Posted on Thu 21 Nov 2019 at 14:48 by Louise Henrard
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.
Any questions? Let me know