This month UQ Union has been focused on our governance and wider strategic planning for 2019. As part of this, we are planning the launch of our new website, updating our financial management systems and preparing a SHOC rebrand for Semester 2.
Earlier in April, we had visitors from Loughborough University (in England) to UQU. Loughborough is rated #1 for student satisfaction out of all universities in the UK, and UQU has had a great connection with them since they first visited last year. Many of our new initiatives in 2019 (our volunteering program, the Academic Advocacy Network and the restructured student executive) are based on Loughborough’s operating model. It was amazing to speak to their student executive and plan ways for UQU to improve - their insight is invaluable.
As well as working on our broader governance strategy, the Union has been organising heaps on campus this month. We’re always focused on making sure we deliver something for everyone - from our annual Cultural Fiesta, Sip & Paint happening on Thursday, and a Learn to DJ workshop in a fortnight. Later this semester, we’ll also be hosting a Ramadan celebration in conjunction with our Muslim student clubs. As well as our fantastic events, in May UQU will be opening our new eco-friendly outlet in the redeveloped Physiol complex.
We’ve also passed important changes to UQU’s Regulations. First, we changed the regs so that UQU can begin paying our International Officers. As international students make up approximately 33% of the UQ student body, the Union feels it is highly important to remunerate the Officers who put in so much work to represent this demographic. We also amended the regulations to allow former Secretaries and Treasurers of clubs to nominate for Clubs and Societies Committee - previously, only former Presidents were eligible to nominate. This small change will allow for a wider group of students to become involved in the Committee, which we need as our clubs continue to grow.
There’s always something happening at UQU! My door is always open and I would love to hear more about what you want from UQU.