Presidents Report December 2020

A quiet month in December, as we approach the end of the year, one which I’m sure we’re all glad to see over. However here is hoping for a brighter 2021.

December has been spent tidying up loose ends from the year, ensuring that the organisation and students are appropriately looked after over the closure, and getting ready for a few new projects and initiatives in the new year.

Standardized Submission Times

The end of the year has probably not been the best time to start a new project, however I’ve begun communicating with Student Academic Services on how we could potentially implement a university wide standard submission time and consistent penalties across the Academic Units for late submissions. I will update the board on this project as it continues.

Student Hardship Fund

The Student Hardship fund is remaining in operation over the course of summer in a reduced capacity. As we still have many international students stuck in Australia, and some of our domestic cohort still doing it tough, it is imperative that we still provide them with the ability to seek assistance if needed. This in conjunction with the USASA Financial Counselling program, and the various activities and initiatives planned over the summer, should keep students well supported.

Going forward, there is a view that the SHF should be wound down and the focus put onto the USASA Financial Counselling service, with the view to push for more financial literacy supports instead of straight cash handouts. Whilst I agree with this approach in some ways, it is my view that we will need to be cautious that we do not remove this program too quickly, and that there is still an ability for students to access support if they require it.

Likewise, I have been suggesting to the uni that there is some form of permanent hardship fund established. This was a discussion that began back in January of this year after we had students affected by the bushfires, and then evolved into the SHF after the advent of COVID.

Academic Student Representative Program

December presented a few positives and negatives for our hopeful uni wide ASR Program. After speaking with numerous areas of University management, the answer on the ASR program seems to be a no in the current financial climate. However, in saying that, we have now begun working with units who wish to implement training such as University Online (UO).

Whilst this earlier part is not great news, we will still be pushing for there to eventually be an increased, standardised, and USASA Managed ASR program across the university.

NUS National Conference

The National Union of Students National Conference was held from the 9th to the 11th of December in an online format, a whole shift away from previous conferences which have been held physically in Victoria. The conference went exceptionally well and was completed in record time of 2 days.

A new change from the conference which will affect USASA is that the position of UniSA Campus Representative has been abolished, and in its stead, the President of the affiliated body will be the representative to the NUS from the campus. Functionally this is how the NUS has previously operated.

I have also had the privilege of being elected the State Branch President of the National Union of Students. 2020 has proven the need for a strong, united and relevant NUS, and I look forward to continuing to build the relationship between USASA and the NUS that was developed over the course of the year.

There was also a lot of great policy put forward by UniSA Delegates, and I would like to acknowledge your great contributions to the conference and the Union.

Activity Log

1stStudent Appeals Committee
3rdUSASA Support Services Planning Retreat
7thCEO/Presidents Meeting Grant Assessment Panel
8thUniversity Council
9thNUS National Conference
10thNUS National Conference
11thMeeting Pro Vice Chancellor Student Equity and Engagement
Student Hardship Fund Steering Group Meeting
15thMeeting w University Online
Meeting w USASA Advisors
Mount Gambier Rep Handover
USASA Board Meeting
18thMeeting Chief Academic Services Officer

ATSI Student Rep Report – December

Hi Everyone,

As the year progressed, we were all faced with many trials and tribulations in regards to both our personal and professional lives. While 2020 was undoubtedly a difficult year for many, I hope you were able to make the most of it.

The past few months have been relatively quiet in response to my USASA duties but that doesn’t mean I have been idle. As I was re-elected for 2021, I have been thinking of what I want achieved by the end of 2021. I will also be investigating into alternate methods of communcation to introduce myself to all Aboriginal students – regional and domestic, online and in-person.

2021 Access and Inclusion Hiring Panel
I was nominated by Noah Beckmann to sit on a hiring panel in early February for the Access and Inclusion team at UniSA.

Yaitya Warra-Itya
On Tuesday 8th December, the final Yaitya Warra-Itya meeting for 2020 was called. During this meeting we discussed plans for 2021 and many updates were provided regarding projects that were initiatied in previous years including new promotional materials for Yaitya Warra-Itya.

Final 2020 Board Meeting and End of Year Celebration
On the 15th of December, the final 2020 Board Meeting was held on campus with us all having dinner together afterwards to celebrate our achievements and accomplishments in what has been a difficult year. It has been a privelidge to become friends and work with so many fantastic individuals. I would like to extend a huge thank-you to the 2020 postgraduate representative, Lex Shylaja who has been an invaluable support and friend throughout everything I had hoped to achieve in 2020 and beyond.

