May 2018 – President’s Report

Hi everyone!
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I hope you’ve all had a great month, and are feeling well prepared for any exams that you have coming up – I wish you all the best of luck. Given that we are now approaching half way through the year, I think it is important to take a second to reflect on some of the great things that USASA has achieved so far in 2018.
    
ataglance.pngAs well as the above mentioned achievements of the 2018 Board, we have also established an Equity and Diversity Committee to better support disadvantaged students, continued to focus on the areas of Sexual Assault and Harassment, as well as going from strength to strength with the USASA Education Committee in supporting the academic needs of students at UniSA. The entire Board can be extremely proud of all of their work so far, and I look forward to reporting on the Boards collective achievements as the year goes on.

Now onto what I’ve been up to this month:
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Response to 2018 Budget
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On Tuesday 8th of May, the Federal Government handed down their 2018 budget. Unsurprisingly this budget did little to support students or young people. The budget locked in the $2.2bn worth of cuts to the higher education sector that were announced in the Mid Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) in late 2017, as well as the Federal Governments plans to reduce the HECS repayment threshold to $45,000. I was in constant communication with Office Bearers from the National Union of Students (NUS) throughout budget week, and made sure USASA Reps were informed on the implications of the 2018 budget on students and young people. The NUS National Welfare Officer – Jordon O’Reilly addressed the Board at our May meeting and also gave the Board an update on the budget. I will continue to work with the NUS and the rest of the USASA Board throughout the rest of the year to advocate for a fairer and more student-centred budget.

UniTopia 
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UniTopia hit all metro UniSA campuses throughout the month of May. It was great to see so many UniSA students enjoying the festivities and unwinding with live music, free food, and the always popular Doggo Café. I hope you’re all feeling better heading into exam season, and make sure to put SP5 UniTopia into your diaries!
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Opening of Pridham Hall + Cancer Research Institute 

Close to $300 million of new facilities for UniSA students, staff and the wider community have officially opened this month. It was a great honour to be invited to attend both the opening of the $50m cultural and sporting facility Pridham Hall, as well as the $247m, 14-storey UniSA Cancer Research Institute. It is great to see the University invest in infrastructure that supports both students, as well as boosting the links between research, teaching, industry and practice. _____________________________________________________________________________

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Other things I’ve been up to this month:

  • 01/05/18 – Business School Formal Inquiry
  • 01/05/18 – Meeting with Laura-Anne Bull (PVC: Student Engagement & Equity) and Daniel Randell (USASA GM)
  • 02/05/18 – UniTopia Committee Meeting
  • 02/05/18 – Student Connect Meeting – Mawson Lakes
  • 03/05/18 – Meeting with Magill Rep – Ryan Colsey
  • 04/05/18 – Graduation Ceremony – Whyalla Campus
  • 07/05/18 – Pridham Hall Official Opening
  • 08//05/18 – UniTopia City West Campus
  • 10/05/18 – Catch up with Brendan Hughes (SEU) and Daniel Randell (USASA GM)
  • 10/05/18 – UniSA Consent Training – Communications Plan Meeting
  • 11/05/18 – Graduation Ceremony – Mount Gambier Campus
  • 15/05/18 – Policy Review Steering Group Meeting
  • 18/05/18 – ITMS School Board Meeting
  • 21/05/18 – University Council – Governance and Legislation Committee Meeting
  • 21/05/18 – USASA Meeting with Sharon Lockwood – Counsellor and Training Coordinator (Sexual Assault and Harassment)
  • 21/05/18 – Clubs Budget Planning Brainstorm Meeting
  • 21/05/18 – Interview with ABC
  • 21/05/18 – Meeting with Daniel Randell (USASA GM)
  • 22/05/18 – Clubs Committee Meeting
  • 22/05/18 – USASA Finance Committee Meeting
  • 22/05/18 – USASA Board Meeting
  • 23/05/18 – Meeting with Tom Steer and Barbara Parker to discuss UniSA Online
  • 23/05/18 – Meeting with Laura-Anne Bull (PVC: Student Engagement & Equity), Daniel Randell (USASA GM) and Ryan Colsey (Magill Rep) to discuss Student Feedback Process
  • 24/05/18 – Meeting with Daniel Randell (USASA GM)
  • 25/05/18 – Education Committee Meeting
  • 25/05/18 – Academic Board Meeting
  • 29/05/18 – Toastie Tuesdays at Magill Campus
  • 29/05/18 – Campus Tour – Director: Student and Academic Services with Brendan Hughes (SEU)
  • 29/05/18 – Candidate Dinner – Director: Student and Academic Services
  • 30/05/18 – Focus Group: Mapping the Student Journey
  • 30/05/18 – Magill Reconciliation Week Event with Pamela Spek (ATSI Rep)

What I’m up to next month:

