August- September Board Report

Hello everyone this following board report is short and sweet. Coming around to the break a lot of assignments are becoming due. I wish everyone luck in finishing their assignments and wish everyone good luck and to have a great break coming up.

This past month I have attended

  • Welfare committee
  • Multiple meetings with Ethan Taylor and Braeydon Edwards (Pat and now president of UATSIS)
  • Magill student merger survey collection
  • Diversity Equity and Access committee

Upcoming events I will be attending is the Mawson Lakes toastie activation, Governance Committee and Board meeting.

Assignments are getting heavier and I believe we can all get through it but please remind your selves to take breaks and not burn yourself out.

 

Regards Pamela

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Postgrad Report August

Highlights

Thankyou to everyone who came to our Grad Games Night last month, and to our volunteers who helped out on the night. It was a really fun evening and definitely something we’ll look at doing again in the future.

It is nearly time for semester 2 graduations. Congratulations to all those receiving their degrees, and I hope the day is a joyful and memorable one! As someone halfway through their degree, it’s a nice chance to see the light at the end of the tunnel. 😛

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Also coming up are student elections. I would encourage anyone with a strong interest in student wellbeing and student representation to consider nominating. It is hard work, but very rewarding, and it is an excellent way to give back to the UniSA Community while developing career skills.

Meanwhile, the merger discussions continue, and the Vice Chancellor, David Lloyd, will be speaking to the USASA student board at the upcoming board meeting. We will have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss with David directly the feedback we’ve received through the listening sessions and USASA survey. The response we’ve had so far has been excellent, and all your feedback will assist us in making sure that council ultimately makes the right decision for students in December.

Activity Report

21/08/18 – USASA Board Meeting

23/08/18 – UniSA Council Dinner to Farewell Outgoing Chancellor

24/08/18 – Policy Review Steering Group Meeting

28/08/18 – Diversity, Equity and Access Committee Meeting

30/08/18 – Postgrad Merger Listening Session and Grad Games Night

Upcoming Events

12/09/18 – Policy Review Steering Group Meeting

18/09/18 – USASA Board Meeting

18/09/18 – USASA 2019 events planning meeting

25/09/18 – Diversity, Equity and Access Committee Meeting – TBC

City East UG Rep, August report – Sopor Tan

Hi again everyone!

To those studying in SP5, we are a few weeks away from the mid-semester break! So hang in there, hope everyone has been doing well.

I’m going to keep this month’s report short and sweet as some of our SP5 fellows might be buckle up for assessments in this pre-break week. My two main activities for August were the Board meeting and Education committee meeting. Discussion around the merger still continued, with an additional glimpse of UniSA E25 Press Interview. It was a great to see high student involvements in the merger discussion online and in-person with Board members and President during the past weeks.

As for Education Committee meeting, the focus was on My Course Experience Student Feedback. We reviewed the quality and accessibility as well as areas covered/ to be covered in the Feedback forms. Upon our deliberations, the committee will put forward recommendations to the university for improvements that are deemed important for students.

That’s August from me. As usual, please feel free to flick me an email regarding any ideas or concerns you wish to address.

 

Mawson Lakes Rep – August

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August was another productive month for me behind the scenes.

Hungry Humpday toasties activation at Mawson Lakes has continued throughout the month with the help of fellow Mawson Lakes rep Sneha and USASA pres Jordan – continuously running out so continue to look at for us every Wednesday in the Hive and get in quick!

On the eighth of August following the very first toastie activation I managed to catch the last part of Mawson’s Student Connect meeting with special guest – facility manager Justin Faggotter who had the opportunity to hear students concerns and ideas for around campus directly.

The rest of the month consisted of a mixture of academic integrity meetings, committee meetings, one on one catch-ups with Head of Engineering School – Duncan Campbell and Mawson Facility Manager – Justin , two trips interstate, and a case of the winter cold.

