February 2018 report- Sneha M



Hope everyone transitioned well into their new semester by now. I wish to thank everyone who helped in one way or another during O-week at Mawson lakes, and I also sincerely hope the new students found the events useful and enjoyable.

February was an eventful and a great month! We had our first board meeting on the 6th of February at City West. Through the meeting, I understood more about how the board works, what our roles are as student representatives and also what we can contribute. I was given the opportunity to head the clubs committee this year. Moreover, I chose to be a member of the education and finance committees. On the 9th, a few board members and I attended the international night at Carnegie Mellon University. Through meeting their student board members, we found potential for a possible collaborative event with them in the future and positive talks about it are underway. On the 13th, I attended my first formal inquiry at City West. Following that, I had a meeting with Bridget about my clubs committee and how to manage the committee this year so that we would be able to contribute as much as we can to the student community in UniSA.

On the 14th, I had my UniMentor meeting. I chose to be an UniMentor this semester to guide and help as many new students as I can to ease into their university life here at UniSA. I had a meeting with Abid (international rep 2018) on the 16th to discuss about our plans for this year. As the convenor of the clubs committee, I hope to work with the international clubs in UniSA and alleviate any issues that they might have to the best of my ability. I also hope all the USASA clubs’ executives received my email which was an invite to my clubs committee meetings this year. I encourage executive’s attendance at the meetings to enhance efficiency of our plans for the clubs.

O-week at Mawson Lakes was on the 19th and 21st of February this year. On 19th, I was happy to meet the new students from the NBE school. I had a few interactions with them at our USASA counter in the F building and clarified any of their immediate concerns. On the 21st, the campus was bustling, and it was great to see that. The day kicked off with an international student briefing at F1-25, where I had the opportunity again to meet new students and share my experiences in UniSA with them. I was present on campus for the whole day after and had an awesome time getting to know a lot more students around campus and listening to them.

On the 23rd of February, the first academic board meeting for this year took place at City West. The board members who were present at the meeting found it very insightful with regards to the strategic plans for 2018 and any relevant follow ups pertaining to student complaints from last year. The first meetings for a few committees were held on the 27th of February. For the clubs committee, we managed to set a clear direction with regards to our schedules and certain plans for the year. The education committee meeting that took place was useful because we discussed about having more student representation from different schools on our committee to provide more insights about their respective issues. The campus fair briefing was also conducted on that day to brief us about the various activities available at each of the campuses.

Wish you all the best for your studies and please feel free to email me with any questions. My email is ‘mansy060@mymail.unisa.edu.au’.

Thank you for reading!

Activities this month:

  1. 06/02- Board meeting
  2. 09/02- International night at Carnegie Mellon University
  3. 13/02- Formal inquiry at City West
  4. 14/02- UniMentor meeting
  5. 16/02- Meeting with international rep
  6. 19/02, 21/02- O-Week at Mawson Lakes
  7. 23/02- Academic board meeting
  8. 27/02- Clubs committee and Education committee meetings
  9. 27/02- Campus fair meeting




February 2018 – Mawson Lakes Report

Hey hey everyone!

Welcome back to all the returning students and a big welcome to Mawson Lakes to all the new students. Unfortunately you wouldn’t have seen me around campus O-week but you may have met Mawson’s Undergraduate Rep Sneha handing out USASA freebies and spreading the word about all the great services we provide around campus for your benefit. If you haven’t picked up your goodie bag with 2018 diary then make sure to head to USASA Campus Counter (F building)

So far this month before uni commenced back up for the year I attended this years first Board Meeting with all the other representatives to discuss the upcoming year and our objectives to continue making university a greater experience for everyone. As an additional role I was appointed convener of USASAs Welfare Committee and hope to use this position to provide more specialised services and support for students who need.

Week following the board meeting I attended preliminary meetings on the 13th Feb with academics and schools of Magill Campus to discuss student academic advocacy. Follow up interviews commenced today (26th Feb) and will continue all day tomorrow, so if you don’t see me around Mawsons again that is because I will be at Magill.

