Uni Dazed? Fight Driver Fatigue

May 20, 2019

Uni Dazed? Fight Driver Fatigue

There’s a certain freedom about uni life. You’re free from the structure of high school, you’re free to socialize when you want, you’re able to get your license and experience the freedom of driving yourself around. And while it’s possible to party all night, go to class all day and do it all again, it certainly comes at a cost – after all, there’s a reason why naps are synonymous with uni life.

Of course, fatigue is as much a part of uni as two-minute noodles. But, while a weary head may struggle to power through an 8am class, the consequences of fatigue on the road can be much worse. That’s why we’re going to help you with three quick tips to help stay awake both in the classroom and on the road.


At risk of sounding like your parents, one of the most obvious ways you can combat fatigue is with a good night’s sleep. The Sleep Health Foundation recommends getting seven to eight hours rest – something they believe can be achieved by establishing regular sleep patterns, having a comfortable bed, and leaving Instagram and WhatsApp until the morning.

Beyond the classroom, a good night’s sleep can’t be overlooked before heading off on a road trip as the consequences of fatigue can quickly add up.


You might be thinking that exercise is the last thing that could help you fight fatigue. It might be a challenge to get up and get going, but the benefits can’t be overlooked. In fact, even a single 15 minute walk can give you an energy boost. The more frequent the activity, the better you feel.

What’s more, exercise is also a great way to increase alertness while you’re on the road – something as simple as getting out of the car, rolling your shoulders and stretching your legs can help.

 Less Alcohol

We understand this tip may be a little bit hard to follow sometimes, however drinking less alcohol can have a dramatic impact on how you perform both in the classroom and on the road. Although you might think that having a couple of drinks can help you fall asleep quicker, it’s actually been proven that you sleep far less soundly. So this means that even if you get your full eight hours, you can still feel tired when you wake up.

Needless to say, having a big night of drinking before getting on the road is never a good idea. Not only will your body be fatigued but did you know you can still blow .05 the morning after a big night?

You might be able to battle through a long day of lessons but you should never push through fatigue when you’re behind the wheel. Don’t worry though, we’ve got you covered. Use these tips to ensure you perform at your best when it counts. Or read up more below.



 This article was brought to you by Vanessa (TAC). 

Surf’s Up! DUSA Hit the Waves at Byron Bay

May 14, 2019

Surf’s Up! DUSA Hit the Waves at Byron Bay


On April 24 – 27, DUSA offered students a Byron Bay Surf Trip, packed with surfing lessons, tours and kayaking. Over the course of 3 days, students enjoyed everything the beautiful beach town had to offer and made some lasting memories. We asked team leader, Zoe Saheicha, a few questions on the good times, the good surf and the good company.

What did you do on the trip and why did you decide to sign up for it?
On this trip, we experienced beginner surfing lessons at Lennox Heads which accumulated to eight hours over the course of two days. We also visited the Ainsworth Lake which is a natural tea tree lake located near Lennox Heads. Some members of the group signed up for kayaking (we saw turtles and dolphins!), whilst other members went on a guided walk to Cape Byron Lighthouse which was led by Soul Surf School.

I decided to sign up for this trip as I love surfing and trying new things, as I live quite rurally the opportunity to surf is not very common. I also decided to sign up for this trip as I have never been to Byron Bay, it is an experience that I will never forget as I may never have the chance to come back to this lovely beach town.

What was the best part of the trip?
It’s hard to pinpoint the best part of the trip as I believe every aspect was amazing. I was able to make new and interesting friends from all across the world, such as China and India all the way to Austria and the Czech Republic. I enjoyed how much the trip pushed me and how it brought the best out of me. Again, I loved how the trip didn’t feel like a conventional University trip where there are strict rules and regulations; I believe it embodied DUSA’s nature of putting its students needs as the top priority, as well as maintaining a safe and accepting environment.

Was any part of the trip particularly challenging?
The surfing lessons and the kayaking were by far the most challenging as it was quite long and tiring. However, once we had achieved our goals, such as standing on the board or kayaking the full way without giving up it was an incredibly rewarding experience. I believe each and every one of us achieved our personal goals no matter how challenging it may have been.

Did you find the trip an overall positive experience?
Yes, it was an incredibly rewarding experience, every member felt supported, accepted and safe.

