City West – October 2018 Report – Bridget

Hey guys!

I’m writing this as I enjoy my first day of university holidays – what a great feeling! I know I’m one of the very few lucky ones at this stage, so I hope everyone is feeling confident during exam time.

On the 16th of October we had our USASA board meeting, where we spent our time discussing USASA brand awareness and USASA in the middle of the merger discussions. For those of you who are unaware – an email would have been sent to you in your Student Emails this month regarding the merger decision. After months of discussion, it has been decided that the merger will not go ahead. I’d like to say a thank you to everyone who took part in the merger process, and made their voice heard as a student. It has been great engaging with you throughout this process, and has given USASA a greater understanding of the thoughts and needs of students around this topic.

Also on the 16th, I attended the Governance Committee meeting, where we are working on improving the current USASA constitution. Not a lot of interesting stuff going on here to report on – but a bit of my homework has included reviewing some clauses of the constitution.

Finally, on October 22nd I was re-elected to the USASA board as City West Representative, and I would like to thank everyone who supported me during this time. USASA elections are a lot of fun – mostly because I always seem to make a lot of new friends and because I can have some pretty fun conversations with other people along the way.  I am really looking forward to next year, and am already putting together plans to engage with students at City West!

That’s all the important stuff for now, seeya next time!

Please contact me if you want to chat or have any questions. My email is barba006@mymail.unisa.edu.au

Next Month:

20th USASA Board Meeting
Governance Committee Meeting

21th City West Handover Meeting, with 2019 rep

 

 

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City West – September 2018 Report – Bridget

Hello world,

I can’t believe it is October, and therefore time for a September board report!

September has been a busy month study wise, as many other business school students can confirm. I hope everyone had a productive study break, with time to finish assignments but also to take some much needed time off to spend with friends & family, or even just with Netflix and some ice-cream. Continue reading

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

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

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

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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