All enrolled graduate students at the University of Melbourne are eligible to vote in GSA Council elections.

Voting opens on Monday 23 April and closes at 10am on Friday 11 May.

You will receive an email to your unimelb.edu.au email account detailing how to vote as soon as voting opens.


Full candidates list:

Click on the candidate’s name to view their statement, photograph and video (if provided).


Geng Huang

Greetings fellow graduate students!

I am Geng HUANG, a student in School of Engineering. I’m enthusiastic about working in student association. Looking back at my experience, I have been working in student associations for more than 4 years. As a student, I can clearly see that there are still many inconveniences and problems in our school daily life remain to be solved. It would be a great honour for me to represent our students to fight for our rights and welfare in University of Melbourne.

If I am elected, I would devote myself to solving the issues associated with our students’ daily activities. I will try to earn more welfare for our graduate students, for example, free access to public transport system, more scholarship opportunities to International students, more Gym&Sports programs  to provide students with chances to learn new skills.

Besides issues mentioned above, I will also work with my team to earn more resources, more financial support, more job information from school to enrich our  students’  school life!

Thanks for your ever support and trust! I will try my best to make a difference!


Siyu Liu

I am Siyu, studying master of IT. My experience helps build majority of my advantages: strong communication skills, patient, and the passion to help others.

I used to play a leader role in a university club which helped company to build connection with undergraduates. It was there I deeply understood how important professional skills and career information were , for students who pursuing their future careers.

Also, my volunteer experience in university was focusing on caring for the blind people. It was there I learned how necessary we should consider about every group of people both in our community and society.

Now my team and I have a clear target of our policy : provide more venue and facility to students; support women , disabled and LGBTIQ community ; get more welfare for students like transportation discount and insurance discount.

Every single voice of our students should and will be well respected and listened ! Every single right our students deserve our great efforts to fight for!

That’s why this campaign can’t only be about me. It must be about us!It must be about what we can do together! Vote for me!


Shalitha Weerakoon Karunatillek

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Akash Odattil Sivaji

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Yi-Fan Lin

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Yuewen Chen

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I’m Yuewen Chen, studying Master of IT in the university. During my undergraduate study, I served as a vice president of the student union and also managed a charity society. These have made me very experienced in organizing activities and striving for benefits for students. I realized that everything we do must be based on the actual needs of the students, not just what we want to do. Therefore, I am a good listener and researcher who can find out the real needs of my classmates and looking for appropriate countermeasures. At the same time, I have a strong ability to solve problems and are good at risk management. I always prepare plan B to deal with various situations that may occur in the activities and achieve the expected results as far as possible. If I can join GSA, I will focus on career, recourses and warefare. Because these are the problems that the students are facing urgently to solve. Meanwhile, as an international student, I will also actively fight for rights for this group. I hope to win more internships and job opportunities for international students. By inviting seniors to communicate with their classmates, they can better understand the /over word length.


Shiyu Zhou (Zhou Jo)

Hi, I’m ShiYu Zhou, let me start by saying thank you for your attention. We all read and vote for one reason. It’s our rights and future. Why I start this journal? When I came to the university, I thought that I could find all information and help I need. However, the truth disappointed me. I thought it is time that I might do something for this great university.

I fight for more scholarship opportunities and maintaining a relevant Tuition Fee increase rate to ease the burden. Study space and facility support will be better.  About future, I fight for more job opportunities from information sharing, workshop training and more career panel. More consultation & consoling service will be provided for women, LGBTIQ, young parents and anyone who need help.

I worked as a volunteer for Tedx media so I know how to build various information package and better communication methods. I fight for more welfare, like transportation concession, medical care, insurance and sports program.

I am willing to listen others’ voice and love to fight for student rights and equal opportunities bravely. I sincerely hope that I could join GSA, your kind support and vote will be appreciated!


Yaqian Tang

My name is Yaqian Tang, and I’m running a campaign to become a GSA councillor.

As a student, I experience and understand what’s students’ requirements and demands. As an international student, I understand the feeling of being a member of the minority in the university. I deeply know the situation and am eager to make improvements. I enjoy helping people and am a responsible person. I volunteered in museums and Marathons, experienced in associate work, and now I’m the secretary of CIS Postgraduate Group.

