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Having a say: influencing your uni

You don't have to be an activist to get involved at UTS. Whether you're passionate about a cause, savvy about building up your CV or just looking for something fun to sink your teeth into, there are so many ways to take part.

So why not contribute to our vibrant campus culture by getting involved in student politics or simply lending a hand to a club when you can? You'll meet interesting people and develop job skills at the same time. Here are some options...

  • DAGS (Disability Action group of Students) is UTS student-led collective. They run informal peer-support meet-ups and are involved in various initiatives around the University.
     
  • Disability Action Plan Committee (DAPC): The DAPC meets four times a year to implement the measures outlined in the current UTS Disability Action Plan 2010-2014 (UTS DAP). The UTS DAP is the main way our University structures, facilitates and remains accountable to our requirements. Our involvement in this Committee is vital to ensure that student perspectives are accounted for and the Committee is very welcoming of our involvement. Progress may initally appear slow but the measures implemented are definate and concrete, including initiating the creation of this website!
     
  • Accessible Environments Advisory Group (AEAG): The major re-building programme underway across the UTS campus is keeping this sub-committee of the Disability Action Plan Committee (DAPC) especially active these days. Run by long-standing disability advocate Lawrence Vidioni, it identifies and works to resolve building access issues. Student input provides vital perspective at the Committee's quarterly meetings.
     
  • The Equity Reference Group provides the UTS Council with advice on the achievements of equity and diversity programs at UTS. An Annual Report is provided to Council on staff and student equity indicators.
     
  • The UTS Students' Association is the official representative body of all UTS students, run by and for students. The activities you can get involved in are many and varied, including the Secondhand Bookshop, Food Coop, and the Vertigo newspaper. The Disability Action Group of Students ('DAGS') are currently operating as the Student Association representatives for those of us with disabilites who are studying here at UTS.
     
  • Peer Networker: Once you've built up experience as a UTS student consider feeding your knowledge back into the system. Peer Networkers are especially visible during Orientation but also run the Network Cafe buddy system for international newcomers throughout the year.
     
  • Become a U:Pass Leader (UTS Peer Assisted Study Success) and assist fellow students in bringing their study skills up to speed for those subjects which tend to have a high failure rate.