8th Aug – First Hungry Humpday Toastie Activation (Mawson Lakes)

8th Aug – Student Connect Meeting (Mawson Lakes)

10th Aug – Academic Integrity Inquiry (City West)

10th Aug – Welfare Committee Meeting (City West)

15th Aug – Humpday Toastie Activation (Mawson Lakes)

15th Aug – One on one catch-up with Justin Faggotter (Mawson Lakes)

15th Aug – One on one catch-up with Duncan Campbell (Mawson Lakes)

21st Aug – Finance Committee (City West)

21st Aug – USASA Board Meeting (City West)

22nd Aug – MLK Advisory Group (Interstate)

Thanks for checking out a very quick summary of last month’s greatest moments!

Any questions, concerns or banter –> dixgl001@mymail.unisa.edu.au

Upcoming Activities:

4th Sept – Academic Review Preliminary Meeting (Mawson Lakes)

11th Sept – Formal Inquiry (City West)

12th Sept – Hungry Humpday Activation (Mawson Lakes)

12th Sept – Student Connect Meeting (Mawson Lakes)

18th Sept – USASA Board Meeting

19th Sept – Academic Review Interview Meeting

24th Sept – Academic Inquiry (Mawson Lakes)

26th Sept – UniTopia SP5 Committee Meeting

Mount Gambier – August 2018 Activity Report – Georgina Gogel

August was definitely a busy month for Miss Georgina Gogel.

The Coco movie night, which occurred on campus, was a big hit for university students – especially for those who have families who they could bring along to the event. I must add, I would definitely recommend the movie and watch it again!

As the USASA representative, and an Education student, I was invited to attend the UniSA Mount Gambier Open Day. I spent the day chatting to possible new students and answer any questions they may have had, as well as speak at the Education course presentation. It was an eventful day, and I was also lucky enough to help out a few of the Mount Gambier Pioneers Basketball players run amuck around the campus to help with advertising.

On the 8th of August, we were able to have Tegan drive down to Mount Gambier to advertise the opportunity of having another USASA club on campus – and The Social Club came to life! Stay tuned for more details on that…

Franco, the university student ombub, travelled to Mount Gambier on the 14th of August. Although I had an extremely busy day, I was able to catch a quick chat with Franco and attend a short meeting with other student leaders on campus to understand his role much clearer.

Saturday the 25th of August I ventured down to Jens Hotel for another, very popular, UniBar experience. It was great to see some James Morrison Academy students attend, and to find out a little more about their university experiences. This sort of event has been very successful in regards to bringing people together, sharing some food, and playing some pool.

Later in the month, Kayla from NUS visited the campus to collected signatures for her petition and collect data from students in regards to their university experiences and any other comments she could fish out of them.

Thanks for checking out a very quick summary of last month’s greatest moments!

Any questions, concerns or funny memes – flick them through to goggp001@mymail.unisa.edu.au

Upcoming Activities:

3rd September – chat about Merger of UniSA and UoA with Jordan and Mount Gambier students

12th September – UniSA Mount Gambier – Social Club Meeting

18th September – USASA Board Meeting

19th September – USASA Events Planning Meeting

25th September – USASA Diversity, Equity and Access Committee Meeting

Mawson Lakes August report- Sneha M

Hope you are all doing good.

This month on the 8th, we had our third student connect meeting at the Mawson Lakes campus. This meeting proved useful and informative to many of the student attendees as we had the campus facilities manager and the senior project officer from the division of ITEE attend this meeting and answer their questions. Making parking at Mawson Lakes more accessible to students is one key area FM Assist is looking into this semester. The construction works around P and SCT buildings are estimated to be done by the end of September. Any inconvenience caused to students due to this is regretted, however it was a water leak issue and had to be dealt with urgently.

On the 12th, there was the open day at the city campuses. It was a great experience volunteering with students from my division and talking to prospective students and their families. Campus day held on the 28th at Mawson Lakes was an equally successful event too.

USASA board meeting was held on the 21st of August. The meeting had discussions about the possible merger with Adelaide University and the upcoming student board elections. On the 10th of September, Grace and myself will be at GP courtyard(Mawson Lakes campus)  from 11am to 2pm looking forward to having a chit-chat with you all about the merger. So, if you are on campus that day feel free to come talk to us and tell us how you feel about the merger!

