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

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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.

August Student News – Whyalla

 

Unitopia was held on Thursday 16th August, 2018 and was attended by a number of students who enjoyed patting the dogs from Story Dogs, performing Yoga and eating some delicious food from Em’s Palate. Thank you to all those who attended and hope it was a well-deserved break from the hectic studies being undertaken at the moment.

All the best to all the students who are completing their placements especially those in their final year, hope all goes well.

Congratulations to everyone involved in getting the new student activity space up and running, ground floor room 1-42, I’m sure this space will be utilised by all students, nice light, nice feel. Well done.

Upcoming events:

Sunday 26th August – Whyalla Uni Open Day

https://unisa.edu.au/Infosessions/Campus-Days/Campus-Days—Whyalla/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI366N46L13AIVVD5gCh2ghgjOEAAYASAAEgLrffD_BwE

Tuesday 28th August – USASA Election Info session, 12pm-1pm, Student Activity Room

Tuesday 4th September – USASA Clubs Info Session and USASA Student President Visit

Monday 10th September – USASA Nominations Open

Friday 21st September – USASA Nominations Close

 

 

Board report July/August

Welcome back from break everyone. I hope you are diving into your studies happily and to all new students welcome.

This past month was very hectic in the beginning but has calmed down since.

The month started out with my self attending the National Indigenous Student conference. The conference was amazing and the report will be available for you guys to read in my next board report.

I also attended the Welfare committee, met with Ethan Taylor the president of UATSIS to discuss how USASA can help the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community from students to staff and community. Lastly I attended a meeting to better the process of academic review for students.

I also attended a formal inquiry.

Coming up in the next week is the board meeting, committee and attending a blue stockings dinner for women in higher education, also meeting with Jordan Mumford, and Daniel with Ethan to continue the discussion with Ethan.

Pam over and out. 🙂

Postgrad Rep Report July

Highlights

Image result for data collection comic I am up near Clare this week, running my research project at a small regional school. Data collection is always exhausting, particularly out in the field, but it’s a really lovely little community, and it’s nice to finally have a lot of participants after months of struggling to recruit any! I hope everyone else’s research or coursework is going well too.

You might be aware that next Thursday is the UniSA 3 Minute Thesis Final. ‘3MT’ is a competition where PhD students communicate their research to a non-academic audience in under three minutes, using only a single slide. Myself and 7 other students will be competing, and from what I’ve heard so far they all have some very exciting research to tell us about. If you’re interested in watching, you can register for the event here. I’d particularly encourage honours or PhD students who might be thinking about competing next year to come along and get a feel for the event.

We also have a data and time for our Grad Games Night: Thursday 30th of August, 5.30 for the listening session and 6-8 pm for pizza and games! There is a Facebook event on the USASA page, which I’ve shared to the UniSA Postgrads Group, and posters will be going up on Metro campuses soon.

Much of this month has been taken up with meetings and events related to the anniversary of the national report on sexual assault in universities. UniSA is making encouraging progress on this front, but it cannot be said enough that there is much still to be done. This is a long-term issue and we are committed to maintaining momentum and keeping this conversation going into the future. As a part of this, I, Jordan Mumford and Pamela Spek attended a course at Yarrow Place on Recognising and Responding to Disclosures of Rape & Sexual Assault. It was an intense day but a worthwhile experience and one that I would encourage other student leaders to undertake.

I won’t say too much more; hopefully I’ll have a chance to talk (and listen!) to many of you at the games night. See you there!

Activity Report

06/08/18 – Yarrow Place Recognise and Respond Training Day

17/07/18 – USASA Board Meeting

18/07/18 – USASA Strategic Planning Day

18/07/18 – consultation for DE&A survey

23/07/18 – Sexual Assault Prevention Communications Plan Meeting

01/08/18 – NUS National Day of Action – End Sexual Violence in Universities

Upcoming Events

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

City East UG Rep, July report – Sopor Tan

July rolled in, still felt like a beginning – but in a good way of course!

In this past month, I had involved in activities and discussions that had direct impacts on students’ experience and their academic life at UniSA.

As other board members have mentioned, the monthly board meeting and USASA Strategic Planning were two of the many collaborative works between the board members and USASA staffs that revolve around seeking continuous improvements in services for students.

