Union President

Sabina O'Donoghue

Union President

“Sabina is the public voice of the Students’ Union and Aberystwyth students."

This year, Sabina will focus on making the Union better for the future and making sure the student voice is heard.

E-mail: supresident@aber.ac.uk


About the Role

The President is responsible for:

  • Chairing the Board of Trustees and any relevant sub-groups where stated.
  • Ensuring the Officer team regularly reviews key student issues and representational and political affairs in line with current membership.
  • Ensuring all students are represented and not excluded from the AUSU.
  • Developing and assessing the AUSU Strategic Plan in conjunction with the Chief Executive.
  • Working with the Chief Executive Officers and AUSU’s senior management team to achieve and shape strategic aims and outcomes.
  • Ensuring AUSU Members are represented on a national scale by coordinating dealings with NUS and NUS Wales.
  • Positively promoting the work and objectives of AUSU by acting as the spokesperson of the Union to stakeholders and media.
  • Attending appropriate University Committees.

University Committees/Meetings Attended:

  • University Council
  • Senate
  • Academic Board
  • Investments Committee
  • Recruitment and Marketing Board
  • Mauritius Management Committee
  • Honorary Awards Group

Current Priorities

Below you can find a list of priorities Sabina is working on this year as well as her current progress on them.

 

Make Aber more inclusive for disabled students.

  • Reporting system exists for disabled students and is widely known
  • Refund form for taxi’s is accessible and hassle free
  • Increased use of the refund form following the updates

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Promote honest information about alcohol and drug use.

  • Research on honest alcohol use is completed with a diverse range of responses and recommendations shared with relevant staff and students
  • Engagement in social media posts that promote safe drug/alcohol use

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Help students feel connected and supported.

  • Organise at least 2 inclusive events/activities per term for students who are struggling
  • Relevant webpage is developed and available for freshers
  • Befriending system exists and has at least one member from each committee involved

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Work to join or develop a more localised version of the NUS Student Switch Off Campaign which helps students to reduce energy and water consumption while increase recycling rates. *

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Lobby the University to become Palm Oil Sustainable. *

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Lobby the University to invest in improved gym equipment. *

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Support a review the roles and responsibilities of our Full-Time Officers. *

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*denotes policy as passed democratically by Aberystwyth students. Find out more here

 

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