Clubs committee meeting this month was held at City West on the 28th and mainly facilitated discussions around the upcoming clubs awards. Hope all USASA clubs have nominated themselves and other clubs if they want to for the various awards! We are excited to meet all clubs at the awards event. Just a reminder also that nominations for these awards close on the 14th of September.

That is all from me for now, have fun at uni:)

City East August Board Report

This month was again quite busy for me. I attended the Board meeting, Education committee meeting, clubs committee meeting and Finance committee meeting.

At the Board meeting, the key point of discussion was about the possibility of Merger happening between UniSA and Adelaide Uni. The Board has rolled out a survey in which students can give their feedback. The feedback will be compiled into a report which will be submitted to the University council for consideration and discussion. It is important that students do this survey so it can help USASA and the Board in deciding what issues to focus on when discussing the Merger with University management.

At the Education committee meeting, the convener decided that they will be drafting a response to the presentation of the pro-vice chancellor in the previous meeting. Again Merger remained an important discussion point throughout the meeting because we had Academic Student Reps from schools across the university’s campuses.

The Finance committee meeting was a short one this time. It was important to note that USASA is being fiscally prudent in managing the SSAF money allocated by the University and also to see how the perpetual fund portfolio was progressing. At the Clubs committee meeting, we had updates from the Clubs Support Officer regarding the Nominations received for the upcoming Clubs Awards night. We also had a update from Clubs Presidents collective regarding the activities they are undertaking as part of the collective.

In September i will be doing Student Merger Discussions at City East, Academic Review, Academic Board Meeting, USASA Board Meeting, Finance Committee Meeting, Education Committee Meeting and Clubs Committee Meeting.

That is all from me this time.

 

August Board Report Magill: Ryan C

Hello, नमस्ते and ہیلو  to everyone this August.

I hope you’re all enjoying whatever studies you have been undertaking this semester and if you’re not loving university and want to defer or quit, please consult this academic calendar for due dates for withdrawal: http://www.unisa.edu.au/Student-Life/Support-services/Student-administration/Academic-calendars/Academic-calendar-2018/#SP5

This month started pretty hectically for me as I was trying to find my own feet studying at two different universities on the same day and partially moving out of home. In addition to this my co-rep Surabhi resigned, leaving me as the sole Magill Rep until her replacement is confirmed.

Despite these setbacks I was still able to achieve a fair bit this month as your representative.

On August 10 I attended a USASA Welfare Committee meeting, which meant after sitting on the USASA Board for 16 months I finally attended a sub-committee meeting other than Education and Clubs. At the Welfare Committee meeting I raised a suggestion a student had given me about reducing plastic cups at the USASA Counter Spaces.  Right now we are looking at seeing what we can do and will have more information in the future hopefully.

Later in the month I got stuck into even more activities, particularly related to the possible merger of the University of South Australia and University of Adelaide (no sadly I don’t have any Simpsons or Spice Girls references this time). On August 20 USASA launched our own survey for students to complete regarding the merger and I would like to congratulate Jordan and the rest of the team who put many hours into that. To date we currently have more than 900 responses from students and will aim to receive as many as we can.

On August 30 myself, Jordan and Pam (Aboriginal & Torres Straight Island Rep) went to Magill Campus to have a face-to-face consultation with students while trying to get more students to complete the survey. Overall it was a really good experience as we try push towards the 1000 figure of students doing the survey. By the time the next board report comes out, the survey will have closed and we will have our data.

Merger Talk Photo

I convened the Education Committee again where we discussed made a decision on what to do regarding student thoughts into the MyCourseEvaluation feedback. Ultimately the committee came to a consensus that the overall structure and questions of the feedback was fine, however it could use some minor improvements. As such on behalf of the committee I will be sending a letter to the university detailed four recommendations the committee made.

