Goodbyes and Hellos
Read returning SU President, Jade Haley's, overview of everything your officer team 2016-17 have accomplished.
2016-17 Full-Time Officers:
Jade Haley, SU President
James Gunther, VP Education
Hemaka Pathiranage, VP Student Activities
This has been a successful year for us as a team and we have all been working really hard to make sure you have all had the best student experience possible! Some of the key highlights from the year include: PAT campaign, degree classification campaign, safety campaign, sexual health campaign, Worc Hard, Play Hard magazine, Welfare and Inclusivity rep, Take a Stand, housing fair, TEF submission, general elections campaign, various fundraising events, institute rep recruitment and various other bits and bobs!
The SU provides a free and confidential condom delivery service set up a few years ago by a previous sabbatical officer. Although the service itself has technically still been running, the promotion was dated and no students really knew it existed. After some alarming statistic released over the last few years regarding sexual health, I thought it would be a great idea to re-launch this campaign and make our students aware of it. The sexual health campaign saw an increase in users by over 300% in just 2 months, which shows it had significant impact on our students. . This campaign looked at encouraging safe sex and was acknowledged by an employee who works within the NHS. This has now formed a new partnership and in Welcome Week we will be promoting on campus chlamydia screening.
James conducted a very impactful campaign this year around Personal Academic Tutors. Gathering feedback from over 700 students and showing that 96% of them knew who their PAT was. This very useful data was used to echo the work the University do in the Teaching and Excellence Framework (TEF) submission, which is kind of a big deal! The campaign itself consisted on postcards with simple questions on such as ‘Do you know who your PAT is? How often do you see your PAT? What would you like to see your PAT for?’. Students could then post their responses in a letter box which we collated all of the data from. We took the campaign to all of our sites as much as possible and the response rate echoes the success.
Hemaka did a lot of work this year around Varsity regarding anti-discrimination and anti-bullying. As a Union we want students to have the best experience possible and not receive any form of hate/bullying during their time at Worcester. Therefore, we took part in the BUCS Take a Stand Campaign. Several of our sports teams took part in a video stamping out bullying and discrimination and the video can be viewed here. Alongside this, our sports teams were also given rainbow laces to wear during all of our Varsity events to show support for the LGBT+ community and again show we are stamping out any form of discrimination towards any other person. This is the first time that the Union has taken part in something like this and it was so good to see all of our teams really contribute to this message.
Meet your new Officer team
I will not lie – I am going to be so sad to see my boys go! James and Hemaka have been an absolute credit to the Union over the last year and have really done some amazing stuff in their roles. Euan and Soph, you really do have big boots to fill! However, with that being said, Euan (VPE) and Sophie (VPSA) have been elected due to their manifesto’s and there is some really great ideas to put into objectives and plans to make happen over the next academic year. Summer is although a much quieter time of year for us, we still have lots to plan. Our main focus is on September and welcoming new students to the Union during both Welcome Weekend and a few weeks before when we see our international students arrive and students on professional courses such as nursing, teaching, midwifery and paramedics. We work closely with the University to ensure the induction process is as smooth and informative as possible but still has an element of fun and excitement! We do our best to visit every course during their first week and give them a flavour of what the SU is and what we can do for them over their time here as a student. As well as the Welcome Week planning, we have a lot of time as a Union to do the less exciting but just as important tasks such as our strategic planning and organisation objectives. It is important that we remain relevant and appropriate for our student body and this is one of the ways we make sure this happens! With 2 new officers also it is an exciting time to fully plan what we want to achieve as a team over the next year so watch this space!
2017-18 Full-Time Officers:
Jade Haley, SU President
Euan Morrison, VP Education
Sophie Glenny, VP Student Activities
Vice President Education, Euan Morrison
My names Euan and I will be your Vice President Education this year. I finished studying Geography and History here last year and am now looking forward to my first year working at the SU. Over the past three years I have been an active member of the SU and really enjoyed it. I held the position of SU Sports Representative for BUCS teams on the Student Council for two of these and have been a keen member of the University Rugby team holding the positions of Secretary and Chairman as well as playing.
My key manifesto promises I ran on last year are:
- Continue to lobby the issues that the Students' Union face with the University.
- Work alongside the University Careers department to create an improved careers fair for graduate, internships, part-time and voluntary jobs for students.
- Increase the effectiveness of the Institute and Star systems.
- Assist in the organisation of course based events that aim to include everyone and help build relationships between course mates.
I am really looking forward to this coming year, every year I have been here I have seen improvements to the SU and I’m sure this year will be the same. I’d like to say a big thank you to James for his services this year it’s been a pleasure.
Twitter - @wsuvpe
Vice President Student Activities, Sophie Glenny
My name is Sophie Glenny and I am the Vice President of Student Activities, I am overwhelmed and pleased to be elected into the role for the next academic year. I have always been involved in the Students’ Union over the past three years of my degree and have a great interest in the future of sports, societies and fundraising at Worcester.
My plans for the following year are as follows:
- Maintain a good relationship between the Students’ Union and the University and encourage the acknowledgment and promotion of sports and societies successes around the University.
- Help broaden the promotion of societies to encourage more participants and attendance at their incredible events.
- Encourage more intermural games within sports to help raise for charity/fundraise and gain that partnership between teams.
As said before I am grateful for the opportunity to be in the role and I cannot wait to meet so many new people whilst continuing to grow and support the pre-existing students at Worcester.
Get in touch with me!