Nominations are open for the Auckland University Students’ Association (AUSA) 2022 student executive. The AUSA executive represents student voice at some of the universities highest decision making bodies.
The 2022 AUSA executive elections have begun. The representatives elected by fellow students will decide the change AUSA will push for in 2022.
Nine paid positions on the executive are open; President, Engagement Vice-President, Education Vice-President, Welfare Vice-President, Treasurer-Secretary, International Students’ Officer, Queer Rights Officer, Women’s Rights Officer, and Postgraduate Students’ Officer. The President is paid full-time, and all other roles are part-time. Required hours range from 10 hours to 40 hours per week.
The Campaigns Officer role was recently disestablished at the 2021 Annual General meeting, with members of the executive stating these responsibilities had been absorbed into several of their roles. No new positions have been added to the executive.
AUSA’s student team provides support services and advocacy for students. This year, the executive has notably advocated for improved student consultation in Student Services Function Review (SSFR). They are also responsible for everyone’s (favourite?) student events like the O-Week Festival and Party in the Spark.
The 2021 executive has confirmed that the 2022 executive will revisit their decision to leave the New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA). Groups that rely on funding and support from NZUSA, including the National Disabled Students’ Association, Te Mana Ākonga, and Tauira Pasifika, raised concerns about how this decision would affect the students they represent.
To be eligible to nominate yourself, you must be a current UoA student and member of AUSA, which is free to join. Nominees will need two other current UoA students to support their nomination. You are able to nominate yourself for multiple roles, however you are only able to be elected for one. Nominations close on Friday, August 13th, and UoA students can vote for their preferred candidates online from Monday, August 23rd to Friday, August 27th.
You can find out more about the roles available, and how to nominate yourself on AUSA’s website and social media.