Learning and Teaching Forum

Student SpeakOut: Shaping the UNSW Community

15 Aug 2017

The UNSW Student SpeakOut was a collaboration between ARC, the SRC and the Office of the Pro-Vice Chancellor. The Student SpeakOut gave an opportunity for student communities and staff to explore ways in which we can work together to improve the student experience at UNSW.

The Student SpeakOut provided an opportunity to:

  • Learn about the diverse student communities at UNSW
  • Discuss how these communities are shaping the UNSW student experience
  • Explore how student communities and the broader UNSW community can work together to improve the student experience



Dr Raji Ambikairajah

Dr Raji Ambikairajah

UNSW Alumni

Chief Operating Officer Women in Banking Finance

Ambassador, Room to Read

Dr. Raji Ambikairajah is an alumna of UNSW, and holds a PhD in electrical engineering. She has spent most of her career in the technology start-up and venture capital sectors. 

Raji is currently the Chief Operating Officer of Women in Banking and Finance, where she has accelerated the organisation's growth over a 24 month period to 4 cities around Australia, achieving a 32% increase in annual revenue and has opened up partnership avenues between financial institutions and fintech start-ups. 

She is an Ambassador for Room to Read, a global non-profit organisation that focuses on providing a quality education to children across low income countries. Prior to becoming an Ambassador, Raji was the Sydney Chapter Leader for Room to Read for the past 7 years. Under Raji's leadership, the Sydney Chapter grew to become the biggest in the world in terms of its volunteer base and was in the top 5 fundraising chapters globally, growing by 15% year-on-year. In 2016, Raji won the Australian Women's Agenda Leadership Award in recognition of her work in the non-profit sector.

Raji is also an experienced board director and is currently a Non-Executive Director of the Sydney School of Entrepreneurship, and previously of UNSW Innovations.


Event Program

10.30 - 11.00: Coffee and mingle

11.00 - 11.40: Keynote: Dr Raji Ambikairajah

11.45 - 12.15: Student communities at UNSW

12.15 - 1.00: Student communities shaping the student experience

1.00 - 2.00: Lunch

2:00 - 2:45: Learning communities at UNSW

2:45 - 3.30: Wrap up and recommendations


Templates and guidelines for poster presenters are available here

UNSW 2025 Strategy available here