September-October Board report

Hi everyone,

This last month woo what a month. I hope everyone had a lovely break and finding their uni work productive.

Diversity, equity and accessibility committee was great. Having a nice talk about the new USASA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander strategy was amazing and getting started with that is  one of the best feelings.

I was very pleased to sit in my first Education Committee. This committee is so amazing with all the work that they do I wish I could have been sitting in this committee from the beginning.

Academic board. Was great this month and the presentation given by Irene Watson on the newly Launched Reconciliation Action Plan was just truly invigorating. A copy of the RAP can be found here. http://www.unisa.edu.au/PageFiles/6948/UniSA-Stretch-RAP-2018.PDF

To round off the month I attended, two academic integrity meetings, one academic appeal committee initial meeting and lastly This Friday the USASA clubs award night is happening and I am pumped.

 

 

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Mawson Lakes Rep – September

Hello again everybody,

Hope you all enjoyed your  mid-semester break. Once again I was jumping between states throughout September. 

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.

September:

  • 4th – Academic Review Pre-liminary (Mawson Lakes)
  • 11th – Formal Inquiry (City West)
  • 12th – UniTopia SP5 Committee Meeting
  • 18th – Finance Committee Meeting
  • 18th – USASA Board Meeting
  • 19th – Academic Review Interviews (Mawson Lakes)
  • 21st – USASA Board Meeting with PRV David Lloyd (Via – Phone)
  • 28th – USASA Education Committee Meeting
  • 28th – ACADEMIC BOARD Meeting (City West)

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Coming up in October so far:

  • 2nd – UniTopia Volunteer Brief and Care Package
  • 5th – Toastie Activation (Mawson Lakes)
  • 9th – Academic Review Panel (Mawson Lakes)
  • 9th – Finance Committee Meeting
  • 10th/11th – Academic Integrity Inquiries (Mawson Lakes)
  • 12th – Clubs Awards Night
  • 16th – MAWSON LAKES UNITOPIA
  • 16th – USASA Board Meeting
  • 18th – USASA President Candidate Q&A Session (City West)

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 West – September 2018 Report – Bridget

Hello world,

I can’t believe it is October, and therefore time for a September board report!

September has been a busy month study wise, as many other business school students can confirm. I hope everyone had a productive study break, with time to finish assignments but also to take some much needed time off to spend with friends & family, or even just with Netflix and some ice-cream.

This month USASA-wise I attended the board meeting on the 18th where we spoke about USASA’s strategic plan. We also reviewed the university merger process, and specifically focusing on the feedback we received from students about their current thoughts and feelings. Next steps, with both the merger and the strategic plan were discussed by the board, reflecting on what students need USASA to be in a time of change.

Next month I hope to meet again with the Board and the Committees to discuss what we can achieve in the last few months of the university year. With a new City West rep to work with, I hope to be able to interact with more students on campus as we near the end of the year.

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:

USASA board meeting
Governance Committee Meeting
TBA – Unite Workshop

SEPTEMBER BOARD REPORT MAGILL: RYAN C

 

Wake me up when September ends!

Greetings reader, if you’ve had a great September that at least makes one of us. I haven’t had a great one due to a bit of illness I’ve been battling, but I’ll be back up and running again before you can say don’t close Magill Jack Robinson.

When I wasn’t coughing up blood and getting heckled by Bogans at the footy in Perth I continued to do my best to contribute to the USASA cause in a number of ways.

Firstly, after a number of students had raised the issue with me I got in contact with Damian from FM Assist to raise the possibility of leaving the Magill Campus B/C building upstairs corridors open afterhours. Previously these had been close off after 7pm resulting in students having to exit the building and walk alone in the cold by themselves late at night to get access to the Computer Labs from the Library. I asked that for reasons of safety and convenience that the corridors be kept open and I am pleased to report that this has now been granted. Yay!

Secondly, I can also confirm that USASA will be phasing out its use of polystyrene cups in favour of bi-degradable ones effective immediately. This came as a direct result of a student putting a suggestion in the Suggestion Box at the Magill Counters which I then took to Welfare Committee. After Daniel (GM) looked into the financial side of it, it was given the green light and the Student Board approved the recommendations. I would like to give a big thank you to the student who raised this as well as Daniel and Grace (Welfare Committee convener). Yay for the environment!

Thirdly I wrote a letter to the PVC for Student Engagement and Equity Dr Laura-Anne Bull on behalf of the Education Committee regarding the committee’s review into the MyCourseExperience forms at UniSA. This letter included four recommendations regarding ways the committee felt the MyCourseExperience could be improved. Dr Bull met with Provost and Chief Academic Officer Professor Allan Evans to discuss these recommendations with him and we will hear back from the University regarding our recommendations next month when the Academic Strategy Group meets. I am quietly optimistic about a positive outcome for students here.

Speaking of Education Committee, we met this month as usual and it went well. Daniel did a presentation to the committee on the role of the Education Committee in USASA’s new strategic plan for 2018-2021. I am very pleased to hear that the committee will have an expanded role and more resources directed to it in future years, hopefully making next year’s Education Committee conveners’ job a lot easier.

In addition to these activities I also sat on a Formal Inquiry in School of Management as well as Academic Reviews in the Division of EASS.

Finally I would like to welcome Tom Gilchrist aboard as the new Magill Student Undergrad Rep who will sit on the board for the remainder of this year as Surabhi’s replacement.

PS: Goodwork to those who did City to Bay with UniSA Sport. Hopefully next year we can get a USASA team running in it, something Welfare Committee had hoped to do this year.