Beginning of next month I will be accompanying our USASA President Jordan Mumford to Mt Gambier to discuss upcoming USASA election. I will also be chairing my first Welfare Committee meeting with the other committee members. Mawson Lakes Campus Fair is coming up on the 13th March so you will finally see me around campus so feel free to come up and say hi!!

All the best with the start of a new university year and if you ever have any questions or enquires (like some already have) don’t hesitate to contact me anytime – dixgl001@mymail.unisa.edu.au

February 2018 – President’s Report

Hi everyone!

I hope you’ve all had an enjoyable O-Week, and I wish you all the best for your studies this year. O-Week is a very busy time of the year for USASA, we’ve been out and about on campus handing out freebies, and letting you know about all of the great services we provide for students. If you haven’t picked up one of our 2018 goodie bags, then make sure you pick one up from your nearest USASA Campus Counter!

While we’ve all been busy getting ready for all that 2018 brings, the federal Liberal government have been planning further cuts to higher education and student welfare. At the end of last year when the federal government handed down its Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO), they announced a two-year freeze to the Commonwealth Grant Scheme (CGS). This is an effective cap on funding for student places, equating to a cut of approximately $2.2 billion to the Higher Education Sector. This was coupled with a plan to massively reduce the HECS repayment threshold – meaning you’ll have to pay back your degree sooner. Along with the attack on wages of many students, through the cuts to penalty rates, it is clear that this Federal Government sees students and workers as an easy target. USASA will continue to ensure your voices are heard on a national scale by working with the National Union of Students (NUS) to stand up to the Liberal government. If you’d like to get involved in the NUS Education Campaign, you can join me, and others for the National Day of Action on March 21.

Now onto what I’ve been up to this month:
NUS Presidents Summit

At the end of last month, I attended the NUS Presidents Summit in Victoria, along with the NUS National Office Bearing team, as well as campus presidents and secretaries from across the country. The summit provided a fantastic up-skilling opportunity for campus presidents. On the first day we received comprehensive training on the role and duty of Board Directors from Maurice Blackburn lawyers, as well as a presentation from the Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency (TEQSA), where we discussed the role of TEQSA, and their plans to collaborate more effectively with the NUS in 2018. Attendees also received training on communications by the Media and Communications Officer of the NTEU, training on effective petitions by the VTHC data team, training on parliamentary submissions by former Senator Trish Crossin, as well as many other workshops and training opportunities. I will be submitting a more comprehensive report-back on the NUS Presidents Summit to the USASA Board at our next Board Meeting, and will make this available online for anyone who is interested.

A workshop with other campus leaders about what we think the priorities for the NUS should be.
February Board Meeting 

On the 6th of February, we had our first Board Meeting of the year, where I discussed with the Board my plans for moving forward with constitutional reform, and improving the governance of USASA. It was great to hear the plans of the all of the other Board members and what they hoped to achieve in 2018. We also appointed Committee Conveners, and I am very happy with how the Committees, and hope that we will have a very productive year. I also submitted my report to the board on the 2017 NUS National Conference, and opened to questions from the rest of the board. The minutes of the Board Meeting will be available online soon for those who are interested in reading them.

Mount Gambier Visit

It was great to visit the Mount Gambier campus towards the end of the month to speak with new students about the services that USASA provides, and to discuss the upcoming election for the USASA Mount Gambier Representative position. I understand how important our regional campuses are, and one of my goals for this year is to work more with our regional campuses to improve the student experience, and make sure students on our regional campuses do not feel left out. I can’t wait to visit both Whyalla and Mount Gambier next month.

Daniel Randell (USASA GM), Bridget Laffy (Student Rep Support Officer), and I during out Mount Gambier Visit for O-Week.

