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The Vice-President (Wellbeing & Welfare) leads a portfolio that identifies and organises a range of services and activities around student welfare, to ensure students feel safe, supported, and part of a community while studying at the University of Newcastle.

The VP (Wellbeing & Welfare) represents student interests to create change on relevant welfare, wellbeing, and equity issues, develops and oversees a range of well-designed wellbeing and welfare services, and ensures the Wellbeing & Welfare Committee supports the needs of students at the University.

In addition to the overarching functions of the Wellbeing & Welfare committee, it is the responsibility of the VP (Wellbeing & Welfare) to lead the Committee representatives and support them in their activities to ensure they can, and are, serving the membership of their cohort.

The VP (Wellbeing & Welfare) works closely with the President, UNSA staff, particularly the General Manager, and the other members of the Executive to achieve these responsibilities.

Jess Philbrook

Hi there, I’m Jess, your Vice-President for Wellbeing & Welfare at UNSA. I am so excited to be back for another year – thank you for trusting me to see all your wellbeing and welfare matters through. My dream for UNSA is for it to grow and grow, to deliver more, bigger, and better services and workshops to University of Newcastle students. While I’m your Welfare VP, I’ll be tackling initiatives head on. If there’s a cause close to your heart, I want to hear it!

When I’m not a busy bee at UNSA, I’m also a very tired third-year Social Science and Laws student, who enjoys far too many ALDI Jaffa biscuits (try them – you’re welcome), gym workouts, and laughing at my own jokes. While we’re sharing, how about a fun fact? For the last five years I believed that I was 5’5. Turns out (to my absolute horror), I have shrunk and am in fact 5’3.

I would really like to get to know other students this year and hear all your concerns and wonderful ideas. Please don’t hesitate to reach out and, remember, I’m here for you!