 

What I did this month?

September 16 –UniSA Sport City to Bay (initially something USASA hoped to do as a group)
September 17 –Division of EASS Academic Reviews
September 18 –USASA Board Meeting
September 19 –USASA Events Brainstorming for 2019
September 19 –School of Management Formal Inquiry
September 26 –Clubs Committee Meeting (phone-in)
September 28 –Convened Education Committee Meeting
September 28 –Academic Board Meeting

Mawson Lakes Rep – August

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August was another productive month for me behind the scenes.

Hungry Humpday toasties activation at Mawson Lakes has continued throughout the month with the help of fellow Mawson Lakes rep Sneha and USASA pres Jordan – continuously running out so continue to look at for us every Wednesday in the Hive and get in quick!

On the eighth of August following the very first toastie activation I managed to catch the last part of Mawson’s Student Connect meeting with special guest – facility manager Justin Faggotter who had the opportunity to hear students concerns and ideas for around campus directly.

The rest of the month consisted of a mixture of academic integrity meetings, committee meetings, one on one catch-ups with Head of Engineering School – Duncan Campbell and Mawson Facility Manager – Justin , two trips interstate, and a case of the winter cold.

8th Aug – First Hungry Humpday Toastie Activation (Mawson Lakes)

8th Aug – Student Connect Meeting (Mawson Lakes)

10th Aug – Academic Integrity Inquiry (City West)

10th Aug – Welfare Committee Meeting (City West)

15th Aug – Humpday Toastie Activation (Mawson Lakes)

15th Aug – One on one catch-up with Justin Faggotter (Mawson Lakes)

15th Aug – One on one catch-up with Duncan Campbell (Mawson Lakes)

21st Aug – Finance Committee (City West)

21st Aug – USASA Board Meeting (City West)

22nd Aug – MLK Advisory Group (Interstate)

Thanks for checking out a very quick summary of last month’s greatest moments!

Any questions, concerns or banter –> dixgl001@mymail.unisa.edu.au

Upcoming Activities:

4th Sept – Academic Review Preliminary Meeting (Mawson Lakes)

11th Sept – Formal Inquiry (City West)

12th Sept – Hungry Humpday Activation (Mawson Lakes)

12th Sept – Student Connect Meeting (Mawson Lakes)

18th Sept – USASA Board Meeting

19th Sept – Academic Review Interview Meeting

24th Sept – Academic Inquiry (Mawson Lakes)

26th Sept – UniTopia SP5 Committee Meeting

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

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

July Board Report Magill: Ryan C

Happy July all and welcome to uni for another semester!

After a two week interstate holiday at the start of the month it was  back to work for me at our monthly board meeting on July 17. It was a productive meeting as always.

The following day USASA had a planning meeting involving both Board and Staff in order to develop our Strategic Plan for the next three years. Everyone at the planning meeting contributed towards our new plan and I can guarantee anyone reading this that the organization will be in a strong position for at least the next three years.

On a personal note, this semester I will not be able to be on campus everyday like I was able to in SP2 due to the fact that I am undertaking cross-institutional study at Flinders University.

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Hey, don’t give me that look

So far only seven people have told me I should resign as Magill Rep for being a traitor, which I’m assuming means the other 7.4 billion people in the world think I’m doing awesome. For the record I still do have two classes at Magill this semester anyway, so those seven people need to calm their farm.

I will still be present at Magill Campus three and a half days a week and intend to do my best during the times I am at Magill. The only real difference is there may not be as many Toastie Tuesday’s this semester and/or they may have to be shifted to a different day.

Anyway, back on topic I was able to volunteer during O-Week at Magill at the counter to introduce myself to new students and add to USASA’s presence at Magill.

The next week (week 1) was a busy week for me USASA wise.

On Wednesday we held the Clubs Committee (CCOM) meeting at Magill. Prior to the meeting I reached out to several of the clubs at Magill to see if we could do more to support them. I had mixed responses from the clubs, but was fortunate to be able to meet with the executives from the UniCast Radio Club, as well as invite the Psychology Club President to attend the CCOM.

The next day I sat on the Magill Campus Advisory Group, which is comprised of members from FM, Security, OH&S, a few heads of school etc. I am very thankful to Damian for allowing me to sit at this meeting and raise a concern I had about the Student Hub bins being too tall for students in wheelchairs to reach. I am pleased to announce that they are now in the process of rectifying this.

Finally onto the matter that has been receiving the most attention: the merger. At the Education Committee meeting on Friday we ran a focus group to ask students their thoughts on the possible merger between the Isotopes UniSA and Albuquerque the University of Adelaide. All of the discussion raised by the students was incredibly helpful and exceeded our expectations. Several points raised were things that neither myself, Jordan or Daniel had even considered but added to our collation of data.

I would also like to thank Dr Laura-Anne Bull for being at this meeting also to take on our suggestions for the My Course Evaluation as well as dispel some of the myths that had been spread regarding it.

Other than that, ta ta and farewell, and enjoy the semester!

 

PS: I’m hoping to write something in the Verse Magazine for the next edition (if they accept it) so keep an eye out for that.

 

 

My Activities This Month:

July 17 USASA Board Meeting

July 18 USASA Strategic Planning Meeting

July 18 USASA O-Week at Magill

July 25 Meeting with Co-Rep

July 25 Connection meeting with UniCast radio club based at Magill

July 25 USASA Clubs Committee Meeting

July 26 Magill Campus Advisory Group

July 27 USASA Education Committee meeting

July 27 Academic Board Pre-Meeting

July 27 Academic Board Meeting