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The USASA Board, made up of 15 elected UniSA students, is the peak decision-making committee at USASA. The student board is passionate about representing the students of UniSA.

The Board has an overarching responsibility to manage the conduct of USASA's business and affairs. It is also responsible for the management and control of USASA’s funds and property.

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Student Representative Profiles

President

Isaac Solomon
solid001@mymail.unisa.edu.au

 

What are you studying?

I am currently studying a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts (History and Global Politics).

 

What made you want to become a Student Representative?

I have always had a passion for learning but access to educational resources and support for myself and my peers has always been a struggle. I want to ensure all students no matter their background are empowered in a way which allows them to unlock their potential and thrive at University. 

 

What do you aim to achieve for UniSA students in 2022?

Defining what a post-pandemic “normal” looks like and what path the Uni should take to get there is of the utmost importance to me. A lot of work needs to be done to reinvigorate university life on campus and equally to shape our online platform into a world-leading education tool for those studying online. 

 

What’s the best thing about your campus?

In the time I have been able to spend on campus over the past 2 years I have found the people really do make the campus. The social activities hosted by clubs and student groups have made life on campus so enjoyable. 

 

What's your best piece of advice for your fellow students?

At University you are never alone. Going to university is a big step for a lot of people and 9 times out of 10 if you are struggling there are other people who are in the same boat. Engaging with USASA and student clubs can help you connect with like minded people and services. As stressful as some challenges can be, it makes the experience extremely rewarding.  

 

Where is your favorite place to visit in Australia?

While it’s hard to choose just one, the Yorke Peninsula is absolutely beautiful. Whether it’s sitting with a good book, breathing in the fresh country air or going down to the beach and relaxing in the sun, it’s the perfect break from the buzz of city life. 

 

If you were a bird, what type of bird would you be?

If I were a bird I would probably be a Kookaburra. I’m generally quite gentle and calm but can make noise when I need to. I also love hanging out with mates and having a good laugh.

 

What is your favourite way to eat potatoes?

Depends on the type of potato. Most potatoes I prefer mashed but if we’re talking sweet potatoes, who doesn’t love a good sweet potato fry? 

 

What is a strange fact that you know? 

It is illegal in WA to possess more than 50kg of potatoes in one place. 

 

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International Student Representative

Rohit Sahdev
sahry006@mymail.unisa.edu.au

 

What are you studying?

Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting)

 

What made you want to become a Student Representative?

To help students and to engage with them. Also be a voice for them.

 

What do you aim to achieve for UniSA students in 2022?

My aim is to bring back 100% vibrant campus life and aware students about USASA facilities as I believe, students are still not aware about it. 

 

What’s the best thing about your campus? 

Student lounge.

 

What's your best piece of advice for your fellow students?

Don’t leave the assignments for last days.

 

Where is your favourite place to go in Australia?

Carrickalinga in Adelaide

 

If you were a bird, what type of bird would you be?

Penguin.

 

What is your favourite way to eat potatoes?

I like fried chips the most.
 

What is a strange fact that you know?

If you sneeze while driving at 60 mph, your eyes are closed for around 50 feet.


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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Student Representative

Rhys Peden


pedry002@mymail.unisa.edu.au

What are you studying?

I am currently studying a Bachelor of Laws (honours) and a Bachelor of Psychology

 

What made you want to become a Student Representative?

I’ve been on the USASA board since November 2019 and one thing that I have found is that the student voice is often missing in instances where its probably the most appropriate place, so I want to put our students at the forefront of their university experience.

 

What do you aim to achieve for UniSA students in 2022?

I am seeking for genuine input from Aboriginal students on the direction the university is taking with its commitment to the Aboriginal People of Australia.

 

What’s the best thing about your campus? 

I’m based at city-west so the best thing about my campus is the fact that it’s quite a centralized location or the law building. They’re both awesome!

 

What's your best piece of advice for your fellow students?

Please do not hesitate to reach out if you’re struggling with assignments. I have seen many students commit academic integrity breaches just because they don’t reach out for help. There are so many resources available to support you to be successful so please use these resources if you need support!

 

Where is your favourite place to go in Australia?

My favourite place is probably the Supreme court of South Australia. I haven’t been there in quite a while but I am quite a law nerd and so I found it an awesome place. I’ve also never actually left South Australia so I’m very much confined to Adelaide.