Why do you think it’s important for students to get involved with student life?
I believe the main thing a student should do during their university experience is to get involved, because if not; coming to university can become very much a chore. I have gained so many new friends throughout my time with DUSA and I always find myself talking to at least one person each time I come onto campus. DUSA events have enabled me to come out of my shell and really helped me improve my interpersonal skills. Personally, coming to university has become a much less scary prospect in my life now than ever before, all because of my involvement with DUSA.

How did this experience develop your leadership skills?
This trip did develop my leadership skills as I feel much more able to take students through flights efficiently and safely, which had been a previous concern for me. I feel as if I am more supportive as a leader whilst maintaining good relationships. I was able to develop my problem solving, communication and decision-making skills, as well as understanding general student needs.

What do you love most about DUSA?
I love DUSA because of its supportive yet fun nature. My university experience has flourished after joining and immersing myself in the events of this association runs, whether it was obtaining my Level One First Aid qualification or attending an O’Week party. I love that DUSA truly feels like a community where acceptance and unification are upheld.

If you’re interested in jetting away for a few days then keep your eyes peeled to our website for all the latest trips coming up!

An Island Adventure with DUSA

May 14, 2019

An Island Adventure with DUSA

On Friday 3 May, Deakin students were lucky enough to experience the trip of a lifetime! Setting out from Port Fairy Wharf, students were en route to Lady Julia Percy Island to explore what team leader Nathan Sykes calls “a local treasure”. Students couldn’t pull their eyes away from the marine life, which included both dolphins and seals.

To get a picture of this amazing trip, we asked Nathan a few questions.

What did you do on the trip?
The trip was a sight-seeing tour to Lady Julia Percy Island but along the way (on the ferry), we were visited by dolphins as we took in the views of the scenic coastline. It was amazing!

Once we reached the island the ‘blow hole’ was a hit with students, blowing water high up into the air. We stopped around in a sheltered bay of the island for morning tea and were visited by many of the island’s residents; 30,000 Australian fur seals! Once finished at the island we returned to Port Fairy where students enjoyed fish n’ chips by Port Fairy Wharf before returning to campus.

What was the best part of the trip?
The best part of the trip was seeing hundreds of seals come right up to the boat.

Did you find the trip and overall positive experience?
I believe most students really enjoyed the trip and it was very surprising to see nobody get seasick!

Why do you think it’s important for students to get involved with student life?
I think it is very important for students to get involved with student life particularly within their local community. The trip offered an opportunity for students to visit a hidden treasure which many locals have yet to experience.

How did this experience develop your leadership skills?
It enabled me to lead a group of students which I normally may not be involved with.

What do you love most about DUSA?
DUSA creates a community within the university that wouldn’t exist without it. It allows students from difference courses and facilities to meet who otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity to.

If you’re experiencing a bit of FOMO after reading this then don’t worry because DUSA has exciting trips all year round! Keep an eye on our website so you can grab tickets to the next big event.

We Want Your Help! Contract Cheating Research Study

May 9, 2019

We Want Your Help! Contract Cheating Research Study

Have you faced an Academic Integrity allegation?

Did your allegation involve Contract Cheating?

How did you find the whole process?

Participants will receive a $50 Coles-Myer gift card!

We are looking for students who have received an allegation of Contract Cheating to take part in a DUSA/Deakin research project.

Our research project is looking at the Student Experience of Contract Cheating Allegations and will help us improve support for students throughout the whole process.

All we ask is that you have a chat with one of our team so we can record your experiences. Anything you tell us will be treated confidentially and will be anonymised. Taking part in this research won’t affect anything between you and Deakin or DUSA.

If you are over 18, have had an allegation of Contract Cheating and are willing to talk to us email seccaproject@deakin.edu.au or contact the DUSA Research Coordinator by email at penelope.p@deakin.edu.au or by phone on 9246 8648.


What is Contract Cheating?

It can include:

  • Buying an assignment
  • Selling your assignment
  • Completing an assignment for another student
  • Asking someone else to do your assignment
  • Uploading your assignment to a website to access other assignments or study notes.


If you need advocacy assistance with any academic integrity issues visit: https://dusa.org.au/our-services/#advocacy-welfare

Hey Cloud Students, What’s Your Natural Habitat?

May 9, 2019

Hey Cloud Students, What’s Your Natural Habitat?

Cloud Campus Students we have a challenge for you! We want you to take a photo of your individual ‘campus’ and show us your own little slice of Deakin.