Finally, I’d also like to note that my board page has been getting some comment requests lately presumably from spam robots. While I am flattered with the attention they give me, they are wasting their time as I’m not looking for singles in my area, and my distant royal cousin from Nigeria already has my bank details.

Have a good time everyone and I’ll see you around in the near future!

 

 

What I did:

-August 3: Meeting with Project Officer for Student Engagement in EASS Mr Peter Andrinopoulos
-August 10: USASA Welfare Committee meeting
-August 21: USASA Board Meeting
-August 24: USASA Education Committee Meeting
-August 29: USASA Clubs Committee Meeting
-August 30: Magill Consultation with Students regarding merger
-August 31: EASS Academic Review

August 2018 – President’s Report

Hi everyone!

I hope the month of August is treating you well. It’s been a very busy month for USASA, so let’s get straight into it.


What I’ve been up to this month:

USASA Merger Response

When the University of South Australia and the University of Adelaide announced that both universities had agreed to explore the merits of a merger in June, USASA’s response was immediate. We announced that our immediate focus would be ensuring that the student voice was at the heart of this process, as well as announcing that we would be compiling student feedback independently of the University, through a comprehensive student consultation process.
USASA developed our survey in consultation with UniSA students, as well as the USASA Education Committee. On August 20 the survey went live, and the response rate from UniSA students has been fantastic. We will use this survey data to produce a report for submission to the University’s NOUS Group submission portal, as well as informing our next steps as your student association. As well as the survey, USASA will also carrying out campus visits to discuss the merger with UniSA students. You can find all of the upcoming dates for the merger discussions below.
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Thursday 30 August – Magill (Inside the A Building) 11am-2pm
Monday 3 September – Mount Gambier (Location: TBC) 11am-2pm
Tuesday 4 September – Whyalla (Location: MB1-42) 2pm-4pm
Thursday 6 September – City East (Location: Basil Hetzel Plaza) 11am-2pm
Monday 10 September – Mawson Lakes (Location: GP Courtyard) 11am-2pm
TBA – City West Campus – (Location: Jeffrey Smart Courtyard) 11am-2pm
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If you haven’t yet completed the survey and would like to do so, you can find it here.

USASA Supporting Clubs

One of my biggest priorities heading into this year was to support students clubs here at UniSA. I know the crucial role clubs play in university life. You can make lifelong friends, connect with industry and employers, and learn new skills which you can take into the workplace and beyond. The USASA team I’ve led this year has played a key role in supporting student clubs, and that is why we have seen the number of clubs increase, the number of club members increase, as well as the number of club events increase in 2018.
In 2019, USASA is shifting the focus away from large-scale centralised events, to utilising our team of event  professionals to work directly with clubs to support their events, and ensure students have more of a say in creating their own university experience. Our 2019 budget sees improved support for student clubs through more opportunities for training, an improved funding model, as well as more one-on-one support.
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Speaking at the Engineering & Aviation Ball about the importance of USASA clubs.

University Council Meeting

The University Council meeting on 16 August was an eventful one, with many decisions which impact on the future of the University of South Australia being made. After the announcement of the resignation of UniSA Chancellor Jim McDowell, the council resolved to appoint Pauline Carr as the new Chancellor, who will start her role on 1 September. I look forward to working with Pauline for the remainder of the year, and wish Jim all the best in his new role.
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Another significant outcome of the meeting was the approval of UniSA’s new Reconciliation Action Plan. The new the Reconciliation Action Plan will deepen our connection to Aboriginal culture and community and see new and targeted initiatives across our research, teaching and learning and organisational arrangements.
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Finally, University Council also approved Enterprise25 – the new UniSA strategic plan through to 2025. Enterprise25 is one of two possible future strategic directions as we continue to explore the merits of possible institutional amalgamation.  Accordingly, Enterprise25, now fully approved and ready to roll out, is ‘on hold’ until the finalisation of the merger exploration. USASA will be exploring our response to Enterprise25 over the coming months.

