The Role of QUSA
The relationship between QUSA and the University is based upon goodwill, mutual respect, commonality of interest, and common sense. QUSA is the employee organization which represents its members and advances the interests of general staff, including research contract staff, not covered by any collective bargaining unit or other memoranda of understanding with the University.
Queen's University will consult QUSA on policy decisions with respect to compensations, conditions of employment, and the working environment as outlined in the Memorandum of Understanding. This consultative process includes all areas that impact the general staff as defined above. The University also includes membership from QUSA on formal or standing committees and other task groups as may be mutually agreed upon. QUSA relies on ready and informal access to the Principal and senior administrators as well as representation on the formal committee structures of the University.
The QUSA Bursary was established in November of 1978 with funds for the bursary taken annually from membership fees to a maximum of $250.00, later increased to $500.00 per annum. In 1999, as part of the Queen’s capital campaign, an endowment fund was established to receive donations to the QUSA bursary fund. These donations were matched by the University. The amount of the bursary is now determined by the interest accrued in the fund over the course of the year and is presently awarding a total of approximately $1,200 per annum (to single or multiple applicants).
Available to students who are dependants of QUSA members, the bursary is applied for throughout Student Awards. Students apply for the Queen’s General Bursary through SOLUS. On the General Bursary application there is a question that allows student who are dependants of a QUSA member to self-identify. The award amount this year is approximately $1,200.00 – students must meet the criteria for the general bursary. The deadline to apply for the bursary is 31 October.
Barb Geddes' Legacy
QUSA's web site was made possible in 1995 through memorial tribute gifts given in honour of Barbara Geddes who died in December 1994. Barbara contributed tremendously to Queen's University in her role as coordinator of the Research Program in the School of Business. She was instrumental in developing the program from its simple beginning in 1988 to its current status as a major support program in the School. Barb, as she was known by her friends and colleagues, was a person with whom faculty, staff and students had a warm rapport.
Barb also gave tirelessly to many other organizations on campus, including the Queen's Staff Association (QUSA) and the Queen's Women in Network (QWIN). She was instrumental in launching QWIN's conference on Women, Work and Family held in 1993, and she was a QUSA representative during the social contract negotiations. She was also a member of the Principal's Joint Consultative Committee on staff relations. Despite her deteriorating health, she gave abundantly of her time and energy to these commitments.
The continuation of his web site will allow Barb Geddes to remain part of Queen's University and continue to play a role in helping fellow employees with career development and professional skills.