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MyCQU - Our members

Our members

Rhianna Wood
Chair & Townsville Higher Education Student Representative

I am currently studying a Bachelor of Nursing on the Townsville Campus. I have been the Townsville Higher Education Representative since April 2018. I want to play an active role in the ongoing improvement of our University and its many facets.

I see the position of a Student Representative as an excellent way to be a part of a team that is involved not only in the current student’s lives, but also the bigger picture of providing a better place for future students. I am passionate about giving students a voice and advocating on behalf of students and will happily lead by example to show you how to get students engaged within your campus.

As Chair of the SRC I will endeavour to ensure that you feel supported in your role and are able to achieve what you would like to in your given districts.

Contact: src@cqu.edu.au

Emily Bryson
Deputy Char & South Australia Region Higher Education Student Representative

In 2016, I joined the CQUni community while studying the inaugural Graduate Certificate in Permaculture Design. I’m currently enrolled in a Master of Applied Science by research and hope to extend my project to a PhD.

Since joining the Student Representative Council (SRC) in September 2018, I have been actively involved in council meetings and activities. I participated in the Student Leadership Conference and have advocated for the needs of international and distance students to senior staff on the Academic Board as the Postgraduate Student Representative member. As a recently appointed Student Ambassador, I work with the marketing team to promote our university to future students.

I consider the Deputy Chair position an opportunity to support the Chair and council members in influencing university policies and encouraging active student participation in sustainability and social innovation initiatives as well as celebrating student diversity and achievements. The SRC has the potential to be a powerful voice for students. As Deputy Chair, I will work towards ensuring our individual and collective contributions to CQUniversity are meaningful and enjoyable.

Contact: e.bryson@cqu.edu.au

 

Alumni Representative

David James
Alumni Representative

I have a Bachelor of Hospitality Management from CQUni and have also completed three Post graduate units. Currently I work as a Professional Year Trainer for Navitas Education as well as doing consulting for a five star hotel in China. My relationship with China goes back 18 years when I first went to Beijing to teach English. I now go to China to work and travel for a few months on an annual basis. My passion for CQUniversity comes from the opportunity and support I was given during my studies and I hope to be involved in motivating future students to complete their study journey, dreams and aspirations.

Contact: david.james@cqumail.com


Cairns and Far North Queensland Region Higher Education Student Representative

Marlon Dela Luna
Cairns and Far North Queensland Region Higher Education Student Representative

I am presently undertaking a Master of Sustainable Tourism Management at CQUniversity in Cairns. My professional experience was gained through an internship at a multinational company in the Philippines, obtaining valuable perceptions into developing and implementing sustainable practices in tourism.

Having worked part-time. I can balance multiple tasks and still be able to achieve strict deadlines for submission of assignments. I aim to secure a place for future graduates’ scheme, which will provide us with commercial exposure and opportunity for growth.

Contact: m.delaluna@cqumail.com


Central Highlands Region Higher Education Student Representative

Vacant
Central Highlands Region Higher Education Student Representative

To find more about the next upcoming election click HERE.

Contact: src@cqu.edu.au


Gladstone Region Higher Education Student Representative

Monica Mattingley
Gladstone Region Higher Education Student Representative

Hi! I’m Mon hailing from Gladstone, Central QLD. I’ve always called Gladstone my home, giving me deep roots in Central Queensland and I’m currently completing a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy. Between leaving high school in 2014 and my current CQUni enrolment, I worked my way into a management position in a local, thriving restaurant.

My roots here in Gladstone have given me a passion for what rural Australian’s can achieve. CQUniversity’s diversity, inclusivity and can-do mindset excites me. I am eager to use my experience in management and volunteering to further these qualities in a tangible way.

Contact: Monica.mattingley@cqumail.com


Indigenous Student Representative

Brittany Cheel
Indigenous Student Representative

As a proud Wiradjuri woman, working within the Student Representative Council will allow me to embark on a directional change in my student career and be able to contribute to the success of both the Council and the Student Experience for Indigenous students at CQUniversity.

CQUniversity has become my second home for almost 5 years. After completing my Certificate III in Business Administration, I have been employed by the University in departments within Vocational Education and Training (VET), Student Advice, Finance, Corporate Events and Graduation and even the Student Representative Council, acting as Secretary in 2017 and 2018. During this time, I have completed my Diploma of Business and am currently in the process of studying a Bachelor of Business (Management) and Graduate Certificate of Social Innovation.

