Welcome to Humans of 2019 UCSRC – the profile series introducing your UCSRC committee members. In the last two episodes, we have met a few superstars Amannda, Katherine, Andrew and Kristian and we can’t wait to meet the rest of the team.

Today, we have Caroline Gouws and Kieran Heid. Let’s get to know them, shall we?

Caroline Gouws 

Caroline Gouws – UC Council and UCSRC postgraduate student representative, PhD candidate and networking expert.

Caroline is the postgraduate student member elected to the University of Canberra Council, making her a member of UCSRC. She is also one of two SSAF Officers, who play a role in deciding how the University spends your Student Services and Amenities Fees. She nominated for UC Council with the view to influence and enhance relationships assisting the University in further fulfilling its goals of being a progressive and dynamic young tertiary institution. Additionally, Caroline hopes to use her interest and fresh approach to improve the student experience at UC. She also wishes to facilitate students to have a genuine voice on matters that impact them.

Caroline is currently a PhD candidate within the Discipline of Nutrition and Dietetics. She has previously completed a Bachelor and Honours (Class 1) in Human Nutrition at UC. Caroline shares a passion for food and nutritional sciences, medical research and innovation, where she also sits on the ACT Board for the Australian Society of Medical Research (ASMR).

Caroline has completed various innovation programs and established industry partnerships. Her excellent skill sets make Caroline an efficient communicator and networker.

If you wish to speak to Caroline about the postgraduate student experience, feel free to send her an email at Caroline.Gouws@canberra.edu.au.

Kieran Heid 

Kieran Heid – UC Council and UCSRC undergraduate student representative, passionate law student, future Prime Minister and loyal Canberran.

Kieran is your undergraduate student representative elected to the UC Council and as such is also a member of the UCSRC. Kieran nominated for the UC Council as he strongly believes the student voice is underrepresented and hopes to make a positive change to improving the student experience at UC.

Kieran is currently working as a Student Services Officer in the Student Central. He also had experience in being a Research Assistant with the School of Law and Justice. His goal is to become a practising lawyer in areas of Australian commercial and constitutional law . He wishes to follow his passion for how political decisions impact or address issues affecting Australian society and individuals. Of particular concern to Kieran is the apathy of Australian policies on the climate crisis, he believes more could and should be done to address this in collaboration with policies that secure Australia’s economic future.

In 2018, Kieran completed a Business and Government Internship with Northrop Grumman and quickly became fascinated with the integration of policy and law at a business level in a defence/military setting. He was able to explore the implications of cybersecurity, international arms regulations and workforce shortages in STEM on Australian defence companies.

Kieran’s spare time is spent on playing guitar, tennis, cricket and soccer with friends or reading politics and history related publications. Kieran lived several years in Switzerland but is still a loyal Canberran and a keen advocate of our modern city. He firmly believes in doing the best with the opportunities we’re given. Our future Prime Minister? Watch this space.

If you’d like to speak to Kieran about the undergraduate student experience, you can reach him at Kieran.Heid@canberra.edu.au.

You can also get in touch with the UCSRC team at ucsrc@canberra.edu.au or student.advocacy@canberra.edu.au.