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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. 

Student Council October

Hello!

Yesterday we held the first Student Council meeting of the year. This was also my first Student Council meeting as Student President. I am currently on the train to Glasgow (left Aberdeen 05:39 AM, yawn) to attend Governance training, which the University has provided for me due to my position on University Court. Anyway, back to Student Council. This was the agenda for yesterday:

 

I spoke a lot. I don't remember Lawson speaking this much during Student Council (AGM and GM, yes) but maybe that's because I used to eat my dinner during council. This is not a practice I condone, of course :)

I gave my work report, and update on policies I am working on.
We managed to get the Qatar Committee to attend via Zoom, which was exciting. Before the next meeting, my goal will be to see if there is a way to improve this, as the feedback was that while they could hear what the Chair and Vice-Chair was saying, they could not hear when the Sabbatical Officers or Councillors were speaking. However, they did manage to present their own motions which was really good! Both of them passed, meaning the Sabbatical team will look into ways to implement these and improve the Qatar students' study space access and their food options on campus as currently it is very pricey.

The Student Council Chair experience requirement motion was referred back to the proposer for amendment and to be re-proposed at the next meeting, which will be happening on the 11th of November. I porposed that this meetings of the Student Council was replaced with a General Meeting of the Student Body and that was passed with a very narrow vote. This means that in November, AUSA will be hosting a GM (different from an AGM) which means all students at the University of Aberdeen are welcome to submit motions, discuss them, and participate in voting. I am very happy this passed as it not only fullfills one of my manifesto pledges, but I also believe it promoted inclusion whithin the student body and more openness within AUSA and the Student Council.

A motion for AUSA to hold an NUS Referendum in November was proposed, however during the council after some discussion, an amendment was propsed. This was because the Sabbatical Team and AUSA staff have already been in discussion about this as we are obliged to hold a referedum every 4 years and we need to figure out a time during the year that will be as un-inconveneint for students as possible and which will encourage as much participation as possible, as a referendum required a minimum of 10% of the student body to participate for the results to be valid. The motion now states that the referedum will be held during the second term of the Academic year 2019/1920. At the moment, we are leaning towards holding the referendum around Januray/February.

A climate emergency motion was also passed, which means that AUSA will now have to declare a climate emergency and we will be continuing our work to work with and lobby the University to declare a climate emergency and for them to take on more sustainable practices.

Regarding the AOCB, Dariya is looking for councillors to join the elections committee, and I am looking for people to apply to be Student Trustees! You can find more information on how to apply here: https://www.ausa.org.uk/about/trusteeboard/join/ :)

If you would like to read the submitted materials for youself, you can do so at https://www.ausa.org.uk/representation/sacouncil/ !

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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 13 Nov 2019
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. 

6 posts
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
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. 

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Last post 16 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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