This month I have spent some time as the Acting President of USASA, while Kayla has been on leave. I’ve been working hard with the Women’s committee to develop, plan, and organise our proposal for a Consent stall at UniTopia. This week I attended a meeting, at which the stall was approved, and now I am working on organising it, organising volunteers, and developing the plan and budget. It’s been a busy time, while I do a lot of “behind-the-scenes” work. Hopefully next month, my work will come to fruition with the Consent stall and some other projects that I’m currently working on. Please come along to UniTopia when it’s on your campus, and drop past the Consent stall to say hello to me! Read below for everything else I’ve been doing this month… Continue reading
What a month! We had our first board meeting for 2017, which led to lots of great discussion. I was elected by the board to be the Vice President of USASA for 2017, which is a great honour. I also joined the Governance and Women’s committees.
Postgraduate student survey
The biggest thing I’ve been working on this month is creating the Postgraduate Student Survey. If you’re a postgraduate student, I’d love for you to fill it out! It should take you 3-5 minutes and asks some questions about you, your studies, and what kind of events you’d like to attend.
I am able to put on one big event for the postgraduate students this year, and I’d like it to be the event of your choosing, so please take the time to do the survey!
Access it here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YB7PRJN
Read below to see all the other things I’ve been up to… Continue reading
We’ve just returned from our USASA board retreat, where all of the USASA student representatives work together for two days to undertake intensive training, workshop ideas, and get to know each other! I am feeling so motivated and excited to begin enacting change within our organisation and within the university. I have already been working hard to settle into my role. Something I am really excited about is attending my first University Council meeting.
A few things that I’ve been doing are….
Sorry to for not updating earlier for which I should have… but hey! It was a crazy 2 months for me and I will tell you why.
I have come across this formal inquiry regarding “contract cheating”, where in this case a student paid someone online to write the final year project thesis for him/her. I understand how study could be a lot of pressure, especially while you are in your final year, but cheating as your desperate measure is definitely a NO!
Another month just passed and we are close to the end of a semester again. (P.S. that means you guys better study hard for the coming exam……which I have none!) (P.P.S And I have no life either….sigh…)
The RBA announced a cash rate cut to record low this month and this has a minor impact onto USASA finance. Thanks to Daniel Randell – our general manager as well as our financial advisor Nick Anderson, a meeting with NAB income and investment solution team with the finance committee was setup, and we discussed on what solutions we may have. The outcome of that meeting was positive and informative, and we will continually looking for a solution to counter measure the impact.
April is the best month of the year in my opinion, not only because of those public holidays that I can also be benefited to as a PhD student, but because of the change in weather – I hate really hot weather.
April is yet another busy month for me, but certainly a joyful one … well at least for those who are graduating! I have attended two graduation ceremonies in City and one in Mount Gambier as University Council member, and I have to admit I thought it will be boring – as I am not the one to be awarded but I was really joyful for graduates under the stage, I feel happy for them to celebrate their success for finishing their studies and seeing all their family and friends cheering and supporting them the whole made me feel warm despite the cool weather.
Time flies and a month has nearly passed since university started. It doesn’t affect me that much because as a PhD student I work like a full time staff in the office and the lab, which also means…… I am a cheap labour with no life (sigh!). All the joke aside, it was personally a busy month for me as I got a lot to catch up after coming back from my annual leave, and I attended two conferences in Queensland this month, with my first oral presentation in a national conference!
However, there are more responsibilities than just my role as a PhD student, but as representative for fellow UniSA postgraduate students.
How are you everyone? This is Nick the Postgraduate student representative. Sorry for a really late post of my activity report, but I was on my annual leave back to Hong Kong for the Chinese New Year. It was so cold there unlike summer in Adelaide, but honestly, I enjoy that more than the heat.
The final month of activity involved several ongoing projects and continued contribution to University Council.
The month involved a variety of different activities across advocacy, play, and voice based issues. Key touchpoints for student engagement were the USASA 21st and PG induction, which both gave an opportunity to connect with the wider student body. Additionally, the CISA event was a highlight, and demonstrated the need to give equal focus to international students on campus. Continue reading