Other things I’ve been up to this month:

  • 01/08/18 – Academic Review Communications meeting with Paul Williams (Manager Campus Central) and Luis Gardeazabal (Manager USASA Advocacy)
  • 01/08/18 – NUS Women’s National Day of Action
  • 01/08/18 – Meeting with Bridget Laffy (USASA Student Rep Support Officer) and Tom Gilchrist
  • 02/08/18 – Meeting with Bridget Laffy (USASA Student Rep Support Officer) to discuss USASA Merger Survey
  • 02/08/18 – SALA Art Prize Launch
  • 03/08/18 – Meeting with Mark Pace (NUS President) and Daniel Randell (USASA GM)
  • 06/07/18 – Yarrow Place – Recognise and Respond Training
  • 08/08/18 – Meeting with Tegan Jardine (USASA Club Support Officer), Georgina Gogel (USASA Mount Gambier Rep) to discuss Mount Gambier social club
  • 10/08/18 – Meeting with Sneha Manimurugan (USASA Mawson Lakes Rep) and Bridget Laffy (USASA Student Rep Support Officer)
  • 10/08/18 – Welfare Committee Meeting
  • 13/08/18 – Communications and Events – Sexual Assault and Harassment meeting
  • 13/08/18 – Orientation Advisory Group Meeting
  • 14/08/18 – Student Appeals Committee Meeting
  • 16/08/18 – University Council Meeting
  • 17/08/18 – Meeting with Ethan Taylor (UATSIS President), Daniel Randell (USASA GM), and Pamela Spek (USASA ATSI Rep) to discuss USASA Aboriginal Strategy
  • 18/08/18 – Aviation and Engineering Ball
  • 21/08/18 – Finance Committee Meeting
  • 21/08/18 – USASA Board Meeting
  • 23/08/18 – R U OK Day Meeting
  • 23/08/18 – Mount Gambier Social Club – Next Steps meeting with Tegan Jardine (USASA Club Support Officer) and Tracey Wellen (USASA Manager: Events and Clubs)
  • 24/08/18 – Education Committee Meeting
  • 24/08/18 – Policy Review Steering Group meeting
  • 28/08/18 – Diversity, Equity and Access Committee Meeting
  • 29/08/18 – Clubs Committee Meeting
  • 30/08/18 – Merger Listening Session with Ryan Colsey (USASA Magill Rep)

What I’m up to next month:

  • 03/09/18 – Merger Listening Session with Georgina Gogel (USASA Mount Gambier Rep)
  • 04/09/18 – Meeting with Tegan Jardine (USASA Club Support Officer) and Paul Havelberg (UniSA Whyalla Regional Manager) to discuss Whyalla social club
  • 04/09/18 – Merger Listening Session at Whyalla Campus
  • 06/09/18 – Merger Listening Session with Natansh Modi (USASA City East Rep) and Puthearothsopor Tan (USASA City East Undergraduate Rep)
  • 07/09/18 – Welfare Committee Meeting
  • 07/09/18 – Finance Committee Meeting
  • 10/09/18 – Merger Listening Session with Sneha Manimurugan (USASA Mawson Lakes Undergraduate Rep) and Grace Dixon (USASA Mawson Lakes Rep)
  • 12/09/18 – Meeting with Laura-Anne Bull (PVC: Student Engagement & Equity) and Daniel Randell (USASA GM)
  • 14/09/18 – Student Engagement Advisory Group Meeting
  • 18/09/18 – UNITE Workshop – Managing and Leading for Diversity
  • 18/09/18 – Governance Committee Meeting
  • 18/09/18 – USASA Board Meeting with special guest David Lloyd (UniSA Vice Chancellor + President)
  • 19/09/18 – Events 2019: Board Brainstorm Meeting
  • 25/09/18 – USASA Diversity, Equity, and Access Committee
  • 25/09/18 – Clubs Committee Meeting
  • 28/09/18 – Education Committee Meeting
  • 28/09/18 – Academic Board Meeting

That’s all for now. As always, if you’d like to get in contact for any reason, feel free to send me an email at mumjp001@mymail.unisa.edu.