Student Council Members

Say hello to your student council members.

The SSU Student Council is the highest body with the SSU, and is comprised of up to 23 elected Councillors, who are the directors of the association. These student representatives are elected annually by the Swinburne student community.

Student Council meets monthly to discuss issues of importance to the Swinburne community. As the governing body of the association, the Council has direct responsibility for ‘ensuring the proper management of the Union and its services’. All directors undertake governance training provided by staff following their election in October each year.

 

 

Executive

  • Nidzam Shah Hussain

    President
  • Isobel O’Dwyer

    General Secretary
  • Kishaun Aloysius

    Education Officer
  • Patrick Taylor

    Welfare Officer
  • Aaryan Pujara

    Activities Officer
  • Nikitha Neelakantan

    Communications Officer

Nidzam Shah Hussain

President

Nidzam Shah Hussain is your SSU President for 2022. Originally from Malaysia, he’s currently pursuing a Master of IT in Data Analytics here in Swinburne. He’s been an active volunteer with the SSU and was previously the Activities Officer, leading up fun events and delivering key services for students. He’s passionate about building an inclusive community for students from all backgrounds and is always ready to advocate for student issues. Feel free to ask him questions about the Union and how we represent you to the University.

Isobel O’Dwyer

General Secretary

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!

Kishaun Aloysius

Education Officer

Kishaun Aloysius is a Bachelor of Biomedical Science and Biochemistry student, and a seasoned Swinburnian in his final year. He has dedicated his time to everything Swinburne has to offer, with a keen interest in clubs, sports, and student affairs. In his second year as the Education Officer, he aims to continue his work and improve the education experience for all.
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, NFL, life’s complexities, science, films, 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.

Patrick Taylor

Welfare Officer

Patrick is in his third year of a Bachelor of Arts in Indigenous studies. He has a passion for welfare and is excited to work for the welfare of all students. When not working or studying he can be found at the Hammer and swine bar on campus. Don’t be afraid to email and ask any questions you may have, and he is always down for a chat and some beers.

He is a First Nations man from the Wiradjuri mob so is always open to help any other First Nations students.

Aaryan Pujara

Activities Officer

Moved from New Delhi, India in 2019. Aaryan is a third-year student studying Bachelor of Computer Science at Swinburne. He has a passion for student advocacy and has been involved in multiple student bodies representing students. Aaryan is also a part of several cultural clubs and enjoys hosting events and activities for students. He is very outgoing and loves meeting new people and learning about different cultures. When he is not busy debating about Marvel films, Aaryan loves to grab a drink and catch up with friends. Reach out to him via email or find him at the Hammer & Swine Bar.

Nikitha Neelakantan

Communications Officer

Nikitha Neelakantan is the former Women’s representative and is pursuing a double degree in Health Science and Science majoring in Biomedical Science and Biochemistry. As this year’s Communications Officer, Nikitha is keen to develop the connection between the SSU and students so they have a chance to provide feedback on issues affecting them and stay up-to-date on everything that their union is doing to support them. She also aims to be the biggest supporter of the SWINE magazine team and hopes to guide them to greater heights in 2022!

 

If you’re keen on knowing her plans for 2022 or want to be a part of SSU’s always growing media community, feel free to reach out to Nikitha via email or she’s always up for a drink at Hammer & Swine!!

Campus Chairs

  • David Novanovski

    Hawthorn Campus Coordinator

David Novanovski

Hawthorn Campus Coordinator

David Novanovski is our Hawthorn campus chair for 2022 and is the president and creator of the Swinburne Film Society! David is studying a double degree in business and media communications, with a major in management and media industries.

 

David’s loves films, meeting new students and helping to make campus life the best possible experience that it can be for all students!

Education

  • Alex Edwards

    PAVE Representative
  • Parth Bhavsar

    Postgraduate Representative
  • Abdul Azeez Mohamad Askeen

    International Representative

Alex Edwards

PAVE Representative

Alex (he/they) is a local student currently studying a certificate 4 in Mental Health, has been active within the student union for many years, loves gaming, reading books, and enjoying nature.
He believes students should be better supported and so as PAVE representative is aiming to do what he can to help PAVE students have a better time while at Swinburne.

Parth Bhavsar

Postgraduate Representative

Parth is currently doing his third year of PhD on “Plastic Biodegradation”. His goal is to someday solve the plastic dilemma that the world is currently facing. He has been part of the Swinburne student Union over 3 years and has engaged in many volunteering activities along the way. Apart from being passionate about his research, he is also determined in helping the Swinburne postgraduate community as a postgraduate representative for the year 2022.
Outside his usual routines, he like to listen to light novels, preferably sci-fic/fic, crime and mystery. He also likes to watch and read anime and manga.

Abdul Azeez Mohamad Askeen

International Representative

Azeez is an international student from Sri lanka reading for his bachelor of Engineering Hons civil major. He is someone who always loves to have a lot of people around him. He makes a lot of friends and actively engages in many social clubs and societies. He is also a Co-President of the Swinburne Sri lankan students Association. He is an international representative in the Swinburne Student Union and represents Engineering undergraduates in the Swinburne representative council.
Outside of university he loves experiencing new things in life and travelling.

