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July 19, 2015

The myAllocator debacle last week showed how, at times, the University can be out of touch with students, and highlighted the importance of students being involved in the University’s decision making. For those students who don’t have tutes or don’t frequent Overheard@Vic, myAllocator is the University’s “new and improved” tutorial sign up system introduced to […]

July 12, 2015

Welcome back to the second trimester for those that decided to come back, and for new students, welcome to Victoria! Over the break some good and bad things happened—the Uni has proposed a model for Uni Council that largely ignores student feedback and could silence genuine student concerns. On the positive, after years of campaigning, […]

June 1, 2015

Congratulations, you made it to the last week of the trimester! With the rush of final assignments due and exams looming around the corner, it’s hard to believe that we’re almost halfway through the year. This trimester has flown by. It seems like yesterday that O-Week gigs were happening and the first week of lectures […]

May 24, 2015

Budget un-Joy(ce)ful Last week’s budget was a bit of a bleak one for us students. The Government again didn’t increase core university funding—just as it hasn’t since 2009. This means that funding for the tertiary sector has effectively decreased by $1 billion relative to 2009 levels. As students, this means that our fees get higher […]

May 17, 2015

Budget Week: Another Black Budget for Students Thursday this week is one of the most exciting days on any politico’s calendar. It’s budget day. While political nerds like me will delight in rummaging through the detail for hours on end looking at where the government has increased or decreased spending, analyse the goodies, or lack […]

May 11, 2015

Congratulations to our graduates! You made it! This week more than 2200 Victoria graduands will walk across the stage at Michael Fowler Centre, shake hands with the Chancellor and receive their degrees, diplomas, certificates or PhDs. If you’re amongst them, then congratulations—you’ve made it and like your parents we’re all immensely proud of you. Most […]

May 3, 2015

The cost of silence On Tuesday afternoon last week a lot of your money was pointlessly wasted. Academic Board, the body legally responsible for ensuring the academic integrity and quality of this university, met to discuss, debate and approve a raft of proposals for new masters, programmes of study, changes to statutes and various other […]

April 27, 2015

Who should rule the university? Last week you should have received an email from the Chancellor, Sir Neville Jordan, titled “Victoria University Council Consultation”. It’s not every day that you get an email from the Chancellor asking for your views on who you want to run your university—so make sure you don’t ignore it! Tertiary […]

April 20, 2015

Welcome back to uni! I hope you’ve had a great break. So in case you haven’t hear about this, Wellington City Council has plans in place to extend the airport’s runway by a massive 300 metres at the bargain price of only $1 million per metre. Here are some other things you could get for […]

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