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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. 

Work update 11/11 until 22/11 2019

11/11-15/11:

I attended a meeting together with Louise, Duncan Stuart (Head of Student Experience), Nick Edwards (Head of Student Support) and our Representative Services Manager with Marylee from the Interfaith chaplaincy. We discussed the Interfaith kirking this year and how we can encourage more participation, and how it will look like in the future. A follow-up meeting was scheduled for the 25/11 but due to the strikes, it has now been rescheduled for a later date.

I als...o attended a University Management Group agenda setting meeting, graduation working group, and an ASK Session with the principal on Kings Campus. On Tuesday I participated in a Science Teaching Hub meeting, in which we discussed how to engage students with the constructions and development of the building - I pointed out that they had to know how they wanted students to engage because asking them to engage, and it seemed like a lot of professors had a lo of ideas on how to get students' feedback on the contents of the building. We also discussed the lack of colour planned for the building...

I attended a Health & Safety meeting, one of the topics were smoking and how to prevent staff and students from smoking outside staff members' office windows. The Sabbatical Team had a meeting with UCU representatives to discuss how to support the striking lecturers and how to relay information to students.

I had a meeting about Marichal East Wing, however I will/have missed the next two meetings due to graduation ceremonies and the UCU strikes. I met with a staff member from IT to discuss Microsoft Teams, and then I met with AUSA's activities development coordinator to discuss trialling it with the Societies Union Committee. There was a meeting concerning Fees and Scholarships, in which we discussed how to roll out more scholarships, and during the meeting I insisted on keeping the fixed rate for your full degree rather than changing every year when this was brought up. I also met with the Convenor for the Disabled Students' Forum.

18/11-22/11.

There was an emergency Policy and Resource Committee Meeting to discuss the New Kings Redevelopment Project (New Kings and Johnston Central) ahead of the University Court Meeting in December. On the same day, I had a Rocking Horse Nursery trustee board meeting.

On the Tuesday we had an induction review, and I joined Nightline at the library for the Nightline Awareness Week.

I had a meeting with the Senior Governor, Esther Roberton, to discuss student engagement and what that means. I attended some graduation ceremonies on the Thursday, but missed the democratic review updates meeting due to a GP appointment.

On Friday, there was a meeting with the Sabbatical Team and AUSA SMT, and then the rest of the day I spent interviewing candidates for the position of Student Trustee with the AUSA Trustee Board. At the next Student Council Meeting, these will be ratified.

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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. 

8 posts
Last post 02 Dec 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. 

25 posts
Last post 21 Nov 2019
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. 

4 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. 

 

12 posts
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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