Hi Folks! I apologise for the lack of blogs recently – it’s been an incredibly busy few months! I’ve been keeping up with my vlogs, which you can watch here if you’d prefer -> https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLC52uN52rfMRMudNpkUD87lbUxEFTdH_X
So what’s been going on in the life of a sabb? Here are a few highlights:
WE’RE ALL EARS
On Tuesday 17th January, the officers, councillors, and senior members of university staff, including the Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, hosted the ‘We’re All Ears’ GOAL Day. This was where we spent the afternoon out across City Campus, CCE, and Coach Lane, talking to students about what matters to them.
Over the course of 3 hours, we received 344 comments from students, which is fantastic. The comments covered everything from personal tutoring and timetabling, to accommodation and catering. We are in the process of collating the feedback and we will let you know what the big issues are.
The officers and the university are meeting next week to act on your feedback and let you know what we’re doing about it. Watch this space!
Alice, your VP Education, will be heading down to our London Campus in this month to hear what they have to say. If you missed out, don’t worry, the officers will be keeping up our regular GOAL days, where we’ll be providing smiles and hot drinks.
Our Sabbatical elections are this month(!) and we’ve been working hard to encourage as many people to run and vote as possible. In my mind, the elections are the single most important thing that the Union does; the Students’ Union needs to be representative and, in order for that to happen, we need as many students as possible to elect leaders who they feel will champion the interests of students.
If you are interested in running, or want to find out a bit more, here’s some useful info about the sabbatical positions -> https://www.mynsu.co.uk/elections/electionsinformation/ If you want to run but want tips, please get in touch! My main job for the next month is making sure we have a great election, so I’m happy to talk about anything.
I like going for a cheeky pint now and then, and I love getting my teeth into hearty political discussion, so why not put the two together? The officers acknowledge that politics plays such a pivotal role in our lives, touching everything from Brexit to tuition fees, but we don’t talk about it enough. We want to get to the bottom of why we don’t talk about politics in a relaxed setting, so we set up Pub Politics.
Come along to our session on Friday 3rd February, 3pm – 5pm, in Reds, and be part of the conversation. I’m also running a session about politics and its impact on higher education on Thursday 9th February, 5pm-7pm, in TR1&2, so come along if you want to find out about what goes on in government affects your degree.
We launched our Big Idea platform this academic year and we’ve already had 20 ideas on there, which is great. This had led to some real changes in the University, such as better food options, more bike racks on campus, and most recently, a decrease in the cost of graduation tickets. Speaking off, find out more about how that campaign’s gone here -> https://www.mynsu.co.uk/news/article/6013/Graduation-costs-update/
There is probably a TON more stuff that I’ve missed, so if you have any questions about what I’ve been up to, or just fancy a chat, please get in touch.
All the best, I’ll see you all soon