Your campus could be a desk where you work on your latest masterpiece. Notes and papers strewn haphazardly across the surface, with precarious piles of textbooks and other accoutrements forming the basis of your highly evolved filing system.

Or your campus could be alive with the sound of music as you funk, jive and wiggle your way through studying for that latest exam. Channeling the power of music into your every note and flash card with such fire dance moves you’ll make steam look cool.

Perhaps your campus is a more natural affair, lit by dappled light breaking through the trees above as you let the peaceful sounds of nature steady your hand. Alone, simply with the sounds of the birds and of your own thoughts as you forge through your latest project.

Whatever your campus is, take a photo of it and email it to dusa-cloud-committee@deakin.edu.au along with your Student ID Number to go into the running.

Two winners will be chosen by the Cloud Campus Committee and they’ll each receive a $50 voucher for the DUSA Bookshop. So, make sure to enter and show us what your campus looks like. We’re hoping for some amazing entries!

This competition is only open to Cloud Campus Students.
The due date is May 24. 

Contract Cheating: Forewarned is Forearmed

May 7, 2019

Contract Cheating: Forewarned is Forearmed

Now that Trimester 1 is well and truly underway it’s important not to be drawn in by the false promises of Contract Cheating websites – a common trap for students experiencing difficulties with their studies. But with that quick fix not only comes the risk of getting caught and failing your unit, it brings a broad range of other consequences that you might not have considered.

So, what are the other consequences of Contract Cheating?

Poor Quality

Contract Cheating sites promise they can achieve any mark from a Pass to a High Distinction but that is far from the truth. When multiple Contract Cheating services were tested by Deakin’s own researchers they discovered 52% of the work provided couldn’t even achieve a passing grade. This is obviously a disappointing mark, and even more so if you paid for it.


Although Contract Cheating services provide assurances of on time delivery they don’t deliver on it. They will use a variety of tactics to ensure your continued support, from asking for extensions to simply not responding. Either way this can result in work coming in after the University due date; making Contract Cheating not only a dangerous risk but a pointless one.


Some Contract Cheating websites give you the option to upload your own previously submitted assignments (instead of money) in exchange for their service. If you do this, you risk having your work copied by others who use that Contract Cheating website, putting you and your cheating behaviour under the microscope. Don’t upload your work to these websites; it’s not worth the risk.

Over Charged

Contract Cheating services offer ‘premium’ writers and ‘top 10’ writers for an increased price but Deakin researchers have found their work is just the same as the ‘standard’ quality. Contract Cheating services exist to make money and will try everything they can to upsell when you use them. Don’t be sucked in when they’re never going to deliver what you paid for.

Identity Theft

If a fail grade wasn’t bad enough you’re at even greater risk using these services. Most of the Contract Cheating websites analysed by Deakin researchers have privacy policies which allow them to collect your personal identifying details and 47% state they will pass on this personal information to third parties. As you can see, the consequences go well beyond just pass or fail marks.


Students have even received threats of blackmail, in which Contract Cheating services threaten to reveal their personal information and the fact the student has cheated to the University unless they pay for the service’s silence. Some websites will contact your University with your details, purchase history and a copy of what you purchased. Yikes!

Miss Out

Contract Cheating might seem like a quick fix but even if you get away with it there is another pitfall to consider; you didn’t learn anything. If you cheat for a second-year assignment for example, how will you learn the required knowledge to complete a third-year assignment? The answer is you won’t. University is about the progression of learning and without each rung on that ladder you’ll have a hard time climbing it.


If you contact a Contract Cheating website, you may get caught by the University. Faculties have ways of detecting Contract Cheating. The University sends you an allegation of an academic integrity breach and if they find that you have contract cheated, this can have serious outcomes.


If you’re caught Contract Cheating a possible outcome is getting zero for the assignment or zero for the whole unit. Now instead of doing the work you’re out of pocket and you’ve failed the assignment or unit anyway.


If you’re caught Contract Cheating another possible outcome is you could be suspended. This means that your course will be put on hold for a minimum of one trimester. Combined with all the other risk factors of Contract Cheating that one mistake could put your study behind by over a year easily.


If you’re caught Contract Cheating the consequences might go further than just receiving a fail mark for the assignment or unit; you could be excluded from your course. This could be exclusion for a year or permanent exclusion. Once again the risk far outweighs any benefit of Contract Cheating.