 

If you were a bird, what type of bird would you be?

I’m obviously an owl because I am writing this at 4 am so I must be an owl.

 

What is your favourite way to eat potatoes?

Mashed. Mashed potatoes all the way!

What is a strange fact that you know?

I know too many completely useless facts.. lets go with this: Dragonflies are considered to be considered one of the most effective predators, almost always catching their prey.


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City East Student Representative

Sim Singh
sinsy130@mymail.unisa.edu.au

What are you studying?

I am studying Bachelor’s of Nursing 🧑‍⚕️ at City East Campus.

 

What made you want to become a Student Representative?

Studying at UniSA gave me one of the best experience of my social🍁 and academic life📝. I actively participated in campus fairs, wellness week, UniSA events and other activities for students🪅. I am an active club executive for Roustah club. All these participations helped me to develop leadership🧑‍🎓 and social skills🏄 which I can use in best interest of all students at City East campus🏫. Hence, I wanted to become a student representative to support students through available services and have there say in important decision making 🧾at UniSA.

 

What do you aim to achieve for UniSA students in 2022?

The year 2020 and 2021 has seen a drastic cancellation for events and activities🎏, students have been isolated during online classes🧑‍💻, so the aim for 2022 would be bringing the social life back where students can connect, share thoughts and ideas🖌️, become creative 🪄and explore🗺️ with other fellow friends. And one of my main aim is to make all students aware and accessible to support services 📑offered by USASA and University.

 

What’s the best thing about your campus? 

The best thing about City East campus is the plaza, a large open space where students come between their break and enjoy the sunshine☀️, rain🌧️ with a cup☕ of coffee from pot called kettle and sushi 🍣 from Mr Wuhu. The other best thing is the fact that every building is connected and City East campus is a puzzle😂 for a first time visitor.

 

What's your best piece of advice for your fellow students?

Enjoy your study life to the fullest, keep a balance between study time and chill time. Grab every opportunity to Excel and also best opportunities to creative and crazy fun times with friends. Someone has truly said “ No one looks back on their life and remembers the nights they had plenty of sleep, but will surely remember the nights you did crazy and fun stuff”.
-    With responsibility 😏

 

Where is your favourite place to go in Australia?

There are still lots of places I haven’t explored, but one place where I desire to visit is Great Ocean road Victoria, to get some beautiful clicks with a long drive along the ocean 💕.

 

If you were a bird, what type of bird would you be?

A flamingo 🦩🦩

 

What is your favourite way to eat potatoes?

Boil ‘em, mash ‘em, stick ‘em in a stew with extra salt and pepper 😋
 

What is a strange fact that you know?

Falling in love💓 has similar effects on the body😈 as taking cocaine✨. Hence, don’t fall in love before driving 🏍️otherwise you will be positive+ for drug test.


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City East Undergraduate Student Representative

Tim Pham
phahy017@mymail.unisa.edu.au

 

What are you studying?

Pharmacy

 

What made you want to become a Student Representative?

I would like to give back to my university community, improve the university experience that my fellow students would have during their study time in our university.

 

What do you aim to achieve for UniSA students in 2022?

More vibrant campus, more activities on campus, more support for clubs, strengthens the relationship between domestic students and international students.

 

What’s the best thing about your campus? 

It’s the people!! City East students and staffs are so caring, not just about their health but also about YOU!!

 

What's your best piece of advice for your fellow students?

Do enjoy every single moment of your university life, study hard, go out more with friends because you will realise how short your university journey is when you are nearly at the end.

 

Where is your favourite place to go in Australia?

Melbourne is my favourite place to visit in Australia because I have many friends and memories there during my uni life and I always want to visit it whenever I have time.

 

If you were a bird, what type of bird would you be?

If I were a bird, I would like to be a dove. Doves are very simple. It is a symbol of love, peace and messengers. Doves are kind, friendly and easy to be friends with. Doves give you a peaceful feeling and you can find them in many places around the world.

 

What is your favourite way to eat potatoes?

Potato soup? I usually put potato in my soup with carrot and beetroot. Have you ever tried eating potato that way?
 

What is a strange fact that you know?

Duodenum is the first section of our small intestine; duodenum means its length is about 12 times with width of our fingers. 


