Australia's peak tertiary student body has ranked The University of Western Australia as a national sector leader in using best practice to consult, support and deliver positive outcomes for students and student organisations.
The National Union of Students rated UWA as "Category One - Recognised Leader" in the distribution of student services and amenities fees.
Student organisations were asked in a national survey to rate how committed their universities were to engagement with students on student services and amenities fees spending, and the provision of student-run student services, independent advocacy and student representation.
NUS National President Donherra Walmsley said the findings showed that UWA was a national leader in acting in the interests of and in conjunction with students to determine the funding mix for services, representation and advocacy.
The Vice-Chancellor of The University of Western Australia, Professor Paul Johnson, said he was particularly pleased the NUS has recognised UWA in such a positive way.
The University strongly supported the activities of the UWA Student Guild, he said.
Professor Johnson encouraged students at this year's UWA Commencement Ceremony to be involved in Guild events and activities.
"The strength of the student experience at UWA is not simply about academic excellence - it is also about supporting cultural and social activities that help develop well-rounded citizens who can make a positive contribution to their community," Professor Johnson said.
"There is a long history of positive relationships between the University and UWA's student body - a relationship that supports and encourages student involvement in decision-making at the highest levels."
The NUS survey also rated The University of Melbourne, Deakin University and Latrobe University as Category One tertiary institutions.
Michael Sinclair-Jones (UWA Public Affairs) (+61 8) 6488 3229 / (+61 4) 00 700 783