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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 15 7th October-12th October)

Hi all,
I spent most of Mondays answering to emails. If I still haven't got back to you, I apologize. I'm doing my best between answering emails, organising events and attending committees, there is usually not enough time in the day!
The sabs and some AUSA Staff discussed the recommendations which were accepted by the General Meeting last spring regarding AUSA Democratic process (https://www.ausa.org.uk/resources/6045/AUSA-Democratic-Review-Report/) . An update should be online soon but any questions in the meantime, please let us know.
Any changes to the Constitution will have to go through Student Council,  AUSA Trustee Board and the University Court! So nothing is set in stone.
Any changes in byelaws (rules and regulations within AUSA) will have to be accepted by the Student Council as well. If you have any concerns, contact sabbatical officers or your elected council members! (https://www.ausa.org.uk/representation/committees/).
I'm particularly excited about the possibility to have more input from students through an online voting app! You would be able to write motion, vote on motions and discussions motions at a distance. Especially for students on other campuses or not on Old Aberdeen Campus outside of classes (Foresterhill/Qatar/distance-learners/comuters) or students who might have other important commitments like student parents, it will be a way for everyone to be able to submit their opinions!
How it would impact the current function and structure of Student Council still need to be decided! But following on feedback during the Democratic Review, it would likely shift to development and implementation of motions (Page 13/14 of the report).
A few things were recommended but might not be possible to implement in our Union. For example, it was recommended sabbatical officers should start in August (as it is the start of the financial year at the Uni and AUSA). That would leave us only one month to prepare for Freshers Week and the start of term for undergraduate.
I also chaired my first AUSA Environment and Ethics Committee after the September Elections! It was very productive, we talked about Divestment and how to structure our meetings and sub-groups. We also talked about Social Media and how to create a group helping different societies/groups and individuals interested in sustainability to be on the same platform. I may have mentioned it before but we often work in silos, without consulting each other while we could all be working together!
I had a discussion with the new financial advisors Goldman Sachs and talked about divestment. Following on the previous communities officer work, I will propose a policy to ban investment in portfolios getting revenues from fracking, coal and tar sands. The ultimate goal is full divestment but I'm trying to plant the seed at this meeting for now. I had a lovely (sarcasm) discussion with a member of the Investment Committee Group who believes big polluters are not Oil Companies but individuals using their cars. If that does not show how much work still needs to be done, I don't know what is... I'm not discouraged by these comments, rather, even more determined to prove him wrong and continue the fight for a more responsible, sustainable  and Fossil Free Aberdeen University
I had a discussion with the new financial advisors Goldman Sachs and talked about divestment. Following on the previous communities officer work, I will propose a policy to ban investment in portfolios getting revenues from fracking, coal and tar sands. The ultimate goal is full divestment but I'm trying to plant the seed at this meeting for now. I had a lovely (sarcasm) discussion with a member of the Investment Committee Group who believes big polluters are not Oil Companies but individuals using their cars. If that does not show how much work still needs to be done, I don't know what is... I'm not discouraged by these comments, rather, even more determined to prove him wrong and continue the fight for a more responsible, sustainable university.
I shot a video about Student Council to keep up to date students not involved in Student Council. Another one coming up regarding the motions which passed and the discussions we had.
I also did a quick interview with Aberdeen Student Radio about my committees, the unsuccessful CCF Application and what I have been up to lately.
Then, I had a meeting with AURORA Student Council President to talk about my new role as Secretary.
I also attended a Fairtrade Wine Tasting Session (not during work time btw) and met with the organiser of the One World Week which aims to promote unity! Coincidentally, our next Open Environment and Ethics Meeting will be about exactly this: https://www.facebook.com/events/521328935079171/.
That's it for me!

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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
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. 

6 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
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
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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