UC Supporting Women in STEM, UC Engineering Society, and SUDO successfully worked together to implement the Industry Panel featuring representatives from a range of backgrounds currently working in the start-up industry.
They had the following entrepreneurs as keynote speakers:
⭐Matthew Wilson, CEO and Co-Founder at Penten
⭐Tessa Jensen, Technical Operations Manager, InstaClustr
⭐Kylie McDevitt, Managing Director at Infosect, Co-Founder BSides Canberra
⭐Rachel Greaves, CEO CastlePoint Systems
They were additionally able to help out international students that were struggling to find work experience opportunities in Canberra.
The Off Campus Event of the Year is designed to recognise clubs and societies that are willing to step outside the comfort of working with UC Life on campus and willing to stage physical events off campus.
CISCO Industry Tour
The CISCO industry tour featured a tour of the CISCO offices in Canberra, canapes, and talks from the CISCO systems engineer and Cyber security specialist. In the usual SWIS style, the club went above and beyond to provide their members with a sense of direction with regards to their careers through a practical, hands-on learning experience. This tour even encouraged members to put their hand up for a position on the committee, which shows the impact that this event had on the SWIS community.
UC SWIS have taken their branding to the next level by creating a product that represents their club and protects students’ and staff’s privacy. These webcam covers are a hit among University staff and students and highlight the innovation, thought, and practicality that SWIS incorporates into each of their ventures.
Once again, the Nursing Society has been hugely active in the community this year. They have held direct intervention-based events such as Opioid First Aid, Mental Health First Aid, First Aid, CPR, and Yoga classes - which they continued to host online when the ACT went into lockdown.
In addition to this, they have given back to the community in the form of donations to UCX Food Pantry, food and beverages to other clubs, and cooked dinners for students in UC Accommodation.
Their regular events, including the Yarning Circle, BBQs, and Charity ball have fostered a multitude of connections between students and staff as well as ACT dignitaries. Their persisting dedication towards bringing the community together for a good cause shows how they rise through adversity and has earned them the Community Engagement award for the second year in a row.
UC Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums Club
Since GLAMS held their AGM at the end of Semester 1, they have held a number of workshops for their members and the general public to learn about the GLAM sector.
The informative workshop held online in Week 3 about the Burra charter and Significance 2.0 was well attended by members and first-year students too and focused inwardly on helping out students that were studying heritage.
Natasha Nguyen (Canberra Forensic Students Association)
Natasha's efforts to make CFSA more inclusive for everyone as a stand-in executive committee member were outstanding.
Lilly became a part of the UCPS just before market day and she jumped right in and spent hours shopping and organising things for O week. Always equipped with great ideas, she was ready to lend a hand and get things done the way that UCPS or any society would want.
Without Lily, the UCPS would not have been able to contribute to S2 market day and trivia night(s). She has also been key in some behind-the-scenes changes that will become apparent in the new year.
Rahul Sundarjee (UC Optometry Society)
Rahul's proactivity in running the optometry society through reinforcing expectations, gaining sponsorships, and networking is commendable. He has gained recognition from optometry academics due to the high levels of activity within the club since he took on the role of president.
Ebony always went out of her way to ensure that events ran smoothly, prioritizing her club while juggling academics and multiple jobs.
She made members' wellbeing a priority for the club and cared for them. This began when she ran for the position of president to create a position of a wellbeing officer within the committee.
Ebony always ensured that the right measures were taken at events to make everyone feel welcome and included.
Her dedication and enthusiasm for her clubs lead to high-quality and engaging events. She challenges other exec members to be better, repeatedly suggesting online alternatives during lockdown and being prompt to meetings. Her passion and enthusiasm to get the events organised and readiness to support her peers at market day is wonderful.
The Club of the Year Awards are divided into three categories reflecting the vast array of clubs on campus at the university. They are: Academic, Social and Cultural clubs and societies.
The club of the year is awarded to a club working at its best in each category. These clubs have practiced and refined the ways in which they engage with students and members to create an exceptional student experience.
The UC Japan Club has been a strong club in 2021 and contributed weekly events both online and on campus as restrictions allowed. To continue to engage their members during COVID, the club created a Discord server which has been very successful and keeps members active within the club. The Japan club also runs regular language and cultural classes, grammar and conversational classes and cooking workshops.
UC REC has been running traditional Friday Night Games events every Friday from 5pm until 10pm even throughout lockdown, through various online platforms, along with multiple other social recreational events in between.
They held a big inter-club event on their own Minecraft server alongside UC Japan, ENGSOC, SAC, UC Design, and UC Psychology Society. They consistently been able to engage their members with a variety of events and have upheld strong bonds with other clubs.
The major events organised by SWIS were Industry Panels for Science (50-person attendance), Technology (80-person attendance), and Start-ups (40-person attendance).
Since the lockdown, they have held online games and created an active discord server that includes trivia, online puzzles, study sessions, and a 24/7 Hamilton Soundtrack channel.
It is important to note a multitude of collaborations with societies and community groups including CFSA, UCITSA, Engineering Society, SUDO, the Film Society, UCOMMS, and the Psych Society.
We look forward to their upcoming magazine ‘WiSTEM Mag’ and a podcast named ‘The Student Experience’, set to launch in 2022.