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

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City West – June 2018 Report – Bridget

Hello world!

I hope everyone has been enjoying the beginning of their breaks, and has taken the time out to destress, catch up with friends and all those missed Netflix eps!

June has been a busy month for me personally – with the finishing of my exams. I also spent most of my month in Japan, as a part of a UniSA study tour!

Although UniSA study tours are not USASA related, I want to take the time to say a few words – and I highly recommend that all students consider taking a study tour. Over the course of the last few weeks, I’ve learnt a lot both personally and professionally on the study tour. I’ve also been able to grow my network, make new friends, and have met with some incredible UniSA alumni. We really do have some amazing alumni out there – and it has been absolutely amazing to see some of the work people have done using the skills and knowledge from their degrees (if you want more information, let me know!!).  I’ve also been able to bond with other UniSA students and have learnt more about student needs, but also the complexities of being an international student. So although I haven’t been able to work on much USASA related stuff over this period – I feel like I’m equipped with some different perspectives on our amazing university but also things that make/break the student experience. Please contact me if you want to talk a bit more about this, I’m more than happy to spend some time going over my experience but also how this could help you get the most out of your time with UniSA. You can go here for some information on UniSA study tours: https://i.unisa.edu.au/students/business/exchange/study-tours/

Aside from my Japan trip, I also attended Edcon 2018 on behalf of UniSA. This ran from Monday 2 July until Thursday 5th July. Edcon is a NUS run education conference for university representatives, and is attended by reps from all over Australia. Attending Edcon gave me the opportunity to learn about all sorts of issues affecting university students, by engaging in discussions and listening to speakers from different universities. I look forward to sharing more about this experience in July’s board report!

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:

17 July – USASA Unite workshop
Governance Committee Meeting
USASA Board Meeting

18 July – USASA strategic planning

TBA – City West reps meeting

 

City West – May 2018 Report – Bridget

Hello everyone!

Annnnd it’s already June! Which means it’s time to write another board report, for May.

I hope everyone has had survived through their last half of their semester. For Business School, exams have just finished, and I hope everyone feels confident about their results. For the rest of the Uni, make sure to take care of yourself through these last few weeks, and in no time you’ll be joining the business kids in holiday season!

This last month has been hectic for me. Mostly because it’s been exam season for me, and I’ve been frantically trying to squeeze everything in!

Summary of Activity

I was able to attend the City West Unitopia day.. which turned out to be very successful! I hope everyone enjoyed the free food (which was delicious, and very popular!), the activities, some of our help stations (like our counsellors!), and other things… like the doggos!

City West has also been very lucky to enjoy the opening of our MOD museum, that is just right across the road from our campus! It’s a very futuristic museum, with lots of advanced technology and science-y things to check out. So far, I’ve heard lots of positive feedback, saying that it’s a great place to check out if you have a spare moment in your day.

On the 22nd of May I also attended our monthly board meeting. During this meeting, we had a visit from Jordan O’Reilly representing the NUS (National Union of Students) and some of the issues that face us as students. The NUS represents us and provides a voice for student needs and rights. As students, it’s important for us to have our voice heard and to stand up for the things we need; especially when things such as the Budget are handed down with very little consideration for students. If you would like to find out more about the NUS or issues facing students, please visit their website here: http://nus.asn.au/

Other things discussed in the meeting included events being held by reps (and some great ideas for us to consider here at City West). We also spoke about the ‘hazing’ incident that is occurring (and is becoming well-known) happening at St Marks College. We are currently working on a response, and would like to support anyone affected by the incidents. Please don’t be afraid to speak to our university services staff, if you or someone your know is in need of help.

Otherwise, please keep yourself safe during this time of exams or holidays!

That’s about it for me!

Please feel free to contact me if you would like to chat, have any questions or ideas, my email is barba006@mymail.unisa.edu.au

Next Month:

(Attending a study tour to Japan with UniSA in June!)

TBA – Committee Meetings

TBA – Catch up with City West Reps

Mount Gambier – March 2018 Activity Report – Georgina Gogel

Hi everyone!

I’m Georgina and I am the new USASA Rep for the Mount Gambier Campus. I am so excited and proud to be representing the students here and provide them with the best experiences.

It has been extremely busy on campus the past few weeks, smashing out some assignments and brainstorming events for the year. Continue reading