Student Advisory Council

The Student Advisory Council has been formed as a channel for communication between the University and its student community on matters affecting the academic and social wellbeing of students. The Council is made up of students who have been elected by their peers to represent them on University committees and boards, as well as nominated students who represent campuses or specific student groups. The Student Advisory Council strengthens the voice of UON students as it advises the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) and reports annually to the University Council.

Terms of Reference

You can find the terms of reference for the Student Advisory Council here (PDF, 127KB). The terms of reference outline exactly why the Council exists, and what they can do for their fellow UON students. They also show the groups that members represent.

Members of the Student Advisory Council

Student Members

Vivak Ravindran -

Bhavi Ravindran is a Final Year Bachelor of Medicine Student, Chair of the Student Advisory Council and the Student Representative on the University Council. He has also completed a Bachelor of Medical Sciences with Honours in anaesthetics and human physiology.

He is passionate about student mental health and welfare, and the creation of a positive university experience for all students at the University of Newcastle.

Within the UON Student Community, he is the Vice-President of the University of Newcastle Medical Society where he advocates and representatives the interests of over 750 medical students across the Central Coast, Hunter and New England Region. He is also a member of the Newcastle University Student Association (NUSA) Council which represents and advocates for all students within the University.

Chair of the Student Advisory Council and Student Member on University Council

Ash McIntyre -

My name is Ash, and I am the President of NUPSA and Postgraduate representative on Academic Senate. I am also a postgraduate research student at UoN writing my doctoral thesis in English Literature. Having been a student representative for the past three years I am extremely passionate about student voice, and it is my hope that SAC will be an opportunity for students to become more heavily involved in decision making at the University. If you have any concerns or contributions, please use your voice, and use your representatives- it's what we are here for!

Student Representative of Academic Senate

Paul Morris

Postgraduate HDR Student Representative

Xinye Li

Postgraduate Coursework Representative

Rosalie Connor

Undergraduate Student Representative, Faculty of Business and Law

Michael Labone

Undergraduate Student Representative, Faculty of Education and Arts

Francis Nadaraju -

Francis Nadaraju was born in South Africa.  After graduating in 2005 he joined Highveld Steel and Vanadium where he worked as a trainee engineer at the vanadium process plant. He thereafter joined BBE Group two years later and worked as a design engineer at the Johannesburg office.

During his time at BBE, Francis worked on several mine ventilation and refrigeration projects including work at the deepest mine in the world, AngloGold Ashanti’s Mponeng mine.  He is a Professional Engineer with the Engineering Council of South Africa and a Chartered Professional Engineer with Engineers Australia. He is also a Fellow of the Mine Ventilation Society of South Africa.

At present, Francis is a PhD Candidate at The University of Newcastle in the School of Chemical Engineering.

Undergraduate Student Representative, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment

Ravi Naran

Undergraduate Student Representative, Faculty of Health and Medicine

Joseph Pegler -

Joseph Pegler is a second year PhD candidate in Biological Sciences at the University of Newcastle. Joseph previously completed a Bachelor of Biotechnology (Honours), with his current research focused on investigating the molecular mechanisms that underpin a plant’s ability to physiologically or phenotypically tolerate stresses such as salinity or drought. In addition to his postgraduate research, he is also a current RHD representative member of the Research Training Sub-Committee and the Faculty of Science Board.

Undergraduate Student Representative, Faculty of Science

Suzanne Ross

Indigenous Student

Ashraf Abdelbaky

International Student

Sue Wilson -

As an active member of the Ourimbah campus community, Sue’s strong commitment to student advocacy and equity is reflected in her roles as Student Representative for the School of Humanities and Social Sciences (2013 to 2017), as a member of the Student Representative Committee, and as a Director of Yourimbah/Central Coast Campus Union Ltd (2015 to date).

Sue is currently completing a Bachelor of Social Science (Honours). Her research explores how women experience public space(s) in everyday life, and the role of public space(s) in the formation of collective action. Sue has a strong interest in place-making and its implications for community engagement and resilience.

Sue’s area of focus is a ‘student partnership’ approach in which students are actively involved in all aspects of university life and participating in all levels of decision making, and in which student engagement is an ethos, not simply an activity.

Ourimbah Student

Yue Chen

Sydney Student

Elysse Prussing

Port Macquarie Student

Anish Saini

Student Representative – NUPSA

Christy Mullen

Student Representative – NUSA

Karen Dimmock -

Karen Dimmock is a PhD Candidate (Fine Art) in the School of Creative Industries at the University of Newcastle, researching artistic collections that may represent the themes of memory and relationships.

Commencing university as a mature age student, Karen came to UON via the Open Foundation course in 2010, beginning her BA the following year. Karen has curated two exhibitions at the Ourimbah campus of UON, for one of which she received a Work Integrated Learning Award.

In 2015 Karen was awarded a Highly Commended Campus Life Award for her commitment to enhancing the experience of fellow UON students.

Karen has worked as a peer note-taking mentor, a writing mentor for undergraduates, and a mentor to new undergraduate and Open Foundation students. Since 2016 Karen has been a Director of Yourimbah (CCCUL), Acting President since December 2017. Karen is passionate about the welfare of UON students, working hard to represent them to the best of her ability.

Student Representative – Yourimbah

Sam Stephens -

I am a fourth year medical student, having previously completed three years of a Bachelor of Physiotherapy. I have been an active member of the UON Tennis Club throughout my time at university and have been the president of the club for the past four years. I also currently hold a position on the NUsport board of directors as a Student Director.

In keeping with my current positions, my main areas of interest are those of university sport and university clubs. My time within the university sporting community has been a truly rewarding one, and as such, it is my goal to give all other students the opportunity for a similar experience.

Student Representative – NUsport

Lynne Hesketh

English, Language and Foundation Studies (ELFS) Student

Joshua Cheney

Student Accommodation Representative

University Staff Members

Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic)

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) or nominee

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International and Advancement) or nominee

Rights of Audience and Debate

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching)

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Education and Research)

Academic Registrar

Dean of Students

Student Advisory Council Meetings

The Student Advisory Council meets four times per year. If you would like to raise an issue for discussion, either contact a Student Advisory Council member or email They will advise you of the outcome after the meeting.

Positions Vacant

If you are interested in becoming part of the Student Advisory Council, keep an eye on the Student Elections webpage and your myUON portal.

More Information

If you have any further questions about the Student Advisory Council, you can email