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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. 

20th to 27th January

Last week, I spend most of Monday working from the Sports Union Office. It was very chill and I got a lot of reading done. In the evening, I was meant to cover an Open Enviornment and Ethics meeting, but luckily AberGreen was there because Isla has a Sports President meeting but no hot water so I was running around the union building boiling water and looking for a tea urn. Luckily I found one and the meeting was saved ;)

I had my first AGM drop-in session on Tuesday (21/01/2020), in which one student showed up to and we chattd about motions for a little while. In the morning, there was a Student Recruitment Committee meeting in which we discussed some papers from the Fees & Scholarships Task and Finsihing Group about increasing the number of scholarhsips available to international students. We were also informed about some problems students from Thailand have been having with applying to Aberdeen University and got assurances that this would be looked into. There was a presentation on UniBuddy, which will be trialled this year and is essentially a chat function on the University webpage that connects current students with prospective students. 

On Wednsday, we had our monthly medua meeting with the Communications and Digital Media Co-ordinator. I requested that we have a section in the AUSA newsletter dedicated to updates on the Qatar students, and from now on I will be feeding information from the Qatar Campus Committee to the newsletter so students will be kept more informed on the lovely Qatar students. 

I also filmed a video for the AGM - I think it is up on the AUSA facebook by now. Please check it out, it is truly awful. We had an NUS Referendum catch-up and I have submited some rules for the NUS referendum to Council to be approved, as the current rules for Referendums don't apply to the NUS Referendum. Hopefully these rules will be approved so that we can announce the dates for the referendum shortly. Finally, I ended the day with another AGM drop-in session, however no one attended this one. 

On Thursday the 23rd, I had an event in the Societies Centre in which students could come in and borrow occasionwear from AUSA. 7 students showed up and 3 students reserved some dresses for balls they will be attending later on this term. Consider how quickly we pulled together this event and the limited marketing around this, I was impressed that so many came by. 

After the Occasionwear event, I had a meeting with AberGreen and the Welfare Officer, Alexander, to talk about how to ensure the projects set up with AberGreen can continue after March when AberGreen finishes, and we also discussed energey consumption in Hillhead, and have made an action plan on how to work on some recommendations I have received from an E-champ student. 

On Friday, I attended a King's Project Logistics meeting, which is a group set up to discuss actual and potential disruptions due to the constructoins that will happen on campus around King's and Johnston. There are some worried about access to the King's Picthes and King's Pavillion for Sports cCubs and Societies, however nothing has been confirmed yet. We also had a meeting about the Sustainability Action Plan and how we would make sure it is made accessible for eveyrone to read and that we can ensure Sabbatical Officers can provide updates on it to students. 

Today I had a 30 minute sleep in and then came in to attend a University Management Group agenda setting meeting. This group decides what the UMG will discuss at the next meeting. The UMG is made up of heads of school, heads of directorets, and SMT (Senior Management Team). I atteneded my first Mandarin lesson and learnt how to count to ten, and the months and days of the week.

I met with the Chair of Student Council to briefly discuss Student Council and the AGM. Tomorrow, we will have a meeting about live streaming council for next time. 

Until the next blog post xx

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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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