Your Representatives

Say hello to your team

Executive

James Atkins

President

James Atkins is your SSU President for 2021. He's been an active volunteer in the Union for many years, and has headed up the Activities Department for the last 2. He has a passion for student rights and engagement, campus culture and events, and is always available to answer your questions about the Union and represent the student body to the University.

James Atkins
President
president@ssu.org.au

Ailish Murphy-McKay

General Secretary

Born and raised in Ballarat, Ailish moved to Melbourne to come to Swinburne and immediately plunged head first into uni life. Through her course, currently a double degree in secondary teaching and science after a stint in engineering turned out to not be my thing, her involvement in clubs, and of course her roles within the union, she have developed quite the passion for the Swinburne community, and hopes to foster and grow this spirit in as many students as possible as the SSU's General Secretary.

Ailish Murphy-McKay
General Secretary
gensec@ssu.org.au

Kishaun Aloysius

Education Officer

Kishaun Aloysius is a Bachelors of Biomedical Science and Biochemistry student, and a seasoned Swinburnian in his fourth year who has dedicated his time to everything Swinburne has to offer, with a keen interest in clubs, sports, and student affairs. Kishaun is dedicated to living life to the fullest and helping every Swinburne student experience a great university life. If you're keen to talk footy, Gridiron, life's complexities, science, movies, raves and his former martial art championships please hit him up! Get in touch with him on FB, email or catch him at his regular spots, the Hammer and Swine or the library.

Kishaun Aloysius
Education Officer
education@ssu.org.au

Isobel O'Dwyer

Welfare Officer

Belle is currently doing a double degree in law and criminal justice/criminology. She has a passion for not only legal welfare but for the welfare of all. She is always up for a chat and collaboration of ideas, and is extremely excited to continuing her work at the union. Feel free to send her an email or message whenever need be!

Isobel O’Dwyer
Welfare Officer
welfare@ssu.org.au

Nidzam Shah Hussain

Activities Officer

Nidzam, also fondly known as Zam is a Masters of IT student here in Swinburne, and loves reading sci-fi books. He's got tons of experience organising events for students, so be sure to stay on the look out for it this upcoming year!

Nidzam Shah Hussain
Activities Officer
activities@ssu.org.au

Tina Tsironis

Communications Officer

Tina Tsironis is the former editor of SSU’s SWINE Magazine, a Masters of Writing student, and a master hot sauce connoisseur. As this year’s Communications Officer, Tina is keen to connect more students to the SSU’s media and literary platform for two key reasons: so they have the opportunity to practice their craft in a supportive environment, and stay up-to-date on the issues affecting them most.

If you're keen on getting involved with the SSU's burgeoning media collective, feel free to get in touch with Tina via email. Alternatively, if all goes well, you can probably catch her at the Hammer and Swine come 2021. Fingers crossed!

Tina Tsironis
Communication Officer
comms@ssu.org.au

Campus Chairs

Blaine Harris

Hawthorn Campus Coordinator

Blaine Harris studies a double degree in Bachelor of Media & Communication and Business. He has been volunteering with the Student Union since 2018, and is a regular at the iconic SSU BBQs and Breakfasts. In 2020 he was a member of the Student Representative Council and was also on the Hawthorn Campus Committee. He has been elected as the Hawthorn Campus Chair and in this role, will endeavour to improve the University experience for all students, on or off-campus.

Blaine Harris
Hawthorn Campus Coordinator
hawthorn@ssu.org.au

Vacant

Croydon Campus Coordinator

If you are interested in this position please contact ssu@ssu.org.au

Vacant
Croydon Campus Coordinator
croydon@ssu.org.au

Vacant

Wantirna Campus Coordinator

If you are interested in this position please contact ssu@ssu.org.au

Vacant
Wantirna Campus Coordinator
wantirna@ssu.org.au

Education

Taya Kalman

PAVE Representative

Taya loves Excel, but is a shocker with social media. She has a passion for people, which shines through her studies in Human Resources. Providing people with the ability to be heard and acting as their voice is a passion of Taya's, and through her role at the union she will aim to ensure that all students are heard.

Taya Kalman
PAVE Representative
pave@ssu.org.au

Apruv Chandrawal

Postgraduate Representative

Apurv Chandrawal is currently pursuing masters in Construction and infrastructure management.

He has been studying at Swinburne since 2019, and during his time here has volunteered with the SSU in many events. In his role as Postgraduate Representative, he wants to take a step further to fight for the issues that directly impact postgrads and make their studies enjoyable. Being a Club secretary of Swinburne Punjabi club, Apruv knows how important networking is, and being his top priority, he will seek to organize more networking opportunities along with social events for postgrads, to enhance the student experience.

I want to create more a comprehensive environment for all the students, implement more policies to make the postgraduate community thrives."

Apruv Chandrawal
Postgraduate Representative
postgrad@ssu.org.au

Rakesha Bandara

International Representative

Rakesha Bandara is currently completing his Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) and loves meeting new people and being in the company of his friends. After dealing with a lot of issues and concerns many international students face today, he believes the experience he has gained along the way will help him play an active and fair role in the ongoing improvement of our university and its many facets. If you have any concerns or ideas you might think will benefit the student life at uni, please don't hesitate to reach out to Rakesha. He would love to talk and get to know you better!