Other things I’ve Been up to:

  • 05/02/18 – Meeting with USASA GM Daniel Randell
  • 05/02/18 – Meeting with USASA GM Daniel Randell and PVC: Student Equity and Equity Dr Laura-Anne Bull
  • 05/02/18 – Shortlisting meeting for UniSA Counsellors
  • 05/02/18 – Meeting with Adelaide University SRC President Matt Boughey, and FUSA President Ashley Sutherland
  • 06/02/18 – Club Assistant Interviews
  • 06/02/18 – Meeting with Peter Andrinopoulos and Ryan Colsey to discuss ASR Program and USASA Education Committee
  • 06/02/18 – Meeting with USASA GM Daniel Randell
  • 06/02/18 – USASA Board Meeting
  • 07/02/18 – Club Assistant Interviews
  • 08/02/18 – UniSA Counsellor Interviews
  • 09/02/18 – Club Assistant Interviews
  • 12/02/18 – UniSA Counsellor Interviews
  • 13/02/18 – Presentation to ASR’s about USASA Education Committee with Ryan Colsey
  • 13/02/18 – NUS Education Planning Day
  • 14/02/18 – University Council Meeting
  • 15/02/18 – UniPrep Presentation
  • 19/02/18 – O-Week Activities at Mount Gambier Campus
  • 20/02/18 – Meeting with Bridget Laffy, Daniel Randell, and Ian McKay (Regional Manager Mount Gambier)
  • 22/02/18 – O-Week Activities at City West Campus
  • 23/02/18 – Academic Board Pre-Meeting
  • 23/02/18 – Academic Board Meeting
  • 27/02/18 – Student Appeals Committee Meeting
  • 27/02/18 – Clubs Committee Meeting
  • 27/02/18 – Education Committee Meeting
  • 27/02/18 – Finance Committee Meeting
  • 28/02/18 – Welfare Committee Meeting

What I’m up to next month:

Campus Fair 

The Campus Fair events will be hitting all metro campuses next month, and I can’t wait to meet you all at them. Each day will feature stacks of USASA Clubs, UniSA Sports Clubs, UniSA Services, furry friends, free food, and heaps more! If you’d like more information about Campus Fair you can find that here.


Other things I’m up to next month:

  • 01/03/18 – Visit to Mount Gambier Campus to discuss USASA Election
  • 01/03/18 – Club Welcome Back BBQ at City West Campus
  • 02/03/18 – UniSA Crisis Line Briefing
  • 05/03/18 – Governance Committee Meeting
  • 06/03/18 – Campus Fair – Magill Campus
  • 07/03/18 – Policy Review Project Meeting with Shweta Mariwala
  • 08/03/18 – Campus Fair – City West Campus
  • 13/03/18 – Campus Fair – Mawson Lakes Campus
  • 15/03/18 – Campus Fair – City East Campus
  • 20/03/18 – Meeting with Daniel Randell and Dr Laura-Anne Bull
  • 20/03/18 – USASA Board Meeting
  • 21/03/18 – National Day of Action at Parliament House
  • 23/03/18 – Whyalla Campus Visit
  • 24/03/18 – Whyalla Family Fun Beach Picnic
  • TBA – Committee Meetings

That’s all for now, if in the meantime you’d like to get in contact for any reason, feel free to send me an email at mumjp001@mymail.unisa.edu.

February 2018 – Whyalla Student News


First of all, Welcome to all our new students for 2018 and welcome back to returning students.

