Juliet Veskova: Candidate for Secretary

Glass invited all candidates to submit a statement about why they’re running in the Guild elections and why you should vote for them. This statement is being published as received from the candidate.

Voting opens MONDAY 23rd OCTOBER 2023. You can read all candidate statements here.

My name is Juliet, I am a PhD student researching peptide polymer conjugate chemistry. I have been a full-time student at QUT since 2016 when I commenced my studies in my Bachelors’ and have stayed to finish my education here. QUT has been a part of most of my adult life.

As Secretary, I believe my role represents dedication to addressing the challenges faced by universities in connecting their funding to quality education for people of all backgrounds, domestic and internationally. Aspects include the cost-of-living crisis, supporting disadvantaged individuals, particularly from lower income and remote areas, and reviewing our current pedagogy to ensure our education stays relevant to Australia and internationally.

This is my first time applying for a role at the student council. In my time as Secretary, I’d like to offer my strength as a peaceful listener, communicator, and mediator to bolster communication and addressing of issues between a variety of viewpoints that we hold within our campuses.

One of my topmost pressing concerns in Australia today is the cost-of-living crisis. As Secretary, I want to further address this crisis within the university by continuation of relevant financial and tangible assistance programs that support students during this time.

I am in support of SRC President Aaron Bui’s mission for students at QUT. I admire his years of dedication to this university and look forward to joining him and our team to bring forward how our SRC can meaningfully assist our students, and have it run up to speed, and as strong a voice, as student councils at universities all around Australia.

In my pursuit of the Secretary role, I desire to leave the university cleaner than I found it. I have been part of QUT for almost 7 years, and I sense it is time for me to help make a final meaningful impact.

I am open to hearing more from you and what you feel. Please feel welcome to share some time with me in the upcoming weeks on campus or share your thoughts with me via email (veskova@qut.edu.au).

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