I deserve your trust to be elected as a member of the GSA council. I will advise university to provide more venues to study, to open more scholarship opportunities for master students, and to maintain a reasonable tuition fee increase rate, especially for international students. I will support minority groups with the help of the university. I will devote myself to creating a more transparent communication and information sharing platform between students and university. I will keep focusing on students’ welfare especially medical support and the future personal development such as career consultation. I need your support to speak for your voices and fight for our students’ rights! Please kindly vote for me!


Sepideh Jahangiri

Hi, my name is Sepideh Jahangiri, I’m a MBS student, and I’m running to Renew the GSA!
As a student ambassador in Melbourne Business School and a member of the MBS student association, I had the opportunity to become more involved with current and new students and communicate their needs to the faculty while working within our committee to do everything in our power to give them what they need and ask for.
I’m a member of a diverse team of graduate student with great leadership experience: Renew GSA! Our team is non-political. Our team members come from different faculties and academic and professional backgrounds. We are made up of both existing GSA councillors and new, passionate candidates, like me.
If elected I will work to achieve four key policies:
1. Continue the constitution reform process in a collaborative and consultative way,
2. Creating a sustainable advocacy program for international students’ accommodation arrangements
3. Keep up the fight to get graduate students public transport concessions through the Fares Fair campaign,
4. Increasing graduate students’ employability and professional opportunities after graduation
I hope you will consider voting for me—and the other candidates who are also running to Renew the GSA!

VIDEO: Sepideh Jahangiri


Shajid Mohammad


Hey Friends, I’m Shajid and am pursuing my Masters in Computer Science. I’m running as a candidate to be a Member of GSA Council because I want to fight to make life better for us as students locally on campus and for students everywhere and endeavor to ensure that student life is maximized to the highest potential. I worked as a Software Engineer at IBM and as a Youthspark Advocate at Microsoft before pursuing my graduate studies and while working there, I found that Teamwork is everything to achieve anything. Hence, I believe in unity on campus and giving everyone a fair go and say despite gender, nationality, religion or belief and be their voice.mI will also press for improvements across the board throughout the campus in relation to student lecturer relationships. I will work tirelessly to ensure that Graduate students in Victoria get their well-deserved rights to student public transport concessions as every other student in Australia. Thank you for giving me this opportunity and your time. I promise to stand up to your expectations.


Bren Carruthers

Hi, I’m Bren, a Master of Journalism student and former GSA Councillor. I’m seeking election so I can continue my work in advocating for the health and welfare of graduate students.

I have previously helped establish a Health and Welfare Officer position within the GSA, ensuring that it is one of the key goals of the organisation. Graduate study, particularly research, is often the most stressful period in a person’s life, but we should never accept mental illness as a necessary part of a higher degree.  Graduate study at the University of Melbourne should be about the ‘best and brightest’; it should never be ‘survival of the fittest’.

I have an extensive background in serving students at the University of Melbourne, including as the Founding Station Manager of Radio Fodder. My passions may lay in the media, but my on-campus involvements have always been underpinned by a passion for serving students.

Whilst the government’s troubling proposed changes to university funding, campus sustainability, and the ongoing development of the University’s student precinct are also important issues to me, health advocacy remains my top priority. I would truly appreciate your vote and your support.


Naixin (Erica) Zhang

I’m Naixin(Erica) Zhang, a current master student in the University of Melbourne. It is my honour to participate this election.

I believe I am a self-driving, initiative and responsible person. As a female and international student, I always emerge myself into the local culture and try to do some contributions to the community. Although I just began my life in Melbourne for half month last year, I actively joined the volunteer activities such as NewCo Melbourne and Summerfest Host, etc. Besides, I eager to utilize my skills and transfer my academic study into practical to truly help others, therefore I found an internship in a technology startup to make it possible.

Before pursuing my master degree, I had two-year working experience in a NYSE Information Technology Company. I worked with a fantastic team and together we created a new App called 58 Credit. I enjoy working with other people because I can always find shining points in them and learn from others.

Thank you for providing this chance. It would be really amazing if I have the opportunity to work with GSA.


Peter Eze

Hi, my name is PETER EZE. I’m a Ph.D – Engineering student, and I’m running to Renew the GSA!

