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Jade Haley, Students' Union President, 2016-17 and 2017-18.

Wes Hudson, Students' Union President, 2014-2016.

Lewis Arnold, Vice President Education, 2015-2016

Sam Harris, Vice President Education 2012-13

Lee Collyer, Vice President Student Experience, 2012-2014.

Famous Faces who were SU Officers (not necessarily at Worcester)

Jade Haley, Students' Union President, 2016-17, 2017-18.

Being an Officer was undeniably the best thing I have ever done. If I had left University after my final year, I don't think I would have been half the person I am today if it hadn't been for being President. Over my two years in office, I found a new confidence for public speaking, my organisational skills improved significantly, and even my writing style improved from writing many, many, MANY reports. All of this has helped me massively starting my MSc in Forensic Psychology. I feel more prepared for the real world than ever before and I am excited to begin my career when I finish my studies. I think anybody considering running in the Elections should just take a leap of faith and go for it. Better to try than not try at all and even the campaigning element helped me gain skills which I then used in the role.

You are always 100% supported in the role from both the University and the Union. Working with Sophie and the Students' Union over the last two years is something I will never forget and I know I will always look back and be proud of what we all achieved. 

 

Wes Hudson, Students' Union President, 2014-2016.

Why I applied to be a Full Time Students’ Union Officer

I had a wonderful time whilst I was a Student at Worcester, because of this I ran to be an officer so I could help make changes and improve things for future students to ensure that they had a great student experience.

What I got out of it

Being and officer gave me a chance to meet many new people not just in Worcester but up and down the country and around the world. It gives you a nice feeling inside when you see the changes that you've made.

What I’m doing now

I've moved on to a larger Students' Union as a Student Engagement Coordinator. I organise Volunteering, Societies and Student Reps. They pay is quite good and is giving me a way of saving money to do a postgraduate course.

How being an SU Officer helped me get the job or prepared me for it.

Being an SU Officer is a great opportunity to learn new skills and develop the you already have. It gave me a great chance to bump up my CV and really get ahead of other people applying for jobs. 

Lewis Arnold, Vice President Eduation, 2015-2016.

Being Vice President Education was an amazing experience. The role provided me with the confidence and ability to interact with, and support, the student body at the University of Worcester. The Students' Union was a challenging and dynamic environment, and I was regularly exposed to opportunities that facilitated my development as a person and professional. Being able to work for, and alongside students daily was something I thoroughly enjoyed. 

Since leaving the SU, it has become apparent how important the role was for my employability as a young professional and my future career.

Sam Harris, Vice President Education 2012-13

Why I applied to be an officer

I had been involved in Worcester SU throughout my degree as a trustee, on student council and as an NUS Delegate. It made the role of VP really appealing to me, and I got the bug for Student politics. It seems like a small world in Worcester, but I quickly realised that the SU Leadership have a massive impact on students’ lives everyday. The Education portfolio was the one I was most interested as it’s the bread and butter of a University, and something that I wanted to put a mark on.

What I am doing now

I am Head of Talent for the National Union of Students

What I got out of it

My whole career!

Like I said, I got the students’ union bug... Ultimately though, I learnt how to influence, negotiate, network, how to push myself out of my comfort zone, and try new things. I also learned how to lead and how to be a good colleague, which has helped in every role. What I do now I’m now a member of the Leadership group at the National Union of Students. My role as Head of Talent involves leading my teams to deliver impactful Recruitment, Learning and Development and Talent Programmes at NUS and across the Student Movement. It means u get to work with amazing people everyday, and lead passionate and dedicated teams.

How being an SU officer helped me get the job or prepared me for it

My whole career in learning and development started by changing the course rep training at Worcester SU. I realised how interested I was in training, and it went with my to my future role at a larger students’ union, and then ultimately to NUS where I started as a Learning and Development Consultant. Now I look back on it, I realise that the resilience I built, the confidence I gained and the skills that i picked up have stayed with me since my year as an officer and has ultimately helped me get to where I am today.

Lee Collyer, Vice President Student Experience, 2012-2014.

Why I applied to be a Full Time Students’ Union Officer

There were a few reasons why I applied to be a Full Time Students’ Union officer. Frankly, I underperformed in my degree. In such a competitive world of graduates all fighting for the same positions, and whilst I have no regrets about my experience, I felt that leaving University with an average degree wouldn’t be enough. It was during my final year that I really gave it serious thought and decided to go for it; a number of decisions had been made during my final year, in particular, that riled me, made me angry, upset and impacted upon my experience and the experience of many others. I wanted to make a difference and have a positive impact on students’ experience at University, and in the process bolster my CV. Hence, I campaigned to become Vice-President Student Experience.

What I got out of it

It sounds cliché, but the list really is endless. From the moment I started campaigning I was developing myself and learning new things. I had never been one for putting myself in the spotlight; public speaking was never a strong point and I had to get over that pretty quickly if I wanted to be successful. From the first moment, I was out of my comfort zone. If I didn’t know already, the campaign process made me realise how passionate I was about a number of issues, particularly student groups and mental health. Once in office, I had to adapt to so many environments and situations – it all came thick and fast. One minute you a reporting to the Senior Leadership and Governors of the University, next you’re organising a student tour abroad, then you find yourself in a disciplinary meeting with a Student Group that has brought the University/Union into disrepute. It really does test your ability to adapt, you can’t be a passenger, and people all around you are looking to you for input, ideas and to make changes. The scope of things you can influence, create, lead on and improve is vast. When I look back now, I realise how so many things I learnt in the role have influenced my career and opened up so many doors.

What I’m doing now

Almost 3 years on I’m working for Creative Marketing Agency as an Account Executive for a huge Automotive client in the southern region of the UK. Since leaving the role I have held positions as an Assistant Leisure Centre Manager and Total Quality Manager of an Independent Cinema. Marketing, Leisure and Hospitality – people often ask me ‘How did you get into that’, particularly my latest role which is a notoriously competitive industry, with no formal qualifications…

How being an SU Officer helped me get the job or prepared me for it.

…It all stems back to my role as Vice-President, I had so many opportunities and experiences. In relation to marketing I was continuously promoting events and campaigns via social media, building an audience, engaging with different groups, working with Graphic Designers to produce art work for a host of events from Freshers’ week to Varsity and probably my proudest achievement and biggest legacy, the creation of #TeamWorc. I didn’t really think of it at the time, but I was marketing so many different things to appeal to a diverse group of people. The multitude of experiences of looking at something, evaluating it, critiquing and improving it is the same process that has given me to opportunity to be a manager in different industries. I never just accept that something is the way it is and that’s the way it will always be. It can always be improved. I’ll finish on my first point - Confidence. The experience gave me confidence to walk into a room and convince them that I am the person for the role. Ultimately, I have been up against people far more experienced and educated than me, but how I have learned to articulate myself and apply my knowledge is largely owed to my time as an SU officer

Famous Faces who were SU Officers (not necessarily at Worcester)