Month of June
Summary of activity
I hope everyone has braved out this cold, wet June weather and been studying hard (not hardly studying!) for this current exam period.
Just remember during this challenging time that, it will all be worth it in the end when you have your degree in hand. If I thought May was a busy month, June certainly has been crazy to say the least. I have definitely enjoyed the break from the academic side of uni to help and be a part of the Unitopia experience at City West. It’s events like these that you as a part of USASA can easily step back and see the value we as an organisation are bringing to UniSA, when students are making the most of Unitopia to stress less.
After my first formal inquiry, I definitely see the value in the free and independent advocacy services that USASA offer! In this case, the student didn’t get an advocate from USASA because they weren’t aware about it, even though they were told in initial correspondence with the academic integrity officer. I think this is as an area that we can possibly review as a USASA board to see if more can be done to make sure students are fully aware of USASA’s advocates, especially among the international students and students where English is a second language.
I’m looking forward to being able to focus on other things besides financial algebra and costing models for a while. Wishing you all the best for your exams completed and those yet to come.
Unitopia – 08/06/16
Unitopia was a good success despite the cold and miserable winter weather. I enjoyed being the walking promotion and having the opportunity to not only remind students that Unitopia was on and they could enjoy in the activities but also briefly discussing USASA and advocacy services. Student’s eyes really lit up when I mentioned I had free jelly beans to give away.
My First Formal Inquiry – 24/06/16
I attended my first formal inquiry regarding academic misconduct and found it an extremely eye-opening procedure. I was really impressed with the professionalism and compassion of the staff members involved in the process. In this case USASA advocacy services weren’t utilised because they weren’t known about to the student. I definitely think we at USASA can work on advocacy services’ visibility to students, I know we already do a lot in promoting advocacy to student services yet it still remains an issue of further investigation.
Preparation of activity report
Continuing member of the Student Experience Framework for highly engaged students
Consulting with students about SSAF
Next month’s planned activities
Examin-aid – In June
USASA – Board Meeting
Professional Development day