As this is the end of my term on the USASA Board I would like to give a summary of what I have done as a Magill Student Rep in the last two years.
From a personal level I was proud to have achieved the following during my time as a Magill Student Rep:
- Kept Brekky Bar alive on a voluntary basis in SP5 2017 along with Carey Moore (Magill Rep 2017)
- Came up with the concept of a free mid-morning food option once a fortnight called Toastie Tuesday’s. Myself and my co-rep Surabhi ran this in SP2 2018 and sold-out each time.
- Successfully recommended Facilities Management keep the B and C building level 2 corridors open 24/7 to ensure students did not have to keep exiting in and out of the buildings late at night to go between the C2 computer labs and the library.
- Spoke to Facilities Management to get them to agree to change the bin heights so that it would be accessible for wheelchair bound students to reach the bins to put their rubbish in
- Got UniCast Student Radio back on the Magill airwaves
- Successfully lobbied for plastic cups behind the USASA counters phased out for more ecofriendly alternatives
- Promoted the UniSA Magill Network Facebook Group (of which I was an admin) and encouraged clubs and individuals to post on the page promoting their ideas and events. One of the ways this was promoted was by a free BBQ.
As well as being a Student Representative for Magill I was also fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to found and convene a sub-committee of USASA known as the Education Committee. This committee identified student academic leaders across many different schools at the University and sought work as a team to identify and recommend areas that could use improvement. Our tasks done include:
- Collated 11 pages of student submissions to the University regarding the abrupt discontinuation of the International Relations program
- Fought for IR students’ rights and ensured that students affected by their degree change would receive a financial stipend so they would not be financially disadvantaged by having to take courses that were at a higher band level than the ones they were replacing
- Conducted focus groups into the possible merger of UniSA and Adelaide Uni with information then passed on to the University
- Reviewed the MyCourseExperience forms that students use to relay feedback on the courses they partake in and tutors they have. Our review recommended four areas of improvement that could occur, with the suggestions passed onto the PVC for Student Equity and Engagement. Our recommendations were accepted and the University has ordered a review into it.
- Advocated for an expansion of the Academic Student Representative Program in the Division of EASS to be replicated across all Divisions at UniSA
Outside of these tasks and achievements I managed to keep myself pretty busy between April 2017 and December 2018. To see exactly how busy I was, below are all the meetings and events I’ve been involved in during my time as a Rep on the USASA Student Board.
- 31 Sub-Committee Meetings (including 14 Clubs Committee meetings and 13 Education Committee meetings)
- 19 Meetings with USASA Staff including event planning
- 18 USASA Board Meetings
- 12 Academic Board Meetings (all consecutive)
- 11 Preclusion Meetings
- 10 Campus Activations
- 10 USASA Events Volunteered at (including 5 Unitopia’s)
- 9 Meetings with University Staff (including 3 Campus Advisory Group Meetings)
- 7 Formal Meetings with USASA Presidents
- 5 Formal Inquiries
- 4 times volunteering behind the USASA Counters
- 2 USASA Rep Handover Meetings
- 2 School Board Meetings
- 1 Position Piece drafted for the EASS ASR Program
2017 USASA Halloween Party with former Magill Rep Chris Ghan