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How to get involved in SaP

Volunteering is an ideal way to build your skills, improve your confidence and meet new people. 

The Students as Partners (SaP) program offers three types of volunteer positions at UniSC - you are welcome to choose the role that suits you best or register for all of them. 

Active participation in the SaP program leads to many opportunities to enhance your student experience and opens paid work opportunities at UniSC.

Assist at major UniSC events such as Orientation or become involved in a range of other activities that support UniSC students such as focus groups, co-creating resources, as well as special interest and working groups.

Requirements to become a volunteer
  • Be currently enrolled in a UniSC program and remain enrolled during your participation.
  • Demonstrate a desire to help others and contribute positively to USC and the community.
Time commitment of a volunteer

This role offers flexibility for you to contribute whilst working around your study commitments. Volunteer roles can vary from a one-off event to regular contributions throughout the year.

You nominate how often you contribute your time, by signing up for one or more opportunities on StudentHub.

What's in it for you

As a UniSC Volunteer, you will play a hands-on role at UniSC events or assist in contributing to working groups or activities. You have the opportunity to develop the following Graduate Attributes: communication, collaboration (teamwork), problem solving, organisation, applying technologies and engaged.

You will also have the opportunity to create new networks across disciplines.

The training for this role and the volunteer opportunities you sign up for will grant you points towards the Student Leadership Award.

Hear first-hand feedback from previous students:

"I now know that a whole world, which I previously wasn't aware of, exists. There are so many opportunities and adventures waiting for me!"

“I enjoyed the opportunity to engage with students from different academic disciplines to my own.”

Register as a student volunteer

If you would like to become a student volunteer, select 'volunteer' on your registration form in StudentHub and follow the steps in the training guide. You can register for more than one role, and you can change your registration throughout your studies.

For more information, proceed to How to register section on this page.

Consult with fellow students to discuss emerging issues and views relating to learning, teaching and student services as part of the UniSC Student Senate. Find more about the groups within the Senate.

Requirements to become a representative
  • Be currently enrolled in a UniSC program and remain enrolled during your participation.
  • Not hold a UniSC paid staff position 0.6FTE or more (professional or academic)
  • Be prepared to facilitate and inspire success in your fellow students.
  • Demonstrate a desire to represent others and contribute positively to learning and teaching at UniSC.
Time commitment of a representative

This role offers flexibility for you to contribute whilst working around your study commitments.

Your time commitment is approximately 10-20 hours per semester, depending on your role and level in the UniSC Student Senate:

  • You are required to attend a minimum of four meetings in 12 months (meetings vary from 1-3 hours).
  • You are asked to attend a minimum of four Student Rep events in 12 months (generally 1-2 hours per event).
  • Executive members are elected for a 12 or 6 month term.
What group you will be a part of

You can opt in (and out) of any student representative group you are eligible for. After you register and attend a representative induction, you can choose up to 3 groups you wish to join.

  • Undergraduate students can join their school group, or campus group (outside of Sunshine Coast).
  • Postgraduate (HDR and coursework) students can join the Postgraduate Student Association.

There are also a number of liaison groups for specific student cohorts such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students, International Students, High Performance Student Athletes and students with a Disability.

Read more about each group on the UniSC Student Senate page.

What's in it for you

As a UniSC representative, you sit on a group within a UniSC Student Senate and will work in collaboration with your fellow peers and enhance your teamwork experience. In this role you will be exposed to university policies, services, and initiatives and provide feedback or advocate on behalf of all UniSC students. There are also options to self-nominate as an executive to take on a leadership role.

You will have the opportunity to develop the following Graduate Attributes: communication, collaboration (teamwork), problem solving, organisation, applying technologies, sustainability focused, knowledgeable, ethical, engaged, empowered and creative and critical thinking. Further to this, the role also presents a unique opportunity to create new networks across disciplines and with professional and academic staff members.

The training for this role, meeting attendance and the volunteer opportunities you sign up for will grant you points towards the Student Leadership Award.

Hear first-hand feedback from previous students:

“I have felt that my student involvement would enhance not only my journey here at USC, but also maybe help others to become involved for the continuation of their experience and it is paramount that students are seen and heard as opposed as to being seen and not heard.”

“More than any place I've known, at USC, your voice really does matter”

Register as a student representative

If you would like to become a student volunteer, select 'representative' on your registration form in StudentHub and follow the steps in the training guide. You can register for more than one role, and you can change your registration throughout your studies.

For more information, proceed to How to register section on this page.

