AUSU Update!

This update is provided to The Voice by AUSU. Contact with questions.

Important news for students! Athabasca University is offering another round of emergency bursaries following the successful distribution of $444,000 during the summer 2020 and spring 2021 cycles. By getting bursaries into the hands of learners who need them most, AU hopes to relieve some of the economic pressure still felt due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bursaries valued at $1,000 each will be available to undergraduate and non-program learners via the AU Undergraduate Student Emergency Bursary and the AU Open Studies Emergency Bursary. Applications are open from Dec 6-13, 2021, and recipients will be selected by a lottery. Read AU’s announcement for details on eligibility and how to apply.

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Meet the Indigenous Student Circle at Athabasca University Students’ Union! The Circle is committed to carrying the spirit of Indigenous people’s strength, resilience, and customs into colonial spaces as they work with the Students’ Union.

Indigenous undergraduate students at AU are invited to reach out and help guide The Circle in understanding your needs better by emailing or joining the growing AU Indigenous Community Facebook page. Meegwich and marci-cho, may Creator bless you all.

AUSU presents the Pride Student Lounge hosted by VP Community & Wellness Natalia Iwanek (she/they). The Pride Student Lounge is a casual space for 2SLGBTQIA+ undergrads to meet, kick back, and chat about anything and everything @AthabascaU! Drop by and get to know your fellow 2SLGBTQIA+ students with Natalia, a champion for student engagement! Grab the Zoom link today by emailing See you there!

AUSUnights are virtual student socials held over Zoom on the second Thursday of every month. They are a great opportunity to connect with fellow AU students, have fun, play games, and win some prizes from your Students’ Union! RSVP to and get the Zoom link today!


AUSU will be doubling the number of $100 gift cards awarded through the Virtual Food Assistance Program this December from 5 to 10. Students often endure hardship while furthering themselves. This is especially true around the holidays.

The gift cards will be for a major grocery chain in Canada convenient to those selected through the draw. In the case of rural or international students who do not have access to one of these chains, AUSU will offer alternate options. Apply today!

Check out the 2021 Year in Review with your AUSU Executive Team including on external advocacy, efforts to lower tuition costs, undergraduate research, and more!

AU Students’ Union will be closed for the winter holiday from December 20 – 31, 2021, with regular office hours resuming on January 4, 2022. If you require assistance from before then, please contact