Posted on Thu 12 Dec 2019 at 16:15 by Louise Henrard
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.