July was also when the mid-year intake commenced. During the orientation week, I got to interact first-hand with new students at the USASA counter as well as being on a Student Panel with other student leaders to talk about our experiences and answer students’ queries. It was a small cohort but we were able to help our new students familiarizing themselves with the university life, available academic and non-academic supports, and other useful resources/services.

Remember the Student Advocacy service I mentioned in my June report? Here in July, I received a further training around policies and procedures relating to the service and my role as a student rep. With this additional knowledge, I was allowed to join a formal discussion with academic staffs and provide my input as a student on a deliberation of decision in academic matters.

Now, that’s a wrap for July.

Uni is well underway which means study loads are lining up; but don’t stress, USASA got your back! Drop by our counters for hot drinks to re-energize, and/or kick back for a bit in our upcoming event like the Chill Vibes!

Mawson Lakes Rep – July

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Hello again everybody,

Welcome back – hope you all enjoyed your well deserved semester break.

The first week of July was a very busy but exciting one for me. Whilst you were most likely enjoying the perks of some much needed relaxation and binge-watching Netflix all day for the first week of holidays, I had the privilege of attending this years NUS Education Conference hosted at Flinders university here in SA. Students from Queensland, NSW, Victoria, and Western Australia all flew over to enjoy 5 days of workshops, seminars, and discussions (some a little more rowdy than others) but overall it was a great week socialising with other university representatives to share opinions and ideas to ultimately greater the student experience and environment for everyone. After 6 full on days at conference I finally got to enjoy some of my uni break and jumped on a flight to Darwin – where funnily enough I was sitting in the same row as Magill Rep, Ryan Colsey.

Since being back in Adelaide I have continued to attend the usual array of academic inquiries, academic board meeting, welfare/education/ and finance committee meetings, as well as UniTopia SP5 planning committee meetings to bring you all another fun and enjoyable day of uni.

On the Wednesday of Wk 3 SP5 I hosted Mawson Lakes first ‘Hungry Hump Day’ providing free toasties in the Hive from 9:30 am until sold out – and although this activation was technically August not July it is still something I am very excited about doing every week for the rest of the semester.

Until next month, stay safe – look after yourself and your friends and feel free to get in contact with me with any suggestions/concerns/complaints at anytime and i’ll be more than happy to address them the best I can.

dixgl001@mymail.unisa.edu.au

Kindest Regards,

Grace Dixon




 

City East UG Rep, June report – Sopor Tan

Hi everyone!

In case you’re wondering, I’d like to confirm that, yes, you’re reading right — this is an update from your 2018 City East Undergrad Rep.

Before going into nitty-gritty bits of this month report, I’d like to firstly thanks City Easters for allowing me an opportunity to represent undergrads of our campus. I’m delighted to be serving as the City East Undergrad Rep for the remaining half of this academic year.

Being freshly inducted to the role midyear, June was surely a surprising, exciting, and rewarding month for me. Thankfully, USASA staffs and other board members have been a great help in getting me up to speed with the board’s activities.

Within the past month, asides from picking up a baton of role and duty, I had attended an Education Committee meeting, our monthly board meeting, and Academic Board meeting. Some highlights from these meetings were presentations from Student Advocacy and Student Ombud services. I’d like to share these with you as a reminder of their existing supports. It is worth-noting though, that, despite their seemingly similar purpose, there are differences between the two services. Therefore, I encourage you to visit the following links shall you wish to find out more about the service:

Student Advocacy: https://usasa.sa.edu.au/advocacy
Student Ombud: http://i.unisa.edu.au/students/ombud/

Alternatively, you can reach out to us and we will help to put you through to them.

On another note, I’d like to finish off with a brief notice that the news around a merging of our university with the University of Adelaide also came to our attention. We will be out to hear your thoughts on this matter in the near future.

In the meantime, I’d really love to hear from you regarding any ideas and issues you’d like to address; so please feel free to send them along to me at tanpy045@mymail.unisa.edu.au.

 

City West – July 2018 Report – Bridget

Semester 2 Begins! (Well…. study period 5!)

Hi everyone,

Congratulations on surviving through to study period 5! Hope everyone feels rested after their winter breaks, ready to face the last study period of the year.

