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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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
I already had an interest in politics and Higher Education from study and my involvement with the Students Union, so the VPE role was very appealing. After talking to the sabbatical officers at the time I realised that it was a unique opportunity for me to gain a range of skills in experiences in a short period. It also delayed letting go of the student lifestyle!
What I got out of it
Increased confidence and belief is probably the most beneficial for me; I find myself drawing upon experiences and knowledge from my time as a sabbatical officer nearly every day. I imagine it will also be the most enjoyable and rewarding role that I hold.
After an year as Policy Officer to the Vice Chancellors Office at the University of Worcester I am now doing an MSc studentship at Worcester and am Head Coach of the University of Worcester Rugby program
The learning curve was steep, but I got acquired a range of skills and abilities that would take years to develop in most other roles, this made my position as an officer trustee crucial in applying for both of my current positions. Very few people are lucky enough to hold representative office, so it is something that stands out to employers and is naturally easy to talk about in interviews.
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.
I am Head of Talent for the National Union of Students
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
…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