Over the next few days, Curieux will be publishing the profile series Humans of 2019 UCSRC aimed at introducing your elected UCSRC committee.

Yesterday, we introduced you to the UCSRC President Amannda Huot and Vice-President Katherine Jefferies. Up next, let’s get to know the new Secretary Andrew Giumelli and Treasurer Kristian Barnes!

Andrew Giumelli  

Andrew Giumelli – 2019 UCSRC Secretary, Faculty of Science and Technology representative, Events Officer, UC Life Campus Life Coordinator and Canberra’s Number One Fan.

Andrew is your elected Faculty of Science and Technology representative on UCSRC. He is also an executive member of UCSRC having been elected to the role of Secretary and is one of two UCSRC Events Officers. Until recently, Andrew was a senior Residential Advisor at Cooper Lodge. He feels there is a considerable disconnect between the University and its students and hopes to bridge that gap and help make a positive contribution to the student experience. 

Andrew grew up in the town of Cudal in country New South Wales. He admits to being a bit of an IT nerd who loves travelling the world and participating in initiatives like ‘Engineers without Borders Humanitarian Design Summit’ to support local communities in rural India. He is currently studying Network and Software Engineering and hopes to find an opportunity that combines IT and his passions for helping people in the future.

Andrew currently works for UC Life as a Campus Life Coordinator, managing UC’s clubs and societies and working on student events. He has also been involved in the Rotaract Club of UC for two years, volunteering and working on professional development opportunities and was voted Club Person of the Year 2018.

With limited spare time, Andrew makes hanging out with friends and getting out and about in Canberra a priority. Apparently, he is Canberra’s Number One Fan. 

If you want to speak to Andrew about student experiences and events on campus, feel free to contact him via email at Andrew.Giumelli@canberra.edu.au.


Kristian Barnes 

Kristian Barnes – 2019 UCSRC Treasurer, Diversity Officer, Advocacy Officer, Ngunnawal Centre Representative and model planes enthusiast.

Kristian is your Ngunnawal Centre representative on USRC and an executive member of UCSRC having been elected to the role of Treasurer, the UCSRC Diversity Officer, Advocacy Officer. He is also one of two SSAF Officers, who held a role in deciding how the University spends your Student Services and Amenities Fees. As well, Kristian is your go-to man for all things practical, like moving offices and setting up market day stalls. 

Kristian is in his second year of a Bachelor of Information Technology and would like to eventually work in the IT industry as a Business Analyst or something similar. He is one of two current UCSRC members who formed part of the inaugural UCSRC in 2018. Kristian was nominated again this year as he wished to continue his professional development and further improve relationships between UC and its students.

Kristian strives to support the LGBTIQ+ and Indigenous Communities and is a member of UC Ally Network. He is also an AIME Mentor; sharing tools and knowledge to give Indigenous Australians a better chance for their futures. Coming from the coastal town of Nowra in the New South Wales , Kristian thoroughly understands the transition students face when moving to a city like Canberra to study.

After all that, Kristian actually has some spare time and uses it to go exploring around Canberra and its surrounds, build model planes and play DnD. 

Kristian is keen to assist with your questions regarding student advocacy and diversity. You can reach him at Kristian.Barnes@canberra.edu.au.

You can also contact the UCSRC team via email at ucsrc@canberra.edu.au or student.advocacy@canberra.edu.au.