In July, although being on holidays, I was able to achieve a few things as a rep.

The most notable event of July for me, was attending the 2018 NUS Education Conference hosted at Flinders University. The conference is designed for student representatives, and is attended by representatives from all over Australia. The event ran from 2 July to 5 July, involving four jam-packed days of discussion and presentation.

Education Conference was a great event that allowed me to learn from student leaders from across Australia, enabling me to see a diverse perspective on our different experiences, opportunities, and issues. We had a range of presentations from both students and outside presenters, with a range of backgrounds, experiences, and opinions on different topics – which allowed me to see the different sides of the story that students face.

Over the four days, I was blown away with the number of workshops but also the variety of discussions that ultimately affect students in someway, shape or form. I feel as though I could never write a list including so many issues that affect the student experience – but really, there are many things to consider and experience as a university student. Some of the topics I attended included talks on homelessness, student welfare, Newstart allowances, unionism, indigenous rights and reform, sustainable activism, mental health awareness, the HECS system, negotiation and experiences from regional students and campuses.

Overall, I felt that NUS Education Conference 2018 was a valuable experience, allowing me to create networks and friendships with other students across Australia. It has enabled me to broaden my perspective, and to consider the various opportunities and challenges faced by University students currently. I would highly recommend this conference to any upcoming student representatives, or students who are interested in making a difference in their University.

As usual, I also attended July’s board meeting and the Governance committee meeting. A lot of discussions surrounding the merger, sexual harassment awareness and ‘hazing’ issue were discussed.

As most of you are probably aware, both University of South Australia and University of Adelaide are in the middle of discussing a possible merger of the two universities. Please be mindful that this is a discussion, and that no decision has been made as of yet. In saying that, we would really love to hear your feedback about the merger, and want as many students to participate in the process as possible. At City West, we will be having feedback sessions on Tuesday 28 August, between 11 am to 2pm outside the Jeffrey Smart building. Would be great to see you there!
The discussion paper can be accessed here: newuniversity.nousgroup.com.au/discussion-paper-1
Please look out for a survey that will be distributed 20 August

For now, that’s all. Please contact me if you want to chat or have any questions. My email is barba006@mymail.unisa.edu.au

 

Next Month:

21 August
Unite Workshop – Conflict Management and Effective Feedback
Governance Committee Meeting
USASA Board Meeting

28 August
Merger Feedback Session City West

Mount Gambier – July 2018 Activity Report – Georgina Gogel

Ummm so what happened to July? Obviously it was the mid-semester break for those lucky enough to have SP4 off, but who really ever has a break when studying at university?

At the beginning of July I was fortunate enough to score myself a mini holiday to Alice Springs to visit family, but that’s a story for another day!

Back into business… I attended the USASA Board Meeting on the 17th July, and was able to officially meet the Whyalla Rep Kemal! While in Adelaide, we spent time developing our team relationships during a Strategic Planning Meeting – but to also come up with a VISION and a MISSION for USASA. Trust me when I saw HUNDREDS of great ideas were thrown around the room that day.

The next day, Thursday 19th July, was mid-year orientation for students at the Mount Gambier campus. Only a small group, but a lot of knowledge and excitement filled the room with a lot of potential!

Tuesday 24th saw students swarm the piazza for  a “Welcome back to Uni” BBQ, leaving the university smelling like a weekend at Bunnings thanks to their famous sausage sizzle!

Students were happy to see Friday come, and made their way to Jens Hotel for a drink, some nibbles and a chat about how their studies were going so far for the semester. We were also able to play some pool, and watch those competitive sides come out!

Although this report is short, the month was filled with a lot of laughs and a few snorts! See you next time!

As always, any questions or concerns, shoot them my way – goggp001@mymail.unisa.edu.au

Upcoming Activities:

3rd August – Coco Movie Night

5th August – UniSA Mount Gambier Open Day

8th August – USASA Clubs Visit at UniSA Mount Gambier

14th August – Meeting with Student Ombud – Franco

21st August – USASA Board Meeting

23rd August – Meeting with Jordan – Merger of UniSA and UoA

25th August – UniBar at Jens

28th August – USASA Diversity, Equity and Access Committee Meeting