Now that the semester is in full swing, I hope you are all keeping on top of your studies as well as taking the time to look after yourselves. If you need to adjust your course load, remember that Census date is between the 26th and 31st of March, depending on your course. Before you do so, remember that there are plenty of people here to help you if you are still finding your feet: check out UniSA’s student support services here.
I’ve had a chance to meet some of you already this year at research orientation events and at Campus Fair, but for those I haven’t, especially our coursework students, please say ‘hi’ on the UniSA Postgrads Facebook page. I’ve made this page for postgrad students to make friends, share ideas and let me know what they want from USASA this year. Please share it with any other postgrad students you know so we can all be in the loop.
Settling in can be particularly challenging for those of us who have recently arrived in Australia, particulary if we’ve brought family with us. If this is you, the UniSA Business School is offering a program to help you out and connect you with other new UniSA international families!
Abid, Quihua, Sneha and myself were invited to the Carnegie Mellon University (Adelaide Campus) International Night, which was a lovely and vibrant event, and we look forward to a continuing relationship with their student rep team. I also enjoyed our USASA Clubs Welcome Back BBQ, and was excited to see how motivated our club execs are and what great events they are putting on for students!
This month has been an intense and challenging, but very fulfilling one. I attended my first University Council meeting, after an induction from the Chancellor. The Council members were very welcoming and I look forward to representing students as the university sets it’s vision for the years ahead. I attended a Formal Inquiry, and saw the vital work the USASA Advocacy team does in supporting students through this process.
I also attended meetings regarding the UniSA Sexual Assault Policy Review, a challenging but vital process which will be ongoing throughout the year. I am encouraged so far by the Project Group’s committment and approach to the issue, but I will continue to ensure that the university takes responsibility for this issue and addresses in an accountable and evidence-based manner. I have submitted a discussion paper and will be preparing a report for the USASA board to inform our potential involvement with this process.
Keep up the good work everyone, and remember; slow and steady wins the race!
09/02/18 – CMU International Night
That the board consider ways to build relationships with other student representative groups e.g. joint events, particularly where this may allow us to pool resources to create events tailored to certain student groups including postgrads and international students.
06/02/18 – USASA Board Meeting
13/02/18 – Introductory Meeting with Chancellor
14/02/18 – University Council Meeting
19/02/18 – UniSA Sexual Assault Policy Review Steering Group meeting
20/02/18 – Attended Research Degree Orientation Day
21/02/18 – Attended DVCRI town hall
27/02/18 – Introduced myself to HDR students at Flying Start Seminar and created UniSA Postgrads Facebook page
That USASA try to have a video introduction for cross campus representatives ready for orientation events next year and ask the uni to make organisers aware of it.
That all reps please try to share the page with any postgrad students they engage with, as it is a convenient way for them to communicate with me about their ideas and concerns.
28/02/18 – Formal Inquiry
01/03/18 – USASA Clubs Welcome Back BBQ
06/03/18 – Campus Fair Magill
08/03/18 – Women’s Committee Meeting
09/03/18 – UniSA Sexual Assault Policy Review meeting re: USASA involvement
12/03/18 – Prepared a discussion paper for the board on the above
Ongoing – Reviewing evidence for efficacy of Campus Events for primary prevention of sexual assuault on campus
15/03/18 – UniSA Council Strategy Session and Council Meeting, Farewell Dinner for Deputy Chancellor
20/03/18 – USASA Board Meeting
05/04/18 – UniSA Sexual Assault Policy Review Steering Group meeting
10/04/18 – Seminar “The 5Ps approach to improving the transition, retention and success of university students”