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 – March 2018 Activity Report – Bridget Barletta

Hello everyone!

Hope everyone is finding their feet with their semester 1, 2018 studies. Please remember to take care of yourselves through this period of stress (following mid-break!) and keep in mind that there are plenty of services that UniSA offer to help you if you are feeling overwhelmed or are struggling.

March, for me, has been a bit of a different experience as a USASA board rep! Continue reading

City West – February 2018 Activity Report – Bridget Barletta

Hello Everyone!

I hope everyone has been settling in to the new year. A big welcome back to returning students, and a big welcome to all new students to City West campus.

Summary of Activity

I was able to meet a lot of both new and returning students at O-Week.  O-Week is an event run at UniSA to introduce students to their student life, for them to get a feel for their chosen course and also to explore the campus and what UniSA has to offer. During this time, I attended a few sessions to introduce people to the USASA counter, which is situated in the student lounge at City West.This was a great experience, and was glad to see so many people come through on Orientation!

For those who didn’t get the chance to pop past, make sure you do! There’s still plenty of handy things to help you get started with your year – calendars, diaries, pens, wall planners etc. It’s also a very good chance to get to know what the USASA counter can provide students, in case you need something later!

Other than O-Week, this month I have experienced two formal enquiries. Formal enquiries are a process that USASA representatives attend to decide on the outcome of student reviews, particularly for academic integrity, academic progress or misbehaviour. As USASA representatives, we receive training on this process and are expected to contribute to give a student’s perspective. Albeit difficult, I have found these meetings to be particularly rewarding as I believe it is important to have a student voice on the panel to help make these important decisions. I really hope to be more involved in formal enquiries for the rest of my term as City West Rep.

I have also been able to get involved with USASA’s Women’s Committee this month! I attended my first committee meeting on Thursday 8 March, alongside other USASA representatives Surabhi, Kate and Pamela. In this meeting we discussed what the Women’s committee would look like, and proceeded to set up our expectations for the rest of the year. We also discussed some events that are in planning for upcoming months – so stay tuned!

Aside from the above, I was glad to see the turn out of our Campus Fair which looked to be fairly successful. There have been quite a few changes to the City West Campus in 2018, including our new food joints Honki Tonki and Abbots and Kinney, which I hope everyone has had the chance to check out. If not – make sure you do! 🙂

See you all next month!

PS: Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or have any comments on my email at barba006@unisa.edu.au

Upcoming Activities:

20 March – Governance Committee Meeting
20 March – USASA Board Meeting
6 April – PacCrawl Pub-Crawl
TBA – Women’s Committee Meeting

 

 

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

January 2018 Mawson Lakes Rep report- Sneha M

Hello mates! Hope everyone had a great New year and Australia Day! I feel so honoured and glad that I got the opportunity to represent all of you Mawson Lakers this year! I hope to work closely with all of you throughout the year and help alleviate any issues that you might have. This month, we had the student board retreat.

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International Rep Report – June Activities

Hi everyone,

I hope you all had a successful exam period. I am Luke, your new international representative. It was a big surprise to be offered the position 3 weeks ago. First step is always the hardest. I am still trying to adapt to the workload and responsibility as a representative. This month, I have met with Bridget and Kayla for the takeover meeting. It was amazing to learn about what I have never known before. Being a representative is a stressful responsibility but meaningful as I will be able to understand more about students’ needs and help make their experience at university a memorable one. I have also met with Bridget to discuss about a few ideas including:

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Board Member Activity Report – Month of June – Mawson Lakes

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Hello everyone!

I hope you’ve all had a successful exam period, and I wish everyone well now that results have started rolling out. If you have any issues or concerns with your final grades, are unsure of university policy, or would like an assignment re-marked, then you can contact USASA’s Advocacy Team here, who are experts in academic policies and procedures, and can provide you with free and confidential advice.

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Magill Student Rep Board Report for May 2017

Hi Everyone!

May was my first full month as Student Representative for the Magill campus. It has flown by really quickly and I am now familiarizing myself a lot better with the inner workings of USASA.

The month kicked off with the Student Board AGM, where many issues were raised and debated. One of the big items to come out of the meeting was the decision to split the Education and Welfare Committee into two separate committees.

At the meeting I was appointed Continue reading