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.

  • Aayushi Patel
  • Abbas Merchant
  • Adam Ng
  • Alaska Doktor
  • Alastair Thomas
  • Allison Cole
  • Ashfaq Lukman
  • Barsha Bhandari
  • Cara Brown
  • Carmelina Monea
  • Catherine Abourizk
  • Claudia Mytnikbondin
  • Divya Sharma
  • Emma Sheridan
  • Emma Whitbread
  • Erin Pratt
  • Falak Sakak
  • Francesco Stagno (Frankie)
  • Hannah Smith
  • Jade Carpena
  • Jeremy Yap
  • Jithin Pappachan Joy
  • Jordan Reynolds
  • Kuan Tan
  • Malaika Nambiar
  • Manraj Kaur
  • Mickey Deppeler
  • Natasha Milner
  • Petross Renfrey
  • Prateek Shrestha
  • Ruwangi Fernando
  • Sakthi Sakthi
  • Sedef Ozen
  • Shane I’Anson
  • Stephanie Wheeler
  • Temiloluwa Oladiji
  • Thomas Nguyen
  • Toolsika Rawoah
  • William Jansenn

Farriz Roslan

Farriz Roslan – Chair

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

My experience as a student representative at VU includes my past position as Vice-President in VU Student Law Society (Dictum Society). I am the current Director of Communication/Public relation at VU's International Student Association. I have assisted, advocated and represented on behalf of VU’s law students and international students to advocate change within VU and the surrounding community. Students as Partners is an initiative which I consider a huge step forward for student voice. I am excited to work alongside our student leaders and staff members to continue this unique journey.

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 2021 calendar

  • Friday 19 March 2021, 1–2pm: Network meeting 1
  • Friday 28 May 2021, 1–2pm: Network meeting 2
  • Friday 25 June 2021, 1–2pm: Network meeting 3
  • Thursday 23 September 2021, 1–2pm: Annual roundtable event
  • Friday 19 November 2021, 1–2pm: Final network 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 4002