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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. 

WEEK 14 (30th September- 6th October)

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: ausainternationalforum@gmail.com

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.

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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. 

32 posts
Last post 12 Dec 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. 

8 posts
Last post 02 Dec 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. 

4 posts
Last post 13 Nov 2019
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
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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