Victoria University is committed to creating a space where students and staff work together on teaching, learning, curriculum, administration and governance. This way of thinking is called Students as Partners. It is increasingly adopted around the world to transform how things are done, and create positive outcomes for students and staff. 

Throughout the year, we hold events such as network meetings and roundtable discussions to engage with students and stakeholders from across the University community. These events allow the aims and outcomes of the Students with Partners program to develop in line with expectations and needs from the community.

The ideology of Students as Partners is to ‘co-create The VU Way’.

As the program expands and more students become engaged with this important program, so too will the program’s scope, and its reach will develop and grow.

Meet your student representative members

The Student as Partners network consists of 31 current student members from across the VU community who have shown leadership through volunteering and Students as Staff roles at VU. 

  • Aayushi Patel
  • Aditi Bhargava
  • Akoi Arok
  • Alana Richardson
  • Annabelle Goonasekena
  • Anoushka Patel
  • Ashfaq Lukman
  • Bojana Klepac Pogrmilovic
  • Brody Searle
  • Carmelina Monea
  • Catherine Abourizk
  • Cheuk Yin Wai  (Nardo)
  • Ellie Dewhurst
  • Farriz Roslan
  • Francesco Stagno (Frankie)
  • Hannah Smith
  • Hassan Nur Hussein Abdi
  • Jack Brogden
  • Jeremy Yap
  • Malaika Nambiar
  • Natasha Ritchie
  • Nazareen Besavend
  • Pravina Nagappen
  • Shane I’Anson
  • Swechhya Ghale (Susie)
  • Teghan O Connor
  • Thomas Nguyen
  • Toolsika Rawoah
  • Vishwa Mehta
  • William Penrose
  • Xander Haw

Cheshna Boolaky – Chair

My name is Cheshna Boolaky and I am an international student pursuing an undergraduate degree in accounting. 

I enjoy participating in various activities within the university campus to provide academic, transition and engagement support for students.

I am excited to collaborate in various student partnership projects aligning with Victoria University's values, as I am passionate about fostering a supporting and all-inclusive culture where students' voices are heard and acted on.

Alice Growden – Coordinator & Deputy Chair

My name is Alice Growden and I’m a domestic student from Melbourne, in my fourth year of a Laws/Commerce (Applied Finance) degree.

My experience in Student as Staff roles includes Senior Student Ambassador, Student Mentor, Student Assistant at Student Services, board-committee member and Clinical Learning Officer. I have been appointed by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade as New Colombo Plan Alumni Ambassador, a role which supports students to study in the Asia Pacific. I am excited to coordinate Students as Partners and ensure every voice is heard and valued across the University. 


The Students as Partners (SaP) Framework at VU is characterised by these principles, developed by students and staff and captured by the following statements.

1. Embedded practice in & out of the academic classroom

Authentic partnering with our students is not isolated to select projects or consultations. It is a way of engaging throughout the whole institution; the practice is embedded in all aspects of University business.

2. Recognition / remuneration

Both students and staff contributions are acknowledged and named and, where possible and applicable, remunerated.

3. Community practice

Activities and actions are done in a community approach, silos are discouraged and multiple perspectives and diversity highly valued.

At VU, every student has the opportunity to present their views on issues that affect them.

4. Holistic approach to partnership

The concept of partnership is broad. It encompasses multiple levels of knowledge, with the goal that all contributions are valued and critical to success.

5. Co-creation

The most valuable outcomes are derived from working together to create the future.

6. Accessible to VU population

Openness and transparency are the standards for engagement and partnership. Gaining access to SaP is clear and unambiguous.

7. We value successful partnership

Partnership is a key component for success. It is named and noted as a value and goal for initiatives.

8. Empowering agency & successful outcomes for students

This is the soul and spirit of 'The VU Way' and the foundation for the creation of SaP.

Students as Partners 2020 calendar

  • Thursday 28 May 2020: Network meeting 1
  • Friday 26 June 2020: Network meeting 2
  • Friday 18 September 2020: Annual roundtable event
  • Friday 20 November 2020: Final network meeting

Contact us

Contact the Students as Partners team for more information:

Email: [email protected]
Phone: +61 3 9919 4002