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Encyclopedia > College of Fine Arts Students' Association

The College of Fine Arts Students' Association (COFASA) is the principal student union at the University of New South Wales College of Fine Arts (COFA). The association provides political representation, extra-curricular activities and retail services to some 2000 members. A students union, student government, or student council is a student organization present at many colleges and universities, often with its own building on the campus, dedicated to social and organizational activities of the student body. ... The College of Fine Arts Logo The College of Fine Arts (COFA) is the creative arts wing/campus of the University of New South Wales and is located on Oxford Street, Paddington, Sydney, Australia. ...


Membership of the COFASA is currently compulsory for COFA students, but will cease to be so as of 1 July 2006 (see Voluntary Student Unionism). Students who study at COFA but spend most of their time within other faculties at the University of New South Wales become members of the Kensington campus student unions (the Student Guild, the Union and the Sports Association) instead. July 1 is the 182nd day of the year (183rd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 183 days remaining. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... An anti-VSU placard at a student rally in 2005 Student protestors march against VSU in 2005. ... University of New South Wales The University of New South Wales is a university in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. ... A students union, student government, or student council is a student organization present at many colleges and universities, often with its own building on the campus, dedicated to social and organizational activities of the student body. ... The University of New South Wales Student Guild of Undergraduates and Postgraduates (commonly referred to as the UNSW Student Guild) is the principal student union at the University of New South Wales. ... The University of New South Wales Union is the main commercial organisation at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. ...


The COFASA is affiliated to the National Union of Students. National Union of Students may refer to: National Union of Students of Australia National Union of Students of the United Kingdom This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ...

Contents


Aims and Objectives

The aims and objectives of the COFASA are set out in section 1.3 of the association's constitition and are as follows:

  • To identify, advance and promote the interests of the students of the College of Fine Arts at the University of New South Wales
  • To afford a recognised means of communication between the students and the academic and administrative departments of the University
  • To represent the interests and welfare of the students with regard to academic matters, access to education, cultural activities, health, leisure and the environment within the College and the wider community
  • Where appropriate provide materials, equipment and facilities to students at COFA
  • To work on behalf of COFA students, on an equal basis for an education that is accessible, equitable and free from discrimination of any form
  • To promote and encourage the artistic and creative community life of the University

Services

The COFASA is a 'single structure' student union in that it combines political representation with service delivery. COFASA maintains retail spaces, a student common room and student media outlets. It also advocates on behalf of COFA students and sends delegates to the National Union of Students. A students union, student government, or student council is a student organization present at many colleges and universities, often with its own building on the campus, dedicated to social and organizational activities of the student body. ... National Union of Students may refer to: National Union of Students of Australia National Union of Students of the United Kingdom This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ...


Organisation

The highest decisionmaking body of the COFASA is the Committee. The Committee consists of:

  • President
  • Vice-President (Education)
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Women's Officer
  • Environmental Officer
  • Sexuality Officer
  • Zine Editor/Convenor
  • Postgraduate Officer
  • Cultural Diversity Officer

The Sexuality Officer position is typically shared by one male and one female student. Sexuality Officers must identify as gay or lesbian to be eligible for office. Only students who are of of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent, or who are not Australian citizens, may serve as Cultural Diversity Officer.


Committee members are elected in October to one-year terms that run from January to December of the following year. The Executive, a group consisting of the President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer, is responsible for ensuring that the Committee's decisions are carried out.


Additional office-bearer positions can be created by the Committee.


History

The COFASA began life in the mid 1970s as the Art Club at what was then called the Alexander Mackie College. The club was formed to cater to the specific needs of tertiary students of fine arts. At the end of the decade, a Student Representative Council was formed.


In 1990, the council changed its name to the College of Fine Arts Students' Association to reflect its broader focus.


Past Presidents

Year President
2006 Julian Bradley
2005 Julian Bradley
2004 Renata Field
2003 Alacoque Dash
2002 Monika Wheeler

External links

  • COFA Students' Association website
  • College of Fine Arts website

 
 

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