I’ve served as the Communication Officer and Secretary of CIS Graduate Research Students. I was a member of CIS Doctoral Colloquium Committee in 2017. I was a student rep at the University Of Sheffield, UK.

I’m part of a team of independent, diverse and experienced graduate student leaders: Renew GSA! Our team is non-political. Our candidates come from many backgrounds, faculties and campuses. We are made up of both existing GSA councillors and new, passionate candidates like me.

If elected I will work to achieve four key policies:

  • Continue the constitution reform process in a collaborative and consultative way,
  • Keep up the fight to get graduate students’ public transport concessions through the Fares Fair campaign,
  • Provide a ‘student-for-student’ academic support and mentorship for integration of graduate students into the Melbourne Model and
  • Increase the support for and outreach to existing International students having difficulties as well as introduce ‘Meet-and-Greet’ for new International Students of all nations.

I hope you will consider voting for me—and the other candidates who are also running to Renew the GSA!

VIDEO: Peter Eze


Tangshuang Qin

Hi, I’m Tanghshuang Qin. It is an honour for me to represent you and fight for your priority in the GSA Council. As a warm-hearted and passionate person, I’ve been the student represent of student union during my bachelor degree and involved in holding events like technology carnival. As the manager of football club, I was in charge of financial management and external cooperation for the whole team.

As an international student, I care much about the democracy and priority for international students. Although significant change has been undertaken in recent years, it is still necessary to make more moves. Scholarship opportunities are lack for international students considering the huge amount of international students. I’m willing to strive for more welfare.

Equality for everyone is another concern for me. I’m passionate about ensuring that all women graduates are presented in GSA Council. I want to achieve the best possible outcomes for girls, including the safety, comfort, and confidence in university.

I’m seeking your support for election as the member of GSA Council. Your vote will be my wheels of progress! Thank you!


Brad Knight

Hi, my name is Brad Knight, I’m a Masters of Information Systems student, and I’m running to Renew the GSA!

I am the 2017 GSA General Secretary, and I have served as a GSA Councillor since 2016. In this time, I’ve accumulated the experience necessary to effectively contribute in running a large NFP like the GSA.

I’m part of a team of independent, diverse and experienced graduate student leaders: Renew GSA! Our team is non-political. Our candidates come from many backgrounds, faculties and campuses. We are made up of both existing GSA councillors, like me, and new passionate candidates.

If elected I will work to achieve four key policies:

  • Continue the constitution reform process in a collaborative and consultative way,
  • Keep up the fight to get graduate students public transport concessions through the Fares Fair campaign,
  • Increase the GSA’s engagement with students, especially at non-Parkville campuses, and
  • Create new opportunities for more postgraduate students to get involved with GSA. Students deserve a greater opportunity to contribute their voice to the GSA, beyond just annual general elections.

I hope you will consider voting for me—and the other candidates who are also running to Renew the GSA!

VIDEO: Brad Knight


Yumen Sun

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VIDEO: Yumen Sun


Randi Miranda

I nominated for the GSA Council-Education and Research Officer (ERO). I believe that my extensive working experience in project management and communication with some reputable international organisations will be great assets to the GSA especially the education and research division. I have worked with the Heart of Borneo Project (HoBP), International Labour Organization (ILO), The Forest Trust and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) Australia in Indonesia. My role with DFAT is particularly relevant to the need of GSA where I managed their education partnership particularly their scholarship and alumni engagement programs in Indonesia. Besides, I also have worked as a research assistant/consultant for researchers of various backgrounds. This set of skills will definitely benefit post graduate students through ERO’s roles. While I acknowledge the huge contributions and benefits from the existing education and research activities, I would like to create some additional programs to share information on scholarship opportunities, research management, funding and publication for our postgraduate students.

Equally important, I have excellent interpersonal skills displayed through strong verbal and written communication skills. Also, I am very sociable and adaptable to people from diverse background and cultures.  So, come on, let’s vote me in.

VIDEO: Randi Miranda


Ioannis Sidiropoulos

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VIDEO: Ioannis Sidiropoulos


Emily Roberts

Hi, my name is Emily, I’m a Melbourne Business School student, and I’m running to Renew the GSA!

