Campus Representatives

 

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

Hayate Yamada
yamhy003@mymail.unisa.edu.au  

What are you studying?

Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Business (Management)

What made you want to become a Student Representative?

To be able to positively improve the university for all students and be involved in the university community

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

To create a university community that meets all student's needs through activities and increased support for clubs.

What’s the best thing about your campus? 

The proximity to great cafes.

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

Relax. Stressing never helps in any situation.

Where is your favourite place to go in Australia?

Renmark

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

If I were a bird, I would be an owl. Owls look wise and seem to be observant birds.

What is your favourite way to eat potatoes?

Mashed potato

What is a strange fact that you know?

Dolphins sleep with one eye open. 


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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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Magill Representative

Michelle Emery
emesy002@mymail.unisa.edu.au

What are you studying?

Bachelor of Psychology (Honors).

What made you want to become a Student Representative?

I want to advocate for the students at the Magill campus. To listen and make a difference wherever I can. 

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

I will work collaboratively with the other board members to positively influence your university life.  My main goal is to listen and advocate for students of the Magill campus to ensure your voice is heard, and your needs are meet while studying at UniSA.  

What’s the best thing about your campus? 

We are lucky at Magill to have a campus with so much open space and nature. It really is peaceful.

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

Connect with each other and have fun while studying. 

Where is your favourite place to go in Australia?

Any quiet beach will do. 

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

Gosh, I don’t know.  I love canaries at the pet shop, they are so calm and friendly. 

What is your favourite way to eat potatoes?

Nothing beats eating hot chips at the beach on a hot summer’s night straight right out the paper with family.

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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Whyalla Student Representative

Ashleigh Quilliam  
quiab002@mymail.unisa.edu.au

What are you studying?

I am studying a Bachelor of Social Work.

What made you want to become a Student Representative?

The idea of being a Student Representative was somewhat daunting to me and that is why I chose to nominate myself. I decided to step outside of my comfort zone, to grow my interpersonal communication and leadership skills. 

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

I hope to foster a sense of belonging for students attending the Whyalla Campus, by listening to their voice and advocating for their interests and wellbeing. I aim to be a supporter for all students, encouraging them to thrive. I would like to be a part of creating opportunities for students to come together and make the most of their university experience.

What’s the best thing about your campus?

The people.

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

Create boundaries and learn to prioritize. “There’s more to see than can ever be seen, more to do than can ever be done” (Morake & Twille, 1994, The Circle of Life). You can run yourself ragged trying to meet your own standards and expectations from others but remember you can’t fill an empty cup.

Where is your favourite place to go in Australia?

My favourite place to visit in Australia is Baird Bay. Up until a couple of years ago there was no phone service until you climbed to the top of the lookout. It was the perfect escape. There are always plenty of fish to catch and swimming with the seals is a wonder. The last time I swam at Baird’s, a little baby seal was trying to play with the anchor rope of our boat. When I cautiously approached for a better view, the seal thought I was the perfect playmate and started nudging and nibbling on my wetsuit. It was a little scary, but certainly memorable.

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

Before getting to know someone, people tend to make assumptions about who they think that person is based on their own experience and worldview. Like a crow, I am not always what I am perceived to be. Crows are often depicted in popular culture as a bad omen. Though there is more to these birds than meets the eye. They have brilliant memories and will repay kindness.

What is your favourite way to eat potatoes? 

Fries for sure, but not too greasy.

What is a strange fact that you know? 

You were born with 300 bones. If you are now an adult, you have 206 bones.

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Past Board Members

  • 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
  • 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

The University of South Australia Student Association acknowledges the Kaurna, Boandik and Barngarla First Nations People as the traditional custodians of the unceded lands now home to the University of South Australia’s campuses in Adelaide, Mount Gambier and Whyalla. We respectfully acknowledge their Ancestors and Elders, past, present and emerging. We also acknowledge the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia. It was and always will be Aboriginal land.

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