I hope your week has been going well and not too busy so far?
So today’s blog is about the students’ union. So I recently realized that a lot of people do not even know who they are, where their office is and what they do. It is important for potential and current student to understand what they do.
Location: The students’ union office is located in the same building as the Rubix nightclub, and is easily accessible.
Who they are: The University students’ union is a non-for-profit charity, which represents students on a local and national level. The union is led by 5 full time sabbatical officers, as well as 21 part time student officers. Every student is by default a member of the union.
What they do: So the union is split into four zones; Voice, Activity, Support, and Community. Each zone is led by a full time officer. I’ll briefly explain what the four zones do:
The Voice Zone- They are responsible for finding out students opinions on different issues that have an impact on student life at the university. The voice zone works alongside course representative for each faculty and level. Additionally, they provide support for students who are interested in raising awareness about the causes that they are passionate about. For example if a group of student decides to raise awareness on breast cancer or on world mental health day, they would have to speak to the voice zone about this. The VP Voice for 2016/2017 is Tai Ademola.
The Activity Zone: They are responsible for helping students increase their participation in extra-curricular activities without any barriers, such as being involved in sports clubs & societies. The university participates in the Duke Edinburgh Award programme and other running activities that students can get involved in. Additionally, students interested in starting up a new society will have to speak to VP activity of how to go about it. The VP Activity for 2016/2017 is Becky Ibbotson.
The Support Zone: The basically oversee the welfare of students (academic support, wellbeing support, training and development). The support zones also ensure that the Union has student support in mind, in all its activities. They support students with wellbeing campaigns and ensure that feedbacks given by students are acted upon accordingly. The VP Support for 2016/2017 is Koyin Akinsiku.
The Community Zone: They are responsible for bringing student community together. This is done by, integrating the student community into the local community, and ensuring that there are volunteering opportunities available for students. They are the ones to speak to if a society wants to raise money for charity, and not sure of what exact charity. They will be more than happy to help out. The VP Community for 2016/2017 is Saskia Cochrane.
The union is available to all students, and it’s important to make the most use of them. I hope you all enjoyed today’s blogged and you found it useful.
See you all next week xx
PS: Let love be the lodestar of your life