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Education Officer

Donna is the elected representative of students at the University of Aberdeen on all matters educational.

September - Freshers' Week


2nd September was officially the start of Fresher’s were hundreds of students moved into halls at Hillhead. Ausa were up at Hillhead distributing Welcome Packs and welcoming new students. Student volunteers and I went to an event on campus primarily targeted for the parents of new students. It was then back up to Hillhead to welcome students.

Throughout fresher’s week I took part in the Principals Welcome along with my fellow sabbatical officers and the Rector. This was followed by a Welcome BBQ, shame that the weather was not good to us, as cooking hundreds of burgers in the rain was not ideal. Then there was the Sports Fayre, Societies Fayre in which for some reason I ended up being crowd control within the marque. There was various student inductions throughout the week, the Food and Drink Fayre was very well attended also. On the Friday I hosted and information event for Mature Students and this was followed by a networking event for those students also. On the last day of Fresher’s took part in Sunday Recharge which was a nice way to wind down before classes started.

There was an extraordinary meeting of senate which was to discuss how the new principal will be sought. Met with Peter McGeorge also took part in my Education Committee School Convenor training.

The Education Committee also met with Peter McGeorge which will continue on a monthly basis throughout the academic year. 

Finally attended Student Council and gave my first work report.


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Lewis Macleod is your full-time Communities Officer, running campaigns on community issues such as housing and transport, building links between AUSA and local community groups, as well as co-ordinating student initiatives on issues around environment and ethics. Lewis chairs the AUSA Communities committee and AUSA Environment and Ethics committee and sits on a range of University committees on issues realting to sustainability and local community isseus. 

Each year, sabbatical officers are elected on a platform of what they want to achieve for the year. You can find Lewis' manifesto below: 

Cut the Rent campaign for cheaper accommodation. 
Lobby against HMO limits in Aberdeen City 
Tackle illegal letting agency fees 

Resources and Services
More bike stands
Change 9U bus times to Foresterhill 
More student space

Ethical University 
Continue to support University staff and fight job cuts
Campaign for Fossil Fuel Divestment 

Local Community & Safety
New volunteering database and more opportunites available
Introduce affordable drug purity testing kits
Schools outreach liberation programme

If you have any questions, or wish to get involved - please get in touch on or find Lewis on Facebook at, or on Twitter at @ausacommunities

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