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The Convenor coordinates a Campus Committee, an assembly that identifies and represents the views, interests and needs of UON students studying at that location. In the case of the Cloud Campus Committee, this assembly UON represents students enrolled in a program of study taught 100% online.

The Convenor role drives the identification of issues that affect the education, educational and out of-class experiences of students relevant to their location, and ensures the Campus Committee genuinely captures and represents the student voice of those students. The Convenor will lead campaigns on all relevant issues and advocate for their cohort.

The Convenor is an Ex Officio position on the UNSA SRC and works closely with the President and other members of the Executive as well as UNSA staff to achieve all these responsibilities.


Rachel McGuinness


Hello, my name is Rachel McGuinness, UNSA Cloud Convenor 2021. With Cloud Committee our overall objective is to be collaborative, communicative, diverse and equal for representation of the University of Newcastle online environment with UNSA.

My goals are to be an active member for online students and collaborate with the University of Newcastle and UNSA committees to give voice to online students, which connect far and wide through the cloud environment.
When we think university experience, it is often onsite first comes to mind. However, with expansion to online learning, many students range from local but seeking flexibility to nationally spread in cities, rural or remote and international.

Cloud learning is flexible and highly deliverable and successful. My goal is to make it collaborative with campus environments/associations and committees. To extend online learning to fully experience student life, online as well as on campus.

What I can offer is experience with The University of Newcastle:


  • Undergraduate through to Postgraduate: most of my study has been online.
  • 14+ years involvement with The University of Newcastle
  • 2020 Post Graduate UNSA Representative Central Coast
  • 2020 Central Coast Committee member.

Know my door is always open 😊 online we can join into university life and be a part of the whole!