Student Advocacy and Support (SAS)

SAS is a free, independent hub of support for you

Equipped with services and resources to empower every student to feel and do their best – beyond just academics. From Welfare and Wellbeing Support to Legal, Visa and Job Preparation help, we’re here to ensure you thrive, not just survive University.

We can provide you with assistance on matters relating to the following services:

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SAS appointment types

2024 Bursaries

Each year, UQU and SAS offer bursaries to students facing financial difficulty. The bursaries program is an initiative run to support you through the ups and downs of student life. Bursaries can be a great help for students who are suffering from financial hardship, are on placement for their studies, undergoing gender affirmation processes, or need help to pay for resources required for their degrees.

Students can apply for an emergency financial support payment for the purposes of obtaining a once-off payment, which will assist in covering expenses that will help to alleviate financial pressures and impacts of welfare-related stresses, therefore facilitating students to better engage their studies.

It is envisaged that these bursaries would be a one-off payment used in such instances as:

  • To cover all or a portion of large or unexpected expenses which students are unable to pay themselves, as it would lead to financial distress due to a lack of income.
  • Covering all or a portion of usual expenses including but not limited to bills and rent that cannot be paid due to extenuating circumstances.
  • To cover all or some of the costs of items which are necessary to completing studies that the student would otherwise be using their own money to buy.
  • Any other reason deemed reasonable in helping a student to engage in or complete their studies.

SAS Emergency Financial Support Payment FAQs

Studying at university is a great experience, and having the opportunity to get hands-on learning while doing placement is the best way to develop practical skills that you can use in the workplace. But for some, doing placement can be a struggle as you may not be able to financially support yourself for daily necessities.

Student Advocacy and Support and the UQU Student Rights Collective have established the Placement Bursaries initiative to help students facing financial hardship from decreased work hours as a result of undertaking a compulsory placement.

Placement Bursary FAQs

You can get financial aid for gender affirmation with the Gender Affirmation Bursaries!

The UQU Queer Collective established the Gender Affirmation Bursaries initiative to help UQ students facing financial hardship cover the expenses of gender affirming items, products, services, and care. This is a small one-off payment and requires a welfare appointment with a Student Advocacy and Support team member (this can be via Zoom or in person) to assess your suitability.

Examples for what this bursary could help with:

  • Binders, gaffs, packers, and other gender affirming wear
  • Hormones/HRT
  • Clothing
  • Medical appointments
  • Voice training
  • Legal name changes
  • And anything relating to gender affirmation

Gender Affirmation Bursary FAQs

Useful SAS info

We want to make sure SAS is accessible to all students who need our help. So please note:

Only currently enrolled UQ undergraduate and postgraduate students are eligible for this service.

Students may book only one SAS appointment per week (to ensure equitable access for all).

Appointments must be cancelled 24 hours prior to the appointment time. Repeat cancellations or no shows may mean you are ineligible for future assistance.

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