I’m running to be a GSA councillor because I’m passionate about increasing student involvement, if elected I will work to increase GSA’s engagement with all students. This means dynamic volunteering opportunities, events and activities improving accessibility for students with complex needs and responsibilities and events for students not based in Parkville. I’m passionate about Volunteering and want to see GSA’s volunteering partnerships increased particularly with grad groups. As well continuing the constitution reform process in a collaborative and consultativeway. I’m an UMSU Host Program Director leading nearly 500 volunteers, assisting 8,000+ students annually.

I support maintaining the fight to get graduate students public transport concessions through the FaresFair campaign and other campaigns promoting wellbeing academically and socially.

I’m part of a team of independent, diverse and experienced graduate studentleaders: Renew GSA! Our team is non-political. Our candidates come from many backgrounds, faculties and campuses. We are made up of both existing GSA councillors and new, passionate candidates who like me have other experience.

I hope you will consider voting for me—and the others who are also running to Renew the GSA!

VIDEO: Emily Roberts


Georgia Daly

Hi, my name is Georgia, I’m a law student, and I’m running to Renew the GSA!

I’ve been involved with GSA for 2 wonderful years, as a councillor, women’s officer and as a president. In that time I’m proud to have championed the GSA campaign against the University’s changes to the timely completion policy, to have met with a number of MPs, local councillors and grassroots groups to fight for PTV concessions and to have helped GSA start it’s journey towards governance reform.

I’m part of a team of independent, diverse and experienced graduate student leaders: Renew GSA! Our team is non-political. Our candidates come from many backgrounds, faculties and campuses. We are made up of both existing GSA councillors, like me and new, passionate candidates.

If elected I will work to achieve four key policies:

  • Continue the constitution reform process in a collaborative and consultative way,
  • Keep up the fight to get graduate students public transport concessions through the Fares Fair campaign,
  • Increase the GSA’s engagement with students, especially at non-Parkville campuses, and
  • Enforce the lecture recording policy at MLS.

I hope you will consider voting for me—and the other candidates also running to Renew the GSA!

VIDEO: Georgia Daly


Gopen Raval

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Winston Dzau

My name is Winston Dzau, a medical student running to Renew the GSA!

As an existing GSA councillor, Education and Research office bearer and GSA representative on two university committees, I possess the working knowledge and contextual understanding necessary for a councillor. As the Australian Medical Student Association’s Global Health committee’s treasurer, I’ve experience in representing medical students’ interests on a national scale.

As a non-Parkville student, engaging off-campus students and improving accessibility to mental health and welfare services is a priority. I seek to improve student representation by increasing engagement and opportunities for involvement. I am proactively seeking to establish working groups open students to actively participate in solving issues passionate to them.

I’m part of a team of independent experienced graduate leaders: Renew GSA! We come from diverse backgrounds and faculties and consist of existing GSA councillors like me and new, passionate candidates.

My vision for GSA includes:

  • Continue a collaborative and consultative constitution reform process
  • Fight for public transport concessions
  • Increase opportunities for student engagement by establishing working groups
  • Improve representation, health and wellbeing for non-Parkville students

I hope you will consider voting for me and other candidates running to Renew the GSA!


Bingyi Han

Hello.

My name is Bingyi, an international student at the School of Engineering.

During the past four years as an undergraduate, I’ve spent months doing volunteering work with HELPXing in China and around world, WWOOFing in Tasmania, UK, Spain, and North Africa. I have also been exchange student to Taiwan for one semester an in the UK for one year.

My passion is discovering and then understanding the diversity of human cultures, to date, this has been largely achieved by my experiences of walking in the world.

I have been doing student work as vice president of grade 2012 for two years, mainly for organizing the college celebration party. During my time in the UK, I organized the Games Night on campus as a fund raiser for Saint Johns’ Hospice.

My expectation is to seize more opportunities for students to understand diverse cultures by fostering opportunities for exchange, visiting and volunteering programs.

I am very motivated with a variety of skill sets.

I will advocate for your needs and stand by your side to fight for a better and to acquire more opportunity for us; to empower all to make most of our time here.


Ruiying Gong

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Jacob Rodrigo

Hi, my name is Jacob Rodrigo, I’m a law student, and I’m running to Renew the GSA!

As the current Vice President of the GSA, I’m proud to have been part of the GSA council that successfully campaigned against changes to timely completion of research higher degrees, worked with the university on their Respect policy and developed a proposal to improve the GSA’s constitution. I’m running to build on that legacy by further improving the GSA.

