September 2017 – Mawson Lakes Rep

Hi everyone,

I hope you’ve all had a great break from study, and are enthusiastic about seeing out the rest of the year. Throughout the month of September, USASA has been focused on several projects. I’ve been involved in discussions around the future of Brekky Bar, as well as the establishment of an emergency grants scheme. I will hopefully have more to say on these developments in the coming months.


Now onto what I’ve been up this month:

AHRC Survey Forum –
On the 5th of September, I attended the Responding to the Australian Human Rights Commission Survey Report Forum, which featured USASA President Kayla Dickeson, Vice Chancellor David Lloyd, Founder of EROC Australia Sharna Bremmer, Yarrow Place Representative Sophie, as well as Manager of Counselling at UniSA Narelle Lietschke. It was a great discussion, and while the University has committed to accepting the recommendations of the report in full, there is much more work to do in space.

Student Housing Survey – 
As part of a nation-wide project, the National Union of Students (NUS) and Anglicare Australia are trying to learn more about student housing and rental affordability. On the 7th of September, I, as well as Kayla Dickeson, and NUS Welfare Officer – Jill Molloy, spoke to students about the housing survey and encouraged them to participate. If you’d like to get involved you can complete the survey here.
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Other things I’ve been up to:

  • Brekky Bar – 30/08/17
  • USASA Board Meeting 04/09/17
  • Welfare Committee Meeting – 28/09/17

Things I’ve got planned for next month:

  • Brekky Bar – 04/10/17
  • USASA Board Meeting – 09/10/17
  • UniTopia City West – 10/10/17
  • Brekky Bar – 11/10/17
  • UniTopia Mawson Lakes – 17/10/17
  • Brekky Bar – 18/10/17
  • Academic Review Meeting – 20/10/17
  • Academic Board Meeting – 27/10/17
  • Welfare Committee Meeting – TBA
  • Club Committee Meeting – TBA

That’s all for now, if you see me on campus then come and say hey! In the meantime if you have any issues or concerns feel free to send me an email on mumjp001@mymail.unisa.edu

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August 2017 – Mawson Lakes Rep

Hi everyone,

This month has been extremely busy for me, with assignments and tests of my own, as well as USASA activities. I’m sure you’ve all been busy as the workload for the semester picks up, so I wish you the best in all of your assessments.

Earlier this month, The Australian Human Rights Commission released their report into sexual harassment and assault at Australian Universities. You can read USASA’s press release in response to these results here. If you are feeling distressed about the Australian Human Rights Commission report you can contact the National Hotline on 1800 572 224 for specialised trauma counselling. UniSA students can also book an appointment at UniSA Counselling here.

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July 2017 – Mawson Lakes Rep

Hi everyone,

I hope you’ve all had a great break and are keen to jump right back in to the second-half of the study year. For those of you just beginning university, welcome. It was great to meet so many of you at the O-Week events and let you all know the importance of USASA. If there’s anything I can do for you please don’t hesitate to get in contact.


Now onto what I’ve been up to this month:

NUS Education Conference – 

From the 3rd to the 7th of July, I attended the 2017 Education Conference, hosted at the University of Queensland. The conference featured workshops, panels of guest speakers, presentations, as well as plenty of opportunity to discuss student issues with other elected student representatives from across Australia.

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I hosted a workshop titled ‘Protecting the Rights of Students in the Workplace’, alongside the NUS Welfare Officer – Jill Molloy. We discussed issues students are facing in the workplace, such as the exploitation of international students, the PaTH program, wage theft, and the impact of the cuts to penalty rates. It was a productive workshop, and was a great opportunity for students to canvas their ideas on what can be done to address these issues.

I also attended a panel titled ‘The Future of Education Funding and Legislation’, which featured former Deputy Prime Minister of Australia and former Treasurer of Australia – Wayne Swan, as well as NSW Senator – Lee Rhiannon, and the then Senator for Queensland – Larissa Waters. I had the chance to ask the panel what their parties would be doing to reform Australia’s Industrial Relations laws to ensure student workers are protected from the rampant wage theft which has seen many students being paid less than the minimum wage.

For the remainder of the week I attended a number of great workshops, where student representatives from across the country discussed how we can improve student advocacy services, how to better engage with international students, how we can improve on-campus mental health services, and how the introduction of HECS has led to a fairer, more accessible higher education sector.


Brekky Bar – 

Last October during USASA Board elections, I spoke to many students that had been promised free Brekky Bar, and were disappointed that the only change to the price of Brekky Bar had been an increase in cost. I made the commitment that during my board term, I would push for Brekky Bar to be a free service for students.

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I’m excited that this month I was able to finally bring a free Brekky Bar to the students of Mawson Lakes, and I will be volunteering to provide this service for the remainder of the year. It was great to see so many of you on the morning of Wednesday 26th of July, where I was joined by International Representative Luke Le. The Welfare Committee is currently exploring how we can improve Brekky Bar in 2018, and if you’d like your voice heard you can fill out our survey here.