Provide academic peer support to students by sharing study tips and help new students transition to university and settle into their studies.

Requirements to become a leader

This role requires experience studying at UniSC including:

  • Be currently enrolled in a UniSC program and remain enrolled during your participation.
  • Successful completion of at least 8 courses of study at UniSC.
  • Good record of academic achievement with a GPA of 5.0 or above.

Additionally, this role has certain expectations to provide quality peer support:

  • Demonstrate a desire to help others and contribute positively to UniSC and the community.
  • Have a good knowledge of UniSC's services and facilities.
  • Demonstrate a desire to expand your leadership skills and be prepared to facilitate and inspire success in your fellow students.
Time commitment of a leader

This role offers flexibility for you to contribute whilst working around your study commitments. Leader roles can vary from a one-off event to regular contributions throughout the year.

You nominate how often you contribute your time, by signing up for one or more opportunities on StudentHub.

What's in it for you

As a Student Leader you will share your study skills and experience with other students alongside Learning Advisers or professional staff. You can develop public speaking and communication skills while presenting at the workshops and responding to student enquiries.

You will have the opportunity to develop the following Graduate Attributes: communication, collaboration (teamwork), problem solving, organisation, applying technologies, and creative and critical thinking.

The training for this role, assisting at the academic skills sessions and other volunteer opportunities you sign up for will grant you points towards the Student Leadership Award.

Hear first-hand feedback from previous students:

“I enjoyed engaging with fellow students and helping new students. Very rewarding and really enjoyed it.”

“Assisting students in peer learning has really cemented my own learning. I’ve seen a noticeable boost in my grades since becoming a Student Leader”

Register as a student leader

If you would like to become a student volunteer, select 'leader' on your registration form in StudentHub and follow the steps in the training guide. You can register for more than one role, and you can change your registration throughout your studies.

For more information, proceed to How to register section on this page.

Step 1: Complete the registration form in Student Hub 

Step 2: Complete the following steps as prompted in the Student Hub workflow.

 

Get familiarised with the Students as Partners page on StudentHub as it is perfect place to start looking for opportunities, viewing your points towards the Student Leadership Award or checking your training progress.

 

Summary of training required:

Note: Refer to the Students as Partners training guide at any time to see your next steps.

  1. Read the UniSC Student Charter to be aware of your responsibilities. The Students as Partners program supports your engagement in an environment that is inclusive, inspiring, safe and respectful.
  2. Compete the UniSC Health, Safety and Wellbeing for Students online training.
  3. Complete the Respect at UniSC online training module.
  4. Attend a Group Interview, available either face-to-face or online via ZOOM (excluding HDR students).
  5. Complete the relevant online specialist training modules:
    • Student Leaders
    • Student Representatives
  6. Attend the relevant specialist training:
    • Student Leaders: Academic Skills for Facilitating Peer Learning & Supporting Transition to University
    • Student Representatives: Induction
  7. Opportunities will be advertised on Student Hub throughout the year. Some roles may require further training and criteria.
USC Student Leadership Award

When you join the Students as Partners program and start volunteering, you will automatically start gaining points for the Student Leadership Award.

Learn more...

FAQs

Who is eligible to join the SaP program?

Only current students are eligible to actively volunteer at USC.

If you are taking academic leave or have graduated your membership in SaP will be paused until you become an active student again.

Do I need to pick only one role to be involeved?

No, you are welcome to choose the role that suits you best or register for all of them.

Where do I get a volunteer t-shirt?

We will issue a SaP welcome pack once you complete your training for the role/s you have registered for. The SaP pack consist of the Volunteer shirt, SaP lanyard and volunteer role lapel pins.

You will receive an email once the pack is ready for collection.

How much time is required from me to be in the program?

You manage your own time and sign up for shifts that suit your timetable best.

Please refer to the role descriptions on this page to read about each role's required time commitment.

Is there an opportunity to participate online?

All of the SaP training is conducted online.

Volunteer: This is a hands-on role however we often advertise online volunteer opportunities.

Student Leader: You will be able to assist at online Drop-in sessions as well as other online learning sessions offered throughout the semester.

Student Representative: You will be able to attend rep group meetings online. We are unable to guarantee there will be rep events that will be conducted online, please reach out to studentsaspartners@usc.edu.au if unsure.

What should I do if I already volunteer and cannot take on any more commitments?

Thank you for giving your time and prioritising your studies at the same time.

Please claim points to ensure you capture all of your volunteer or unpaid commitments towards the Student Leadership Award.