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Communities Officer

Hi, I’m Louise and I’m your Communities Officer. Drop me an e-mail if you’re concerned or have ideas that will improve sustainability, environment and ethics and accommodation within the University and the city.

Email: ausacommunities@abdn.ac.uk 

 

Quick questions

If I had to describe myself in 3 words I would use:

Empathetic, committed and (sometimes) adventurous. 

Best piece of advice I’ve ever received is: 

Don't waste your time on something you don't like doing. Find what makes you happy and go from there. 

If I had one superpower, it would be:

Being able to fill up anything (my bank account or my fridge!)

Favourite thing to do in my spare time is:

I like to garden and plant things, but also exploring new places in cities or nature. 

This year I want to achieve:

Sustainability! Not just in words, but actions. 

Weekly Update (WEEK 6 5th August- 11th August)

Last week was full of meetings and still a few inductions.
On Tuesday, we met with some of the Aber Green (https://www.ausa.org.uk/getinvolved/abergreen/) team to discuss how we can collaborate in the future. In the pipeline, I am trying to develop a sustainable events training session for societies and clubs.
Organising events can be hard work and thinking how to make it sustainable can take time especially at first. If you have any tips or experience, let me know! hopefully, these training sessions will be ready by September for societies training.

On Wednesday, I was in Edinburgh with Alexander Acheampong and @Cecilia Wallback for the Big Uni Forum organised by NUS Scotland (https://twitter.com/NUSScotland) and see the lovely picture below.
Scottish sabbatical officers organising and working collectively on a few issues such as sustainability, mental health and student financial support. We focusses on NUS Priority Campaign on HOUSING :bad laundry companies, too expensive and not adequate student accommodation, Rent Guarantor Scheme were discussed and we will create some action groups in the future so we continue joining forces.
If you are interested or want to know more, please let me know. For these campaigns to work, we all need to work together. Have any bad experiences in student halls, with your landlord, can't find a flat because you do not know anyone in the UK. All of these are important to know so we can show something needs to be changed! Let me know our experiences on student housing whether private or in halls, it will help with the campaign in the long-run.

We also enjoyed a little jog in Edinburgh rain trying not to miss our train! Happy to say we were soaked but not late!

On Thursday, I met with UCU members with Dariya Koleva to discuss what can they provide to PG Students (https://www.ucu.org.uk/…/5143/Can-students-or-postgraduates…). Did you know as a PG Students, you can a free membership. You will have different services and support if you are employed PostGraduate. But worth checking out, especially if you have any queries regarding your employment and working condition.

We also met with the Security team with Isla Scott to discuss bike safety, events security and other services available to students.

On Friday, we had a productive meeting with the Student Experience team to discuss the Student Partnership Agreement. What is it? Basically an agreement of partnership between AUSA and the University on several key issues. We are better and stronger working together but we need clear objectives to focus on. If you want to see anything worked on this year, what would it be?

Between meetings, phone calls and inductions, I have worked towards signing up to the Green Impact Award, met with Shared Planet Society to see how we can support and expand their Foodsharing scheme, organised mooncups to be delivered and distributed in AUSA and Suttie Center, updated our poster board in Suttie Center, amongst other things!

But again, have any questions or suggestions? Drop me a message, an email or come directly in the AUSA Office for a chat. I will have open sessions organised on Foresterhill, Hillhead and Kings Campus soon to make it easier to reach me in person! Keep you eyes peeled!

That's it for me! And here goes another week

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Sports Officer

Hi, I’m Isla and I’m your Sports Officer. Drop me an e-mail if you’re concerned or have ideas that will improve sports clubs, sports events, activities and facilities.

Email: ausasport@abdn.ac.uk 

 

Quick questions

If I had to describe myself in 3 words I would use:

Sporty (of course), friendly and innovative.

Best piece of advice I’ve ever received is: 

From my mum - 'touch once'. Basically means once you start a task, see it through. 

If I had one superpower, it would be:

Teleportation - it's a lot greener than transport. 

Favourite thing to do in my spare time is:

Baking.

This year I want to achieve:

A lot! The 3 key themes will be Sport for all, mental health in sport, and improving communication for clubs. 

 

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Last post 22 Oct 2019
Student President

Hi, I’m Cecilia and I’m your Student President. Drop me an e-mail if you’re concerned or have ideas that will improve policies, diversity, democratic structure of AUSA and if you want to help make a positive change at the University.

Email: ausapresident@abdn.ac.uk 

 

Quick questions

If I had to describe myself in 3 words I would use:

Best. Person. Ever. 

Best piece of advice I’ve ever received is: 

'Did you try turning it off and then on again?'

If I had one superpower, it would be:

To be able to understand any language.

Favourite thing to do in my spare time is:

Have a good chat with my friends, Michaelle (cat) and Tom and Jerry (plants).

This year I want to achieve:

Increased inclusivity and engagement within the student body. 

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Last post 21 Oct 2019
Communities Officer

Hi, I’m Louise and I’m your Communities Officer. Drop me an e-mail if you’re concerned or have ideas that will improve sustainability, environment and ethics and accommodation within the University and the city.

Email: ausacommunities@abdn.ac.uk 

 

Quick questions

If I had to describe myself in 3 words I would use:

Empathetic, committed and (sometimes) adventurous. 

Best piece of advice I’ve ever received is: 

Don't waste your time on something you don't like doing. Find what makes you happy and go from there. 

If I had one superpower, it would be:

Being able to fill up anything (my bank account or my fridge!)

Favourite thing to do in my spare time is:

I like to garden and plant things, but also exploring new places in cities or nature. 

This year I want to achieve:

Sustainability! Not just in words, but actions. 

16 posts
Last post 16 Oct 2019
Welfare Officer

Hi, I’m Alex and I’m your Welfare Officer. Drop me an e-mail if you’re concerned or have ideas that will improve the welfare and general wellbeing of students. 

Email: ausawelfare@abdn.ac.uk 

 

Quick questions

If I had to describe myself in 3 words I would use:

Affable, approachable and cheerful. 

Best piece of advice I’ve ever received is: 

To create my own plan to manage stress and not to concern myself with things I don't have control of.  

If I had one superpower, it would be:

The power to call everything done. 

Favourite thing to do in my spare time is:

Enjoy my favourite football team (Arsenal) play and win.

This year I want to achieve:

To make sure support and welfare services are more accessible and publicised. 

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Last post 04 Oct 2019
Education Officer

Hi, I’m Dariya and I’m your Education Officer. Drop me an e-mail if you’re concerned or have ideas that will improve educational and teaching quality and if you need support with anything concerning your education.

Email: ausaeducation@abdn.ac.uk  

 

Quick questions

If I had to describe myself in 3 words I would use:

Cheerful, Determined, Quirky. 

Best piece of advice I’ve ever received is: 

Something a friend once said: Be so completely yourself so everyone else feels safe to be themselves too. Cheesy, but always helpful to keep in mind. 

If I had one superpower, it would be:

Teleportation, definitely Being able to instantly transport yourself someplace new and exciting sounds amazing. 

Favourite thing to do in my spare time is:

I like live music so going to gigs is one of my favourite ways to spend my free time. Day trips are also super fun. 

This year I want to achieve:

I'd be very happy if I am able to deliver some of my key manifesto goals and represent students best I can. I also have my personal goal to visit more new places than the previous year. 

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