Each year at the Annual Graduate Ball, GSA acknowledges exceptional contributions to the University community during an awards ceremony.

There were three awards in 2019:

  • The Grad Group of the Year Award
  • The Broader Campuses Leader Award
  • The Student Leader of the Year Award

    1. Grad Group of the Year

Awarded to the nominated Grad Group that demonstrated outstanding contribution to building student communities, promoting the student voice, supporting academic & professional development, and/or making a positive difference beyond university.

Wilderness Medicine Students’ Society (WMSS)

WMSS promotes knowledge and experience in wilderness/
expedition medicine, as well as helping medical students interested in the outdoors to organise trips and events and be part of a lasting community.

  • Creates lasting bonds across students in different years
  • Organises both academic and recreational events
  • Improves member wellbeing throughout the year

Learn more about Grad Groups on our Community page⇒

2. Broader Campuses Leader Award

Awarded to the nominated graduate student who has made the strongest and most sustained contribution to one of the University of Melbourne’s campuses beyond Parkville.

Lauren Khalil-Salib (Southbank)

Lauren has shown commitment to her Grad Group, cohort and campus, creating opportunities for students, being a voice on multiple committees and providing opportunities for extended learning and socialising for students on and off campus.

  • Student representative for the Australian Music Therapy Association (Vic)
  • President of the Music Therapy Grad Student Group (MTGSG)
  • Representative on the Student Enrichment Advisory Board
  • Music Therapy Leader on the Teddy Bear Hospital Committee

    3. UniBank Student Leader of the Year Award

Awarded to the nominated graduate student who has worked to undertake leadership roles and make a positive impact on behalf of the graduate student community.

Fiona Lynch

Fiona advocates for student wellbeing across numerous committees, associations and groups, including the Royal Children’s Hospital, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Melbourne.

  • President of the Melbourne Children’s Campus Research Students Association (MCCRSA)
  • Student representative on the Melbourne Children’s Graduate Research Committee and the Department of Paediatrics Executive Committee


Congratulations to all our winners!