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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 13 23rd-29th September)

WEEK 13 (23th September-29th September)

With the sabbatical team, we discussed some changes which will happening after the feedback from the democratic review.
To increase participation and engagement, we will be looking at an online platform on our Website where students can propose motions, policies. We hope it will help students who might not have the time to come to Student Council to still have their opinions heard.

I attended a Skype Meeting with the AURORA Student Council and AURORA Sustainability Working Group. With the Student Council, we discussed how to encourage student participation within the network. It can be quite hard to explain everything that is going on in the network so I'll give an update at every student council and post it on my Social Media.
At the Sustainability meeting, we focussed on topics around carbon neutrality an dhow to achieve it. We also talked about working together to reduce business travel especially air travel! I will be taking the train to Amsterdam for the bi-annual where members of the Network meet!

I organised my first Living Rent Session in Foresterhill. Unfortunately, we had no one coming to the session so I'll be working with societies to have a more visible presence on this campus. My next open session in Suttie Center is this Friday from 13.30PM to 15.30PM.

I finalised my training session on how to organise events sustainably for societies' committee members. Due to roombooking errors, the training is moved to this Thursday at 2PM (Room 101). But don't hesitate to get in touch with ausasocieties@abdn.ac.uk to set up an alternative time.

I met with the lovely Aberdeen University Marine Society and discussed future sustainable projects. If you have bottle tops, go to the Zoology Building to drop them off. They send them to Lush who then repurpose them.

I met with the Library Services and discussed future development plans on the ground floor of the library. Expect a new relaxing space with comfy (!) couches quite soon.

I attended my second Civic Forum and represented students in front of community leaders and local community councillors.
We talked about the school strikes on 20th September which Civic Forum members attended. We talked extensively about the local community and how students integrate. Especially, with students in the Oil and Gas industry, times are changing and Civic Forum felt many students did not want to stay in Aberdeen after their degree. If you are concerned by this, it would be great to hear a bit more about your experience!

I also attended a Student Partnership Agreement meeting (link to Cecilia's update as it is more detailed: https://www.facebook.com/AUSAPresident20192020/posts/131685054825384?__tn__=K-R), meeting regarding rent prices, meeting with an Independent member of Court and a MacRobert Building Programme Board (what a mouthful!). If you want to know more, just send me a message!

Cheers, Louise

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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. 

 

12 posts
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. 

5 posts
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. 

3 posts
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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