I’m part of a team of independent, diverse and experienced graduate student leaders: Renew GSA! Our team is non-political. Our candidates come from many backgrounds, faculties and campuses. We are made up of both existing GSA councillors—like me—and new, passionate candidates.

If elected I will work to achieve four key policies:

  • Continue the constitution reform process in a collaborative and consultative way;
  • Keep up the fight to get graduate students public transport concessions through the Fares Fair campaign;
  • Increase the GSA’s engagement with students, especially at non-Parkville campuses; and
  • Getting lectures recorded for all graduates (especially law students!).

I hope you will consider voting for me—and the other candidates who are also running to Renew the GSA!

VIDEO: Jacob Rodrigo


Hannah Billett

Hi, my name is Hannah, I’m a Public Health student, and I’m running to Renew the GSA!

I have experience in getting things done on campus. As Women’s Officer for UMSU, the other student union, I was part of the campaign to get the university to take sexual assault on campus seriously, which secured consent training for all students and a hotline for survivors.

I’m part of a team of independent, diverse and experienced graduate student leaders: Renew GSA! Our team is non-political. Our candidates come from many backgrounds, faculties and campuses. We are made up of both existing GSA councillors and new, passionate candidates, like me.

If elected I will work to achieve four key policies:

  1. Continue the constitution reform process in a collaborative and consultative way.
  2. Keep up the fight to get graduate students public transport concessions through the Fares Fair campaign.
  3. Increase the GSA’s engagement with students, especially at non-Parkville campuses, by working with our faculty clubs and associations.
  4. Continue the discussion about sexual harassment and assault on campus to keep everyone safe.

I hope you will consider voting for me—and the other candidates who are also running to Renew the GSA!


Xiangqi Zheng

Although I dream to be a journalist who needs to witness what is happening around, I’m never satisfied with just being a bystander in my life.

I really enjoy taking part in all kinds of activities and exploring the new world. Having been the volunteer of many international forums, I broad my horizon. I have won the second prize of Chinese first-rate speech context and I gain much insight. I have also positively entered marathon, dancing, calligraphy contests. During the preparation, I met a new version of myself.

I really pay attention to the well-being of the community. During my college years, I was the publicity leader of the student union. Many of my reports about university life have been published. I was also a member of voluntary activities for rural students organized by the government. Through these programs, I investigated the status quo of a certain group of people and my reports genuinely influenced their lives! Now I am an intern in an Australian-based media group, I also write for the community.

I will continue to be a participant and a “influencer”. It will be my honor to realize it with peers who share the mutual interests in GSA!


Sarah Waring


Hi there! I’m Sarah, and Akshai and I hope to advocate for you as part of the GSA Council.

As a law student and President of the Global Law Students Association (GLSA), I have had the pleasure of advocating for my fellow students, working with domestic and international students and liaising with other societies, the GSA and faculty at Melbourne Law School. Having seen the change one can make, I would love to advocate for the broader body of graduate students, and enhance your experience at the University and in Melbourne.

I plan to do so by, amongst other things, raising awareness of the resources currently available to graduate students, listening to students concerns and aspirations, and facilitating new initiatives to address these. Other matters I’m passionate about include: increasing communication between the University, GSA, graduate students and groups; improving awareness, access and breadth of resources pertaining to student physical and mental health; advocating for international students.

If elected, my teammate Akshai I and would bring the same drive, dedication and genuine commitment and interest in student experience that we have employed in introducing new initiatives, advocating for our fellow law students, and working with other societies.

VIDEO: Sarah Waring


Mahshid Sharifi

Hi, my name is Mahshid Sharifi, I’m a PhD candidate, and I’m running to Renew the GSA!

During my previous studies, I had always been involved in student associations. I believed I knew the needs of students since I was one of them and I could help them to reach what they wanted. My passion to help graduate students, like myself, is driving me to join GSA.

I’m part of a team of independent, diverse and experienced graduate student leaders:Renew GSA! Our team is non-political. Our candidates come from many backgrounds, faculties and campuses. We are made up of both existing GSA councillors and new, passionate candidates like me.