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City West Representative

Tanya Salvi
praty005@mymail.unisa.edu.au

 

What are you studying?

Masters of Communication
[Recently (September 2021) graduated from – Bachelor’s of Communication & Media]

 

What made you want to become a Student Representative?

I had not planned to be a part of the USASA board initially, and was introduced to it by my friend Dinuk, the 2021 USASA Postgraduate Representative. Being an international student, my experience in Australia has been quite challenging yet exciting. I consider myself as the ‘people’s person’, always wanting to give back to the community. Over the years, I have actively taken part in volunteering for non-profit organizations. This year, I have also been elected as the Vice-head of Curation for the TedxUniSA 2021-22. One of the main reasons that made me want to become a student representative was to use everything that I have learnt throughout my communications degree, in advocating for students’ rights and needs, and further amplifying their voices for a better university experience. 

 

What do you aim to achieve for UniSA students in 2022?

These last two years have not been easy due to the pandemic. During the outdoor campaigning week, I had brief chat with several students regarding their problems at university. Majority of the responses were directed at not being able to participate in on-campus activities. Luckily, the restrictions have eased down and my focus would be planning exciting activities and increasing on-campus events, ensuring all students have a wonderful year at the uni. I believe it is very important to have a social life along with studying. Apart from that, I would also like to focus on crucial matters regarding some of the courses, and the safety of students at the university (on/off campus) 

 

What’s the best thing about your campus? 

In my first year of undergrad at UniSA, I studied at the Magill campus, which was also my home campus at that time. Even though I loved being at Magill due to its peaceful and calm environment, I always felt as if something was missing and that was probably because of my upbringing in the most loud and crowded city of India – Mumbai. Thanks to UniSA for offering multiple courses at multiple campuses, I was able to choose all of my subjects at the City West campus. I cannot point on one single thing that makes this campus so amazing, but if I had to, it would probably be due to its location in the city and the walking distance from West Oaks where I like to grab chilled beers and relax on a hot summer day at uni.  

 

What's your best piece of advice for your fellow students?

I would just like to quote my late friend Avicii, “One day you’ll leave this world behind, so live a life you will remember..” * insert crying emoji * But seriously – why are you still here ? Get involved in the amazing clubs and use all the resources at your disposal – Trust me it helps!

 

Where is your favourite place to go in Australia?

In SA, Hands down – Second Valley / Rapid Bay 

 

If you were a bird, what type of bird would you be?

The Big Bird – I made those two Adelaide men famous lmao 

 

What is your favourite way to eat potatoes?

Creamy mashed WHITE potatoes – Sweet potato lovers kindly move to the next question :(
 

What is a strange fact that you know?

After reading over 200 facts, I have a headache, but here we go, 
Between 1912 and 1948, Olympic medals were also handed out for creative practices such as music, architecture, art, literature and sculpture


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City West Undergraduate Representative

Anet Varghese 
varay026@mymail.unisa.edu.au

 

What are you studying?

I am studying a Bachelor of Business, Master of Management (Brand and Management)

 

What made you want to become a Student Representative?

I was in the Marketing Club as the President in 2021 and I knew that I could make more impact being in the USASA board as a student representative. 

 

What do you aim to achieve for UniSA students in 2022?

I would love to continue the dedicated work of the board from the years prior and create new initiatives with the board to assist students and create a better student life on campus. 

 

What’s the best thing about your campus? 

The Jeffrey Smart Building is THE best thing! 

 

What's your best piece of advice for your fellow students?

Have fun and make memories, university life isn’t forever. 

 

Where is your favourite place to go in Australia?

Gold Coast

 

If you were a bird, what type of bird would you be?

Parrot for sure, they are so pretty. 

 

What is your favourite way to eat potatoes?

Baked spuds all the way! 
 

What is a strange fact that you know?

Dolphins sleep with one eye open. 


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Magill Undergraduate Representative

Trisha Banga
banty008@mymail.unisa.edu.au

 

What are you studying?

I’m studying a Bachelor of Psychology (Cognitive Neuroscience) (Honours). 

 

What made you want to become a Student Representative?