Welfare

  • Anthony Bogli

    Queer Representative
  • Hezal Patel

    Women's Representative
  • Shruti Bhirud

    Ethnocultural Representative
  • Darnell Stallbaum

    First Nations Representative
  • Emily Duffus

    Health & Accessibility Representative
  • Alex Min Kyaw

    Environmental Representative

Anthony Bogli

Queer Representative

Anthony (He/Him) is a local student, studying a Bachelor of Computer Science.
Anthony has worked as a sole trader, developing technology for small websites, apps for startups and medium sized businesses, and has been part of various projects and community groups. Recreationally, he enjoys arts, crafts, programming, tarot, and tabletop gaming. He also enjoys listening to Joy FM radio and podcasts by ‘Duncan Trussell Family Hour’ that talk about spirituality.
Anthony is community orientated and wants to improve people’s quality of life on campus. He wishes to bring his values and experiences from the workforce into creating a safe space for LGBTQI members. He is open to hearing all concerns and issues that are occurring in the community so that he can assist in working towards a resolution for them. If you have any concerns or worries, your queer representative is more than willing to listen confidentially! Just shoot them an email

Hezal Patel

Women's Representative

Hezal is an international student from India currently pursuing a Bachelor of Health Science with a biomedical major. She believes in giving back to society and works towards the welfare of her fellow students and everyone around her. She is an active member of tons of clubs at university and has been volunteering at the Swinburne Student Union for the past year. She is extremely passionate about the welfare and safety of women around the world and is excited to work together with everyone and take up her role as the Women’s representative officer.

Other than her usual routine of hanging out around the late lab and Hammer and swine, she also enjoys going out for girls’ night, picnics, and is always up for a nice glass of Gin & Tonic.

Shruti Bhirud

Ethnocultural Representative

Shruti is an international student from India studying Bachelor of Health Science with neuroscience and biomedical major. She has a passion for serving her community and working towards the welfare of her fellow students. She is a part of a few cultural clubs at Swinburne and volunteers for charitable organizations outside of university. She’s been an active volunteer for the Swinburne Student Union for the past year and is excited for her role as EthnoCulture representative.
Other than her usual routines, Shruti enjoys watching movies, going on scenic walks and is always up for a drink.

Darnell Stallbaum

First Nations Representative

Darnell Stallbaum is the First Nations representative for the Swinburne Student Union in 2022, and is currently studying a bachelor of nursing.

Darnell enjoys martial arts, large social events, and getting to share his ideas with new people, always down for a friendly chat, advice or even a chill drink feel. Even though only recently getting in touch with his roots as a First Nations man Darnell is always willing to listen and share his experiences to further represent and help his fellow First Nations people.

Feel free to contact him via email for any concerns, questions or ideas!

Emily Duffus

Health & Accessibility Representative

Emily is a final year Bachelor of Criminal Justice/Criminology student who has passions in providing and creating better experiences for others and social justice. She has always had an avid engagement with campus affairs and created the Swinburne Crime and Forensics Society in 2020 where she lead them through a tough time for clubs with the transition to online events.

 

Outside of uni and work you will find her watching and reading anything true crime, listening to music or browsing bunnings to expand her collection of plants.

Alex Min Kyaw

Environmental Representative

Khant (Alex) Min Kyaw is the environment representative for Swinburne Student Union 2022. He is also the president of Swinburne Burmese Student Association as well as an international student ambassador for Swinburne. Alex is in his second year in Bachelor of Business, majoring in Finance.
Alex loves going to the gym, meeting new people, and making new friends. Outside his usual routine, Alex loves to watch documentaries, movies and meeting his friends.

General Representatives

  • Daniel Nicholson

    General Representative
  • Kipp Stratmann

    General Representative
  • James Atkins

    General Representative

Daniel Nicholson

General Representative

Daniel Nicholson is our General Representative for the Swinburne Student Union in 2022. Daniel has over 8 years of experience working in Student Unions across Victoria and is currently studying a Diploma of Teacher Education Preparation.

 

Daniel is a massive pop culture and sports fanatic and loves going out to all kinds of events around Melbourne, be either sporting events or various expositions that are held yearly.

Kipp Stratmann

General Representative

Kipp is a fourth year Engineering/Computer Science student, majoring in Civil Engineering and Network Design. He has been part of a few club committees and has been an avid volunteer over the last few years including outside of the university. Kipp has been part of the Swinburne Student Union since his first year and has been an active volunteer helping out with numerous events, and has also sat on the Campus Committee and the Education Board in previous terms.

 

Outside of his university studies and employment, Kipp loves spending his time exploring the outdoors, camping, and volunteering to other causes.

James Atkins

General Representative

James is your General Representative for 2022. 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.

The SWINE Magazine Editors

  • Jessica Norris

    SWINE Editor
  • Zoe Sorenson

    SWINE Editor
  • Adele Easton

    SWINE Designer

Jessica Norris

SWINE Editor

Jess (she/her) is in her third year of Media & Communications (majoring in Professional Writing & Editing) and loves using writing to talk about powerful stories and things that matter. In her spare time, Jess loves hanging out with her friends, drinking wine with those friends, and chatting all things love and life. Jess is so excited to work with young and aspiring writers, editors and other creatives to produce meaningful pieces and vulnerable stories.

Zoe Sorenson

SWINE Editor

Zoe (she/her) is a third-year Media & Comms student, studying both Professional Writing & Editing and Media Industries. She has a passion for creating collaboratively, and her favourite feeling in the world is when writers and editors come together to realise an author’s vision. Zoe can’t wait to hear about all the funky things you have to say (whether in writing or art or any other medium you like to express yourself in!) and to support you in sharing that with everyone in our magazine, SWINE

Adele Easton

SWINE Designer

Adele is a fourth year Engineering student, majoring in Product Design Engineering. She’s passionate about all things creative, especially design! She also loves to assemble beautiful graphics in her spare time. Adele can’t wait to create designs for the Swine Magazine and to produce beautiful imagery that speaks to readers while also helping contributors express their work. She’s keen to work with the Swine Magazine team and can’t wait for the amazing things they will achieve together.