City West – April 2018 Report – Bridget

Hey guys!

So… it’s mid-may. Most of us are probably frantically trying to get some major assignments done, as we near the time for our exams. For business school, it’s our last week next week for study period 2.. which means it’s almost time to start our new subjects!

April has been a busy month. I will speak about some of the highlights below. Continue reading

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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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December City West Rep Report – Zahra

Hey everyone,

Wow its December already!

Hope everyone is enjoying their break. My highlight of December has been being part of the hiring panel for a full-time staff member in the Careers Team of UniSA. It was definitely an eye-opening experience and I learnt so much about the hiring process in the two days that I spent with the amazing panel members. As expected, everything was conducted professionally and we (especially me) were guided through the whole process. As a USASA Rep, my mind was focused on what the candidates could do for UniSA students and this helped me make decisions along the way.

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November City West Rep Report – Zahra

Hey everyone,

I hope November hasn’t been too stressful with juggling final assessments, exams and planning further studies/career. My highlight of this month has been holding catch-up sessions with the City West Student Rep (Ryan Kennealy) at City West.

Free Toasties Catch-ups @ City West

After plenty of planning and discussions, City West Reps (Ryan and myself) organised our first free toasties catch-up for City West on Wednesday, 1st November 2017. Shout out to Donna for the amazing idea and to Daniel, Bridget, Tracy, the SEU team and FM Assist for helping us with this event.

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October City West Rep Report – Zahra

 

Hey everyone,

Hope you’ve had a great October. The focus of this month for me was academics with changes to the Business School and the International Relations degree and Business School formal inquiries.

Business School Review – Focus Group
On October 4th, Kayla Dickeson (USASA President) and myself participated in the Business School focus group with the new 10 week semesters and Winter School as the agenda. The students were able to talk about their experiences and voice out the challenges they had faced due to these changes. It was great to receive recommendations to improve these changes.

Education Committee
During the committee we discussed, the proposed changes to the ENTEXT Policy. The current ENTEXT policy allows students of non-English speaking backgrounds, Aboriginal students and International students, the use of a bilingual dictionary during exams and extra time in exams (10 minutes for every 30 minutes). Specific questions were provided which allowed the members to consider the different aspects of the current policy and proposed changes.

This committee also discussed the changes that have been made to the International Relations degree. If you are an IR student, make sure you check your emails and read all the information to see how these changes affect you and your studies/enrolment.

Formal Inquiry
As my second time being a panel member on a formal inquiry, I felt more comfortable with the process and voicing out my thoughts. I was able to fill in the gaps where the other panel members needed to understand the current student perspective whilst considering the affected students case.

Free Toasties @ City West
Your City West Campus Representatives, Ryan Kennealy and myself, are organising a City West student catch up. Come along and have a chat with us while we make you a delicious cheese toastie in return.

What: Student Catch Up (Free Toasties)
When:
Wednesday 1st November 2017 (12pm – 2pm)
Where: Student Lounge, City West
Why: FREE Toasties and Chats

October Activities Highlights:

  • 4/10 Winter School Focus Group – Business School
  • 5/10 Education Committee Meeting
  • 9/10 USASA Board Meeting
  • 24/10 Business School Formal Inquiry 1 (Rescheduled to November)
  • 24/10 Business School Formal Inquiry 2

November’s Planned Activities:

  • 1/11 Free toasties event at City West (with City West Rep Ryan)
  • 6/11 USASA Board Meeting
  • 21/11 Business School Formal Inquiry

Good luck with those final assessments and exams!

Feel free to get in touch with me if you have any queries or concerns.
Email: Darzy002@mymail.unisa.edu.au