I first got involved in leadership in Year 11, because during the weekly lunchtime meetings held on Mondays, we were allowed to eat inside school. I hated eating outside in Adelaide weather. Once I joined, I got involved in activities I enjoyed such as planning Formal and managing the casual day gold coin donations for different charities. Soon, I realized how much I could do by contributing and helping my school be a more welcoming place for everyone. When I was presented with the opportunity to get more involved at uni and enhance the student experience, I was ready to take on the challenge. Student representation has been some of my most rewarding experiences. 

 

What do you aim to achieve for UniSA students in 2022?

My aim is to help support students back onto in-person lectures and tutorials. Lectures have been online for almost the entirety of my university experience now, barring a few weeks. As excited as I am to be back in those movie-like lecture halls, I know that it will overwhelming and intimidating. We’re all still creating the new normal after the pandemic and I want to provide any support and assistance I can to ensure that this transition is just as smooth for everyone. 

 

What’s the best thing about your campus? 

I know it’s the typical answer, but the greenery at Magill is truly so relaxing and serene and helps calm me down on stressful days. If the sun didn’t reflect on my laptop screen, I’d always sit on the grass and study. 

 

What's your best piece of advice for your fellow students?

Don’t miss classes. That’s the mistake I made at first. Classes are your best bet to make so many friends. 

 

Where is your favourite place to go in Australia?

Due to the lockdown and limitations on interstate travel, I’ve made a few trips to Mannum in the past couple years. It has been the perfect escape from every day life for a few days, enjoying the riverside and peaceful nights under the stars. 

 

If you were a bird, what type of bird would you be?

Birds are government surveillance drones, but if I have to choose I’ve got the grace and elegance of a dove. 

 

What is your favourite way to eat potatoes?

You can never go wrong with roast potatoes. 
 

What is a strange fact that you know?

The fact that colour doesn’t really exist. We just attribute things colours based on how our eyes and brain perceive them. I remember my mind being blown when I first learnt this in my cognitive psychology class. 


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Mawson Lakes Representative

Gagan Kaur
kaugy023@mymail.unisa.edu.au

 

What are you studying?

Bachelor of Mathematics (Data Science)

 

What made you want to become a Student Representative?

All my life I have been involved in leadership roles; it is something that comes naturally to me. I had planned on not taking up any such roles at uni because of other responsibilities. But I saw certain gaps that could be filled in the system and certain changes that could be made that would make everyone’s experience at uni so much better. I couldn’t stop but step up and be the one who initiates that change instead of waiting around for someone else to do it.

 

What do you aim to achieve for UniSA students in 2022?

I would like to strengthen and improve the student support services at uni and ensure that no student feels like their voices and concerns are not being heard. I strive to be the representative students can share their ideas and visions with and have faith in. Moreover, I would also love to work on increasing engagement in clubs and hold more social events.

 

What’s the best thing about your campus? 

The parking. 

 

What's your best piece of advice for your fellow students?

Be pro-active, right from the start. There’s so much to do at uni besides just studying. Make sure you make the most out of your time at uni because you never know when you’ll get another experience like this. The clubs and volunteering are a great start.

 

Where is your favourite place to go in Australia?

The Art Gallery of South Australia. I feel at so much peace every time I go there. 100% my happy place.

 

If you were a bird, what type of bird would you be?

Blue-footed booby because the cute feet.

 

What is your favourite way to eat potatoes?

Jeera Aloo is the supreme way to have potatoes, change my mind.
 

What is a strange fact that you know?

The plastic/metal tip of a shoelace is called an aglet, A-G-L-E-T! Aglet! Don't forget it


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Mawson Lakes Undergraduate Representative

Sam Bhattacharjee
bhasy035@mymail.unisa.edu.au

 

What are you studying?

I’m currently Studying a Bachelor of IT

 

What made you want to become a Student Representative?

I wanted to be a student representative because I believed that I could make a difference for my peers at Mawson Lakes.

 

What do you aim to achieve for UniSA students in 2022?

in 2022 I am aiming to be as active as possible in USASA and on campus for Mawson Lakes students!

 

What’s the best thing about your campus? 

The best thing About Mawson Lakes is the Zambrero’s! 

 

What's your best piece of advice for your fellow students?

Make sure you balance study and life! Don’t do too much of either one and you’ll have the best Uni experience 

 

Where is your favourite place to go in Australia?

