Student Governance best practice in Australia: learn 10 effective ways in student representation and leadership

Drawing from her tenure in student representation at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Fien Van den Steen will outline ten practical lessons learned and success factors for effective governance. This webinar is an opportunity for professionals to learn from a seasoned student leader who has effectively bridged the gap between student initiatives and institutional governance, offering a blueprint for fostering robust student leadership across campuses.
 Fien Van den Steen

Event Overview

Date: 13th June 2024
Time: 12pm UK

Join us for a special webinar featuring Fien Van den Steen, an accomplished student leader and former Student Senate Co-Chair at the University of the Sunshine Coast.
This session will delve into the key lessons from Fien’s rich experience in student governance and leadership. Learn about the critical success factors for effective student representation and discover how staff members can empower students to excel in governance roles.

Fien’s unique perspective will shed light on strategic governance within educational institutions, aiming to bridge the gap between student activities and institutional goals.

What you’ll learn:

  • A breakdown of the 10 crucial lessons learned from Fien’s firsthand experience of three years in key governance roles.
  • Insights into 10 success factors for effective student representation and dynamics of student governance.
  • Strategies for university staff to foster environments that support effective student governance.
  • Examination of broader implications for governance that apply beyond educational settings.
  • An opportunity to engage directly with Fien to discuss and question established assumptions about student governance.


Who Should Attend?
This webinar is ideal for higher education professionals, educators, student governance officers, policymakers, and anyone interested in understanding and enhancing student representation and governance in higher education.

Reserve Your Spot:

Join Fien Van den Steen in this critical discussion on refining student governance, drawing from her direct experiences and innovative approaches to make student leadership more effective and impactful.


 Fien Van den Steen

Fien Van den Steen

Student and former Student Senate Co-Chair and Council member at University of the Sunshine Coast


Bruno Morche

University Engagement Manager

Speaker Profile

Fien Van den Steen

Student and former Student Senate Co-Chair and Council member at University of the Sunshine Coast

Fien Van den Steen is a graduating Bachelor of Environmental Management Student at the University of the Sunshine Coast. During her studies she co-chaired the student senate (the head student representative body) and was member of the University’s Council (the head governing body). She also relaunched and presides the Enactus student club for social entrepreneurial students and co-founded and runs the Upskilling Sustainability initiative, after becoming Green Ambassador to Humanitarian Affairs. For her achievements she won the Australasian Green Gown Awards 2023, the Australian Council of Environmental Deans and Directors Scholar Award 2023, and the UniSC Student Representative of the Year 2023 and Sustainability Champion 2023 awards. With these intersecting passions for sustainability and strategic governance, Fien aspires to work for the United Nations and inspire global sustainability.

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