SA Annual Ball 2018: Night of the Stars

SA Annual Ball 2018: Night of the Stars

  The SA Annual Ball 2018 started with a harmony of notes and instruments that rhymed to the exciting soundtracks from three major films: “How to Train Your Dragon”, “Enchanted”, and “Avengers”, performed by our very own UNMC Orchestra. Our emcee for the night was none other than Ali Wail, who also won the Oscar award for Best Male Personality, unsurprisingly with his witty jokes and charming smile! Music kept everyone company as the night went on, with guest performances by our students Khairul Anuar, Kareshma and Leo. The 24-Drums didn’t shy away from the spotlight either with their spot-on rhythmic beats! After the opening speeches by Professor Graham Kendall (Provost) and Ehab Mohammed Ashraf (Head of Ball), the Oscars were awarded throughout the night for the following categories: Staff Oscars Best FYP / Dissertation Supervisor: Jessica Price Best Teacher / RA: Alfred Lim Chee Keong Best Lecturer for Academic Feedback: Nishanth Chemmangattuvalappil Most High-Tech Lecturer: Mustafa Al-Shagga Most Captivating Lecturer: Vivek Thuppil Most Inspiring Lecturer: Shivani Sivagurunathan Best All-Rounder Lecturer: Vengadeshvaran Sarma Best Personal Tutor: Alice Cin Kong Best School/Department: School of Psychology Best Support Staff (Students’ Association, Sports Complex): Mohd Shazereen Kamarudin (SA Office) Best Support Staff (Careers, IT, ADRO, Student Registry, Finance): Kevin Lim (Careers) Best Welfare Support Staff (Well-being, Accommodation, Security, Visa): Revathi Gopal (Well-being) Lifetime Achievement Award: Svenja Hanson   Clubs and Societies Oscars Financial Growth: Rotaract Club Most Active CS: AIESEC Biggest Contribution to Student Body: ACE Best Cultural Society: Japanese Society Best Academic Society: PharmNotts Best Upcoming Society: Philosophy Society Best Student Campus Experience: Nottingham Dance Club Best Contribution to Community: ACE Best...
SA General Elections 2018: Results

SA General Elections 2018: Results

The SA General Elections 2018 came to an end and, after 5 days of voting, 979 students comprising of 23.4% of the students in the University of Nottingham Malaysia used their right to vote to choose the individuals that they want to represent them as their SA Executives for Academic Year 2018/19. SA Executives for 2018/19 are: SA President : Am Abdul Aziz SA Vice President : Re-open Nominations SA Activities Officer : Sara Siddiqi SA Home Students’ Officer : Andy Tan SA International Students’ Officer : Samawiyah Ulde SA Sustainability Officer : Ahmed Juman Rasheed SA Sports Officer : Mariyam Nadha Ibrahim SA Educations Officer : Re-open Nominations (no candidacy) Below is the breakdown of all voting outcome, following the Instant Run-Off Voting System that was introduced this year by the Student Council: 1. SA President 2. SA Vice President 3. SA Activities Officer 4. SA Home Students’ Officer 5. SA International Students’ Officer 6. SA Sustainability Officer 7. SA Sports Officer This year, the elections committee also carried out a survey to try to understand why the voter turnout has decreased from the past year. There were close to 80 respondents for the survey. A majority seemed to suggest there was a lack of awareness and ‘hype’ for the elections. While some mentioned the new Instant Run-Off voting system would be better only if there were a greater pool of candidates, others felt it had not been sufficiently explained. However, as this is its first-time implementation, an overall understanding of how the system works should improve gradually in the following year. It was also identified that low voter turnout could be the result of lack of engagement with the candidates. More could be done in terms of promoting...
SA General Elections 2018 / 2019

SA General Elections 2018 / 2019

Nominations for SA General Elections 2018/2019 are now open! This year, all you need to do is fill the form below and send a soft copy of your manifesto to the Student Council Vice Chairperson to nominate yourself. Apply now and be the change that you want to see in University of Nottingham Malaysia! https://goo.gl/8Aax69   The following is the timeline for SA General Elections 2018! Make sure to keep yourself available for the Hustings and the results announcement! Like and follow @SAGeneralElections on Facebook for more updates as the election period progresses!...
The Science of Happiness: Stress and Anxiety No More

The Science of Happiness: Stress and Anxiety No More

The Science of Happiness was an event organised by the Nottingham Buddhist Society on 16 November 2017 to raise mental health awareness and enable people to have a clearer understanding of their own mental well-beings and enhance them. Participants of this event also had the opportunity to learn how to support other people with mental health issues, specifically in relation to depression and anxiety disorder. The eventful night first started off with an outstanding short sketch performed by the drama team. The sketch performed effectively outline the effect of anxiety and depression, emphasising their effect on the individual level. It could be seen that the sketch spoke directly to the hearts of many students who attended the events, who are no strangers to work-related stress themselves. The first main speaker, Sis. K. C. Chiang, a practicing clinical psychologist, was promptly introduced. Whilst exuding an aura of professional warmth, she cheerfully shared useful information about depression and anxiety disorder with the audience. She emphasised greatly upon the fact that depression is an actual illness; that depression is not just an emotion which negatively affects one’s body when not dealt with properly. Her speech was both intriguing and enlightening, especially the part where she explained how most people are unable to differentiate between anxiety and anxiety disorder. Not only did Sis. Chiang generously share about ways to tell the crucial differences between phenomena and disorder, she was also more than willing to impart knowledge about dealing with individuals suffering from anxiety disorders! The next presenter, Bro. Aggaphala Yap, a certified counsellor also worked well in engaging the audience with his informative session...
Nation’s Cup 2017: End of Another Chapter in SA History

Nation’s Cup 2017: End of Another Chapter in SA History

    As we all know and are tired of hearing, all good things must come to an end. Nations Cup spanned a glorious 3 weeks of sweat, tears, blood and pain and at the end of it all we all look back with fond smiles and laughter. New friends were made, new cultures were explored, new sports were tried out and for an unfortunate number of us, new crutches were bought. Mohannad (Dinho) began the Nations Cup closing ceremony bringing these sentiments to mind and echoed the theme of Nations Cup 2017; Friendship through Sport! He also took a moment to wish a speedy recovery to all the heroes of Nations Cup who were injured. He then took a few longer moments of silence to recall the rest of his speech. The individual awards were distributed for the best male and female players of each sport.      During a short break from the award distribution the NDC performed a medley of dances of varied genres that had the audience screaming for their favourite performers. However, the club that elicited shocked gasps from the crowd was our cheerleading team, The Beast with their stunts that all but defied gravity. They had the audience perched on the edge of their seats expecting disaster and earned the loudest applause of the night with their wonderful execution,  despite a few near saves. Omar, the SA Sports Officer and man behind Nations Cup 2017, then gave a short but heartfelt speech on the sentiments behind Nations Cup; to do the best you can and make the presence of your nation felt at...
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