My Favorite place to visit in Australia is the Box Hill shopping Centre in Melbourne, every time I visit my hometown, I make sure to stop by for the food the practically raised me!

 

If you were a bird, what type of bird would you be?

If I were a bird I’d be an Andean Condor, with one of the largest wingspans in the world, it is one of the coolest birds of prey.

 

What is your favourite way to eat potatoes?

Fried. 
 

What is a strange fact that you know?

Fairy Floss was invented by a dentist.


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UniSA Online Representative

Amy Djite    
djiay002@mymail.unisa.edu.au

 

What are you studying?

A Bachelor of Psychological Science and Sociology

 

What made you want to become a Student Representative?

I have a passion for community and equality, becoming a student representative enables me to be the voice for online students to ensure we have our say in UniSA

 

What do you aim to achieve for UniSA students in 2022?

More online visibility and connection 

 

What’s the best thing about your campus?

I’m online, so it is being at home and studying in between life

 

What's your best piece of advice for your fellow students?

Enjoy the process, the end result will be well worth it. 

 

Where is your favourite place to go in Australia?

Wherever my friends and family are.

 

If you were a bird, what type of bird would you be?

A Dove, they bring peace

 

What is your favourite way to eat potatoes? 

Fries!! 

 

What is a strange fact that you know? 

The Giant Galapagos Land Tortoise lived to be 175 years old

  

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2021 Student Board

Student President -Noah Beckmann
Post Graduate Representative -Dinuk Nanayakkara
International Representative -Ishika Sharma
Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Representative - Rhys Peden
City East Representatives - Shivangi Singh, Hiranya Maini
City West Representatives - Sevara Yunus, Joe Gaynor:
Magill Representatives - Matisse Chambers, Amelianna Alfred Domnic
Mawson Lakes Representatives - Shubhangi Chauhan, Charlene Lee
Mount Gambier Representative - Elly Hogben
Whyalla Representative -Ashlee Jones
UniSA Online Representative -Amy Djite

2020 Student Board

Student President -Noah Beckmann
Post Graduate Representative -Lekshmi (Lex) Shylaja
International Representative -Melinda Ho
Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Representative - Rhys Peden
City East Representatives - Timothy Pham, Jenny Chen
City West Representatives - Linus Johnston, Ned Feary
Magill Representatives - Emily Williams, Arunika Dutta
Mawson Lakes Representatives - Jaisree Ravichandran, Joshua Steele
Mount Gambier Representative - Lauren Baum
Whyalla Representative -Dianne Wilkins
 
2019 Student Board

Student President - Grace Dixon
Post Graduate Representative - Nida Baig
International Representative - Rana Harsh
Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Representative - Christine Doolan
City East Representatives - Julie Ma, Sopor Tan
City West Representatives - Bridget Barletta, Ned Feary
Magill Representatives - Kate Riggall, Arunika Dutta
Mawson Lakes Representatives - Noah Beckmann, Thanusshan Packiyarajah
Mount Gambier Representative - Laurena Byers
Whyalla Representative - Wenona Reddaway-Worth
2018 Student Board

Student President - Jordan Mumford
Post Graduate Representative - Kate Riggall
International Representative -N/A
Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Representative - Pamela Spek
City East Representatives - Natansh Modi, Sopor Tan
City West Representatives - Cecilia Tran-Nguyen, Bridget Barletta
Magill Representatives - Ryan Colsey, Tom Gilchrist
Mawson Lakes Representatives - Grace Dixon, Sneha Manimurugan
Mount Gambier Representative - Georgina Gogel
Whyalla Representative - Kemal Brkic
2017 Student Board

Student President - Kayla Dickeson
Post Graduate Representative - Louise Kyriaki
International Representative -Diana Wong (January-June), Luke Le (July-December)
Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Representative - Jordan-Leigh Graeber (July-November), Pamela Spek (November-2018)
City East Representatives - Han Nguyen, Natansh Modi
City West Representatives - Ryan Kennealy, Monamee Ishika (January-August), Zahra Darwishi (September-December)
Magill Representatives - Ryan Colsey, Carey Moore
Mawson Lakes Representatives - Jordan Mumford, Izik Nehow (January-June), Jivan Jothi (July-December)
Mount Gambier Representative - Julie Baum (January-December), Eerin Wilson (December-2018)
Whyalla Representative - Kemal Brkic

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