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The President acts as Chair of the Board and of the SRC, presiding over meetings, ensuring compliance with the constitution and Terms of Reference, overseeing the performance of elected Representatives, and ensuring the SRC genuinely represents the voice of all students at the University of Newcastle.

In addition to the overarching functions of the SRC, it is the responsibility of the President to be the first point of contact for the University in promoting student partnership and decision-making. This may include being part of University Project Teams, a member of the University Council, or a part of other University committees, to provide a genuine voice for students in key areas of University decision-making. 

The President’s primary role is to lead UNSA in representing, campaigning for, and serving the needs of students at the University of Newcastle.

The President works closely with the UNSA General Manager and other UNSA staff, as well as with the other members of the Executive to achieve these responsibilities.

Jess Philbrook

Hi there, I’m Jess, your UNSA President! I am very excited to see what 2022 holds for us all and to build upon the fantastic initiatives and work that UNSA has engaged in since 2020.

This year I’ll be focusing a lot on improving opportunities for students (work and education) and reviewing current processes in place that impact the student experience. However, if there is something on your mind that you think I, or the fantastic SRC team can assist with, please reach out!

When I’m not a busy bee at UNSA, I’m also a fourth year Law and PLT student. Last year I finished my Bachelor of Social Science/Criminology and now that it’s over, I have taken to hastily filling the empty gaps of time with an array of hobbies because I am apparently incapable of doing nothing. It’s fine though because I’m very quickly ruling out alternative career paths. For example, painting…. It is not a talent of mine, trust me.