About us


A•STAR is an online magazine that is full of the things that are important to you. For and by young people, together we are going to make the internet a more interesting place.

We welcome articles, essays, opinion pieces and other media on almost any topic – arts, culture, music, sports, business, and science – as well as reportage about the Sydney region more broadly. In addition, A•STAR will also present submissions of fiction or poetry, long-form reporting, and interviews with interesting people.

Because A•STAR is a place for people to speak authentically about their experiences, you may find some of our articles controversial, or even upsetting. Although opinions expressed in our articles do not reflect those of either A•STAR or the University of Sydney, we welcome our readers to write in or comment in order to offer their own views. Don’t be afraid to get involved in the conversation!

So whether you’re in high school, university, or an established writer or artist, Submit A Story! We’ll even pay you.

Nick Hollins

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Nick is the editor of A•STAR. Responsible for publishing articles and collaborating with our team of contributors.

An obvious pop culture nerd, music obsessive and a huge sports fan. He’s worked on Compass programs with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students since early 2015.

Nick is here to encourage students to tell your own stories. If you’re keen to contribute to A•STAR or want to share ideas for what you’d like to see – Submit A Story or Ask A Question.

Bianca Williams

Bianca pro

Sister B is a Barkindji woman from Country NSW who works with Compass and A•STAR on programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

You can ask her anything to do with Aboriginal culture, moving for university and what city life is like after moving from the country.

Otherwise feel free to just generally drop her a line on the Ask A Question page and she will get back to you.


Ryan Wittingslow

Ryan Profile

International man of mystery, Ryan is the former founding editor and current contributing editor of A•STAR.

Born in Sydney and raised in Singapore, Tokyo, and London, Ryan graduated with a doctorate in art history and philosophy from the University of Sydney in 2014.

He has many devastating opinions, but finds the points of overlap between art, science, and technology of particular interest.

Ryan is also Assistant Professor in the Humanities at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands.