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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.