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President’s welcome

“It’s dangerous to go alone! Take this.”

         ‘The Legend of Zelda (1986)’

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the 2020 Grok and Student Guild Survival Guide. Whether you’re looking for info on how to navigate Blackboard and Oasis, want to know where to get the yummiest food, or looking for a list of the best toilets on campus, this guide is your one-stop shop.

We’ll take you step by step through the intricacies of student life from the perspective of the wonderful students in the Guild.

Curtin has a unique vibrancy and energy that sets it apart from others, and this is because of the incredible student body and community we have. It’s the Guild’s job to foster that community, so I hope you’ll engage with us along the way. There’s always a little something for everyone.

Take advantage of the services we provide and don’t ever be afraid to get in touch. Always remember that your Guild is here for you; to support you and to fight for you.

I’ll see you around!


Hana Arai

Guild President


Your Guild

Curtin Student Guild is your representative body at Curtin University. We’re here to represent your interests to the University, the government and the wider community—and to ensure you’re not getting a raw deal while you’re completing your degree. We provide representation, advocacy, student services, free and low cost events, and an extensive (and awesome) range of retail and food outlets across our Bentley Campus. The Guild is run by students, and as Curtin students ourselves, we share your needs.

We have created this guide to help you survive your first year, make the most of your Curtin student experience and help you capitalise on your free Guild membership. Inside this amazing guide are: study tips, our recommendations on findingthe best food, coffee and pints on campus, and the crucial knowledge of where to find the best shitters and nap locations. Check us out on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/curtinguild and like us to keep updated on things that are happening on campus.


Guild team 2020 Guild Executive

President:  Hana Arai

Vice President Education: Chris Hall

Vice President Activities: Bridge Truell

Secretary:  Lachlan Lee

Chair of Representation Board: Jesse Naylor Zambrano


Faculty Representatives

Humanities: Connie Martelli

Science and Engineering: Fatma Sehic

Health Sciences: Jeru Sundar

Business and Law: Jesse Naylor Zambrano


Equity Representatives

Queer: Bry Jagoe

Women: Star Castillo

Accessibility: Dylan Botica

Indigenous: Cheyenne Conway

President International Students Committee: Amelia Nguyen

President Postgraduate Students Association: May Majimbi


Guild departments

Guild departments ensure special interest groups are represented and have a safe space to call home. Throughout the year, the Guild departments run events, workshops and host barbecues.


Postgraduate Student Committee

The Guild’s PSC provides representation and advocacy services for all internal and external postgraduate students. The committee organises information sessions and social events throughout the year for postgraduate students to get to know each other, administrators and industry-related personnel. The PSC is run by a committee of elected postgraduate representatives who meet on a regular basis.  We have an open door policy, so come in and say hello!


International Student Committee

The ISC promotes the well-being of international students at Curtin University—helping them achieve a quality education while enjoying a meaningful and diverse social life. The ISC promotes multiculturalism on campus through exciting and culturally diverse events throughout the year.


Queer Department

Whether you identify as a member of the LGBTQIA+ community, are unsure if you fit into the LGBTQIA+ community or simply think the LGBTQIA+ community is awesome and you would love to be an ally to them,head on over to the Queer Department!

We have educational resources on matters that concern the LGBTQIA+ community. Our Queer Officers are here to support and assist students with any queries and provide referrals to LGBTQIA+ inclusive medical and counselling services. The department hosts a number of entertaining events where students can meet other members of the LGBTQIA+ community on campus.

We do ask though that everyone understands that the Queer Department is a safe space and as such we foster a respectful and mindful attitude towards everyone—regardless of how they identify.

(Also, take a shot every time you read “LGBTQIA+” in this post.)


Women’s Department

The Women’s Department is a platform and safe space for all women to socialise, relax and access resources. We are an autonomous safe space free from prejudice based on gender, race, religion and sexuality. The Women’s Department is responsible for representing issues facing Curtin women on and off campus. We work to maintain communication with national student organisations, identify and respond to issues relevant to women at Curtin, and run and support campaigns, events and activities that aim for gender equality.

We have a jammed packed year of activities.  You can look forward to workshops, campaigns, sport tournaments, games, meet ups and a whole lot more!

If you’re passionate about the fight for gender equality, or want a safe space to chill and socialise, then get to know your Women’s collective down at Building 106F!


Indigenous Department

Our department is here to support and assist Indigenous students with services, and to connect them with people both on and off campus to make their university experience as enjoyable as possible. We are hoping to host great events both on and off campus, and to establish clubs that allow both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students to connect and engage in a social setting. We aim to promote a sense of reconciliation and connection for all staff and students, and to create a strong connection between all universities within Western Australia.


Accessibility Department

We’re an all-inclusive collective that represents the interests of students who identify as having a disability, mental illness or other access needs at Curtin. We are a support network for students and we are available to address questions, concerns, and complaints. The Department works with Curtin University and its disability support services to advocate for students with disabilities. We also run events and continually work to improve awareness around accessibility issues.


Faculty Representatives

Every year, one student from each faculty is elected to represent students on university committees, respond to student questions and concerns, tackle academic issues and support academic clubs and events to ensure the Curtin experience is as fun, fruitful and breezy as it can be.

Faculty representatives are always happy to hear from you, so please don’t hesitate to contact your representative if you need support and information.

Your representatives are:

Humanities: Connie Martelli  (humanities@guild.curtin.edu.au)
Science and Engineering: Fatma Sehic (science@guild.curtin.edu.au)
Health Sciences: Jeru Sundar  (health@guild.curtin.edu.au)Business and Law: Jesse Naylor Zambrano  (business@guild.curtin.edu.au)


We can be contacted by email (see above), phone (9266 3392—we all share the same phone number, so don’t forget to ask for your representative), or by visiting us in Building 106F.

Don’t be a stranger, we would love to hear from you and we’re happy to help!