There are opportunities and programs throughout the year to develop your leadership skills and experience.

Leadership is a valuable skill you can learn at university to enhance your employability and personal development.

Aspire: Young Muslim Women's Governance & Leadership program

Aspire is a leadership and governance training program for high-achieving young Muslim women.

It's designed to help you become a leader and influencer in your community.

Email: [email protected]
Phone: +61 3 9919 1841

Golden Key International Honour Society

The Golden Key Society recognises students who perform within the top 15% of their College in 400 universities around the world.

Golden Key members have networking and scholarship opportunities and the society promotes academics, leadership and service through the events held at Victoria University and across the state.

Email: [email protected].

International Orientation Hosts

International Orientation Hosts are local and international students who welcome new international students to VU.

As an International Host you can:

  • develop new skills
  • share your knowledge of life at VU
  • network with other students
  • build friendships across cultures
  • learn more about VU
  • help new students.

The International Host program is affiliated with the VU Student Leadership program.

Email: [email protected]
Phone: +61 3 9919 5514.

Sports Team Managers

Sport Team Managers assist in the recruitment, coordination and management of the sporting teams competing at the Unisport Nationals.

Sports Team Managers liaise with VU Sport and the University Team Manager (UTM).

Email: [email protected]
Phone: +61 3 9919 4434.

Story Writing in Remote Locations (SWIRL)

Story Writing in Remote Locations (SWIRL) is a literacy re-engagement program which has been running in remote Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory since 1995. Pre-service teachers from Victoria University undertake a placement in these remote communities and work with children to support them in writing their own stories. 

The idea for SWIRL came about when founder Lawry Mahon realised how the texts children were reading in schools did not represent their lives. He saw the opportunity for them to create their own books of their experiences and cultures which included photos and artworks of their stories. The children keep a copy of any book they create and a copy is put in the library. Hundreds of VU graduate teachers now call themselves SWIRLers and many of them return to the NT to teach.

Given the ongoing concerns around COVID, particularly in relation to protecting the health of Indigenous communities in remote NT, an urban SWIRL experience at Footscray High School was organised in 2021. This placement looked at how to create culturally safe classrooms for Indigenous students as well as how to strengthen the curriculum to engage all learners in thinking about Indigenous knowledges, perspectives, cultures and contributions. 


For more information about the SWIRL program, contact:

Sarah Tartakover: [email protected]
Lawry Mahon: [email protected].

Student Leadership Conference

The Student Leadership Conference is a one day event, with keynote speakers and workshops.

Organised by students for students it aims to assist you develop invaluable leadership and personal development skills for use in both your personal life and future career.

Find out more on the Student Leadership Conference page.

Email: [email protected].

Students as Partners

Victoria University is committed to creating a space where students and staff work together on all aspects of university life. We call this 'Students as Partners'.

Throughout the year, we hold events such as network meetings and roundtable discussions to engage with students and stakeholders from across the University community.

VU students are represented in by a Chair and Coordinator, as well as an extended Students as Partner network.

Contact the Students as Partners team for more information:

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +61 3 9919 4002

Student Library Assistants

Student Library Assistants provide basic support on a range of library and IT matters during extended hours of opening, such as late evenings and weekends.

Email: [email protected].

Student Mentors

Student Mentors run sessions to support other students to:

  • improve their research and writing skills
  • use the digital systems at VU
  • understand course work.

To find out more:

Apply to become a mentor

VU Academy for Social Change & Leadership

Join our student leadership academy – VU Academy for Social Change & Leadership.

The VU Academy is for students who have a:

  • desire to succeed
  • passion to make a difference
  • commitment and capability to take on challenges for the benefit of others and for greater good.

Email: [email protected]
Phone: +61 3 9919 4281.

VU Vollies

The VU Vollies are VU students who volunteer their time and energy to help deliver student experiences, events and activities both on campus and in the community throughout the year.

Email: [email protected].