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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. 

 

Week 31 (27th January - 2nd February)

Happy Monday everyone, I hope you all had a good weekend!

 

Here’s my weekly update but first a quick note – with Sports Ball coming this Thursday I’ll be pretty busy and won’t be taking many meetings however I do have an open session tomorrow 2-5pm in Union Brew so come find me there! https://www.facebook.com/events/601080883991024/

 

On Monday I was out of office. I took a much needed day off after a very busy past few weeks.

 

On Tuesday morning, myself, Ailsa (AUSA Events), and Danielle (AUSA Activities) sat down to go through Sports Ball prep prior to sending off the seating arrangements. In the afternoon, myself, the other sabbs, and Margaret (AUSA CEO) attended the Student Experience Committee meeting. There we discussed all things student. Cecilia gave an AUSA update to the committee and we received updates from the Directorate of Academic Services & Online Learning, the Directorate of People, the Directorate of Estates & Facilities (however no members of the department were in attendance for questions), the Directorate of Digital and Information Services (however again no members were present for questions). Then on Tuesday evening, I chaired a meeting of the Sports Union Blues Committee where we went through the Sports Union Trophy nominations and chose the winners for the ball this Thursday.

 

On Wednesday, AUSA met with Duncan Stuart (Head of UoA Student Experience) to discuss comms and engagement for the Student Partnership Agreement. For those not in the know, the SPA is a document the sabb team have been working on revising this year. The document essentially outlines how AUSA and UoA Student Experience dept. can be working together on joint projects etc. In the afternoon, I had a very productive meeting with my Sports Union Committee – we talked about some exciting upcoming projects (keep your eyes peeled) and changes to Committee positions for 20/21. On Wednesday evening I attended a meeting with Aberdeen University Swimming & Water Polo Club and UoA SET to discuss club relations with the UoA Performance Swimming Programme and how they can be improved for the upcoming year.

 

On Thursday, as well as working my way through my inbox I had a few meetings with students. I met with the President of Aberdeen University Kickboxing Club to talk about their recent affiliation as a Probationary Sports Club and chat about what support we can provide them moving forward.

 

On Friday, the sabbs and AUSA Senior Management had our bi-weekly meeting. Danielle and I met to go through the Sports Union Byelaw and Policies as many of them are unclear or out of date. With this we hope to be able to update the Byelaw and Policies before the next election for Sports Union Committee. We also finalised the details for our Sports Ball Salon at Union Brew this Thursday! More details can be found on the Aberdeen University Sports Union page.

 

Finally, on Saturday I made my way down to Glasgow for the Glasgow University Sports Association - GUSA Ball. Another good night with my fellow sports sabbs, thanks for invite Paddy Everingham. It's been interesting to see the contrast between how different Sports Unions celebrate their students' successes.

Speaking of student success - AUSA Sports Ball is this Thursday and I can’t wait to see all of you there!

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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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