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September 25, 2017

Tēnā koutou katoa! We’re sure you are all absolutely, one hundred per cent sick of elections, and would be happy to never hear about voting, candidates, or democracy ever again — but it’s UniQ’s own election time! We know that elections can be tiring, and it’s easy to just tune out and disengage, but if […]

July 24, 2017

Gloria Fraser is a researcher at VUW whose PhD is focused on rainbow community members’ experiences of accessing mental health support in Aotearoa. Last year, she came to us at UniQ for help with contextualising her planned research and gathering participants. Today, she has had more people volunteer to participate than could be funded, which […]

July 17, 2017

Every year UniQ kicks off trimester two with a bang. Since the VUW exam period coincides with international Pride Month, our forebears at UniQ decided that the best way to commemorate the Stonewall Riots and other historical moments for the rainbow community was to do so at the start of the next term instead. Thus, […]

May 1, 2017

After more than two years of helping to run UniQ Victoria, we know all too well the queer fear the anonymous writer spoke of in Issue 04 of Salient. Both coming from universities that had considerably more robust queer support structures in place, we transferred to Vic in 2014/2015 and were both shocked by how […]

May 1, 2017

In case you haven’t heard yet (or need a reminder), UniQ meets every week! On Fridays from 1:00–3:00pm in SU218, we either hold space for the UniQ inclined to play board games and just hang out, or we facilitate structured discussions on issues relevant to the rainbow community. These topics range from the obvious, like […]

March 20, 2017

To kick off our monthly movie nights, UniQ screened the 2014 film Pride. We have done so the past two years. At UniQ, we’re big fans of the film’s core message: solidarity. Pride takes place at the dawn of neoliberalism, when Margaret “Fucking” Thatcher ruled the UK with an iron fist and waged a renewed […]

March 3, 2017

Last week, we gave a rundown of everything that is par for the course for UniQ during the year — UniQ 101 so to speak. This week, we can finally announce what out-of-the-ordinary (sort of like us) start-of-year activities we have in store for the rest of the month. Keep an eye out for us […]

February 26, 2017

Tēnā koutou katoa! Welcome to Te Whare Wānanga o te Ūpoko o te Ika a Māui. We’re UniQ, your resident suppliers of queer* support, advocacy, and social services here at Victoria. We work for you to provide regular events, spaces, and services so that you can feel safe and supported during your time at university. […]

October 2, 2016

The personal is political and you cannot escape. The ideas we have in our head about what constitutes maleness and femaleness, as well as what constitutes ‘normal’, are all socially constructed (yes, all of them). When you get up in the morning, put on a skirt, and desperately try to find a husband before your […]