About UniSQ Student Guild
Providing vibrancy to your Student Journey
The UniSQ Student Guild is a not-for-profit organisation that supports students of the University of Southern Queensland (UniSQ).
The primary purpose of the Student Guild is to advance and promote the views and interests of all UniSQ students to the University and other stakeholders both within and external to the University. Included in this charter, is the management and provision of cultural, sporting, recreational and social activities, amenities and services to all students regardless of mode of study or location. To this end, gym facilities are provided by the Student Guild for students and staff on all three campuses, with virtual classes and other enrichment opportunities available to support and enrich student’s learning experiences.
The Guild also provides independent advocacy advice to students in their dealings with the University with a physical presence on the Springfield and Toowoomba Campus and a virtual presence on the Ipswich campus.
The UniSQ Student Guild was first incorporated in early 1970 under the Education Act as the Darling Downs Institute of Advanced Education (DDIAE) Union.
Under the University of Southern Queensland Act, 1989, the DDIAE Union became the USQ Student Association before being rebranded as the USQ Student Guild under the University of Southern Queensland Act, 1998.
With a rebrand of USQ in 2023 to UniSQ, The Guild also changed its name to UniSQ Student Guild.
We offer a wide variety of services and activities to add value to your Student Life.
Every Monday to Friday from 12:00 to 2:00 PM we here at The Guild run social sporting events for students. Each day is tailored to a specific sport and is co-run with affiliated UniSQ clubs as an introduction to health, friendship, and community. Pop in and have some fun. We’ll see you here!
My position as Business Manager comprises the management of administration, finance, human resources, policy and procedures, compliance and general business activities. A portion of my role includes communicating with board members and stakeholders as required, preparation of material for board meetings, attendance and drafting of minutes. I attend to end of month accounting processes and liaise with external stakeholders for the purpose of financial reporting to the Board. I enjoy the varied tasks of my role and delight in providing a positive and productive workplace.
I have been with the Guild, working as an Advocacy Office since 2017. During my time, I have gained a deep understanding of the challenges students face whilst studying, which has allowed me to provide a high level of support, guidance and advice, as I assist students through issues they encounter whilst completing their studies.
Clubs and Societies Reception
Recently I’ve transitioned into more of a reception role, & I love that it allows me to be able to connect with every single person that walks through our doors. I make it hard for you to miss me with my ever changing bright hair colours.
Senior Advocacy Officer
Having worked at the Guild as an Advocacy Officer since 2012, I have developed a profound understanding of various strategies to address the challenges that students may encounter. My role involves providing guidance, support, and advice on navigating the University’s policies and procedures.
Anna Van Bekkum
Administration Support Officer
Food Pantry Coordinator
The UniSQ Student Guild operated independently from the university and is governed by a volunteer board of 8 people with a separate constitution. The board chair is appointed by the Vice Chancellor and the directors are comprised of 4 student directors and 2 external directors and one director appointed by the UniSQ council, all of whom operate in a voluntary capacity.
Terms of office range from 2 to 3 years. The Guild is funded by the university under a services agreement which is negotiated annually.
The current board chair is Emeritus Professor Jane Summers. Council appointed director is Ms Helen Nolan. Current external board members are: Ms Bonny Bouke, Ms Monique Tudman. Current Student directors are: Ms Lyala Evans and Ms Sara Conway.
Emeritus Professor Jane Summers was appointed as Chair of the UniSQ Student Guild Board in 2023. Prior to her retirement from UniSQ in 2022, Jane was the MBA director and Professor of Marketing. Jane has had extensive board experience in not-for-profit organisations including 7 years as Chair of the local regional tourism organisation.
As a finance and mortgage broker with 17 years of industry expertise, I proudly serve as a student director on the board while pursuing a Graduate Certificate in Business with a Finance Major (GCBU.) Outside of the boardroom, I cherish outdoor family moments with my energetic boys aged 4 and 6.
As a non-student Director, Monique brings 20 years of state and federal public sector experience to the role, predominantly in the fields of governance, accountability, risk and compliance. Currently the Director of International Operations for TAFE Queensland International Education, Monique has Bachelor of Laws degree, a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration and is continuing her Masters of Business Administration throughout 2024.
Council appointed Director
Student Director and President