Contract Cheating is never a smart decision, not only is it a breach of Academic Integrity but it also invites personal risk. With consequences like unit failure, suspension, exclusion, and even blackmail and identity theft on the line it’s just not worth it. If you’re struggling with your assignments talk to your Tutor or Unit Chair and ask for help; it’ll always be the better move.

Need help?
The Advocates at DUSA’s Student Advocacy and Support Service (SASS) have an in depth knowledge of contract cheating websites and Deakin’s academic integrity rules.
Advocates can help you:
– understand the rules
– block emails and messages from bad websites
– remove your work from websites
– respond to allegations
– find the real help you need to do your own assignments.
For free and confidential advice and support, contact a DUSA Advocate: https://dusa.org.au/our-services/#advocacy-welfare

The Deakin research referred to in this blog is: Wendy Sutherland-Smith & Kevin Dullaghan (2019) You don’t always get what you pay for: User experiences of engaging with contract cheating sites, Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education.

TAC Split Second Competition Closes Soon

April 29, 2019

TAC Split Second Competition Closes Soon


Want to win $5k cash and a $50k budget to produce your own short film?

Entries for the highly esteemed Split Second Film Competition close on Monday 6 May, so make sure you get in pronto!

Run by the Transport Accident Commission (TAC), the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF), and the Taboo Group, the competition aims to change the way young people think about using mobile phones in cars. To enter, all you have to do is submit an idea for a 45 second film that makes people think twice about driving while distracted. The age limit is 18 – 25.

You could win $50k budget to have your idea produced by award-winning production house Airbag and watch your film across over 500 screenings at MIFF (including the impressive Opening Night Gala). Winner will be announced on Friday 24 May 2019.

Visit the website to find out more about the Split Second Film Competition.

So, film buffs of Deakin, what are you waiting for?

You Asked and We Answered! PRIDE Week Q&A

April 8, 2019

You Asked and We Answered! PRIDE Week Q&A

During PRIDE Week, we asked YOU to submit anonymous questions to our DUSA Queer Society, so without further ado, here they are! Happy reading.

  1. What does LGBTI stand for?

LGBTI is an acronym for Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender and Inter-sex. A good place to find some more information is the Diversity Australia website, which can be found here: https://www.diversityaustralia.com.au/lgbtqi/

  1. I’ve been openly bi for 5 years, the last 3 I’ve been in hetero presenting relationships. I know that I’m bi but I feel like a fraud. How do I validate myself?

Let me start off by saying that you are not alone in feeling this. Unfortunately, many bi individuals feel the need to validate themselves and their sexuality. I want to make it clear that you do not need to validate yourself to anyone. Other individuals are not walking in your shoes and may not feel the way you do. Instead, ask yourself how you can become more comfortable in your own skin. So you have been in a hetero presenting relationship for 3 years. That’s great! If you are still attracted, then there is no reason to feel like a fraud. Remember, being comfortable in your skin will take time, but the need for validation will fade.

  1. Where can I find a safe space on campus?

All campuses have a Women’s safe space, and Burwood and Waurn Ponds have a Queer Safe Space. These are autonomous spaces where it is expected individuals utilising them do so in a respectful manner. The locations of the Safe Spaces can be found here: https://dusa.org.au/our-services/. Each safe space has an agreement which can be found inside the spaces, near the entrance. If you would like more information about the spaces, you can email the Welfare Officer at dusa-welfare-officer@deakin.edu.au

  1. Can an Ally join the DPQS?If you are an ally to the community, you are more the welcome to join DPQS or DGQC. The aim of the DPQS and DGQC is to provide a safe space for queer identifying people and their allies. Allies are extremely important for the queer community.
  2. How to navigate asking for pronouns?

If you’re unsure which pronoun a person uses, listen first to the pronoun other people use when referring to them. Someone who knows the person well will probably use the correct pronoun. If you must ask which pronoun the person uses, start with your own. For example, “Hi, I’m Alex and I use the pronouns he and him”. Here is an interesting link on pronouns you might be interested in  – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xpvricekxU or try this linked guide on what pronouns are, why they matter, and how to use new ones and support your Trans friends! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3ZzpTxjgRw&t=

  1. Is LGBTIQ or LGBTI+ or LGBTIQ+ correct?

I don’t think there is any one way to use the acronym. All of them are correct, so I guess it depends on how much of the community you want to acknowledge in your usage. I find for   myself, I tend to use LGBTIQ+ a lot but it really is subjective. If you wanted to speak directly about the Pansexual community or otherwise, you could extend the acronym to include the “P”, but ultimately it’s up to you.

