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Hello everyone! I hope your semester is going well and your exam prep is going even better! Remember to take breaks, drink plenty of water and reach out to your faculty representative if something doesn’t feel right about your exams.
Here’s your Guild update for October 2020:
Excellence in Teaching Awards
The winners of the Excellence in Teaching Awards have been announced. The Guild received close to 400 nominations from Curtin students. The winners were selected by Guild faculty reps and the Education Vice President Chris Hall.
Check out the winners and honourable mentions here: www.guild.curtin.edu.au/eta
Student Partnership Agreement
The Student Partnership Agreement (SPA) was passed by the Representation Board. The agreement will be part of Curtin’s strategic plan and will mean students will be involved in every level of the university’s decision making.
The Student Partnership Agreement is an agreement to be signed by both the University and the Guild to foster AUTHENTIC partnership, it reinforces the student voice on various university committees and means that we meaningfully assist the university in gaining the student perspective. This agreement will;
Support staff and students to work together at all levels of decision making and governance for the enhancement of quality learning and teaching, the student experience and outcomes for students.
Encourage students' participation in governance, as co-designers of their learning and student experience and in project co-creation.
Create and promote a culture of staff and student partnership which is supported by all members of the Curtin community.
A Guild and NETU taskforce has been established to provide support to Curtin staff during the voluntary redundancy process and any future change management.
Solidarity with Jonnie Hartshorn
The Guild expressed solidarity with the family, friends, and colleagues impacted by the tragic death of Jonnie Hartshorn on Tuesday the 13th of October on the Bentley campus, as well as those who were injured in the incident.
The NTEU has set up a fund and is accepting donations to support the workers impacted and their families.
There is also a book available at Guild Reception (Building 106F) for anyone to leave a message for Jonnie’s family.
Approved 2021 NUS affiliation amount
Every year the Guild affiliates to the National Union of Students (NUS), this allows us to send delegates who will take part in the national conference (the AGM), electing office bearers and voting on motions which will direct the NUS for the coming year.
Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) are how we measure the amount of funding we are going to affiliate for. If the Union isn’t being accountable, fulfilling its basic functions and isn’t making a delivering for Curtin Students, we reduce how much we pay them.
This year, the NUS has been successful in fighting for JobKeeper and JobSeeker benefits for students, and have launched a well-established higher education campaign against student fee hikes. The NUS is an invaluable body that provides national advocacy for the benefit of all students.
All the best for your final assessments everyone!
Lachy Lee (He/Him)
The Guild Council and the Representation Board both meet monthly to discuss the two intersections of the Guild.
Guild Council covers all of our services and amenities that we provide, as well as our financial and business performance, making sure the Guild is viable and sustainable going forward into the future.
Representation Board covers our representative reports, events and campaigns and hosts much political and open discussion about the issues facing students, and what we are doing about it!