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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 18 28th October-3rd November)

AURORA Conference (Sunday 27th,Monday and Tuesday).

AURORA is a European network of universities sharing best practices, leading in pioneering work in higer education and working collaboratively with one another. I decided to travel by trains which took around 16hours each way. It was nerve-racking, I almost missed three of my connection (I had 6 trains in total) and wi-fi was not available throughout the journey BUT I'm really glad I pushed the University to pay for my trains tickets. When I first mentioned my intention to take a train rather than flying, the University was very positive. When it came to paying, that's where the troubles started. I had to barter with them, letting them know I would find my own accomodation so they could use all my allocated budget for the conference towards train tickets.

On Sunday, the AURORA Student Council met before the official start of the conference. We talked about our expectations for the bi-annual and as some students had been there a long time, I had the change to learn more about the hsitory of the Student Council. 

Oftentimes, in University Networks, students do not have a direct say. That's why the Student Council was created, to give voices to students who don't often get to meet Senior Staff members. 

Overall the conference was quite productive, I was part of the Sustainability Working Group which was lead by two staff members from UoA. I decided then to take part in the sub-group focussing on business air travel. I believe we need to address our staffs business air travel. We can't afford to sit back and continue the same old.. In the sub-group, we will be looking at how to practically reduce business air travel: - by improving our facilities and capcity to hold virtual conference - by leading a behavioural change in the sector, asking the hard questions such as: Do we really need to travel all across the world for an hour presentation? or even a few hours? -how to make more sustainbale ways of travelling accessible to all? ( trains usually take longer and are more expensive, there is no going aorund it).

Some of our recommendations for the AURORA Conference related to catering of events, assessing the need for two conferences each year where we could do with only one, re-consdering the impact of each conference organised and making sure our beliefs lead to actions. How can a conference claim to be environmentally-conscious when getting a plant-based option at the buffer was such a difficult process? 

Other groups focussed on Diversity, Internationalisation and mobility. 


AURORA Student Council also discussed how to engage within the AURORA Network and also to talked about ways for students from each universities to have a direct say in what the network does. Each student representatives thought of a project they wanted to organise at their universities. Me and Cecilia were thinking about an exhibition to raise awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals.

 

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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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