The Guild has never been led by an international student. International students contribute to every facet of UWA life, often while at great cost. Spark thinks it’s about time the Guild was truly progressive, truly representative, and uplifted this previously unheard voice.How can we claim to fight for all students when there are still those who have never been given the opportunity to have a real seat at the table?

I’m Geemal, an international student from Sri Lanka in my 3rd year, studying Economics. I am the ISD President, and a Residential-Advisor at St Catherine's' College and have also been the Treasurer of the University Hall Residents' Club and the Education Officer of RSD.

As your Guild President I promise to work every day to reignite campus culture, protect and improve our educational quality, and make sure that students of all backgrounds are heard and respected on our campus.

Hi! I’m Will, a second-year student studying a double major in English and Literary Studies and History, and I’m running for the Student Guild’s SOC President in 2023. Since joining UWA at the start of last year, I’ve represented both Sober? and UCBA as OCMs, and been a part of the Sober? Exec, serving as Secretary. I’ll be running for SOC President because I truly believe that UWA is our state’s best university, purely because of its clubs, and club culture, and I’m super excited about the opportunity to engage with our clubs in a very meaningful way.

I love UWA’s clubs for their inclusivity, the broad range of interests they cover, and for what they add to our campus culture. If I’m elected as SOC President I’d like to continue to rebuild that on-campus culture, after the struggles in the wake of covid.

Hi! I am a second year Bachelor of Arts student majoring in Political Sciences and International Relations. I am currently the Arts Union Equity VP and have previously volunteered for Uni Camp for Kids and served as a Arts Union Fresher Representative.

I am passionate about delivering meaningful academic reform to benefit all UWA students. I believe that every UWA student should have equitable access to resources, regardless of their circumstances. With the prominence of online learning due to the ever-changing COVID-19 environment, my goal for 2023 is to streamline our online learning platforms and promote the opportunity for multi-modal learning.

I believe that UWA students deserve a Guild that they can trust and approach with feedback on their experience. I promise that as your Education Council President, I will fight for you and your experience.

Hey everyone, for those of you who don’t know me, my name is Taniya and I’m beyond excited to be running for PAC president with Spark. Studying Public Health has allowed me to gain exposure within all things ‘Public’ especially when it comes down to innovative partnerships within and out of uni that can truly make a bigger change on campus. Throughout my experiences with roles on HSS, Desi, S4R and CB4H, I’ve been able to gain a diverse range of skills in liaising with organisations, events management, and sheer teamwork. I want to be able to bring back the ‘spark’ on campus as we move towards a post-pandemic future, a real sense of belonging, community and with excitement to always look forward to. With PAC, I would love to expand our horizons to reach out to partner with organisations that will contribute to an enjoyable campus culture.

Hi! My name is Lara, and I will be running for the position of General Secretary.

Looking back on university, I know my favourite memories will be of being on campus and getting involved with campus culture. As General Secretary, I hope and would have the power to make sure all areas of university are thriving after covid disruptions, particularly for the benefit of prospective students.

After two years of holding various Secretary roles, I have embraced my love for planning and organising. I have particularly enjoyed being Societies Secretary this year, and I loved interacting with so many passionate club executives. I have seen firsthand what these clubs need and expect from Guild and would enjoy the opportunity to apply this learnt knowledge to a larger part of the university.

I hope to make student life better by being your 2023 General Secretary.

Hi, I’m Taleah Ugle, a Menang Noongar woman from the Great Southern of Western Australia. I am currently in my first year of biomedical science here at UWA. Culture, family, and friends are what I would value most in my life. I was raised by strong indigenous women to be a strong woman myself. I was taught to not look down on others and to give a welcoming presence to those around me. Back home in Albany, I was an active participant in my community. It has given me great joy to involve others and give those a chance to speak. I would like to do the same here as a Woman’s candidate for SPARK.

My name is Sofie and I am eighteen and studying a Bachelor of Biomedical Science.I am a proud Yamatji woman, however I am originally from Albany, WA. By growing up in Albany I was always surrounded by the beautiful outdoors however even in my time in Albany I have seen it drastically change for the worse. It devastates me to even fathom what our world will look like give it another 18 years if already so much has changed within my life. Along with this, as a student who moved straight out of home and is currently living on campus, I understand the importance of events and campus culture in order to make those lifelong friendships. Afterall, uni shouldn’t just be about getting a degree. For these two main reasons I would like to run for Environmental Officer for SPARK!

G’day, I’m Kaelin Abrahams and I’m one of multiple, amazing candidates vying to be your welfare officer. When considering why I’m here writing this, it comes to my past. As a country lad who grew up in state housing, raised by two separated, single parents, acting as a carer myself for my five younger siblings and always working to give back to the communities that raised me; I know what it means to be there for others, and to believe in the good of helping those that are vulnerable or alone. As a thoughtful second-year student and one of UWA’s current Pride Officers, I ask you use me and the rest of the Spark team to make 2023 a success for what it means to be a part of a large, diversified student family. You have my ears; you have my voice. Thank you for reading.

