Research & Reports
As part of our commitment to you, we are actively striving to understand your needs and amplify your collective voice.
To achieve this, we are expanding our research program and have introduced three new roles: Student Engagement and Insight Officers. Their sole focus is to gain a deeper understanding of your experiences.
You can find recent reports on this page, and we anticipate adding more over time.
If you’re interested in joining our Student Research Group and receiving invitations to participate in surveys and focus groups, please inform us.
TUSA State Council Submission to the Australian University Accord – 1st of September 2023
The 2023 Australian University Accord aims to create a set of recommendations and performance targets to improve the quality, accessibility, affordability and sustainability of higher education in Australia.
The TUSA State Council believe that the AUA must first address the increasing disparity and systemic barriers faced by University students to improve the experience of University students in Australia. As such, the TUSA provided input to the Accord, with specific focus on the following key issues:
- Affordability and Overcoming Financial Barriers
- Student Representation and Institutional Responsibility
You can read our submission to the Accord, here: AUA-TUSA-Submission-2023
We are now awaiting publication of the final recommendations from the AUA Panel.
TUSA Submission to the Inquiry into the Provisions of the University of Tasmania Act 1992 – Semester 2, 2022
As the only University in our State, it is incredibly important that UTAS is transparent and accountable to not only students but the broader community as it is a public research and educational institution.
Universities have changed greatly in the last 30 years. It is important to review the Act to ensure UTAS remains functional, relevant, and true to purpose.
The TUSA believes significant changes to University governance are needed for students to be given more formal roles in decision-making and influence.
A Parliamentary Inquiry by the Legislative Council is an opportunity for the University to have the concerns of the public addressed in a structured and impartial way.
As there are several matters of great public concern being discussed (the move into Hobart City, the law school, etc.), this provides a forum to address well-known issues and perhaps bring to light new ones.
As such, the TUSA formally made a submission to the committee and was asked to give verbal evidence.
TUSA xUC Student Voice Research Program – Semester 2, 2021
The TUSA aims to foster a deeper understanding of UTAS students by actively involving them in sharing their collective experiences.
In 2021, we initiated the Student Voice Program, a collaborative effort between UTAS students, TUSA, and UTAS academics. This program involved students proposing and conducting research projects, culminating in presentations that highlighted their findings. Below, we present the key findings from the projects undertaken by the first cohort of students:
COVID-19 – special online Vent Tent
This report was presented to the university, was well received, and contributed to the significant changes announced by the University shortly afterwards.
Student Mental Health – special online Vent Tent