Posted on Tue 08 Oct 2019 at 17:42 by Louise Henrard
Last week, I chaired my first Communities Committee and we talked about various different priorities for each member. We welcomed two new members but are still on the lookout for more! Interested in the Aberdonian community, in bridging links between students and local residents? Send me a message and I'll let you know how you can get involved.
We are starting a campaign on transport regarding prices, reliability and all the rest! We know this issue has been raised every year so we are determined to actually make some change! Expect some news regarding this and if you want to be involved, just get in touch!
We talked about the democratic review and what it means for student council and wider implications on AUSA's decision making. They asked a lot of useful questions regarding some of the options we are considering to open up student council.
For example, everyone would be able to propose a motion via an online platform and everyone would be able to vote. This would open up the decision-making process as at the moment, only members of student council can make final decisions on motions and policies. However, issues of security, representation might stem for this change which would be looked at. Again, expect a more comprehensive post later on.
I also had an Open Meeting with the Environment and Ethics Committee and AberGreen where we talked about different projects we are wanting to start or continue: Divestment and working on sustainable curriculum. I will have another meeting with the Environment and Ethics Committee tomorrow. Everyone is welcome to attend!
I met with two members of the Internationa Forum regarding the priority campaign of the year: Post-Study Work Visa Now. We went over past events and objectives for the campaign. If this is affected you and you want to get involved in the campaign, by either sharing your experiences as an international student or by actively campaigning for your right to stay in the UK. Don't hesitate to contact them: firstname.lastname@example.org
I attended the Interfaith Kirking and met with different faith groups on campus! We enjoyed an amazingly yummy vegetarian and vegan curry!
I finally did my sustainable events training. This will be posted shortly on the AUSA Website but don't hesitate to le tme know if you have any ideas on how to run events sustainably or if you want to have a 1-2-1 session with me! Happy to run the sessions for individual members if time allows.
I held my Foresterhill Open Session and talked about the lack of events and presence happening in Foresterhill. Especially when it comes to wellbeing and mental health, it was found Foresterhill campus is barely considered and students feel left out. I pledge to hold bi-monthly sessions but I realise I need to do more. What would you like to see?
I met with RGU and NESCOL representatives regarding the transport situation in Aberdeen. All students are affected by the high price in tickets and the decrease in student deals. We all agreed we need more reliable, affordable transport for students and we will work together to achieve this.
Then, on Saturday I participated in the Uni Open Day. We opened the Union and societies and student groups welcomed interested students into the building. We made a quick AUSA tour showing the Corner, Bookends, Swap Shop, Foodsharing Hub and all the student media groups. I also did two talks regarding services and activities supported by AUSA and how people can get involved during their time at Uni.
In the next two weeks, I will be taking time-off (mainly using all the hours which built up during Freshers Week). I will notify which days I will be out of office in another post.