2021
Next year will begin rather abruptly for me as I will be communicating with several staff across the University in early January to find information about and to organise plans for both Reconciliation Week and NAIDOC Week. As I was invited late to these committees this year, I would like to be ontop of it and get lots of student input from the very beginning.

December Activities
8th DecemberYaitya Warra Itya
15th DecemberUSASA Board Meeting
USASA Board End of Year Celebration

I hope you have an amazing break and spend lots of time with your family and friends.


As always, if you have any questions or need anyone to chat to, please don’t hesistate to get into contact
E: Pedry002@mymail.unisa.edu.au

November/December Report – Mawson Lakes Undergraduate Rep

Hi everyone!

It has been a wild year – and as your 2020 reps term come to a close I hope you made the most of it even through all the tribulations. This month like the last few has been a lot quieter activity-wise. November consisted of the board meeting and organising handover related communications. December was mainly documenting things to handover.

I hope you all have a wonderful break and I wish you all the best. 2020 has been a challenging year, so don’t be too hard on yourself if things didn’t go to plan.

As for USASA, I wish the best for next year’s board, the staff and club executives. For the people that I did get to meet – it was an honour to work with you. Being on the board has been a sometimes tough experience but overall a good one. Thanks to all the board reps and staff for making this such a brilliant year, especially given the circumstances and I’m glad to see some of the reps serving another term.

I’m looking forward to seeing who the next clubs committee convenor is. It can be a bit full on to manage such a large committee, but engaging with clubs was one of my favourite parts of the job.

Signing off for the last time,

Joshua Steele | E: stejr013@mymail.unisa.edu.au
2020 Mawson Lakes Undergraduate Student Representative

City East Report – Nov/Dec – Timothy Pham

Hello everyone,

It’s finally the end of 2020 and I hope your exams went well. It’s time to enjoy your summer break, catch up with friends more often over Christmas and New Year. Congratulations to those who have graduating this year, you did an amazing job over those uni years and I wish you all the very best for your future endeavours. For those who will continue uni next year, I hope you will take this summer to refresh yourself, go on a road trip with your mates and forget your next year courses for this moment as you deserve a great break to celebrate how wonderful you have been studying hard this year.

Here are some quick updates from my site:

There was no Club Committee Meeting held in November as it’s the exam period. If you’re a USASA Club Executive, we would love to see your continuation of support and involvement in this committee next year. The new Club Committee governor will contact you early next year and I hope you will still show your support towards USASA Club activities and events.

The Diversity Equity Access (DEA) Committee Meeting was not held in November due to exams.

On Thursday 3/12 at 2-3pm, Jenny and I met each other in the City West USASA office to write the hand-over document for our next year City East Reps. I hope they will find it useful and you will continue to show your support towards our campus initiatives next year.

Key dates for November/December:

17/11 – USASA Board Meeting

15/12 – USASA Board Meeting

Thank you very much for being my friends and being nice to me. I’m very blessed to have been working with you in 2020. Even though it’s a tough year with Covid but we have made it this far. Thank you very much for showing your consistent support. I wish you all the very best for your future endeavours and hope our paths will cross one day in the future.

Tim

Mawson Lakes Representative Report – November

I feel like I am writing this one with a heavy heart. My final report as an USASA Representative.

The past couple of months has been wonderful with the team and I am glad that we made it through the pandemic.

I’m sure we all have something to take from this year as we move on in our lives to the next level.

My hearty congratulations to the new reps onboard, you all have so much potential and I believe you will give your best next year.

To all those who are graduating this year, I wish you all the best for your future endeavors.

I’d like to take a moment to thank the USASA team that were really supportive and made this whole journey easy despite the situation we were in. My special thanks to Bridget, Lex and Noah, without whom, I would have been totally lost. Thanks guys, you’re the best!

Thank you to all the other reps for your prolonged hardwork and dedication towards the best of the student’s interests. Keep going!

Due to my work commitments, I couldn’t take part in committee meetings the past few months, for which I’m really sorry about. Can’t wait for the final Board Meeting next week!

Wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Good bye for now. 😊

Magill Rep Report

Hi All,

Hope you all have submitted your final assignment. I will be graduating this month. This year has been difficult for all of us but we all came through it.

