A Hidden Struggle: COVID-19 and International Student Mental Health

According to international students from the University of Melbourne, the COVID-19 crisis, in particular its effects on their academics and financial situations, has had a detrimental impact on their mental health. 

6 July 2020
“Apology without action means nothing”: First Nations students denounce the destruction of sacred sites

On June 17, the University of Melbourne Student Union (UMSU) Indigenous Department and and the other UMSU student representative departments released a joint statement condemning Rio Tinto’s destruction of a sacred site in the Western Pilbara, referring to the mining company’s decision as “an act of cultural genocide”.

18 June 2020
University concedes to vet students’ demands

The University of Melbourne has adjusted its accommodation of veterinary students following pushback after its announcement that students would be evicted from Kendall Hall because of COVID-19 restrictions.   In a May 26 meeting between the Melbourne Veterinary School and veterinary students, it was revealed that fourth-year students with accommodation at Werribee Campus had five business […]

11 June 2020
2020 results excluded from entrance scores for medicine, dentistry, optometry and physiotherapy

No student results from 2020 will be recognised by the University of Melbourne for applications to the doctorate degrees in medicine, dentistry, optometry and physiotherapy in 2021.

5 June 2020
Green jobs must be protected: University of Melbourne staff address the Vice-Chancellor

The University of Melbourne’s National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) Climate Justice Network has published an open letter to Vice-Chancellor Duncan Maskell demanding job security for energy and climate scientists as the economic toll of COVID-19 mounts in the tertiary education sector.

2 June 2020
“Endorse Terrorism”: Hong Kong Students Angered by the University’s HKPF Recruitment Post

Over 1,300 people have signed an online petition demanding the University of Melbourne to remove a controversial Hong Kong Police Force (HKPF) recruitment listing from the Career Online Job Board, calling the University’s decision to keep the advertisement as “endors[ing] terrorism”. 

21 May 2020
University of Melbourne Rejects National Jobs Protection Framework

The University of Melbourne will not participate in the National Jobs Protection Framework as proposed by the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU), describing it as a “complex, bureaucratic mechanism” in an email to staff on Friday.

20 May 2020
COVID-19 Welfare Explainer

Has COVID-19 impacted you financially? There is plenty of financial support for students at the moment if you know where to look.

5 May 2020
UMSU Condemns University Inaction Against The Bushfire Crisis

In its 22 January Students’ Council meeting, the University of Melbourne Student Union (UMSU) condemned the University of Melbourne for not fulfilling its duty of care to students and staff in the Summer Term, during which bushfires in East Gippsland led to hazardous levels of air quality. 

25 April 2020
2020 UMSU Budget

Every year the University of Melbourne Student Union (UMSU) passes its annual budget via Students’ Council.
Why should you care? 

23 April 2020
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