Having the opportunity to be a part of the Student Representative Council itself is a real honour and a fantastic resource that will allow me to be involved in real conversations relevant to the students of this great University. I look forward in both meeting and representing you in all aspects of your student lives.

Contact: Brittany.cheel@cqumail.com


Mackay-Whitsunday Region Higher Education Student Representative

Leigh Rogers
Mackay-Whitsunday Region Higher Education Student Representative

I run my own nursery business in Southern Riverina Region in NSW and have been working as a VET assessor in Horticulture and Conservation & Land Management for 6 years in many places such as the Barmah State Forrest in Northern Victoria to Jabiru Area School in Kakadu National Park in the NT.

I am a passionate Hawthorn Hawks member (AFL) and the three crowns team in ice hockey (Sweden). Speak basic Swedish, German and Italian (a bit rusty at times). Enjoy birdwatching, bushwalking, gardening, cooking and movies. I like to help those less fortunate than myself hence my reason in becoming a VET Assessor.

I am a mature aged university student with learning difficulties which have never prohibited me from achieving my study or career goals. I am openly gay male with a very supportive partner back home in Berrigan NSW.

I am currently studying a Bachelor of Environmental Studies to further enhance my skills in this area with an emphasis on possibly becoming an Environmental Science Secondary School Teacher.

I love the Mackay & Whitsunday Region and can see myself being here for a while.

Contact: leigh.rogers@cqumail.com


New South Wales Region Higher Education Student Representative

Sunil Gurung
New South Wales Region Higher Education Student Representative

To become a leader, we must work in a team to coordinate with each other, therefore becoming a student representative would be able to understand the beneficial needs and the problem of the students which I could understand the problematic occurring with the students.

I have worked as Social Workers in Leo Clubs for more than 3 years where all our teams would able to meet up at a point and plan out the requirement to solve the issues which are suffering by the locals that we able to help them and also gain the possibility of their hearts.

Contact: 12071134@cqumail.com


Postgraduate International Student Representative

Abhiram Kondreddi
Postgraduate International Student Representative

I am doing masters in project management in CQ university. I am currently in my second semester. I am very passionate about serving the university and helping my fellowmen with their problems in the university. I completed my bachelors in VIT university, INDIA. I did bachelors in civil engineering.

In my university I have been part of many clubs and societies which I am passionate about. I co-ordinated many events during cultural festivals and organised events during technical festivals. I worked as quantitative engineer in Hyderabad for past 3 years. There are many things international students here in CQ university struggle with after arriving here in Australia. I experienced few hardships when it came to assignments, adjusting to the atmosphere and understanding the policies and procedures. Although I may not be able to help you completely with the assignments I would point you in the right direction.

I look forward to serve everyone and the university to best of my abilities.

Contact: abhiram.kondreddi@cqumail.com


Postgraduate Online Student Representative

Mark Clarkson
Postgraduate Online Student Representative

I retired in 2015 after forty years in legal, investment banking and public company roles at a senior executive level. Then holding only, a Bachelor of Laws, University of Auckland, I have since completed online simultaneously at the named universities the following:

  • Master of Laws in Natural Resource Governance, UNE.
  • Master of Project Management, USQ.
  • Master of Business Administration, USQ.
  • Graduate Diploma of Adult Language, Literacy and Numeracy, CSU.
  • Graduate Diploma of Mining, FedUni, (Graduand - Graduate May 2019).

I am presently reading online simultaneously for a Master of Information Technology at CQUni, Master of Mining Engineering at FedUni, and a Master of Petroleum Engineering at Heriot-Watt. On completing those studies, I wish to read for a Doctorate.

I am a Life Member of the Golden Key International Honour Society, FedUni Chapter, and a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), The Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME), Australian Mining Petroleum Law Association (AMPLA) and Australian Mensa. My profile is on LinkedIn at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mark-clarkson-3848329b/

I live in Clinton, Qld 4680. I have a unique insight into the challenges and frustrations of online study and how to meet them and can provide some expertise in compliance and governance.

Contact: mark.clarkson@cqumail.com


Research Higher Degrees Student Representative

Stephen Iles
Research Higher Degrees Student Representative

RHD Research is growing at CQUniversity. A large part of the University’s future success is connected to our research outputs and outcomes.

I am a full time, mature aged, social innovation PhD researcher based in Melbourne who previously completed postgraduate coursework as an online CQUni student.

Since enrolling at CQUniversity I have actively advocated for:

  • establishing the Melbourne RHD student forum that meets on the first Thursday of each month;
  • OH&S compliant RHD workstations;
  • preferential consideration of RHD students for casual undergraduate teaching jobs ahead of outside applicants.

