.

SUPRA is a students’ association. All the money should be spent on students. My intention is to build SUPRA like a home for students which can solve

GEORGE, Geena – Postgrad Action
I am a second year Social Work student. This discipline offers me perspectives, knowledge and skills to promote social change. I am particularly interested in women’s rights and anti-violence against women. Apart from gender inequitable practice & issues, there are many structural inequalities happening on campus. This compounded oppression on students and staff is unjust for a healthy community. As an international student I have felt the inequity and self-advocated on multiple occassions in the past year. However, as a council member I would have the agency to promote fair treatment of fellow students & staff and fight institutionalised sexism.

WU, Yiqi – Team for Continuous Improvement
My name is Kiki, I’m currently studying master of strategic public relations in the USYD. I would be the voice of all Postgraduate students in the campus. I have passion and ability to make the SUPRA better and bigger. I’m glad to have a chance to help students and improve our campus. I will try my best to make the SUPRA more attractive by organizing different activities and meet your different demands as well.l also hope to discuss with everyone and come up with more good ideas and suggestions. Of course, I will try to improve myself and make

SURTEES, Matilda – Postgrad Action for Health
Since completing my B. Arts (Hons) with a thesis in Gender and Cultural studies, during which I participated in the Wom*n’s Collective, I have started a Doctor of Medicine, where I am interested in critical engagement with the Australian medical industry. I want to place the ethics of the medical profession in a broader social context, cohering an understanding of individual health with a framework that acknowledges systematic structures of socio-economic inequality, racism and sexism. If elected to council I will use this platform to further this and work on other progressive campaigns in the university.

YE, Yunlin – Team for Continuous Improvement
My name is Yunlin YE or you can call me Vivian. I am currently studying Master of Commerce (specialize in People, Management and Organization) in the University of Sydney for the first year. I am running for a member of SUPRA as I am keen to get involved to the postgratuade community, knowing what my peers’ thoughts about their lives in the Uni and their expectation about the after-class activities. While at the same time, I can build strong bonds with them, appealing for a more relaxing and enjoyable environment, creating an meaningful Uni life with more belongingness.

BHATNAGAR, Sonali
Through this opportunity I would like to highlight on the points which I have to offer SUPRA and why I want to be a part of it.

I have work experience in Customer Services for more than 2 years which has developed my communication skills.  I was appointed as offshore team lead after 1 year in World Health Organization refining my leadership skills. I have single handedly organised events at account level for over 40 people successfully. Hence, providing me a chance to interact with new people and make wonderful friends. I am a result-oriented person and multitasking too, as apart from my routine office work, I participated/organized different events for teams along with the completion of work on time or assisting others. In future, I want to work for women empowerment. SUPRA will provide me a platform to learn the skills to fight for others rights and assisting people. It will help me in acquiring an insight about the organisation workflow and how to apply my skills. Being an International Student, I am aware of the issues faced and can interact or advise with my own personal experience for the betterment of SUPRA.

XUE, Ye
I would like to run in the SUPRA general election 2018 as an independent condicate. The reason for running that is twofold:

First, SUPRA is one of the major student organization in this university that serves the guaduate students. As a member of this community, I am willing to devote myself to the service and construct a better environment for my peers. In particular, I am willing to be the representative for the international Phd student community, because the rights of this group has always been neglected. So, it is crucial for us to stand up and play a more crucial role to defend the rights we suppose to have.

Second, objectively speaking I do belive my personal characteristics is suffient for doing the required job in the future. As a research student, I know the importance of how to put find out the problem and solving it with an appropriate approach. In the last two years,I have deeply involved into the guaduate student community, and many invistigations have been carried out for understanding the major requirements and demand of these gtroup of people.

Overall, I will take this election as an opportunity to make a change, and defend

MISPELHORN, Oliver – Postgrad Action
I would like to be on council because I want to represent and work for fellow postgrad students. I care particularly for the concerns and grievances of students who are involved in the research process and those who work casually for the university, as well as those in other precarious casual contexts. Major issues of concern that I would like to help to address are issues of workspace for researchers – particularly relating to hot-desking, rights of casual employees of the university, and offering support for different activist causes that directly and indirectly impact postgrad students.

RIFAI, Issa – ‘Impact’
My name is Issa and I am a postgraduate student studying a masters of creative writing. I have just come off a working stint in the corporate world, where I have seen how necessary leadership is to keep people guided, motivated and connected to each other. I hope to push these insights in to the student culture to remove barriers guarding the best student experience possible: and promote a student-body that serves one another not just themselves. by working with the University’s management.

MOORE, Oliver – Postgrad Action
My name is Oliver Moore and I’m a PhD student in the Department of English.

I’ve been a SUPRA Councillor for the last two years. From 2016-18 I was the Queer Officer, and in 2017-18 I was the Secretary as well. I believe I have served our Council and constituents well during this time and would relish the opportunity to continue this work. I am passionate about LGBTQIA+ rights, as well as the rights and needs of research students, which I have campaigned for during my time on Council, and will continue to do so if elected again.

BRYSON, Robyn
No personal statement received.

SUN, Xiaobo – Postgrad Action
I’m running for SUPRA councilor in order to be more involved in the ongoing improvement of our university. As an under training social worker, it is both my job and my nature to advocate for the voiceless, to fight injustices and to support my fellow student. SUPRA has been a wonderful community and it would be my honor to be a part of it. If elected I would make it my goal to advocate for and provide support to al posrgraduates in Sydney Univeristy. I would keep up with the good work of SUPRA and continue to build a stronger,

BRAHMA, Riya – ‘Impact’
I am getting my masters in International Relations, one of the reasons which has lead me to pursue this role as working for SUPRA will help me get real time experience. Also being part of the Student body representative of a great institute will be amazing way for me to interact, share & learn about issues & how to deal with them in an effective manner. I am an easy going person & I am a peoples’s person. I will try to bring accountability + ease of communication between the student body & administrative team & staff so the whole

HUANG, Zilan – Weihong for International
As a member of a postgraduate student of USYD, I have made my mind to do something for postgraduates, both domestic and international. I worked as a journalist for a year in Shenzen television station, where is an important city located in Southern China, adjacent to HongKong. After knowing the offices of the council, I am interested in the office of student publications from where I can use experiences that I have.

BIASATTI, Marguerite
I am a HDR postgraduate student (Doctor of Social Work) and I am most committed to enabling a positive experience for postgraduate students. As I identify as a postgraduate student with a disability, I am very committed to being a representative of this group.

Thankyou!