The NUS Women's 'Talk About It' Report has been launched!

Today, the 2nd of February 2016 the NUS Women's Department has released the results from the 2015 ‘Talk About It,’ survey, revealing a range of alarming statistics about the experiences of women studying at Australian Universities. 


In 2015, the NUS Womens Department ran the ‘Talk About It’ survey, which collected information about the experiences of women university students in Australia. The survey looked at accommodation, safety, student services, sexual assault, harassment and economic difficulties that women enrolled in tertiary education institutions face. 


In the survey, it was found that women students have a range of experiences which impact on their ability to participate in and succeed at university including financial difficulties, health problems and family responsibilities. 


Experiences of harassment, sexual assault and violence at university were also found to be very common, with over 70% of respondents saying that they had experienced some from of harassment during their time at university. While some respondents said that universities and external services had helped to address their experiences; the overwhelming view was that they needed improving. 


In the final pages of the report, the NUS womens department has provided a number of recommendations for ways that support for women studying at university can be improved, including through providing increased funding for valued services like counselling and advocacy, and clarifying reporting procedures for incidents of support or harassment at university. 


Download the full ‘Talk About It’ report here 



 

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Don't Threaten Our SSAF - Demand A Better Future

The Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF)  is the core funding for critical services on campus such as 

- advocacy 
- financial aid 
- legal aid 
- clubs and societies

There are more students at universities than ever before however now more than ever students are facing tougher barriers for equity and support.

A motion has come before the senate (below) which looks to drastically limit its scope to support students.

Sign the petition to support students services now!

 

 

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Students Win: Deregulation Defeated

 

The government today are announcing the shelving of one of their core polices, university fee deregulation and will not be pursuing the legislation for the next year.

NUS President Rose Steele said “This is a welcome announcement however, make no mistake this has been a 2 year long campaign with students across Australia, the National Tertiary Education Union and the larger Australian community against these so called reforms”

We have seen a self-inflicted emergency state put on universities by this liberal government and we have stood up to it.”

Education changes lives so to introduce a policy which would see those who cannot afford $100k degrees unable to come to university is an elitist policy and a travesty to Australian society.

We believe in a fair go and this policy at its core is unfair.

This has been a 2 year long campaign with students across Australia, the National Tertiary Education Union and the wider Australian community.

Education must remain affordable and accessible.

Universities in Australia must be properly funded and of a high quality. They are not corporations but unique institutions that make an immeasurable contribution to our society. We will continue to work with the sector and the government to ensure that university education is fair, affordable and of high quality. 

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Students Stand Up For Penalty Rates!

Currently the Fair Work Commission are looking into penalty rates as a part of the 4 yearly review into modern awards. 

 

Employers have been saying students don't actually need penalty rates and that it is a lifestyle choice for students to use them.

We know differently. We know that students rely on penalty rates just to get by and value their weekend just as anyone else does!

 

 

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Talk About It- Now Extended!

The National 'Talk About It Survey' has now been extended to collect more responses from campuses across Australia!

The ‘Talk About It’ survey aims to gather information about the experiences of women university students in Australia. It will look at accommodation, safety, services, sexual assault, harassment and economic difficulties that women enrolled in tertiary education institutions face. 

 

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Take the NUS Student Wellbeing Survey!

 

Today at Flinders University in Adelaide the NUS Welfare and Disabilities Departments launched the Student Wellbeing Survey. 

The Student Wellbeing Survey is the first nation wide survey in years to focus on student wellbeing, welfare and mental health. Run by students, for student, the NUS Student Wellbeing Survey aims to grab a snapshot of how students are doing in Australia and what their specific needs are. 

NUS will use this information to lobby decision makers to give students the resources and opportunities they need to succeed in their time in post-secondary education. 

You can find the NUS Student Wellbeing Survey here: nus.org.au/wellbeingsurvey

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ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER STUDENT CONFERENCE

The NUS Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student Conference, facilitated by the NUS ATSI Department, will be held from the 22nd-25th of July 2015 in Sydney. 


Conference will involve guest speakers, workshops on leadership, campaigning and policing writing, discussion groups and networking. The main aim will be to build our national education campaign based around the idea of 'equal access, equal representation = equal education' as well as Save ITAS and Sisters Can Speak campaign. 

This conference is specific to Indigenous Tertiary Education Students and is therefore unique.

Find the program here

For more information, please contact Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Officer Bridget Cama at atsi@nus.asn.au

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Student National Day of Action: August 19

The National Union of Students have called a National Day of Action on August 19th in protest to the coalitions continued push to introduce the Abbott and Pyne Higher Education reforms first called in the 2014 budget and which have been twice defeated.

Students will be protesting across the country on August 19th and are calling for NO deregulation of university fees, NO wait on newstart and increased funding for higher education!

 

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2015 NUS Education Conference

 

 

The National Union of Students held its annual Education Conference at UNSW in Sydney from 6th - 10th July. 

EdCon was a great success with almost 300 attendees!

It was brilliant opportunity for interested students to come together, learn, and plan how we are going to get a better deal for students across Australia. 

Thankyou to our keynote speakers and all our participants. 

Please find the conference reader here and the participants agreement here.

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Student Protest Against The Budget

 

The federal budget handed down on Tuesday the 12th of May is a continuation of the 2014 budget which would see a reckless and short sighted agenda for higher education in Australia.

The federal budget handed down on Tuesday the 12th of May is a continuation of the 2014 budget which would see a reckless and short sighted agenda for higher education in Australia.

After being rejected by the senate in 2015 and again in 2015 the Governments 2014 budget measures to deregulate university fees, lower the government contribution per students and cut funding to research have be re-introduced.

 

A National Day of Action was held across campuses in Australia and called for the coalition to drop uni fee deregulation, drop any wait on newstart and fund higher education properly!

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