November Board Report

Hi Everyone!

This month has been a quiet one as we’ve all been busy with exams. I hope you’ve all had a successful exam period and good luck with all your results! Enjoy the well deserved break!

I attended the finance committee meeting where we finalised our discussion for a new investment plan which will be beneficial for USASA and hence students over the next few years. At the welfare committee meeting we discussed brekky bar and emergency grants program which we’re still currently researching and hopefully the new board members of 2018 will kick off next year. Continue reading


November International Student Rep Report

Hi everyone,

That’s it for this year for most of us. I am sure you all get HDs for your exams. As much busy as you all were, I managed to discuss with Council of International Students Australia their upcoming plans for next year. Coming toward the end of my term, I have included all of my recommendations and ideas for further improvement of life quality for international students here in South Australia into the handover document for your next representative. I hope we can share some of our view.

It has been an amazing journey working for USASA and representing students of our University. Many mistakes made, many lessons learnt. I hope USASA will keep growing and make much more positive influence over the students’ lives here in South Australia.

Wherever you go, whatever you do at our University, USASA will always be there for you. I wish you all a great summer holidays and best of luck with your future endeavours.

Kind regards,

Luke Le

November Board Report for Magill –Ryan Colsey

Hi All


In my last board report I wrote how October had been the busiest month I’d had since being on the USASA Board. This month topped that.

The big focus this month was the USASA submission into changes relating to the Disciplinary Clusters project in the School of CIL. To put that into English, the School of Communication, International Studies and Languages undertook a review of the school Continue reading

City East November Report

Hello everyone!

This month was very busy owing to my exam period. I hope all your exams went well and are looking forward to your well deserved break.

I attended the board meeting on November 6th, the main point of discussion was about approval a new financial investment plan, which will exist to serve the students over the coming years. The another important take away from the board meeting was the fact that we approved a handover policy, which means that the incoming reps will have the required support they need to get firing on all cylinders. Continue reading

November 2017 – Whyalla Student News

That’s a wrap, SP5 finished and now the anxious wait for results, I can’t believe how quickly the year has gone. I really hope everyone is successful and takes a well-earned break ready to do it all again next year, congratulations to those who have finished their studies, you can be really proud of your achievements.

Huge congrats to young mum-of-two, Hayley, who has become our first Aboriginal student to complete the Aboriginal Pathway Program, supporting students with no previous qualifications for university study. Hayley will transition into a Bachelor of Social Work in 2018.

Thank you to all those who came out on Saturday 25th November to farewell our year, great to see the children have fun and get to see the dolphins up close, something Whyalla should be proud of, people pay big money to have that experience, and we have it on our doorstep. Continue being awesome and making our uni experience great, after all no one else will make it awesome but us.

Having studied education for the past three years and learning how we should treat students, I feel the university have some work to do, the ability to make a difference to each student, never giving up on any student, ensuring care and guidance is given addressing individual needs, these are the qualities of teaching and I really hope the University can articulate and act upon their educational philosophy to align with other great University institutions such as Melbourne University and the National Institute of Education in Singapore.

Have a lovely break and see you in the new year.


November President’s Report

Hey all! I hope everyone is fairing well with exams, final assessments and end of year events. Firstly, as we’re nearing the end of the year, I’d just like to say what a privilege it has been to be your 2017 USASA President! It’s been amazing to meet so many of you this year and to see your passion for our student community. Thank you to the USASA Board for a fantastic year and I wish everyone in the new 2018 Board the absolute best.

During November I have been focused on putting together all of my final reports and submissions to hand over to the incoming Board, as well as to the University. I have also been preparing for the Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency (TEQSA) Conference and National Union of Students’ National Conference. I have also handed down submissions to the University on the International Relations changes in collaboration with students, staff and the NTEU; as well as presenting on and preparing a final report on student representation at UniSA.

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November Postgrad Report

Hi postgrads!

This has been a month of wrapping up my current projects and preparing everything for next year. I have been in contact with 2018’s elected postgraduate representative, Kate Riggall, and I know that she is going to work really hard at supporting you all next year!

The handover policy and procedures that I submitted to the USASA board were accepted, and so this month every committee and student representative will be preparing a handover document for next year’s committee/representatives. This is something that I’m really proud of, as I hope it will help USASA successfully implement more long term projects, and allow reps to “pass the torch” to their successors. I’ve included heaps of information in my handover so I hope that Kate can get off to a running start in her term.

Thank you to every student who voted in 2016 to elect me to this position. It’s something I have taken very seriously and I have worked really hard to enact change and support students during my term.

Good luck to everyone with their ongoing postgraduate studies and congratulations to those who will be finishing/submitting this year.

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October Activity Report

Hi Everyone,

I hope everything is going well with your studies. It has been great to see an incline of students around all different campuses. It’s fantastic to see Aboriginal and Torres Islander students coming into the student units across the campuses I have visited recently; City West, Mawson Lakes & my home campus City East.

You can physically see the encouragement and effort given to all students by other students. I have enjoyed getting to know more familiar faces around campuses and seeing how hard everyone is working to finish the year the best they can.

Keep it up to everyone; keep studying hard, we are almost finished for the year, and then you guys and have a long deserved break.

See you next time for November’s activity report.

Jordan-Leigh Graeber


October City West Activity Report

Hey everyone,

I hope your October has been productive and fun, because mine has been all about planning. This is a time of the year where we start looking towards 2018 – planning our new classes, planning our holidays and planning how we, as students, will map out the rest of our studies and exams so we finish the year successfully. Continue reading

Mt Gambier Student rep report – Julie Baum

Hi Everyone,

It feels like it’s been a really quiet month but it actually hasn’t.  I know everyone has been working hard to get to the end of SP5 and get ready for the upcoming exams.

It’s been great to see the students who are in their last year working on and completing their final assignments.  I know a lot of students in nursing, teaching and social work who are all completing their final year as I am, it’s exciting and a bit strange knowing you are coming to the end of your degree.

Remember – for those preparing to enter the workforce Uni has services to support you to prepare your resumes and how to write cover letters etc, just check under the Career Services tab on your home page.

Silent study space – don’ forget the space available for study if you need a totally quiet area to prepare for exams , this is the place to go, also you can book room LC-21 as a small group study room if you work with a small study group.


We had a great time at our Unitopia event, the massages were really popular and our adopt a plant was highly successful, we had everything from indoor plants to veggies and herbs.  It was great to see so many students participating and having a good day.

I hope everyone is coping well at this time and that we all do well at finishing of the year, good luck with your final assignments and exams. Julie