If elected I will work to achieve four key policies:
1. Continue the constitution reform process in a collaborative and consultative way.
2. Keep up the fight to get graduate students public transport concessions through the Fares Fair campaign.
3. Increase the GSA’s engagement with students, especially at non-Parkville campuses.
4. More engagement sessions with the industry to help with networking.
5. Research Students’ rights at work.

I hope you will consider voting for me—and the other candidates who are also running
to Renew the GSA!

VIDEO: Mahshid Sharifi


Lauren Taylor

During my time as a University of Melbourne student (more than 5 years now), I have grown and changed a lot as a person, but what has not changed is my dedication to representing students. During my undergraduate studies I was on the executive committees of five clubs, and was elected in 2015 to the Clubs and Societies Committee, which oversees the activities of more than 200 UMSU-affiliated groups. What I was proudest of were the changes we wrote and adopted to help make clubs safer and more inclusive for everyone.

I am now a medical student studying away from Parkville, and have often found it challenging to still feel part of the university community, despite being President of the GSA-affiliated MDQueer. As a GSA-nominated representative on the Respect Taskforce, I have come to understand just how diverse postgraduate students are, and I am proud to be working towards preventing sexual assault and harassment of students, and ensuring an appropriate response when this does occur. No matter where or how a student studies (on-campus or off-campus, full- or part-time) we all deserve safety, to benefit from our SSAF payments, and to feel included and represented in our university community.


Lijin Xu

Hi everyone, my name is Lijin.Xu, a international student studying Information System, and you can call me Leo. I am very pleased to apply be a member of GSA, in my personal experience, I have organized and carried out a lot of activities in the college community and student organization, and I had some experience in promoting, so I am very experienced in these kinds of works. What’s more,I also worked as a school tutor for a semester during my gap year, thus I am confident to be a member who is patient and willing to solve problems for people! If I could enter in GSA, I will try my best to work with my group members to earn more welfare for students, such as negotiate with the school to provide more study space for students, because we often struggle to find seats in the library; Seeking more job, training opportunities and information sharing will be one of the working content. Finally, I will provide more systematical way to listen to students and fight for students’s rights and equal opportunities!


Akshila Bhargava

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VIDEO: Akshila Bhargava


Daeyoung Kim

My motivation for GSA is that I really would like to share my experience and knowledge with GSA council and contribute to make the better environment for graduate school life at the University of Melbourne.

Actually, when I studied postgraduate-research course at the University of Tokyo in Japan. I had experience to work as a reprehensive of Korean student association. At the time, we planned lot of exciting events and enhancement for student’s life in the University, For example, Foundation of Alumni in Japan, Free Languages Class, and Free open class party on each semester.

In addition, I had also rich industrial work experience in IT area. So, I want to implement this kind of knowledge into the GSA organization. I believe I can give some different perspectives for the direction of GSA’s roles and responsibilities from my previous social experience.

If I can get a chance to work for GSA, I promise I will be always staying more closely with all of graduate students and listen carefully to their tiny voice with real heart and speedily execute a right action without any hesitation.

VIDEO: Daeyoung Kim


Sugantha Srinivash Sankaralingapuram Raamanaathan

Bound by infinity!

*Man is by nature a social animal; an individual who is unsocial naturally and not accidentally is either beneath our notice or more than human – Aristotle*. Staying away from home isn’t an easy task, it is something like leaving your memories, happiness, love, heart back. It is the search towards one’s path of dream that drives and guides every individual towards success. It is the courage one builds to take that first step and so has every single student here in the University of Melbourne has taken to achieve it. Kuddos to ourselves. All of us here would have experienced that feeling of undoubtful loneliness reaching a very new environment with full of qualms, getting adapted to survive and thrive. I want to work with the GSA – University of Melbourne in easing this adaptation process, creating better opportunities in connecting with fellow students, building beautiful bonds, making every single person feel home. Being in such a beautiful city and Australia’s top #1 ranked university should be the best thing that could have happened in my life so far, I’m thankful for this opportunity. Thanks to all those beautiful souls who made my initial days joyful.


Akshai Singh

Hi! I’m running to be on the GSA’s council along with my colleague Sarah Waring and we’d immensely appreciate your support.

As a Juris Doctor student at the law school and an active member of its student associations, I advocate quite regularly on behalf of the law school cohort already and it’s something I’d like to do for all students at The University of Melbourne.

