Student Rights Vice President

Sarah Balmer

Hi everyone, my name is Sarah Balmer and I’m studying law part-time at QUT!

I first joined the Guild as one of the Student Rights VPs in March of 2020 just two weeks before lockdown which was pretty hectic. I joined the Guild because I want to make sure students have enough support to thrive during their degrees. For me, the Student Rights portfolio is all about welfare, education and advocacy. So many students suffer with food insecurity, or academic issues, and if I can make things even a little easier for them, then I’ll know I’ve done my job.

This year, along with Taylor I want to expand the Adulting 101 program I started last year, to ensure students have a well-rounded education. This is one of my favourite initiatives because it teaches students so many skills they need in adult life, but probably weren’t taught in high school. I also want to expand the food bank and food hamper services and work more closely with the Advocacy Officers to hold QUT to account. This year, now more than ever we need to be watching carefully to ensure students are getting a quality education. We have so many great initiatives planned, but if any students have any ideas, we’re always open to them.

You can contact me at studentrights@qutguild.com.