This is an opportunity I simply can’t pass up. This unique position would allow me to combine my skills and abundant experience in sports and leadership, the two areas I care about most. Studying Sport Science has furthered my passion for fostering athleticism, sportsmanship and kinship. I have proven myself in the college environment as Sports Officer of St Catherine’s in 2021 and Co-president this year, where I’ve learned the importance of solicitous leadership in successfully implementing sports to unify a community. I’m confident I can bring fresh ideas to the table and exciting collaborations with College Row and beyond.

Hi! I'm Claudia Bruce and I am a 3rd year PPE student.

I finished high school and began university almost completely online. Like most of us, I have experienced the highs and lows of online learning over the last few years. As a student with a disability, I am acutely aware of how this shift to online learning has affected students.

Like many students, I have had to balance my university workload, various jobs, and a complex family life while studying. I don’t have a list of positions I have held, as I have worked 15 hours a week for the last two years. But I think that makes me even more aware of the difficult balance students at UWA have to strike.

You will often find me hanging out in various club rooms. I hope to see you around and thanks for reading!

Hello! I’m in my 2nd year studying Economics and Human Resource Management. I am the Vice-President of the RSD and a Residential-Advisor at St. Catherine’s College. These roles have given me first-hand insight into what it means to be a part of a community. I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to witness the bond that we have across the colleges. It’s so important to be able to mix and share stories about each other’s cultures and backgrounds.

Coming out of COVID and with our boarders again open, there’s never been a more critical time to have a strong campus culture where people from all over the world can feel included and involved! I decided to run for OGC with Spark to continue to grow the campus culture we have at UWA, and I am honoured to be joined by one of the most diverse, inclusive and incredible team.

I’m Akshata Jois, and I’m in my first year of BPhil. In my life, I make it a goal to uphold diversity in everything I do. I like to be exposed to people of different walks of life, because I believe we have so much to learn from other’s experiences. As a woman of colour and speaker of non-English languages, I strive to maintain my own diversity and I think that awareness of the issues that members in our society face due to their diversity is so important. As part of Spark’s mission to improve campus culture, I would like to help build a greater sense of community and create a space where we can explore the diversity within the students at this university. I want to shape UWA into an institution where students feel safe to express themselves freely, and to foster a community of social awareness and inclusivity.

My name is Charlotte and I am a third year History of Art student. In 2022, I have held the roles of Ordinary Guild Councillor and Tenancy Chair, as well as developing and launching UWA’s new student radio station, UDUB Radio. I have a strong passion for advocating for students and providing services that enrich the student experience for everyone at UWA. I have achieved much to be proud of this year, however I believe I still have a lot to give to the Guild and UWA students in 2023. I believe that fostering meaningful and proactive change in the Guild is fundamental to giving students the best possible experience throughout their time at UWA, and I am committed to achieving this next year with my fellow Guild Councillors.

My name is John Nguyen, and I’m a second year studying Integrated medical sciences. As influential as my studies here at UWA have been for my career, I believe that the most important lessons at university are the ones learnt outside of the classroom. It’s the memories I have of playing bubble soccer on oak lawn, or of simply grabbing a coffee from Reid with friends after an 8am kayaking tutorial, that will stick with me the longest. That’s why I am running as OGC with Spark this year, as I strongly resonate with their vision of bringing back campus culture at UWA. I believe I have both the experience and fresh new ideas necessary to achieve this goal, having been a member of several diverse club committees in 2021.

Hi, I am Keerthan Ganesan and I am currently in my 3rd year of Biomedical Science I am running for OGC for Spark. I am someone who values transparency, trust, and accountability, this has sadly not been values that have been upheld by the guild in recent years. Hence I want to bring more accountability and transparency to the students of UWA and fix the poor reputation that the guild has. On top of this, I believe that the university experience should be memorable for both current and future students and so I want to improve the student experience on campus by bringing more events that better prepare students for the future as they leave university as well as have events that improve campus culture and help students make life long friends and memories.

Hey everyone! My name is Remi and I am running for a position as an Ordinary Guild Councillor.

Having just begun my journey at UWA, I am eager to get started promoting positive change throughout the campus, in particular creating a Guild that fosters inclusivity and growth. I want to see a more approachable Guild, where students feel comfortable expressing the changes they want to see and the Guild can allocate resources to these genuine matters, such as increased funding to new clubs and more start of semester social events.

SPARK cares about representing students and bettering their uni experience, striving to make campus an enjoyable, safe space for all. Within their first year SPARK is already creating a more functional Guild and leaving a lasting legacy with a majority women on council this year. I cannot wait to be a part of the impact SPARK continues to have in...

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Hello! I am a second-year student studying synthetic chemistry. I am currently on committee on UCBA and planning on running for exec next year.

