About UNE Life

UNE Life aims to create an outstanding student experience for UNE’s students, staff and the wider community.

In 2014, the University of New England combined SportUNE & Services UNE, both controlled entities of the University delivering services to students, the UNE, and Armidale community. This culmination of entities became “UNE Life”, a business dedicated to providing experience through quality and innovative service.

Student Advisory Committee.

The glue that holds us together. You. Our students.


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A working group of the UNE Life Board, The Student Advisory Committee is made up of elected representative students, and those students who have undergone an EOI process to advise the UNE Life Board, and UNE Life Student Experience, of where we should be focusing our attention and resources.

The UNE Student Advisory Committee is made up of the following positions;

  • Online Student Representative
  • Indigenous Representative
  • International Representative
  • Sporting Representative
  • College Academic Support Representative
  • College Pastoral Care Representative
  • College JCR Representative
  • UNE Life Student Director (or nominee).

What do we ask of you?

Whilst we love a good catch up (and that’s certainly part of what we look for, although we call it “measuring student sentiment”) the role of a SAC member has obligations. Essentially, we want you to provide valuable feedback to us on our services, not just from your experiences, but also the experiences of your fellow students.

This means talking to your cohorts about specific initiatives, areas that we can do better, and other problems that students might be experiencing whilst studying at UNE.

That’s for some items. For others, you’ll need to keep things between us and you. We talk quite openly in these meetings and because this is a working group of the UNE Life Board, there will be some agenda items that are to be treated as “commercial in confidence” and discussing these with others prematurely is a no-no.

To help you do all this, we’ll provide training and opportunities to help you be able to contribute personally. This might be governance training, student voice workshops, or specific conferences relevant to your area that we would like to send you on, so that you may report back to UNE students on what’s happening in Universities across Australia.

It’s a wonderful thing to be a part of and we encourage you to put your hand up if you’d like to contribute to the UNE student experience!

The full terms and references of the Student Advisory Committee can be found here.

Chair | Non-Executive Director, UNE Life

Dr Kerry Hudson

PhD, MBA, MEd, Dip Des Stud, Dip Ed, BA


Dr Hudson has over 40 years’ experience as a senior manager, marketing professional and consultant in the corporate, government and education sectors.  Among the senior executive positions she has held are International Marketing Manager for the CCH Group of Companies; Marketing Director of Computer Law Services; Chief Executive Officer of UNSW Global, and Dean and CEO of UWS College. She has also held several Board directorships both within Australia and the Asia Pacific region.

Within the education sector she has been a senior executive with the former NSW Ministry of Education; Business Director at the College of Law during its conversion from a University entity to a private education provider; and Deputy Director of Public Affairs at the University of New South Wales. Kerry has also taught and undertaken consultancy work in the areas of marketing, market research, consumer behaviour, organisational development, governance, quality assurance and strategic planning. She is an accredited mediator, quality assurer, and Myers Briggs Administrator, and her other professional qualifications include a Certificate in Training and Assessment (TAE)

Her various roles have enabled Kerry to gain extensive professional experience and networks in the Asia Pacific region. Those countries in which she has been primarily engaged include Hong Kong and the broader PRC, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Kenya, the Maldives and Vietnam.

Kerry is a director and consultant, and currently manages a consulting business specialising in strategy and business development, governance and quality assurance; particularly in an international environment.

Non-Executive Director, UNE Life

Meg Rice

BAgr/LLB (UNE – currently studying)

Meg is from a mixed livestock and cropping property in the central west NSW town of Parkes. She is currently in her fourth year studying a Bachelor Agriculture/Bachelor Law.

Meg lived in Duval College for her first three years of study and was elected to the Junior Common Room Committee and as a Resident Fellow.

Meg is currently the Chairperson of the UNE Farming Futures Initiative and has previously been President of the Rural Science Undergraduate Society at UNE.

Meg has extensive experience in rural community based programs and is a devoted volunteer with committees promoting and supporting rural areas and women in rural communities.

In her spare time, Meg enjoys netball and hockey and works in service areas managed by UNE Life.  She continues her studies residing off campus.

Non-Executive Director, UNE Life

Megan Aitken

B.B.A (UTS), M.A (Business Comm) (UTS)

Megan has over 19 years’ experience in senior management roles in the financial services sector in Australia and the Asia region including with Fidelity International (Singapore, Hong Kong and Sydney), UBS Warburg and Westpac Banking Corporation; and was also Director, Head of Strategic Projects Group, Policy Planning and External Relations at the University of New England.

In her various roles Megan oversaw the implementation of a range of strategic projects that included the development of digital and online platforms, employee and external communications engagement plans, and strategic corporate communications and brand management.

Megan has extensive managerial experience, managing teams located across Australia, Asia, Japan, China, as well as the UK and Germany.

Managing Director & CEO, UNE Life

David Schmude


David has been involved with sport at UNE for the last 15 years. This experience and knowledge has led to his current role of the Director of UNE Life.

During his time with UNE, David has overseen and implemented SportUNE membership campaigns, identified ongoing business opportunities and developed operational plans for the Indoor Sports Centre (ISC) and UNE playing fields.

In the 4 years David was CEO of SportUNE and the Director of the UNE Sports Business Development Unit, he led all development and business related opportunities associated with sport at the University.  Some key events which occurred during this time included: NSW Veterans Women’s State Titles 2010 and 2013, NSW Academy Games 2008-2010, Northern University Games 2011, and a National Rugby League Trial Match in 2013.

Since becoming the Director of UNE Life in December 2013, David has liaised with students, staff and the wider community to develop a positive on-campus experience for all stakeholders. The UNE Life portfolio, which David currently manages including SportUNE, Belgrave Cinema, Booloominbah Collection, Yarm Gwanga Childcare Centre, Food & Beverage, UNE Medical Centre, TUNEFM/TV, Uni4ME, The Stro, Alcohol Event Administration, Life Catering & Functions.

Prior to joining UNE, David was a professional rugby player and a Journalist for Radio Telefis Eireann Ireland. He has extensive experience in management and business development.

Executive Director, UNE Life

Prof. Peter Creamer

Professor Peter Creamer is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) with portfolio responsibility for the following operational areas of the University:

  • Human Resource Services Directorate
  • Facilities Management Service Directorate
  • Information Technology Directorate
  • UNE Residential System
  • UNE Medical Centre
  • Yarm Gwanga Childcare
  • UNE Life

The focus of the COO portfolio is to ensure that these service operations are aligned to the needs of the University and its stakeholders – enabling the academic and professional functions of the University to achieve their targets as they align to UNE’s Strategic Plan.

Company Secretary, UNE Life

Brendan Peet

Brendan is a lawyer and Chartered Secretary with over fifteen years’ experience. Brendan’s legal career includes roles with leading Australian firms Clayton Utz and Minter Ellison, prior to moving to his current in-house role with the University in 2010.

He is a member of the senior executive at the University with responsibility for the legal, audit and risk, records management, policy and governance, and secretariat functions. His role includes acting as the General Counsel and University Secretary.

Brendan is the company secretary of UNE Foundation Limited and UNE Life Pty Ltd.

He is the Vice President of the Association of Australian University Secretaries and is on the board of the Presbyterian Ladies College Armidale Foundation.