I will continue advocating for the university to meet the particular needs of RHD researchers.

Perhaps more importantly I am a single parent and keen gardener.

Contact: src@cqu.edu.au


Rockhampton and Yeppoon Region Higher Education Student Representative

Dale Neville
Rockhampton and Yeppoon Region Higher Education Student Representative

Dale is a student on the Rockhampton campus that is studying a Bachelor of Engineering with a Mechatronics speciality and has been closely involved with the SRC in his role as president of the Engineering Undergraduate Society. As the new representative for the Rockhampton and Yeppoon regions, Dale hopes to work closely with the student community and advocate for a reciprocally beneficial relationship with the university executive.

If you have any issues, do not hesitate to contact Dale for assistance.

Contact: dale.neville@cqumail.com


Skills for Tertiary Education Preparatory Studies Student Representative

Vacant
Skills for Tertiary Education Preparatory Studies Student Representative

To find more about the next upcoming election click HERE.

Contact: src@cqu.edu.au


South Australia Region Higher Education Student Representative

Emily Bryson
South Australia Region Higher Education Student Representative

Hello, I’m Emily and I am passionate about sustainability and transforming waste into resources. Earlier this year, I participated in the City of Adelaide’s Community Leaders in Sustainability program where I co-designed a project to help educate university students on easy and affordable ways to reduce their carbon footprint. I love gardens, crafting, snacks, naps, and most of all, dogs!

In 2016, I joined the CQUni community while studying the inaugural Graduate Certificate in Permaculture Design. I’m currently doing a Master of Applied Science by research and where I’m investigating the feasibility of composting dog poo for use on edible gardens.

As a distance student, I understand the challenge of feeling isolated from lecturers, resources and fellow classmates. Fortunately, the other Adelaide-based permaculture students and I formed a close study group and friendships that made our overall experience so much more rewarding. Now that I’m doing research, I look forward to getting to know more of the locals studying at Appleton and helping us stay connected to the broader CQUniversity community.

Contact: e.bryson@cqu.edu.au


South East Queensland Higher Education Student Representative

Kabir Dulal
South East Queensland Higher Education Student Representative

I am Kabir Dulal from Nepal. I have done my Engineering in Information Science and Engineering from Nagarjuna College of Engineering and Technology in Bangalore, India. I worked as developer in MAC WEB Solution for year and half. I also worked as JAVA lecture for two years in Nepal.

I am looking forward to make learning environment for students the best they could have ever imagined. I am very friendly person so, all the students can feel free to ask me for any assistance they require.

Together we can make CQU great place for the students to study.

Contact: kabir.dulal@cqumail.com


Sunshine Coast Higher Education Student Representative

Michael Clayton
Sunshine Coast Higher Education Student Representative

I am currently studying a Bachelor of Education (Maths and Physical Education) on the Noosa Campus. I applied for this position as I want to play an active role in the ongoing improvement of our University.

I view this position as a great opportunity to involve all of us Sunshine Coast students in providing both a better place for us (current students), and the future students to come. I am passionate about giving all of us a voice and advocating for those who do not believe their opinion is important – because it is.

As the Sunshine Coast Student Representative, I aspire to support your opinions and make our University(s) the best that it/they can be.

Contact: src@cqu.edu.au


Tertiary Enabling Program Representative

E’Kayla Clarris
Tertiary Enabling Program Representative

Hello, my name is E’Kayla. I’m currently studying a Tertiary Enabling Program and, after graduating, I plan to enter my undergraduate and study a Bachelor of Secondary Education.

Being a part of the Tertiary Enabling Program has been an amazing experience so far and being a part of the Student Representative Council is an incredible honour. I look forward to representing my fellow TEPS students and am always available when needed.

Contact: src@cqu.edu.au


Townsville Higher Education Student Representative

Rhianna Wood
Townsville Higher Education Student Representative

I am currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Nursing as a distance student. I have had a very positive experience whilst studying at CQUniversity that I would like to share with others.

I believe that communication is an important element of the Student Representative Council (SRC) role. I am keen to take on a more active role on the Townsville campus and have joined the Campus Life Committee. Being an elected member of the SRC I look forward to assisting my peers, promoting CQUniversity (especially the Townsville campus) and meeting new people.

I am also an active member of RHINO (Rural Health in Northern Outback) which provides great clinical and social experience; available to all healthcare disciplines across campuses (Ask me how to join!).

I am very excited to be a part of the SRC team to ensure students are getting the best CQUniversity experience possible so if you have any concerns please feel free to contact me!

