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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. 

University Senior Management Team

Hello! This is the delayed post about the University's Senior Management Team that I promised in the last Student Council meeting. After Principal and Vice-Chancellor Prof George Boyne visited our Council meeting for a Q&A session, I was contacted by George's Special Assistant that George had told the SMT about his visit to our Council meeting and that if we ''wanted to invite other members of the SMT to future meetings they would be open to doing so.''

Below I have included a list of Senior Management Team members. If you are interested in inviting a member to a future Student Council meeting, please get in touch with me at ausapresident@abdn.ac.uk. So far this term, we still have one meeting on the 10th of March and on the 21st of April.

It is unfortuantely very late to invite someone for the March meeting (this is my fault as I have been very busy and did not priortise this post) so if you wish for us to invite anyone, then please let me know by the 21st of March. For April, please let me know by 31st of March. 

You don't have to be a councillor to invite memebers of the SMT, anyone is welcome to come and asked questions of the people that run our University, and I heartily encourage this!

 

SMT members:

George Boyne (Principal and Vice-Chancellor)

Professor George Boyne

Vice Principals:

https://www.abdn.ac.uk/about/management/vice-principals-71.php

Karl Leydecker (Senior Vice-Principal)

  • Academic Schools

Professor Karl Leydecker

Marion Campbell (Vice Principal Research)

  • Institutional Research Strategy
  • REF Strategy
  • Leadership of institutional research activity
  • Graduate School
  • Impact & Knowledge Exchange

Professor Marion Campbell

Richard Wells (Vice Principal International)

  • Internationalisation strategy and policies
  • International partnerships
  • European partnerships
  • International campuses

Professor Richard Wells

Ruth Taylor (Vice Principal Education)

  • Learning and teaching strategy and policies
  • Student retention and progression
  • Teaching quality assurance and enhancement
  • Widening participation
  • Student Experience
  • Student support

Alan Speight (Vice Principal Student Recruitment)

  • Online marketing strategy and recruitment
  • Student recruitment and marketing strategy
  • Student recruitment (International/Home/EU/RUK)
  • Widening access

Other:

Steve Cannon (Interim University Secretary)

Jenny Fernandez (Acting Director of External Relations)

Debbie Dyker (Director of People, Interim Chief Operating Officer)

Debbie Dyker
https://www.abdn.ac.uk/about/management/directors-83.php#panel900

David Beattie (Director of Finance)

David Beattie
https://www.abdn.ac.uk/about/management/directors-83.php#panel902

Rob Donelson (Director of Advancement)
Rob Donelson
https://www.abdn.ac.uk/about/management/directors-83.php#panel903

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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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