From what I’ve seen and heard, the social life at UWA is a fraction of what it used to be pre covid in 2019. But as we are finally on the return to normalcy, I want to turn my hand to bringing that social life back to where it was then through pushing for more funding to social clubs, encouraging more collaboration events and being a voice for progressive ideas that social clubs want to run.

As a member of SPARK I’m excited to work with my presidential candidate Geemal to make his ideas come to fruition. I’m excited to see how far we can take UWA together.

Having started at UWA during the covid pandemic the reality of campus life was far from the vibrant hub it had been promised. Having experienced campus life slowly return has been a memorable experience, but I know the true potential of campus life and I want to be part of the team that helps build it. During my time at UWA I have been involved in the Women’s Department and other Clubs, meaning I have experienced the guild not only in a student point of view but a club’s. Having seen the work the Guild does I want to continue the progression they have worked so hard to build. I have a strong ethic and am passionate about my views and want to see the visions of the Guild be transformed into a reality and I believe that I would be an amazing addition to make this a certainty.

My name is Dhyey Shah. I'm 19 years old and in my second year of study, doing Integrated Medical Sciences and Clinical Practise. As an interstate student, I understand the importance of campus culture and community. As a fresher in 2021 living at college, I was exposed to the unity of college row. This helped me to make lifelong friends and relationships. This helped with my mental health, welbeaing and academics. This is why I want to run for an OGC position with Spark. To ensure those that come from far and wide that even though they may live on college row, they will still experience the unity on campus to make relationships, and I aim to help my party rebuild the campus culture and connections.

My name is Anthony Sims, and I’m in my first year of studying Finance and Politics, Philosophy and Economics at UWA. As I’m originally from Esperance, a small town in rural WA, I greatly appreciate the welcoming campus culture and believe my diverse background to be a potential strength, hence why I am running for the position of OGC with SPARK. Should I attain this role, I hope to provide more useful amenities to students to improve the quality of the UWA student experience and the mental health of students. In addition to this, I believe my previous leadership experiences at my high school will be a great strength to SPARK.

My name is Robert Whitehurst. I am 19 years of age, and I am in my second year of studying Politics, Philosophy and Economics. During my studies at UWA, I participated in extracurriculars such as a Residential Advisor at University hall and President of the Residential Students' Department. I now wish to run for an OGC position with Spark. With Spark, I wish to take on projects that reduce the carbon footprint of UWA, creating a more sustainable and efficient environment for all students at the University. In addition, I wish to work closely with my colleagues to ensure the most is done in our time to benefit all students at UWA. With my experience and education, I know this can be done.

Hi, I’m Dorian Winter. I’m in my first year of studying a Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) majoring in Psychology and Philosophy. As a member of the LGBT+ community, I know how isolating it can be to feel different and how important a sense of camaraderie is at university. Additionally, finding your place in university can be a whirlwind - spoken as a fresher myself. Your comfort is important to me. This is why I am running for an OGC position with Spark, to ensure that both campus culture and interpersonal support networks are enhanced to provide a personalised and enjoyable university experience for everybody. With the help of my party, I aim to amplify inclusive policies and to make sure that your student voice gets heard.

The Guild has never been led by an international student. International students contribute to every facet of UWA life, often while at great cost. Spark thinks it’s about time the Guild was truly progressive, truly representative, and uplifted this previously unheard voice.How can we claim to fight for all students when there are still those who have never been given the opportunity to have a real seat at the table?

I’m Geemal, an international student from Sri Lanka in my 3rd year, studying Economics. I am the ISD President, and a Residential-Advisor at St Catherine's' College and have also been the Treasurer of the University Hall Residents' Club and the Education Officer of RSD.

As your Guild President I promise to work every day to reignite campus culture, protect and improve our educational quality, and make sure that students of all backgrounds are heard and respected on our campus.

The National Union of Students is the peak representative body for all University students across Australia. It is critical that UWA students are represented and given a voice at this forum, to make sure our government listens to what students need now. In a time when the cost of living is rising higher and higher, and students are struggling to make ends meet, we need to push the government to protect the vulnerable in our communities.

Having the honour of serving as your 109th Guild President this year has opened my eyes to the issues faced by students not only on our campus, but across the country. As a twice elected NUS Representative, I know that I have the experience and voice to make sure we are heard and respected nationally, and to help push for real change for students.

Hi! I am a second year Bachelor of Arts student majoring in Political Sciences and International Relations. I am currently the Arts Union Equity VP and have previously volunteered for Uni Camp for Kids and served as a Arts Union Fresher Representative.

I am passionate about delivering meaningful academic reform to benefit all UWA students. I believe that every UWA student should have equitable access to resources, regardless of their circumstances. With the prominence of online learning due to the ever-changing COVID-19 environment, my goal for 2023 is to streamline our online learning platforms and promote the opportunity for multi-modal learning.

I believe that UWA students deserve a Guild that they can trust and approach with feedback on their experience. I promise that if I am elected, I will fight for you and your experience.