As we all get ready for exams, I’ve been busy working to improve student engagement across the university, as well as a focus on student wellbeing, particularly around mental health.
This month, I have been fortunate enough to be a part of the selection process for our new Student Counsellor. As a panel, we have selected a candidate who is not only very well qualified but also friendly and easy to talk to. I am confident they will be a great asset to the Student Counselling Team.
To add to this, as part of the LEAD Leadership Program, I am part of small team which will be researching current best practises of counselling services across Australia and what UniSA can be doing better. I look forward to working closely with the rest of the team and our project client to ensure we can improve the services we already have and look at new ways of enhancing Counselling at UniSA.
I have also started a process of ensuring the current Innovation and Collaboration Centre (ICC) in the BH Building can be used as a dedicated club space once the ICC moves across the road next year to the new Health Innovation Building. While I am currently encountering a lot of red tape, I am determined to make sure clubs have the facilities they need to be their best.
As Student Representatives, engagement with our peers is one the most important things we do. This month, I have been fortunate enough to participate in the National Framework for Student Partnerships workshop at Adelaide University. These workshops, held across Australia, bring together key stakeholders looking at the best ways of growing student leadership and creating partnerships between the university and students. You can find out more about that project here.
I also encourage you to come along to the Student Program Advisory Group (SPAG) Forum on 1 June, in the JS Forum from 2pm to 3pm. SPAG gives you an opportunity to talk with other students in the Business School to develop ideas and advice to improve Business School programs. Professor Elizabeth Hemphill, Program Director: Bachelor of Business, will host this group to meet students, discuss issues regarding their program and get advice on how to improve Business School programs. Bring your friends and enjoy some snacks.
Finally, now that SP2 is over, I’m particularly keen to hear you thoughts on the new three semester structure in the Business School. Are you finding it better or worse? How could it be improved? Feel free to leave your comments below or email me here.
I would like to wish you all the best for the exam period, and I look forward to seeing everyone around campus across SP4 and SP5.
Activities and Meetings in April
- 1/5 – USASA Board Meeting and Annual General Meeting
- 9/5 – Shortlisting session for the appointment of a new Student Counsellor
- 10/5 – Meeting with Dr Saardia Mahmud, Academic Services and Integrity Officer
- 12/5 – School of Art, Architecture and Design Board Meeting
- 16/5 – Interviews for the appointment of a new Student Counsellor
- 16/5 – LEAD Program Introductory Session
- 18/5 – City West Student Catch Up
- 24/5 – Clubs Committee Meeting
- 24/5 – National Framework for Student Partnerships Workshop
- 25/5 – Student Engagement and Equity Project Team Induction
- 26/5 – Academic Board Meeting
- 30/5 – SSAF Funding Stall
- 30/5 – UniSA Symposium: Aboriginal Futures and LEAD Program Coaching
Next Month’s Planned Activities and Meetings
- 1/6 – Student Advisory Group Meeting
- 5/6 – USASA Board Meeting
- 5/6 – Governance Committee Meeting
- 14/6 – Business School Formal Inquiry
- 26/6 – Governance Committee Meeting
- 29/6 – Finance Committee Meeting