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2nd Annual National Student Voice Australia Symposium

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The SVA Symposium invites students and staff to come together to share good practice in student engagement.

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2021 Themes: Building Better Partnerships: Representation, Engagement and Sustainability.

The second national SVA Student Voice Australia Symposium will bring together Australian higher education institutions to share their experiences of partnering with students for governance and decision-making. The fully online symposium will offer a range of formats, including showcases, panel discussions, interactive group sessions and plenary presentations. Two International speakers will feature, discussing the symposium themes including diversity and sustainability.

Register your attendance today. The sessions will be held over Zoom, with Zoom links sent prior to the event.


(subject to change, times in ACDT)

Tuesday 25 May 2021

1:30pm Joint welcome by Professor Phil Levy, Pro Vice-Chancellor - Student Learning University of Adelaide, and Student MC including Welcome to Country by Isaac Hannam

2:10pm Case Studies presented by Curtin University and Holmesglen Institute (TAFE)

2:45pm Break

2:55pm Interactive breakout session: Connect with your Community. Staff & Students learning from each other.

3:55pm Break

4:05pm Keynote Speaker: Oisin Hassan, Programme Manager, National Student Engagement Programme (NStEP), Ireland

4:35pm Q & A

4:55pm Highlights of the day and closing

5:00pm Day 1 closes

Thursday 27 May 2021

1:30pm Joint welcome by Professor Phil Levy, Pro Vice-Chancellor - Student Learning University of Adelaide, and Student MC

1:35pm Presentation by Professor Sally Varnham - the view from New Zealand

2:05pm Learning from First Nations Students. A Student Panel Discussion featuring Keenan Smith, NUS Indigenous Officer and FUSA First Nations Officer

2:50pm Break

3:00pm Showcase Presentations from a range of Australian institutions

3:50pm Break

4:00pm Keynote Speaker: Maisha Islam, Student Engagement Research and Projects Officer, Centre for Student Engagement, University of Winchester

4:30pm Q & A

4:50pm Highlights of the Symposium and Closing

5:00pm Symposium Closes

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Maisha Islam is the Student Engagement Research and Projects Officer at the University of Winchester (UK), whilst also studying for a professional doctorate in Education. Maisha’s main research interests lie in the area of Black, Asian and minority ethnic, and Muslim student experience in Higher Education, where she has written and published on these topics. Maisha is heavily invested in the area of racial equality in Higher Education. For example, she is a member of the university’s Race Equality Action Group and has sat on a Universities UK staff panel which developed guidance for tackling racial harassment in universities. Maisha is also involved in work with the Office for Students, the regulator of the English higher education, by sitting on their Student Panel.

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Oisín Hassan is the Programme Manager of the National Student Engagement Programme, known as NStEP, in Ireland. NStEP is a partnership of the Higher Education Authority (HEA), Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) and the Union of Students in Ireland (USI), which seeks to strengthen and enhance student engagement in decision-making and foster cultures of student-staff partnership. NStEP has strong links with both sparqs in Scotland and with Student Voice Australia. Oisín was previously a students' union officer in his alma mater, Queen's University Belfast, with responsibility for equality and diversity, and then for education policy. He was subsequently elected Vice President for Academic Affairs at USI, the national students' union in Ireland which works cross border between north and south, before taking up the post at NStEP. Oisín is a current international board member on the Quality Board for Icelandic Higher Education, as well as a former board member of both the QQI and Ireland's National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning. He is also current MSc student in public policy at Dublin City University.

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