Being in the amazing position has taught me lot of things, made me meet with wonderful people. I have already handed over my position, it was great working for 2 years as Undergraduate Magill  Representative. 

Have wonderful Christmas and New year.

Cheers,

Arunika Dutta.

Activities to be done in December:-

15 December –  USASA Board Meeting 

ATSI Student Rep Report – November

Its almost Christmas time!

I can’t really think of anything to write for this report so I have just attached my calendar 🙂

DateActivity
6th NovemberConstitutional Review
DEA Committee Meeting
17th NovemberISSP Governance Group
USASA Governance Committee
USASA Board Meeting
18th NovemberBoard Rep Handover Meeting
27th NovemberAcademic Board Meeting
30th NovemberEducation Committee
December Planned Activities
8th DecemberYaitya Warra Itya
15th DecemberUSASA Board Meeting
USASA Board End of Year Celebration

Goodluck to everyone with your exams! 2020 is almost over!!

As always, if you have any questions or need anyone to chat to, please don’t hesistate to get into contact

E: Pedry002@mymail.unisa.edu.au

Whyalla Rep. Student Report

Hey Everyone,

this will be my final report as the Whyalla Student Rep and I would just like to thank you all for your patients. Obviously this year has not turned out the way we all planned, however, we all still created our own successes. Whether that be you decided to defer, you worked and studied through the hardest parts of the year, or even though everything was difficult you still stuck it out. This year was not easy but it demonstrated how we as a society can really come together, find resilience and pure determination.

In the past month of November I have been very busy with placements and my intensive, so I apologise that I was not as active as I would like. This month I attended the November Board Rep meeting on zoom, due to the spike of Covid-19 I was unable to do much more. Again, I do apologise I just needed the last couple of months for my studies.

Lastly, I would just like to say thank you for giving me the opportunity to share ideas with the Whyalla campus, it has definitely had its ups and downs this year, however, I do believe that despite all the chaos we found a sense of normality and understanding. I will not be going on to do this role next year, however if you do need someone to talk to I am always happy to offer support and guidance. So please feel free to email me with any questions or concern. Stay safe, good luck with any final assessments or exams and have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

I will leave you with the quote from Melody Beattie ‘The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written.’

Kind Regards,

Diane Wilkins

My email is: wildl012@mymail.unisa.edu.au

City West Undergrad- November

It does feel weird to be writing my last ever board report (at least I assume we don’t submit reports to a meeting we won’t be at) but I guess we’re here!

Things are obviously coming to a close. Being on placement has changed the vibe quite a lot, but I’ve done what has needed to be done at least. Committees have largely wrapped up and we have had our last academic board meeting.

I am still working on handover. Finding a time when I am working basically 6 days at this point is a bit tricky, but it will get done as it needs to.

I’m also sad I won’t be able to attend this last board meeting in person. I just won’t be able to get there in time from work but I will still attend via zoom at least.

Mt Gambier Student Report – November

Hey there everyone,

2020 has been a crazy year.  I began this role with the hope of providing more opportunities and events on our campus and to be an ongoing voice for our regional students.  Unfortunately, COVID has made that near-impossible.  Whilst I had many ideas and plans for events to have on campus, they just couldn’t happen with COVID restrictions in place.  However, we were still able to have events, both on and off campus, thanks to our two amazing Student Engagement Leaders, Dee and Jemma.  It was great to see so many students attend the events that were organised, and this is encouraging for those of us who plan these events.

I would like to formally congratulate Elly Hogben as the 2021 elected Student Rep for Mount Gambier.  I wish her all the best with the position next year and I am sure that she will bring something amazing  to our campus life in Mount Gambier.  Please continue to support our Student Representatives as we work hard to provide the best opportunities and support for you, as students. 

As this year comes to a close (still a little while to go), I know that we will all be grateful to have 2020 in our rear-view mirrors.  I would like to wish our graduating students all the best with their future endeavours.  As for continuing students, enjoy the break before a  new study year begins and good luck. 

I am grateful for this opportunity to be a representative for 2020 in Mount Gambier.  Thank you to everyone who supported me and in turn supported students in need.  Please continue to reach out for support. 

Upcoming Events:

December USASA Board Meeting  – 17.12.2020

Mount Gambier Rep handover – TBA

Stay safe over the break.   Have a wonderful Christmas and a safe and Happy new year.  Bring on 2021!!!!

Best Wishes,

Lauren