  • 01/06/18 – Meeting with Daniel Randell (USASA GM), Nick Anderson (USASA Finance Advisor), and Arthur Siow (USASA Legal Advisor)
  • 05/05/18 – Meeting with Kayla Dickeson (NUS (Dis)abilities Officer)
  • 05/06/18 – Shortlisting – Learning Advisor
  • 05/06/18 – UNITE Workshop – Masterclass: Presence, Pitching and Presenting
  • 08/06/18 – Welfare Committee Meeting
  • 10/06/18 – Sea & Vines Day Trip
  • 12/06/18 – Meeting with Daniel Randell (USASA GM) and Bridget Laffy (Student Rep Support Officer)
  • 13/06/18 – Meeting with Laura-Anne Bull (PVC: Student Engagement & Equity) and Daniel Randell (USASA GM)
  • 13/06/18 – Meeting with Michelle Anderson (Manager: Access and Inclusion, SEU) and Rainbow Club regarding ALLY Network Progress
  • 15/06/18 – Student Engagement Advisory Group Meeting
  • 18/06/18 – Halloween Committee Meeting
  • 19/06/18 – Interviews – Learning Advisor
  • 19/06/18 – USASA Board Meeting
  • 21/06/18 – Policy Review Steering Group Meeting
  • 28/06/18 – University Council Meeting
  • TBA – Clubs Committee Meeting
  • TBA – Finance Committee Meeting
  • TBA – Governance Committee Meeting
  • TBA – Diversity and Equity Committee Meeting

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

 

 

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April/May City East Rep Report – Timothy Pham

G’day mate!

Welcome back to uni! How was your break going? I hope you found some great time going out with friends while catching up with your studies!

April is an exciting month with many activities organising by our familiar USASA clubs. Please come to our website and check it out! It’s important to you keep your uni life in balance by joining these activities if you find time amongst your busy studying schedule. It’s good to have a short break, meet with friends and join some activities. It makes your uni life more colourful! Continue reading

Board Report 3 Pamela :)

Hi everyone this period of time has been every busy and exciting.

Early in the month I was was on a hiring panel for the new Wirringka services manager.

This same day I attended the governance committee and the board meeting. In this board meeting I with the help of president Jordan Mumford presented a board paper to affiliate with UATSIS. Which has passed the first stage of the board. Next is to meet with the finance committee. Continue reading

April/May 2018 – Postgrad Rep Report

ProductivityKillerHi Postgrads!

I hope everyone is having a productive month; or at the very least enjoying some quality procrastination!

My head has been all over the place lately, but only because there’s been a lot going on at USASA!

Thank you to all those who have joined the facebook page and voted on the poll for the postgrad get together – most people liked the idea of a board game and pizza night, so I am in the planning stages now. I am also looking for any volunteers who have a game they would be happy to bring along and teach to people, PM me if you’re up for it.  If all goes well it should be a fun night! Continue reading

April 2018 Magill Board Report: Surabhi Shubhraj

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University is a safe space for learning. Our goal is to excel academically to achieve our professional goals. However I strongly believe that learning can only take place when we are looking after our wellbeing. Lots of love, power and strength to you all.

“Toastie Tuesdays”  was huge success. @ryancmagill and I had a great opportunity to connect with many students on Magill campus. Reflecting back on our interactions with 40 students we learnt that Magill campus is quite because a lot of students are juggling between work, university and personal lives. It is a constant run to meet strict time lines. I wish for us to create a community to proved each other with unconditional love, acceptance and support to thrive. Continue reading

City West – April 2018 Report – Bridget

Hey guys!

So… it’s mid-may. Most of us are probably frantically trying to get some major assignments done, as we near the time for our exams. For business school, it’s our last week next week for study period 2.. which means it’s almost time to start our new subjects!

April has been a busy month. I will speak about some of the highlights below. Continue reading

April 2018 City West Rep report- Qihua (Zelda) Zheng

 

Hey everyone,

April witnessed very warm weather and hopefully you really enjoyed your teaching break and had a bit of relax during that period. It is also very exciting to embrace the official opening of Pridham Hall on 30th April. The fantastic gym and swimming pool are also going to open soon. If you are sports lovers, don’t miss this great opportunity to become a member and speak to UniSA sports, who just locates next to our USASA counter. Continue reading

Mount Gambier – April 2018 Activity Report – Georgina Gogel

Hello! Hello! Hello!

April… What a month… In this time I was able to meet most of my fellow USASA reps, and attend my first USASA meeting! WOOHOO! It was extremely exciting to be present for this meeting, to hear the opinions and matters that everyone had to bring to the table, and to see a snippet of what’s to come when I bring my own discussion points to the table. Continue reading

April City East Board Report

This month there were fair amount of meetings on the agenda.

I attended the finance committee meeting, where we discussed key financial aspects of USASA and how they help in maintaining stability. There was also discussion about the Perpetual funding and how the investment was progressing. Barring few administrative issues the investment is progressing very well and at the next committee meeting we will be able to see the analysis of the investment. Continue reading