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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 25/26 16th-24th of December)

I've included both weeks as we only had two days in the office before starting the Winter Break.

I've been working on the Democratic Review, in particular, I've been tasked to rewrite the Byelaws 5/6 and 18. They concern Committees and Section/Liberation Groups. I'm planning to meet all existing Forums and gather feedback from different committees. I want to know what they want to see in the Democratic Review, if they have had any issues with the current structure and how they think best to resolve them. My main task will be to make sure the new language is easier to understand, less jargon, more accessible format and making sure all Forums are happy with how their work is presented to Student Council.

Byelaw 18 is about the rivetting notion of inter-policy relationship. What to do if two policies contradict each other? How to decide which to keep? As of now, there should not be many changes in the content. But do let me know, if you spot something you would want to change.

As we do not have full committees for every section forums and you identify with one of the following characteristics: PostGraduate, International, Part-Time, Mature (started undergrad after 21). Please let me know if you want to join the Forums, maybe even running them! If not, maybe letting me know obstacles which meant you did not join/knew about them. Every piec eof feedback helps making the organisation as democratic as it can be.

I've attended the Investment Committee Meeting. Unfortunately, it seems very far away from now for when the University will divest fully from fossil fuels. The unique position of Aberdeen, and Aberdeen Uni with the oil/gas industry is one of the main factor for this refusal to divest. However, AUSA won't stop supporting students campaigning for a Fossil Free University. The Fossil Free Campaign Group will meet in January during Refreshers to welcome new faces and plan future actions.

I've also met with the Welfare and Campaign Coordinator.. We talked about the Housing Fayre and the Ready-To-Rent workshops happening next semester. We will have various organisations providing advice and guidance on what to look out for. As well, as some accomodation providers.

I attended the Principal Christmas Party.

The last couple of days, I''ve researched more throroughly the sustainable policies the University ahs in place and comparing them with other universities. With that research, I will draft a proposal for a Climate Crisis Working Group to address some of the gaps within the existing Committees and Groups tasked with sustainability work.

I planned a few meetings for the new year regarding an event to promote sustianable menstrual products, catching up with UCU regarding potential future strike actions, Green Impact and Meat-Free Mondays Events.

I hope everyone has a lovely break.

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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 17 Jan 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. 

35 posts
Last post 10 Jan 2020
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 09 Jan 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 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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