Posted on Mon 02 Dec 2019 at 14:48 by Cecilia Wallback
I do not have very much to update on for this week as due to the UCU strikes, I was unable to attend any meetings held with the University. In 2019, Lina Nass and Lawson Ogubie proposed and passed a motion to mandated the Sabbatical Team to support strike action taking place on campus. This manates us to attend picket lines, not attend meeting with the Univeristy during strike days, for a member of the Sabbatical Team to attend monthly meetings with trade unions on campus (Louise, Communties Officer, does this), and more. I will be looking to amend this policy for the January Student Council Meetings, as I consider the ban to attend Univeristy meetings too harsh - there should be some conditions or circumstances that allows a Sabbatical Officer to attend a meeting, especially if the outcome of that meeting directly impacts students.
Last Monday (25th), I had a meeting with Karolina, our Communications and digital Media Co-oridnator about the Campaign Workshops I want to arrange for next term. This will be a free event open for all students at the Univeristy of Aberdeen. However, at this point, I have been unable to set a date yet as it will be run in partnerhsip with NUS. As the UCU strikes began on this day, I had an Information Governance meeting I did not attend - however a student that had indicated interest and was already scheduled to attened did so. Instead, I helped out with Stressed Out Students in the Sir Duncan Rice library, handing out study snacks and manning a stall in the back of the ground floor.
On Tuesday (26th) I was on annual leave. There was a Cultural Engagement Group meetings (re: Marischal College East Wing) however due to the strike policy, I did not find cover and no one attended this.
On Wednesday (27th), I was having some health issues so was working from home as I had access to my laptop and my notes. There was a Kings Quarter Project Management Group meeting, and a Business School Porject Management Group meeting (both regarding the redevelopments on campus), however due to the strike policy, I did not find cover for these or skyped in. Instead, I made a massive dent into all the emails in my inbox. I also had time to daft a few motions regarding priority campaigns and travel offsetting.
On Thursday (28th) there was a Fees and Scholarships Task & Finish Group, in which they were meant to discuss the fixed fee students have for the duration of their programme. I will know more about this and whether this was discussed once I receive the minutes from the meeting. There was also a King's College Transformation meeting, which I did not attend. Between 9AM and 11AM, I atteneded the picket lines at the entrence of the Old Aberdeen campus, and handed out fliers and chatted with striking lecturers. After this, I went with them to Dunbar Street and listened to a presentation they were given by AberGreen.
Between 4PM and 6PM, I covered a sewing drop-in session for AberGreen, as the person who usually does this is on annual leave. I will most likley be doing that again this week on Thursday the 5th, so I look forward to seeing you there. You can come and mend items, or sew items, and all materials and the usage of the sewing machines are free!
On Friday (29th), I was off untl noon and then I catched up on emails and reading preparations for meetings/ minutes from meetings I had missed/will miss. There was a Gender Based Violence Group meeting I did not attend - however to be perfectly honest I have not attend any of these so far as Alexander (Welfare Officer) takes lead on this.
We will be having our Stressed Out Students stall in Forresterhill this week, per the recommendation by FH staff. tThere was a Postgraduate Winter Conference Information session in the later afternoon that I attended together with Alexander and Dariya (Education Officer) in which we met a bunch of Postgraduate Research Students and talked with them about AUSA. I also attened their award ceremony, in which students were given awards for their project presentations. This reminded me of my own presentation I had to do for my thesis project in Psychology - it was awful, but at least I think (I don't actually remember) got a decent grade (although no awards!).
And that's it for last week! I may have missed some details on what I did with all my time available due to not having any University meetings to attened, but hopefuly I will be able to give a more details acocunt of this week when I write it.
Good luck with your exams everyone!