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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

Please take the time to participate in this survey. This survey will be run every two years and your input will help to obtain a picture of the challenges and barriers that women students face. Data will be used by student organisations to inform discussion, policy and campaigns on a campus and national level.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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What Will Students Expect From This Budget?

Students can expect to be abandoned by the governments 2015-16 federal 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.

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.

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Budget Has No Vision For Students

The Federal budget handed down tonight has abandoned universities and future generations of students.

The government will be continuing with their agenda for full fee deregulation and in 20% cut to university funding.

Along with a number of horrific welfare changes that will see young people under 25 without any income support.

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Federal Budget 2015: Pyne No “Fixer” This Budget

The federal budget released today is set to contain continued attacks on higher education from the government.

Students have led an incredibly successful year long campaign since the release of the 2014 budget against 100k degrees and the Americanisation of our university system.

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Quality Survey

The Quality Survey is now LIVE

The NUS Quality Survey is a survey to capture a snap shot of students experiences in the quality of their teaching and learning. It is the only student run student experience survey in Australia.

Take the survey now!

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NUS Education Conference 2015

NUS National Education Conference: Demand a Better Future, will be held between the 6th - 10th July at the University of New South Wales. Sign Ups are on from now!

Check out our conference page: http://www.nus.org.au/educationconference2015

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