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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 22/23 25th- 8th of December)

On Monday, I attended UCU Picket lines and their teach-out in Dunbar Hall. I chatted to some staff members and to some students supporting the strike. 

On Tuesday, I attended the EAUC (Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges) in Glasgow. It was an interesting conference, I was joined by students and one member of AberGreen. Here's a more detailed summary: https://www.ausa.org.uk/blogs/environment/2019/12/10/EAUC-Conference-Report-2611/

From Wednesday 27/11 to Thursday 05/12 afternoon, I was on annual leave.

I came back on Thursday afternoon. With the sabbatical team, we had a team building exercise. It's good to learn more about each other strengths and weaknesses so we can work more effectively. 

We also had a sab meeting to keep each other up to date with manifesto wins, issues, or pieces of work we all need to feed into.

Lastly, we had meetings with our Communication Coordinator to make sure AUSA core events such as Freshers, Stressed Out Students always have as much sabbatical and student input. We were also discussing how Sabbatical run events could be more visible within AUSA's newsletter and programme. 

On Friday, I went to the Catering Forum. It is a forum to discuss issues and positive things happening within the food outlets on campus. I raised the issue of prices. Due to increases in suppliers prices, the prices of food at the Food Court have gone up. These prices are not student-friendly and we need to find a solution to bring it down.

I also mentioned the Meat-Free Monday motion which passed at Student Council. The Catering Services are organising a meeting with someone from the Humane Society to increase their provision in plant-based food. This is a good step. More to be done for sure. 

I also got an agreement that any food surplus still safe to eat would be donate to our Foodsharing Hub in the Student Union Building. While they assured me, they don't have much waste regarding packaged food, it is still good to make sure any food safe to eat will be given away rather than wasted.

We also talked about the new vending machines. I have pushed for healthier food to be part of the tendering process when assessing new providers. 

Lastly, I attended a meeting regarding the Student Partnership Agreement which if you are not aware is an agreemenet we have been working one since September. It will have five priorities for this year in which AUSA and the University will be collaborating on.

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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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Last post 11 Mar 2020
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 11 Mar 2020
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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