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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. 

Sustainability Steps with the Principal

Hello! I have touched on this briefly in the past, but I am posting the draft document here so if anyone have any practical suggestions for us to add, please either comment on this post or get in touch with me at ausapresident@abdn.ac.uk so that we can discuss more!

 

A couple of months ago, during a meeting with the principal he proposed that we presented him with a list of '10 practical steps for the university to be more enviomentally friendly that could be accomplished this academic year'. I brought this back to the team and we came up with this list. It included more than 10 items and some were bigger than achievable in one year, but we brought it back to the principal anyway. There were some point that had to go back and be compromised on. As the students present at the Student Council meeting today (16.01.2020) heared, the principal George Boyne has agreed that we can add more items and add items that are much more ambitious to the draft before final approval. I would love to hear suggestions from you students on what those things may be!

 

This document is intended by the University to be embedded into their Sustainability Strategy, and Sabbatical Officers will be members of the startegy steering groups, we will be able to monitor the progression on these actions. 

 

Sustainability Action Plan

Aberdeen University Students’ Association and University of Aberdeen

 

DESIRED OUTCOME

ACTIONS

Plastic bottle free campus

Reduced use of single use non-recyclable coffee cups

Distribute free water bottles and re-useable coffee mugs to all staff and students.

Remove all plastic bottled drinks from retail outlets.

Increase provision and visibility of water fountains and hot water dispensers across campus

Energy efficient actions and procurement choices are made – with equipment and suppliers.

Awareness campaign on “Switch OFF” – all appliances are switched off when not in use. Stand-by is not used.

Procurement decisions on electrical equipment are based on energy efficiency.

Awareness campaign on digital storage – deleting 500 e mails is as beneficial as planting one tree.

Use a supplier that uses green energy.

Reduce amount of waste going to landfill

Introduce robust recycling facilities to include food waste bins in all buildings and support this with an all campus campaign for compliance.

Eliminate single use plastic from campus outlets

Remove all non-recyclable/ non compostable materials from all food outlets on campus.

Increase number of microwave ovens available to students and staff

Reduce carbon footprint in catering

Reduce use of beef and lamb options and introduce more local produce and plant based options.

Limit carbon emissions and pollutions on campus

Reduce number of cars coming onto campus by increasing car parking costs and reducing number of parking spaces available.

Increase provision of bike loans, free bike schemes, bike parking, bus travel discounts

Incentivise car-pooling and cars with lower carbon footprints by offering reduced parking rates for these.

Improve demonstrable commitment to sustainable travel

Introduce policy to reduce air travel by identifying a distance threshold, minimising the number of “legs” in a journey

Reduce use of natural resources on campus

Implement a plan to harvest rainwater for all estate toilets, not just those in new buildings.

Full divestment from investment in tarsand, coal and fracking by 2023

Plan for reduction over next three years

Investments only in those companies who have signed up for the Oil& Gas Climate Initiative.

Declaration of commitment to SDG Accord

University wide graduate/curriculum attribute for environmental awareness

Signing of the SDG Accord

Influence public opinion on seriousness of climate situation

Declare Climate Emergency

Adequately resourced sustainability workforce

University and AUSA has named person responsible for sustainability (high level)

Sustainability roles established and resourced

Behaviour change group established

 

 

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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. 

22 posts
Last post 14 Feb 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. 

39 posts
Last post 10 Feb 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. 

 

15 posts
Last post 03 Feb 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. 

5 posts
Last post 09 Jan 2020
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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