Lina tells us about her role of Communities Officer for Aberdeen University Students’ Association (AUSA).

Tell us about your role at the University.

I work as part of the Sabbatical Officer Team at AUSA, and my job is to represent students on a local and national level. My remit focuses on community aspects, sustainability issues, housing and workers' rights. Apart from that, I have other responsibilities within AUSA, such as running the Elections or sitting on the Trustee Board of the organisation. 

How do you usually start your day?

I usually get to the office for around 9am, and start replying to emails. During the day, there are a huge variety of tasks that come up, and so far no day has ever been the same! We have meetings with students, staff, the University, other local institutions such as the City Council, I organise events, stalls, elections, meet with my Committees and run campaigns on all sort of issues. We also have Student Council meetings one a month, where students can vote on our next priorities, and I also represent students at a national level and attend meetings and conferences all over the UK. 

What brought you to the University of Aberdeen?

I'm originally from Germany, and I applied to Scottish Universities because I wanted to study somewhere that's not Germany. I applied to Aberdeen because I like the beach. 

What’s your favourite thing about your job?

My favourite part is working with our absolutely brilliant staff team, and being able to help students achieve projects, campaigns and events they are really keen about. 

What are your work priorities at the moment?

Currently, it's the middle of our Election season so I'm busy organising the Elections to make sure we have a new Sabbatical Team in the upcoming academic year. 

How do you like to relax outside work?

I like being outside, spending time with my friends, and I spend a lot of my free time campaigning about the issues I care about at work too - free education, affordable housing and a liberated society.