General Councillors

Francesco Ciampa

 

What are you studying?

3rd year in 2022.

What inspired you to engage with the office and the role you currently hold?

To make the student experience better

What do you hope to achieve in your office and role in 2022?

I hope to put pressure on the ECMS department to standardize the teaching standards in the engineering department.

What Clubs are you involved with at UofA?

AUSS and AYAA.

What led you to join the clubs(s)?  

My interests in space and encouraging STEM education in youth.

Favourite holiday destination/activity?

Spending time with family.

Favourite place to study on campus?

IW.

What advice would you give to students starting out at the University of Adelaide?

Get involved with clubs as early as possible and be open minded.

Chanel Trezise

 

Preferred name:

Chanel (she/her)

What are you studying?

4th year of Bachelor of International Relations with Bachelor of Media

What inspired you to engage with the office and the role you currently hold?

I decided to run for General Councillor as students' voices go unheard all too often, especially in regards to issues of accessibility and the university's future in renewables. I want to help fight for students on campus and bring into fruition a university they want.

What do you hope to achieve in your office and role in 2022?

I hope to achieve a more sustainable campus by pushing for the universitys' divestment of fossil fuels and securing better accessibility on campus by similarly pushing for university counsellor access plans.

What Clubs are you involved with at UofA?

I love being involved with the Adelaide University Greens Club and the Tea Club!

What led you to join the clubs(s)?  

I joined the Tea Club as I love a good cup of tea. Additionally, I joined the Adelaide University Greens Club as I wholeheartedly believe in the work the Greens do. I was lucky enough to intern with Tammy Franks MLC as she fought tooth and nail to decriminalise abortion in South Australia. Working with Tammy Franks regarding this issue opened my eyes to the importance of the Greens and the tireless effort, blood, sweat and tears they put in to help others, and the real positive change we can achieve if we are willing to fight and put in the work.

Favourite holiday destination/activity?

I’m not too sure what my favourite holiday destination/activity is but I would love to travel more someday. I’ve always wanted to go to Canada as well as New Zealand, China, Palestine, Germany, Scotland, Myanmar, Japan and Taiwan :)

Favourite place to study on campus?

I love studying in the hub with friends or by the River Torrens so I can watch the swans and ducks!!

What advice would you give to students starting out at the University of Adelaide?

Please get help if you need it. University can be scary and overwhelming; if you need to talk to someone or reach out for external help, please contact the University, a loved one or your GP for support. I know times can be tough, but I promise it will get better.

Steph Madigan

 

What inspired you to engage with the office and the role you currently hold?

I am a bit of a type-A personality—I like writing, talking, organising, and engaging with a wide range of people. My roles will provide avenues to make change and help us, as university students, weather these late stages of the pandemic.

What do you hope to achieve in your office and role in 2022?

I want the university to be held accountable for what they are doing with our funding. I want to practice what I preach by making clubs way more accessible, with greater outreach to high school students so they can plan ahead for their membership.

What Clubs are you involved with at UofA?

I'm involved in SRC, PIRA, and the Adelaide University Debating Society.

What led you to join the clubs(s)?  

I started debating as a way to learn about politics and international relations, because I process information better when I am under pressure.

Favourite holiday destination/activity?

These holidays I am excited to be able to go to the beach again!

Favourite place to study on campus?

My favourite place to study is the bottom floor of the library, the AC makes for some nice white noise.

What advice would you give to students starting out at the University of Adelaide?

University is easier than you think. Tutors will not fail you for handing in assignments five minutes late. There are a range of support services available—including disability access plans which qualify certain people to make their workload more manageable. You can even get financial aid for essentials like a laptop. Remember that university is something you paid for, and you are entitled to take advantage of its services.

Henry Southcott

 

What inspired you to engage with the office and the role you currently hold?

I plan on making change within the University with the interests of the students as my first priority

What do you hope to achieve in your office and role in 2022?

Adelaide University Boat Club, Rugby club, Liberal Club

What Clubs are you involved with at UofA?

I played both these sports for both school and club from a young age, and as I got to University I decided it would be best to represent the University. I joined the liberal club because of my political beliefs and aspirations.

What led you to join the clubs(s)?  

I played both these sports for both school and club from a young age, and as I got to University I decided it would be best to represent the University. I joined the liberal club because of my political beliefs and aspirations.

Favourite holiday destination/activity?

The Gold Coast by far

Favourite place to study on campus?

The library level of the Ligertwood

What do you hope to achieve in your office and role(s) in 2022?

I hope I make the students feel appropriately represented, and that they know their voices are heard.

What advice would you give to students starting out at the University of Adelaide?

Ensure you know what your course entails, I’ve had friends drop out in the first weeks and have to wait an entire semester before trying a different

James Dimas

What inspired you to engage with the office and the role you currently hold?

My calling in life is to reform legislation that negatively affects marginalised individuals, I am current the Director of a Grassroots NGO, FightForTuvalu, whose purpose is to raise international awareness for the situation in Tuvalu, educate the common individual and protect the nation from climate displacement. We are also challenging paramount international legislation for not legally protecting current, past, and future climate refugees. The Tuvaluan nation will be an international test, Tuvaluans may be the first-ever climate refugees but they certainly won't be the last.

However, as one helps solve the issues overseas one must not neglect the ones at home. Only being a first year student, I am shocked and disgusted by some of the actions by the University which has deemed permissible by the SRC. Inaction and indecision currently define the SRC. I was called to serve, reform and give the SRC the revitalisation it so desperately needs.

All student representative institutions should value all individuals irrespective of race, gender, religion or socioeconomic status. Without the input of students, we have no SRC.

I am beyond proud to be elected as a SRC General Councillor and remain committed to working bipartisanly to achieve all the things you voter for, I am merely your voice.

What do you hope to achieve in your office and role in 2022?

My first student election at the uni was an incredible experience. it was transcendent being on the ground having real conversations with students along with building long-lasting connections with other caucuses. Bipartisanship is the foundation to student representation, all of whom are elected share the common goal of providing you a safe environment where you can prosper, get your degree, do good work and positively contribute to society.

Every issue stated during our campaign still rings true. Just because one wins an election doesn't mean they disregard what they advocate and what constituents voted for, a notion that seems unprecedented in today's political climate.

The election saw a diverse range of empowering, progressive candidates elected who will represent a myriad of voices at the University, crucial for the drafting and execution of initiatives to positively impact students of all demographics. You, irrespective of your race, gender, sex, religion, location or socioeconomic class will be not only represented but valued.

Favourite holiday destination/activity?

My favourite activity is cruising down the transcendent South Australian coast, vibing to 70's music.

Favourite place to study on campus?

The barr smith library, feels like your studying at Hogwarts. Really gets the ideas flowing. However, you can always find me at the Unibar most afternoons with a pint of Coopers.

What advice would you give to students starting out at the University of Adelaide?

Take every opportunity. You are embarking on your new chapter in your life, a defining one, surround yourself with people who inspire you. You change the University, don't let the University change you, evolve together.

The best way to contact me is through social media, @JamesDimasWKYZ - Twitter, and @James_Dimas - Instagram