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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. 

POLICY UPDATE (ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY)

Full motion can be accessed here: https://www.ausa.org.uk/resources/6045/Environmental-Policy-2017/

Last updated: 10/12/2019

As the motion is quite lenghty, I haven't copied all the actions mandated on here, but feel free to have a look at the specific actions and get in touch if you have any questions. This policy was passed in 2017, some initiatives/projects might have been missed in this update as this is mainly an update of the policy for the academic year 2019-2020.

Travel: 

-Introducing a bike-pool scheme for students to access safe and free bikes for short-term period

-Worked with the Security Services to have more signage regarding locations where bikes can't be locked

 

Procurement:

 

Food:

-Plant-based options are available in Union Brew

-Working to avoid contract with companies which don't offer plant-based options

-Student Gardens next to Butchart Building is a space where students can grow food on cmapus. AUSA will support the Garden Society to maintain the access of the gardens.

-Foodsharing Hub has opened in the Student Union Building and has collections for several stores in Aberdeen. Agreement with the University to receive any safe-to-eat food surplus from events/food outlets has almost been finalised. 

 

Biodiversity:

 

Communication and Engagement:

-AberGreen has been a sustainable project running for 2 years (2018-2020). AUSA has signed up for the NUS Green Impact Award for tHe year 2019-2020.

-Go Green Week/FairTrade Fortnight currently (2019) being planned.

 

Representing, influencing and campaigning

-Food waste bins have been added outdoor after lobbying from AUSA. We are pushing for indoor food waste bins as well. 

-Funding has been allocated for People and Planet annual gathering for students interested in social and environmental justice. Working in collaboration with People and Planet regarding the Fossil Free Campaign and Go Green Week.

-Communities Officer is part of the Sustainable Working Group (Sub-group of the University 2020-2040 Strategy), Investment Committee and Catering Forum. In this Investment committee, I push for full divestment pledge long-term and short-term for the creation of a sustainable investment policy (in which investment in renewables will be alongside a committment of partial divestment).

In the Catering Forum, I have been pushing for an increase in provision for plant-based food, reducing meat and raising awareness on the environmental impact of meat. 

 

Implementation:

-AUSA Staff will participate in a Carbon Literacy Course (2019)

 

 

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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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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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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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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. 

39 posts
Last post 10 Feb 2020
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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