Any iteration mentioned above is an appropriate way to reference the queer community. However, the most recent and inclusive abbreviation would likely be: LGBTQIA+. Ideally, any reference should include the ‘+’ symbol to account for the various terms considered under the queer umbrella.

All questions answered by the DUSA Queer Community. 


Enter the TAC Split Second Film Competition to Win $5k

April 8, 2019

Enter the TAC Split Second Film Competition to Win $5k


Following the success of the 2018 competition, the Split Second Film Competition is back for its second year.

Run by the Transport Accident Commission (TAC), the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF), and the Taboo Group, the competition aims to change the way young people think about using mobile phones in cars. As part of DUSA’s partnership with TAC, we are encouraging the bright and innovate minds of Deakin to enter the competition. The age limit to enter is 18 – 25.

It’s simple, just submit an idea for a 45 second film that makes people think twice about driving while distracted.

Up for the challenge? You could win $50k budget to have your idea produced by award-winning production house Airbag and watch your film across over 500 screenings at MIFF (including the impressive Opening Night Gala). And if that’s not enough incentive, you’ll also score $5k cash just for you!

Competition opens Wednesday 3 April 2019
Competition closes Monday 6 May 2019
Winner announced Friday 24 May 2019

Visit the website to find out more about the Split Second Film Competition and how to enter. You can also watch last year’s winning entry for some inspiration!

Meet Bethany Carter, your DUSA Cloud Campus Coordinator

April 3, 2019

Meet Bethany Carter, your DUSA Cloud Campus Coordinator

DUSA’s 2019 Student Council is made up of a spread of students from all Deakin campuses, including the Cloud Campus. Deakin University recently sat down to talk with Bethany Carter, DUSA’s Cloud Campus Coordinator, to find out more about her role within the Student Council and to explore what the Cloud Campus committee is all about.

Tell us about yourself

Hello! I’m Bethany Carter, DUSA’s Cloud Campus Coordinator for 2019! I’m in my third year of my Bachelor of Psychology (Honours). I live in a gorgeous town called Yackandandah, which is near Albury/Wodonga. I love completing my course online and am very passionate about Deakin’s Cloud Campus.

What exactly is DUSA?

DUSA is Deakin University’s Student Association and is independent from Deakin. DUSA is run by students for students to make sure you have the best possible experience while studying at Deakin. We are passionate about supporting, advocating for and providing services to students. Services that students are able to access include free advocacy services (for when you are faced with issues or difficulties), scholarships, transport assistance (when you need to attend campus), basic emergency supplies through the Student Survival Centre, and legal support. Also make sure you check out our trips and short courses! Visit the DUSA website for more information regarding DUSA and our services we offer to you.

What is the Cloud Campus Coordinator?

The Cloud Campus Coordinator conducts Cloud Campus Committee meetings and advocates for the Cloud Campus and Cloud Campus students, while being the centre point between Student Council, DUSA staff and the Cloud Campus student representatives on the committee. I am ecstatic to be given the opportunity to advocate, support and improve the online experience for all Cloud Campus students.

What is the Cloud Campus Committee?

The Cloud Campus Committee meets regularly to discuss issues and ideas regarding Cloud Campus students. In our meetings, Deakin staff and Student Council members also attend to contribute to the discussion.

What are the goals for the Cloud Campus Committee for 2019?

Our mission is to provide all Cloud Campus students with an enjoyable, excellent and inclusive online learning experience. Our goal is to identify and eliminate, or minimise, challenges faced by Cloud Campus students to ensure they are not disadvantaged in any way.

What advice do you have for Cloud Campus students?

Deakin takes into careful consideration the different challenges Cloud Campus students face. Deakin offers fantastic support, learning and health services that are able to be utilised by Cloud Campus students and I recommend you explore them all and see what works for you. Being active with other Cloud Campus students within your course is a great way to feel part of the Deakin community, so make sure you post in your unit sites and on the Cloud Campus Facebook group. Also, don’t forget to be socially active within your own community and form supportive networks with others.

How can Cloud Campus students contact you?

Any Cloud Campus student can contact me via email at bethany.carter@deakin.edu.au. I will be able to assist Cloud Campus students to become more involved at Deakin and to feel more included. Also, if a Cloud Campus students identifies an area that limits their ability to learn adequately, then I will be able to hear these concerns and advocate for change.

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