Services and Amenities for Students

The Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) delivers a range of benefits by increasing the quality and quantity of services and amenities available to students. Based on consultation and student feedback, a range of projects have been delivered that contribute to the quality of student experience at the University. Find out more about the benefits of SSAF by exploring the following SSAF funded projects and initiatives.

UNESA

The University of New England Student Association (UNESA) is your democratically elected student body responsible for representing and advocating on behalf of students to the University. The vision statement of UNESA is to: "Represent without fear or favour the students of the University of New England. To encourage participation in a fair and just tertiary experience through shared higher thinking." UNESA seeks to promote an environment inclusive of external and internal students in a community that extends outside of their academic studies. Whilst advocating at the university level, UNESA also seeks to engage with national student organisations and government decisions that affect students.

Click here to visit the UNESA website.

TuneFM

TuneFM was founded in 1968 by five students who had a vision that has created a forty-year  legacy of radio broadcasting at UNE. The birth of the first university broadcaster was with the original Radio UNE that was officially opened by the former Chancellor, Sir Zelman Cowan. TuneFM is built on a strong volunteer base, with students offering their time as radio announcers and program managers. TuneFM, Australia's oldest university radio station, offers opportunities for both internal and external students to volunteer in a wide range of roles. Contact TuneFM at volunteers@tunefm.net or drop in to the studio on campus.

Discover more about TuneFM on their website.

Nucleus

Nucleus is UNE's student newspaper: run by students, for students. Nucleus aims to reflect the student environment at UNE by publishing content that is relevant and important to all students, both internal and external. Nucleus was first published in 1947. The original publication, The Neucleus, was the oldest and longest-running student newspaper in Australia. Nucleus reflects the student voice at UNE, and is instrumental in the expression of the student experience.

Find out more  and read online by visiting the Nucleus website.

Clubs and Societies

Clubs and Societies underpin student fraternity and amenity at UNE. There are a large variety of Clubs and Societies, not including sporting clubs, at all stages of capacity, development and growth.  The Clubs and Societies Subcommittee look to build capacity in community leadership that benefits students after they complete their tertiary study. Clubs and Societies are limited only by imagination and cater for all manner of extra-curricular activities.

Find out more about Clubs and Societies here.

Music / arts amenity project

The pilot music / arts amenity project aims to provide an increased level of artistic opportunity to the UNE student community by making available musical and sound equipment that will build on the organic live music project currently underway on campus. Check out what happening through this emerging live music project on Tuesday and Wednesday during lunch at the 'Stro.

Professional Experience Name Badges (Teacher Education Students Only)

As a service to its members, UNESA co-ordinates the production of name badges for students who are required to undertake professional experience as part of their program of study. At the moment this service is for Teacher Education students only. An example of the badge is shown below. It measures 75 x 25mm, is white, with a magnetic pin. Further information about the badges can be found on the UNESA website.

Well Fair Day

What could be better than a free day to enjoy life on campus! The second annual Well Fair Day was enjoyed by students in the Central Courtyard in September 2014, featuring a free BBQ, magician, petting zoo, interactive sculpture, face painting, jumping castle, photo booth, tea & craft tents and much more!

Armidale International Association (Park Visits)

The Armidale International Association (AIA) in conjunction with UNE International organise a variety of excursions for international Students. The goal of these excursions is to give international students a chance to experience the New England high country, have a break from study and enjoy the vibrant social culture at the University. At the start of each trimester all newly arrived students are invited during their orientation to join a trip to Dorrigo National Park. About 55 students take part in the day; highlights include morning tea, views of the spectacular Ebor Falls, then on to the Dorrigo Rainforest for a BBQ lunch at the Glade Picnic Area. After lunch, students enjoy a leisurely 2 hour walk to the beautiful Crystal Shower Falls. This event has proven to be a great way for international students to see an amazing part of Australia while making new friends in their first couple of weeks at UNE.

Experience more of the New England Region by visiting Armidale Tourism.

Recharge and reconnect with UNE ChargeBars

Battery running low on your mobile device? Most of us rely on the convenience of our mobile devices to connect with friends and classmates, and for everything from getting to class on time, taking lecture notes, emailing each other and searching for information. Being connected means being productive. To make sure your batteries are always topped up, ChargeBars are now available on site at the University and in a number of regional centres to be used free of charge for most iPhones, smartphones, personal media players or tablets. Find your nearest ChargeBar at the following locations:

  • Booloominbah Café, Academic Campus, University of New England
  • Tamworth, 24 Fitzroy Street, Tamworth in Peel House next door to the Town Hall
  • Inverell, Evans Street, Inverell TAFE campus - in library building
  • Moree, Frome Street, Moree TAFE campus - up the ramp next to library
  • Glen Innes, Grey Street Glen Innes (Glen Innes Severn Learning Centre)
  • Taree, Shop 3 & 4, Manning Mall between Manning Mall and Taree City Centre (overlooking Manning Mall car park) 91 Manning Street, Taree

Find out more about UNE's Regional Study Centres.

Legacy student scholarship fund

Students graduating in March and October of 2014 will be the first to have the opportunity to contribute towards a legacy scholarship fund. This project aims to create stronger collegiality between graduating students, creating opportunity for future generations of students and foster strengthened engagement across the UNE alumni. Graduating students will be given the option of making a donation (small or large) towards the fund. The Vice-Chancellor has offered to match donor funds. SSAF funds have supported the creation of a graduate year scholarship fund, dispersed each year in consultation with the Graduating Committee.To find out more about the Graduating Committee and how to get involved, please contact UNESA.

Student spaces and facilities

A range of upgrades and improvements to student spaces and facilities have been delivered, providing safe and comfortable places for students to meet, collaborate and engage on campus, including:

  • refurbishment of the old on-campus security area into a dedicated women's space, including lounge style seating and furniture, a desk and a small kitchen
  • funding for the Earle Page College junior common room refurbishment
  • contribution to the installation of four community kitchens into catered residential colleges, with the University to match this contribution with University funds
  • new Audio Visual technology and furniture for Mary White College.
Exam breakfasts

What could be harder than exam day on an empty stomach! Funds from SSAF helped students prepare for this important part of university life through the provision of breakfasts during the exam period.

Uni4Me

A key interface with the student body, Uni4Me has continued to deliver a range of exciting student-led activities and social events across the calendar year, including extended orientation activities to continue the university's well established student collegiality.

Blue shirt volunteers

Assistance was delivered for the continuation of on-campus help and support activities provided to students by the Blue Shirts Volunteers program.

Student orientation

Acknowledging orientation as an integral part in the transition to university life, support was provided through student orientation activities, including enhancements to the lifesaver days, orientation catering, Uni4Me events, student-led activities and social events, and SSAF informational material.

UNE Medical Centre

Ensuring the health and welfare of students at UNE is taken care of, the operation of the UNE Medical Centre is an important student service and amenity.

Emergency support

An allocation for emergency financial or other support is made available to students through UNESA to provide help and assistance for students in times of crisis or emergency.

Sport & recreation

Maintaining a healthy and active life is made easier and more affordable with support provided for the operation of Sport UNE and a range of supporting services and amenities for members of the gym.

New technology facilities

Ensuring students continue to have access to the best possible technology, a range of upgrades were provided during the year to support student-led services and amenities, including:

  • upgrade IT equipment for UNESA teams and services, including IT software and hardware for the independent student advocates and new equipment for Tune FM
  • wireless installation project to increase high speed coverage across the campus.