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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 16 14th-20th of October)

Last week, we had a meeting regarding the campaign fund we have within our sabbatical budget ?? We have been supporting Forum, groups and societies to develop their campaigning skills such as attending conference, skill-share. However, we realised the lack of clarity for this fund and how one is eligible. We are working on making the process clearer. But in the meantime, if you are wanting to get money to attend a conference which will develop your campaigning skills, participate in a skill-share events. Send an email to one the sabs with how much money you request and an exact breakdown of the cost, why it is important and how it will impact your skills.

With the sabs team, we reflected on the needs of students when it comes to the student union. We are trying to see how to accommodate these needs in the short and long-term.

Me and Cecilia had another meeting with the AURORA Student Network. We discussed what we want to focus on, the future of AURORA and projects we want to start after the bi-annual.

We had our first Student Council of the year! We passed a motion on the Qatar Campus, climate emergency and NUS referendum.
We also changed November Council in a General Meeting!

I organised my second Living Rent event. In the future, I will be working with Living Rent to organise drop-in session rather than workshops.

I shot a few videos regarding the student council and the general meeting to encourage students to participate and to let them know what had happened.

I met two students taking the Fossil Free campaign forward this year and discussed campaign strategy. We want to know more about the investment going on within the University. We want people to know what the university invest in and we want to talk about what is appropriate for a public institution to invest in!

With Isla and Alex, I attended the Post-Graduate Induction Event. In the past, it used to take the whole day which meant a lot of students would not be able to attend. This year, it lasted a few hours, we had a dinner (vegan stovie available which was very yummy!) and a marketplace where students could talk to AUSA and various other departments across campus relevant to them!

As I'll be away next week, here's an update on what happened this week so far as well:
We had another meeting regarding the Democratic Review in which we focussed on how students would be able to upload motions online.
We also discussed what the new sabbatical roles will entail and how to best represent Societies and RAG within the new structure.
We are also reviewing how Student Council will work alongside other decision-making process such as referenda, online voting and general meetings! With the report stating around 67% of the participants would like to vote using mobile phone Apps, while about 46% would like campus wide ballots and 50% would like big meetings open to all students; we are trying to find ways for these decision-making process to compliment one another and to allow as many students to be involved in making decisions.

We met with the Communication Team and I brought up the fact Foresterhill students have to filter through so many events/workshops/opportunities which might not be accessible to them easily. I mentioned the idea of trying to get an internal or targeted communication channel on opportunities within that campus.

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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 02 Dec 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. 

25 posts
Last post 21 Nov 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 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. 

 

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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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