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.

"I welcome all students to reach out and partner with us."

Naomi Dempsey
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Students)

Meet your student representative members

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

  • Amanda Cole
  • Amber Karras
  • Angelique Samuels
  • Annie Talia'uli
  • Arvin Ravindran
  • Ashfaq Lukman
  • Baltasara De Luca
  • Bintu Sannoh
  • C Freeland
  • Camille King
  • Chandra Altoff
  • Claudia Mytnik-Bondin
  • Dhana Athuklrali
  • Dina Hamdi
  • Holly Gleeson-Payne
  • Ishai Gozlan
  • Jakob Huntsman
  • Jennifer Russo
  • Jordan Reynolds
  • Kate Rebecca Curlett Benesovsky
  • Kristy Hoi-Kei Lau
  • Mei Lole
  • Michael Deppeler
  • Mohammed Fahim Ali
  • Natasha Milner
  • Shayla Nguyen
  • Shiva Foroutan
  • Silvia Motran
  • Tanveer Singh
  • Ummama Khan
  • Zeinab Al Hicheme

Young female student in a professional shirt and blazer smiles at the camera

Sedef Ozen - Chair

My name is Sedef Ozen and I’m a domestic student from Melbourne. I am currently in my second year, studying a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours).

My journey as a student representative at VU started by joining the VU Vollies program as a volunteer and attending a range of extracurricular activities. Thus far, I have had the opportunity to branch out and get involved through various positions. I am the Activities Officer for the VU Student Union, as well as the Vollies Assistant for Student Life, focusing on event and volunteer management. I also work as a Student Ambassador, representing VU at a wide range of events. I have been assisting with maintaining a COVID Safe environment for students and staff as a Customer Service Officer at VU. Furthermore, I was previously involved with the VU Psychology Society (VUPS) as the Digital Media Officer. I have gained invaluable knowledge and experience through these opportunities, which I hope to exercise in this current role.

As the Chairperson of Students as Partners, I endeavour to ensure that all voices are heard. I am really looking forward to working with you all in our mission to betterment for VU and its surrounding communities!

Farriz Roslan

Farriz Roslan - Coordinator & Deputy Chair

My name is Farriz Roslan and I am an international student from Singapore. I am currently in my fourth year of undertaking a Bachelor of Laws (Honours).

My experience as a student representative started on the first day of my University journey with VU. Notably, I was the former Students as Partners Chair from mid-2020 till the end of 2021. I was also the Vice-President of the VU Dictum Society in 2020 and the Treasurer of the International Student Association VU in 2021. I am also a current Student as Staff member, working as a Student Advising Assistant, Customer Service Officer, and having the privilege to be the Coordinator and Deputy Chair of Students as Partners. I am excited to coordinate Students as Partners with the mission to progress forward and ensure all voices are heard in creating a better future.


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 2022 calendar

  • 17 March 2022, 1–2pm: First Networking Meeting
  • 19 May 2022, 1–2pm: Second Networking Meeting
  • 21 July 2022, 1–2pm: Third Networking Meeting
  • 22 September 2022, 1–2.30pm: Annual Roundtable Event
  • 24 November 2022, 1–2pm: Final Networking Meeting


Read the latest news from your Students as Partners team.

Expressions of interest

Interested in becoming a student partner?

Fill in our Expressions of Interest (EOI) form and let us know.

Complete the EOI form

Contact us

Contact the Students as Partners team for more information:

Email: [email protected]
Phone: +61 3 9919 5160