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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. 

Monthly Welfare Status Report - July 2019

It has been a very exciting, but challenging experience working to improve the welfare and wellbeing of my fellow students of this great university. Prior to this role, I had limited knowledge and involvements with the Students’ Association. However, with a combination of commitments and the right attitude to succeed, I contested and won the Welfare Officer position during the March 2019 election. Having started work officially on July 1, 2019, together with Cecilia (@AUSAPresident), Isla (@AUSASport), Louise (@AUSACommunities) and Dariya (@AUSAEducation) we have been trained and oriented on various policies of AUSA, as a charity, as trustees, the byelaws, the constitution, liberation, Financial Processes & Budgeting as well as planning and other administrative issues.

I plan to be releasing monthly update during my tenure as the Welfare Officer. This therefore, becomes the first edition. Kindly contact me on the following: ausawelfare@abdn.ac.uk or alexander.acheampong@abdn.ac.uk and finally on my facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/alexander.acheampong.98

KEY HIGHLIGHTS OF JULY 2019

  • The University Strategy Day: I participated in the 20-year development plan and strategy day organised by the university. I contributed to shape how the university wants to look like in 20 years from now. With issues of Students learning, wellbeing, safety and other support services at the back of my mind, I contributed so that students will always have the experience they require at this great ancient university.
  • Bewell Program: For your wellbeing and health, the Student Experience department has put together a program dubbed BeWell Fair’ which will take place both in the Fall and Spring during this academic year. I’m working with them to offer this great program to students especially during key pressure points of the academic year. I will be updating you on the dates and times.
  • Teaching and Learning Space Re-development Project: As part of a £50 million investment in the University’s estate, there are plans to regenerate areas of the historic King’s Campus to enhance the quality of the education that the University provides and to support future growth in student’s numbers. On behalf of students and my own behalf, I contributed significantly to the Project Management Board and also encouraged others to do same.
  • Trustee Meeting: I attended my first trustee meeting. At this meeting, we looked at AUSA’s financial position, AUSA’s health and safety report, the potential risks facing the Association, the governance structure, the two main committees for the trustee board where I opted to join the finance committee due to my background, then finally we approved AUSA’s recruitment policy.
  • Summer School Barbecue: I participated in this year’s summer school barbeque, where I interacted with many students to explain what we do at AUSA. Through this activity, together with @Louise and @Isla we engaged with the language centre to be a part of the induction for new students. I think this was valuable for them in terms of generating an early awareness of help and support available here at the university.
  • Wellbeing App: As the university continues to provide academic support for students to excel, there is the need to also create an enabling environment for students to meet their social and environmental needs. Thus, this initiative (UniWellBeing app) is designed to help create a culture where every student is engaged in wellbeing and encouraged to thrive, no matter where they sit on the wellbeing spectrum. The app aims to help all students, regardless of age or level of health, to build positive habits, coping skills and resilience. It includes tools to enable students to proactively look after their wellbeing using evidence-based methods including 5 ways to wellbeing, mindfulness and CBT. I have contributed to the development of this app to better meet the needs of students. The app has been created and is now in the trial stage. I will update you when it will be operational.
  • Widening Access: I have participated in meetings to discuss and access the University's strategy to widening access. Over the past few years, the University has been providing free accommodation to certain students as part of the widening access program.
  • Meetings with SMT: During the period under review, I have been able to meet key members of the University Management Team (SMT). This is a key step of getting them to know and understand my main campaign points and how they can assist me to meet my priorities. This is already yielding some positive results and I will soon be sharing them with you. I have also secured monthly catch-up with two members of the SMT.
  • Sexual Health Clinic: I am working on getting a provider for sexual health clinic here at the University of Aberdeen. This, I believe, will educate students on the need to take proper care of their sexual health. The provision of sexual and reproductive health services makes an important contribution to an individual’s health and sexuality.
  • Mental Health Week: A mental health week has been scheduled for October 7-11 to create more awareness around mental health issues and for students to know where and how to access mental health services.
  • Mental Health Movie Night: I’m already in discussions to see the possibility of having a mental health movie night here at the University of Aberdeen. I believe this can be an avenue where we can meet and discuss issues relating to mental health after the movie. I will update you on the status in my next month's bulletin.
  • NUS: I participated in the Lead & Change program organised by the NUS in Leeds. It was a good event with valuable lessons learnt. From leadership training and campaigning, through to advocacy and creating awareness, organising and monitoring of events. A full report on the Lead & Change is being worked on. I will share it once it’s ready.

In conclusion, I will be working on these, as well as many others including gender-based violence and sexual harassment prevention programmes.

 

Your Welfare I Care

Alexander Acheampong

ausawelfare@abdn.ac.uk

alexander.acheampong@abdn.ac.uk

https://www.facebook.com/alexander.acheampong.98

 

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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. 

 

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Last post 20 Aug 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. 

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Last post 16 Aug 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. 

1 post
Last post 07 Aug 2019
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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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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