These are your elected student representatives for 2021.


Braydon Broad (he/him)

This year I have had the distinct privilege of serving as the President of the Tasmanian University Student Association – and what a year it has been.

Many of the priorities that my team and I were elected to fight for last year were pushed aside by the more immediate concerns that students had at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the challenges that were presented, I am pleased to say that we were able to deliver meaningful results for students. Please find below our achievements for this year.

  • Convinced the University to implement 5-day extensions for most assignments
  • Fought to protect students GPA’s by working with the University to allow students to take Ungraded Passes
  • Ensured that fail grades were not recorded for most units this year

Feel free to get in touch if you have any issues you’d like to raise.

Special Projects President

Maria Kumar (she/her)

Hey everyone! My name is Maria Kumar and I am your Special Projects President for 2021. This role gives me the opportunity to implement projects keeping your best interests in mind. I am here to listen to what you need and ensure that your voice is heard. My main focus for this year is to bring initiatives to you guys that will help ease your life here, I’m talking mental health awareness, tackling student hardships and sustainability for starters!

I am currently pursuing my MBA degree and when I’m not drowning in lecture notes, I’m usually gardening at Paddy’s Patch up the hill. Some fun facts about me; I speak 6 languages, I have written a novel and I have a scuba diving license. Get in touch with me through our FB page or you can email me at [email protected] if you ever want someone to listen to you, about anything really. Cheers!

Equity President

Sophie Crothers

I’m Sophie, your 2021 Equity President. I work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, students with disability, LGBTQI+ students, international students and students who identify as women to ensure they are supported and respected through their time at UTAS. With your help, I’ll be able to take student concerns straight to the TUSA and UTAS Equity Committee!

I am currently in my 4th year of a Bachelor of Law and Psychological Science, and I’m super passionate about criminal policy reform in Australia. In my spare time I love to read any book I can get my hands on, paint and explore the Tassie wilderness!

As the Campus President – South in 2020, I know how hard the last twelve months have been for students and I want to keep working to help you this year. I can’t wait to meet you and get through whatever 2021 throws at us together! You can reach out to me via email at [email protected]

Education President (Undergraduate)

Elizabeth Joseph (she/her)

My name is Lizzie and I have just completed my Bachelor of Medical Research and am currently undertaking a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery. I am also your Education President – Undergraduate for 2021, a role that I am very excited to undertake and I hope to affect positive change and accurately represent the UTAS undergraduate community while in this role. I hope to act as a conduit between academic societies and the appropriate decision-making bodies to ensure that student voices are heard and considered.

This particularly includes establishing societies for courses which are currently not represented, such as the Bachelor of Nursing. In addition we will be launching the TUSA College Academic Committee as a platform for students’ concerns to be raised and addressed. Finally, in light of the pandemic, I hope to facilitate the ongoing transition between online and face-to-face learning as smoothly as possible for students.

You can reach out to me via email at [email protected] with any issues or concerns you may have.

Education President (Postgraduate)

Rohan Puri

Hello everyone! My name is Rohan Puri and as the Education President (Postgraduate) I have the privilege of representing all of us postgraduates on a few committees (Academic Senate, University Research Committee to name a few) to make sure not only that our voices are heard but also that they are translated to effective action. So, feel free to get in touch at [email protected]. I’d love to hear from you and learn from your experience – nothing is ever too small or too big.

Little bit about me – I’m currently pursuing a PhD through the School of Psychological Sciences. Besides my passion in all things “research”, I am fascinated by ideas and people which translates to interests in philosophy, travel, data science and photography to name a few. I also love sport – watching and playing it – with basketball, futsal, and a few racquet sports (table tennis and squash) high on my list currently.

Education President (Distance)

Jaspreet Sethi

Hello! My name is Jaspreet Sethi. I am a distant student at UTAS studying Applied Business & Sustainability.

As Distance Education President for 2021, my focus will be supporting clubs and societies where distance students can take part in social activities, develop new ways to engage and support in their distance education studies, introduce new ways where all voices can be heard and expressed and there are so many ways the TUSA can make this educational journey more fun and memorable.

I can be reached anytime via [email protected] or 0421806527.

Student Experience President (South)

Madeleine Webster

My name is Madeleine Webster and I am your Student Experience President – South for 2021! I am a third year arts/law student, majoring in international relations. I love all things beauty and skin care, and am also a proud mother of my dog Daisy ( you may see her around campus a little bit ).

This year, my role centres around the Southern Clubs and Societies and the general student experience (so all the social fun stuff!) I hope to make our beautiful little island community flourish, so everyone on the Southern Campus feels as included and comfortable as possible. You can contact me at [email protected]

Student Experience President (North)

Position Vacant

Student Experience Vice President (North West)

Position Vacant

Student Experience Vice President (Sydney)

Richenda Ewen

As the Student Experience Vice President for Sydney, I’ll be able to give weight to students’ wishes and strongly represent our needs. My aim is to make our student experience the best it can be during our time at UTas.

I want everyone at Sydney to have someone to talk to when they’re feeling frustrated about uni; so call me up, message me, lets have a chat and we’ll make an action plan.

I am super keen to work with the presidents of our local student societies at Rozelle, including SPURS, SOS and the brand new SportSoc. Together we want to create an inclusive, fun and active student life experience in Sydney. Let’s get involved! Looking forward to seeing you at the next event!