If elected, Sarah and I would seek to enhance the GSA’s communication with graduate students and the many groups they form alike. We’d like to increase awareness and facilitate greater access to resources that eventuate in better physical and mental health for all students.

I believe that as a pair, Sarah and I are well placed to empathise with a diverse range of issues faced by students and that enables us to better represent you when it comes to issues relating to student equity and well-being.

Thank you for your consideration.

VIDEO: Akshai Singh


Andi Partovi

Hi, I am Andi Partovi, a new PhD student at the Biomedical Engineering department, and I’m running to Renew the GSA! I have been an international student for four years and I am fully aware of the challenges faced by the international students, especially those studying at a postgrad level. I will endeavour to represent international students and help in improving their university experience. I’m part of a team of independent, diverse and experienced graduate student leaders: Renew GSA! Our team is non-political; Our candidates come from many backgrounds, faculties and campuses. We are made up of both existing GSA councillors and new, passionate candidates like myself. If elected, I will work to achieve four key policies: 1. Continue the constitution reform process in a collaborative and consultative way, 2. Keep up the fight to get graduate students public transport concessions through the Fares Fair campaign, 3. Increase the GSA’s engagement with students, especially at non-Parkville campuses, and 4. Actively represent international students, and voice their needs and concerns. I hope you will consider voting for me—and the other candidates who are also running to Renew the GSA!


Zimo Wang

My name is Zimo WANG, and I am doing master in School of Engineering.

I have many experiences with reporters and presenters before. Being good at solving problems is the most enthusiastic things for reporters. Many hosting experiences helped me gain a lot of communicate skills.

I also established my own photo studio that enables me to know that achieving a big goal is inseparable from personalities of responsibility, execution, perseverance, and patience. I have them and I will let them continue to grow.

I have participated in many volunteer activities. Paying attention to the vulnerable groups and helping them bring me true happiness.

I will listen to students’ voices and act on them. Changing the world is not far away, so I am keen to start with small things first. I want to say to all students our rights need to be safeguarded.

Therefore, I sincerely want to join the GSA Council, so that I can truly speak for everyone. I am willing to fight side by side with you and hope to witness with you the real changes and the actual implementation of the actual benefits! I sincerely thank you for your support and vote!


Thomas Ware

As a GSA Councillor I will endeavour to ensure students have access to the best University experience. As graduate students, we have unique perspectives about our education and lifestyle that needs to be represented at the University level to ensure that changes reflect student interests. It is also important that the services and programs that are currently supporting students are continually advocated for to ensure their recommitment.

Being a former coursework and current research graduate student of Unimelb for 5 years has given me a broad understanding of graduate student needs. Over this time I have participated in a number of committees that have highlighted student issues, in addition to mediating student-led advocacy with faculty staff. Some past positions include President of the graduate RMH student group StoRM, and an executive member of the ASMR Victorian Committee.

In addition to my engagement with research students I am also a current GSA representative on the University’s Mental Health Working Group, an area I will continue to strongly support as a GSA Councillor.

If elected I will be committed to ensuring GSA maintains an active and relevant role in graduate life by providing a social community that is supportive of students.

VIDEO: Thomas Ware


Lubna Meempatta

Hi, I’m a PhD student at the Infrastructure Engineering Department, and I’m running to Renew the GSA!

I currently represent GSA in the University’s Child Care Management Advisory Committee. Being the mother of a toddler kid, I have experienced the challenges faced by student parents in switching roles between parenting and study and I am happy to represent them.

I’m part of a team of independent, diverse and experienced graduate student leaders: Renew GSA! Our team is non-political. Our candidates come from many backgrounds, faculties and campuses. We are made up of both existing GSA councillors and new, passionate candidates like me.

If elected I will work to achieve four key policies:

  • Continue the constitution reform process in a collaborative and consultative way,
  • Keep up the fight to get graduate students public transport concessions through the Fares Fair campaign
  • Increase the GSA’s engagement with students, especially at non-Parkville campuses, and
  • Work towards increasing the allocated student rebate amount provided by the University to support childcare fee and push for more child friendly spaces.

I hope you will consider voting for me and the other candidates who are also running to Renew the GSA!

VIDEO: Lubna Meempatta


Returning Officer