Few things to mention;

  1. Pac-Crawl is returning even bigger and better in 2018! Your shirt is your ticket to a night full of drink specials, games and food on Friday April 6. Shirt sales end 18 March unless sold out prior. For those unsure about sizes I will place some samples on the USASA table in the student lounge to try on before ordering https://usasa.sa.edu.au/pubcrawl
  2. The USASA Board is made up of 14 elected UniSA students and is the peak decision-making committee at USASA. The student board is here to represent you, and make sure your voice is heard by the University. Contact student reps if you have ideas which could improve teaching quality, or any feedback about your uni experience. All contact details can be found on the USASA website, USASA.sa.edu.au/StudentBoard
  3. The USASA Student Diary and wallplanner are now available to collect from Campus Central, each diary contains 2 sticker sheets which can be used to personalise the cover and inside. Remember to follow us on Facebook (UniSA Whyalla Student Page), alternatively, you can subscribe to our email newsletter at USASA.sa.edu.au/Mail
  4. Super cool artwork placed in student lounge over the break, check it out.
  5. All the best with your studies, contact me anytime if needed brkky001@mymail.unisa.edu.au 


Next event to place on your calendar;

UniSA Whyalla – Family Fun Beach Picnic, Saturday 24th March, 10am – 1pm.





January Report

Thanks to Mount Gambier for receiving me as your 2018 representative, I look forward to it.

I kicked off the year with the board retreat. It was fantastic to meet the fellow Board members for 2018, it was filled with enthusiasm, laughter and ambition for the year ahead. So much is changing for the benefit of the students, and we will do our best working towards student need. Continue reading

January 2018 Board Report

Hey everyone,

First of all, I would like to thank everyone at City East who supported and had faith in me as their Representative for 2017. I will continue to represent the City East students to the best of my ability in 2018.

On January 23-24th we had our Board Retreat. I am very excited to work with continuing and newly elected board members. Board retreat was a fantastic experience and an excellent team building occasion. Throughout the retreat the board members were very involved in their respective tasks, which is a good indicator for the students they will be representing this coming year. Continue reading

City West – January Activity Report- Bridget Barletta

Hi there!

My name is Bridget Barletta and this year I have the great opportunity of being the City West Campus Undergrad Rep for 2018! I’ve so far had the pleasure of meeting quite a range of UniSA students particularly during election week, and am excited to help improve the student experience at UniSA. I have a great passion for the University of South Australia in particular, and cannot wait to see it blossom over the next few years into an extraordinary place for learning and life experience, recognised around the world. Continue reading

Board Member Activity Report- Surabhi Shubhraj Month of January


My name is Surabhi Shubhraj. I am thrilled to have an opportunity to be your 2018 Magill Under Grad Rep. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for voting for me. I wish to create a safe space for our diverse group of students to integrate and thrive at their personal and professional goals individually on Magill Campus.

Please feel free to contact me with your idea’s and concerns on Magill Campus to

shusy008@mymail.unisa.edu.au Continue reading

January 2018 City West Rep report- Qihua (Zelda) Zheng

Hello everyone!

It is a great pleasure introduce myself as one of City West student representatives for 2018! I’m in my second year of master in management. To those who voted for me last year, I want to take this opportunity to express my sincerest appreciation. To those who don’t know me at all, I would like to invite you all to start our conversation and acknowledge each other. I am looking forward to hearing the voices from students at City West, helping them strive for what they desire and what they want to improve.

Continue reading

January 2018 – Mawson Lakes – Grace Dixon

Hellooooooo Everyone!

I am honored to be able to introduce myself as Mawson Lakes Student Representative for 2018. I wish to be actively involved both on campus face to face and behind the scenes to ensure the best experience at uni both physically and emotionally. I hope that you don’t hesitate to get in contact with me for any issues or even just a coffee with a side of banter.

This month has been spent getting to know the ropes and roles of USASA with the amazing UniSA staff and other USASA members – at what has been so far the highlight of the month, our Board Retreat at the Adelaide Hills Convention Centre. It was really fun getting to know everyone and share our passion for a better university experience for everyone.

I also had a follow up meeting with USASA’s 2018 President Jordan Mumford who I look forward to working alongside for the remainder of the year.

I look forward to starting off the new Uni year next month on campus for Mawson Lakes O-week where you’ll be sure to see me floating (or skipping) around ready to meet as many new faces.

Anytime you feel like some quality banter –> dixgl001@mymail.unisa.edu.au