This month has been a relatively quiet one for me as a student rep – though sadly not for my PhD!
For those of you who are on break at the moment, enjoy the chance to rest and recharge; for those who are not, at least we can enjoy the quiet campus and shorter lines for coffee!
First up, I recently asked postgrad students what format they would like to see for a possible postgrad catch up this year. I think it’s important to find ways for postgrad students to connect across campuses and within them, as we are all too often stuck in our office or lab and focused on our deadlines. At the moment it’s looking like the winner is a pizza and games night on campus – but if you haven’t yet joined UniSA Postgrads or haven’t yet voted on the poll please do. Whatever you decide, I’ll take to the board and let you know what we come up with! 🍕🍕🍕🎲🎲🎲
At the board meeting on the 20th of March our Magill Representative, Ryan Colsey, proposed a recurring Toastie Tuesday event at his campus as a way for us to engage with students in an informal way. I will be attending these whenevere possible and hope to see you there!
On the 15th I attended a Council Strategy Session, where I had the chance to learn about the wide range of considerations that goes into determining the direction of the university in the future, and hear about how the university will manage the new financial environment without compromising on students’ educational experiences. This was followed by a lunch with newly promoted senior academic staff, and then the board meeting itself. In the evening I was honoured to be invited to a farewell dinner for Dr Wendy Craik AM, to celebrate her commendable service as Deputy Chancellor over the last 9 years. As well as honouring Dr Craik this was also an excellent chance to build relationships with the people I will be working with throughout the year. Overall it was a long day but a very worthwhile one.
I also met with Jamil Ameen, a student from the School of Business who is organising a program to support families of international students who have come to live in Australia. We discussed how I could support the program, as many students in this situation are postgraduate students, and how we could reach as many students in this situation as possible. This is an excellent inititative and one which I hope to see extended across the university.
Finally, I have been continuing to research whether and how we as a student association might be able to support the universities efforts to prevent sexual assault on campus. I know that student safety and wellbeing is something we all care deeply about, and I am committed to approaching it from an evidence-based and outcome-focused perspective.
15/03/18 – UniSA Council Strategy Session and Council Meeting, Farewell Dinner for Deputy Chancellor
20/03/18 – USASA Board Meeting
06/04/18 – Met with UniSA Family Support Program organiser
Ongoing – Reviewing evidence for efficacy of Campus Events for primary prevention of sexual assault on campus
Ongoing – Preparing proposal for a Postgrad Catch Up
12/04/18 – Graduation Ceremony
17/04/18 – USASA Board Meeting
01/05/18 – Toastie Tuesday at Magill (TBC)