The Satellite Representative advocates on behalf of UON postgraduate students located at campuses other than Callaghan. This includes Newcastle City, Ourimbah, Sydney and Port Macquarie, as well as online students.
They advise the President and other Executive members in areas of advocacy that affect satellite students, and help communicate with students at satellite locations.
Hi there, my name is Rich Thorpe and I am the Satellite Representative. I live in space, in geo-stationary orbit above NUspace, but occasionally come down to earth if there is free food available.
I am a PhD candidate in design within the School of Creative Industries. My research is exploring the design of a virtual reality system to help students perform better in exams. My background includes studies in electrical engineering and psychology, and as a registered psychologist, I currently see students at the University Health Service. Formerly I worked as an online counsellor at the University, and as a careers counsellor at UNSW.
I designed and facilitated the ‘Accidental Counsellor’ workshop, delivered it across all University campuses in 2018 and was awarded the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence. I’m very aware of the mental health challenges for postgraduate students, and I see social isolation and loneliness as a particularly big challenge.
Since arriving on these very hot shores in 1990 as a backpacker, I have lost a lot of hair, but gained some fantastic experiences and relationships. I have lived in Sydney for most of my time in Oz, but also been in Newcastle/Lake Macquarie for over 10 years.
As a mature age student myself, I’m hoping I can encourage other mature age students (and I know there are many of you out there) to become more connected with their peers.
Please do reach out to me if you have any concerns to discuss, or to just say hello.