Contact: src@cqu.edu.au


Undergraduate International Higher Education Representative

Sri Durga Bhavani Sarangi
Undergraduate International Higher Education Representative

Hi everyone, I am Durga from India and I am currently perusing my Bachelor of Business. As an undergraduate, I am very excited that I am elected for this position. This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase my skills and improve university life. I will do by best in every task you give me.

Contact: s.sarangi@cqumail.com


Undergraduate Online Student Representative

Grant Sheean
Undergraduate Online Student Representative

I am excited about returning to the SRC as your Online Representative! Studying both Occupational Health and Safety and Law, I feel I can both relate to, and appreciate the unique challenges that the online community has at CQUniversity.

Other than study (a lot), I also work full time as a senior manager for a US based company, spear fish, and am heavily involved in the veteran community.

My goals for wanting to be on the SRC have not changed since first coming on board in 2015. I would love to assist in making CQUni not just the preferred rural university in Australia, but one of THE most preferred tertiary institutions, QLD-wide.

I look forward to doing this with your help and involvement!

Contact: src@cqu.edu.au


University Council Nominee

Vindhya Raj Pokharel
University Council Nominee

Vindhya is the elected Student Member on the Council. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering and has experience working in a steel rolling mill project in Nepal and a wastewater treatment project overseas. He is currently studying a Master of Management for Engineers at the University's Sydney campus. Prior to being elected, Vindhya also worked as an Enrolment Assistant at the campus. He actively participates in various activities organised by the University, and his aspirations lie in assimilating to the CQUniversity work culture to drive its appeal to students.

Contact: src@cqu.edu.au


VET Student Representative

Jasmine Mitchell
VET Student Representative

I am a committed, goal-orientated and optimistic student with a passion for every aspect of life. I do everything in my power to better my own life and aspire to encourage such passion to those around me. I completed grade 12 in 2016, and spent the last two years working full-time, before deciding which field of study would suit me most. Currently I am studying a Diploma of Nursing at CQUniversity Noosa and wish to complete a Bachelor of Nursing in the near future. I am passionate about health and helping people in need and I Hope that I will fulfil my task as VET Representative. I am also a Sunshine Coast Student Ambassador and a first dan black belt in karate. Some of my other achievements include a middle schooling pride award (Most Enthusiastic Student 2012) and an Excellence in Karate-Do award 2014.

Contact: Jasmine.mitchell@cqumail.com


Victoria Region Higher Education Student Representative

Siri Vaishnavi Battula
Victoria Region Higher Education Student Representative

I am a master's student with a record of academic and extracurricular success. I have extensive leadership skills, particularly within a higher education setting. I am familiar with working across departments, with faculty, administrators and students.

Contact: s.battula@cqumail.com


Western Australia Region Higher Education Student Representative

Mechele Negovetic
Western Australia Region Higher Education Student Representative

Hi, I am a mature aged student finally having the opportunity to begin my Bachelor of Social Work (Honours).  I have 6 children, 2 grand babies and work full time so it is a challenge but one that I am loving!  Working for the Geraldton Universities Centre in WA has given me the support I needed to take the first step and being a distance student,  having such a supportive network of other students, tutors and staff makes all the difference in creating a positive learning environment.

I live regional and love my small city life and hoping on completion of my degree that I can gain employment locally and give back to my community.  Hopefully my experience as a regional student can also help bring a different perspective to the needs of students in regional and rural locations.

I am so excited to be a part of the Student Representative Council and am looking forward to being able to contribute positively to the student experience and to represent WA.

Contact: mechele.negovetic@cqumail.com


Wide Bay Burnett Region Higher Education Student Representative

Daniel Hicks
Wide Bay Burnett Region Higher Education Student Representative

Salutations students and leaders of CQUniversity. My name is Daniel, and I am currently studying a Master of Research in the field of Astronautics. I am honoured and privileged to be your representative in the Wide Bay Burnett Region for the Student Representative Council.

If you enjoy being involved on campus as much as I do, I have no doubt that you will come across me somewhere, whether that is with a Bundaberg CQUniversity club or any events occurring on campus. So, I am a bit of a gamer and a social innovator, however, I am also a pilot and programmer who likes to be involved with any campus life.

I have also completed two degrees here on campus, a Bachelor of IT and a Bachelor of Aviation (Technology).

When you see me (trust me if you’re on the Bundaberg campus it will happen), come over and give me a howdy, I am always up for hearing what is going on and how I can make student, and campus life, a little more exciting.

Contact: Daniel.hicks@cqumail.com