Other things I’ve been up to:

  • Mawson Lakes Master Plan Meeting – 30/06/17
  • USASA Board Meeting – 10/07/17
  • Clubs Committee Meeting – 11/07/17
  • Welfare Committee Meeting – 13/07/17 (Apology due to sickness)
  • Brekky Bar Planning with Kayla Dickeson – 14/07/17
  • USASA O-Week & Campus Tours – Mawson Lakes – 18/07/17
  • Mawson Lakes SSAF Event – 27/07/17

What I’ve got planned for next month:

  • Clubs Committee Meeting – 01/08/17
  • Brekkie Bar – 02/08/17
  • USASA Board Meeting – 07/08/17
  • Brekkie Bar – 09/08/17
  • School of Commerce Formal Enquiry – 09/08/17
  • Brekkie Bar – 16/08/17
  • Brekkie Bar – 23/08/17
  • Brekkie Bar – 30/08/17
  • Welfare Committee Meeting – TBA
  • Student Catch-ups with Jivan Jothi – TBA
  • Meeting with Zoe Zweck and Delene Webber – TBA

That’s all for now, if you see me on campus then come and say hey! In the meantime if you have any issues or concerns feel free to send me an email on mumjp001@mymail.unisa.edu

June 2017 – Mawson Lakes Rep

Hi everyone!

I hope you’ve all had a successful exam period, and I wish everyone well now that results have started rolling out. If you have any issues or concerns with your final grades, are unsure of university policy, or would like an assignment re-marked, then you can contact USASA’s Advocacy Team here, who are experts in academic policies and procedures, and can provide you with free and confidential advice.

This month has seen the resignation of both Diana Wong, as well as Izik Nehow. I wish them both the best with their future studies and thank them their contributions to USASA. I welcome the new International Student Representative – Luke Le, as well as the new Mawson Lakes Representative – Jivan Jothi, both of whom I look forward to working with throughout the remainder of the year.


 

Now onto what I’ve been up to this month:

SSAF Stall (Mawson Lakes) –

On Tuesday the 6th of June, I had the chance to get on campus and talk to Mawson Lakes students about SSAF, and to hear all of your great ideas about how you’d like it spent. It was slightly disappointing that as usual, I was the only Mawson Lakes Representative in attendance, but it was great to be joined by USASA President Kayla Dickeson. Many students engaged in the discussions about SSAF, and several students have consequently contacted me about their ideas. If you’d like to further contribute to this discussion, I’ll be back on campus on the 27th of July, and I look forward to seeing as many of you there as possible.

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These students would like to see SSAF go towards healthy food options, as well as donuts and pizza. ¿por qué no los dos?

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May 2017 – Mawson Lakes Rep

Hi everyone!

I hope you’ve all been keeping up with university after the study break, and I wish everyone the best of luck over this hectic exam period. This month has been particularly busy for me, with study commitments of my own, however I have still endeavoured to work my hardest for the students of Mawson Lakes. It’s been great speaking to so many of you this month, and I look forward to continuing to hear all of your ideas to make our campus a better place. Some great news from this month is that our very own Verse Magazine won the “Best Student Publication” at the 2017 TAG Campuslink awards in Canberra, congratulations to the Verse team, what a great achievement!


Now on to what I’ve been up to this month:

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April 2017 – Mawson Lakes Rep

Hi everyone!

I hope you’ve all had a great mid-semester break, and are looking forward to smashing out the rest of this semester. I’d like to start by taking a moment to congratulate Ryan Colsey, the new Magill Student Representative, I look forward to working with him throughout the remainder of the year. For those of you who worked on the public holidays over the Easter break, spending time away from your family and friends, thank you. You deserve your penalty rates, and I know first-hand the importance of penalty rates for students at UniSA. This month, the National Union of Students Welfare Department has launched its #ISupportPenaltyRates photo campaign, which I’ll be bringing to Mawson Lakes during upcoming student catch-ups.

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February 2017 – Mawson Lakes Rep

Hi everyone!

How good was O-Week? All of the USASA staff, volunteers, and student representatives did a fantastic job, and it was a great opportunity to meet so many of you! The 2017 diaries we were handing out all week are jam-packed with useful information which will help you throughout the year, so if you didn’t pick one up then I suggest you grab one from your USASA Campus Counter.

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January 2017 – Mawson Lakes Rep

Hi everyone, I hope you all have had a relaxing study break and are ready for everything 2017 brings! I’m looking forward to working hard to improve your university experience this year.

I had the privilege of representing UniSA at the 2016 National Union of Students National Conference, where we discussed and passed plenty of substantive, student-focused policies. I’m particularly proud of the ‘Your Rights at Work, Uni, & Home’ campaign being run by the Welfare Department. I look forward to discussing the importance of the NUS with students this year, and how important our continued affiliation is.

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