Rakesha Bandara
International Representative
international@ssu.org.au

Welfare

Alex Edwards

Queer Representative

Alexander Edwards is a psychological sciences student who is passionate about helping the Queer community. This includes creating and running events, liaising with various organisations to provide support and information, and just trying to make life at Swinburne fun. He hopes to see you around!

Alex Edwards
Queer Representative
queer@ssu.org.au

Nikitha Neelakantan

Women's Representative

Nikitha Neelakantan is a Biomedical student and loves learning new things every day. She is extremely committed to her work and aspires to work closely with the female population of Swinburne. Apart from this, she enjoys dance, music and playing sports! Get in touch with her to find out more about what her plans for 2021.

Nikitha Neelakantan
Women’s Representative
womens@ssu.org.au

Muhammad Abubakar

Ethnocultural Representative

Muhammad Abubakar is a undergrad student currently studying business and information systems. He is the president of the Pakistani association and is your SSU ethnoculture officer. He was a general representative last year and he actively participated in volunteering for the SSU at the Wednesday BBQ and O-Week. He is keen on working with clubs this year to improve student life at Swinburne.

Muhammad Abubakar
Ethnocultural Representative
ethnocultural@ssu.org.au

Patrick Taylor

Indigenous Representative

Patrick is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts in Indigenous studies. He is looking forward to being able to share his culture as the First Nations Representative, and help all First Nations students.

Patrick Taylor
First Nations Representative
indigenous@ssu.org.au

Josh Daniel

Health & Accessibility Representative

Josh is a 4th year student Studying Media and Communications and Design. He is very passionate about students getting equal access to education and opportunities, no matter what barriers they may have in life. Outside of work and study, Josh enjoys listening to music and taking part in performing arts in an amateur musical production I am involved in.

Josh Daniel
Health & Accessibility Representative
accessibility@ssu.org.au

Sam McAuley

Health & Accessibility Representative

Sam McAuley is an Arts/Science student at Swinburne, who likes gardening, and dislikes describing himself.

Sam McAuley
Environmental Representative
enviro@ssu.org.au

General Reps

Imogen Atkins

General Representative

Imogen Atkins is a second year criminology, criminal justice and psychology student. She is passionate about student issues and current affairs, and excited to help the student union as a general student representative. When campus life resumes, she is excited to participate in clubs and societies as well as Hammer and Swine shindigs. Don't be shy to get in touch with her in regards to any questions or issues you have for the student union, or if you simply want to say hello.

Imogen Atkins
General Representative
imogen.atkins@ssu.org.au

Sharath Babu

General Representative

Sharath is passionate about the impact that student activities have on the student community. He is keen to lead campaigns, organise events and meetings, and address students issues to help capitalise their stay at the University!

Sharath has plenty of experience implementing ideas steer the lives of the student society in a positive direction. He has personally lead a college fest, was elected as the General Secretary of the hostel he lived in for two years, and successfully organised events in an NGO he worked for throughout the past 4 years.

During lockdown, Sharath was actively involved in supporting the organisation in his suburb to cater to the needs of the student community.

He is very thrilled for this position and very eager to work together, with you!
Feel free to contact Sharath if you want any more information regarding his plans.

Sharath Babu
General Representative
sharath.babu@ssu.org.au

Georgie McDaid

General Representative

Georgie is currently studying a double degree in Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science, majoring in both biotechnology and sociology.

When she's not stressing about assignments in the Latelab, she can usually be found at home playing video games and watching Netflix. Unless it’s Thursday, then you’ll likely find her at YahYahs.

Georgie is a lover of disability advocacy and representation of women, here with an ear and ready to listen.

Georgie McDaid
General Representative
georgie.mcdaid@ssu.org.au

The SWINE Editors

Jessica Murdoch

SWINE Editor

Jessica is about to start a Master of Arts (Research), exploring the development of identity and intergeneration relationships through the creation of a YA novel.

She believes platforms like the Swine Magazine are so important in providing students the opportunity to get their voices out there – writing about issues that matter to her is really important, and she wants to provide opportunities for students to find and develop their own voice, and gain confidence to do the same.

She’s usually easy to spot, with constantly changing brightly coloured hair (currently a lot more subdued – thanks Covid ☹) and is happy to hear your strongly held opinions about your fave fictional characters, which chocolate bar is best (obviously it’s a toss-up between a Chomp and a Curly Wurly) or exactly how you plan on changing the world.

Jessica Murdoch
SWINE Editor
editor@ssu.org.au

Zoe Abletez

SWINE Designer

Zoe Abletez is currently completing her Bachelor’s in Product Design Engineering and lives for design. In her final year, she’s at that sweet spot where uni and life are about to hit real hard but she is still hopelessly dedicated to being the graphic designer for SSU’s Swine Magazine for the third year in a row. If you want to talk plants, female and WOC representation, good architecture or just good design in general… she’s the one to go to.

Zoe Abletez
SWINE Designer
designer@ssu.org.au