Vice President Activities 

lauren bell


I am the lead on Student Activities and Employability. In today’s workplace, a degree is not enough, to make you stand out from the crowd.

I am responsible for making sure that you graduate with the experience and skills you need to enhance your student experience and your future!

I support societies, through which you can meet people with the same interests as you, and even lead one - we have over 130 societies so why not Get Involved!

I lead on Freshers week with your Freshers Welcome Team and make sure that new students feel happy, safe and part of Northumbria.

I work with staff in the Union and the University to develop events, support research and lobby for things that will benefit your experience and make sure we are delivering what YOU want to see and what will help YOU with your future plans.

 

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My work:

What I've completed

        Community

  • Coordinated around 50 volunteers to help deliver Food Parcels to students in self-isolation, in accommodation and private residences.
  • Attended Police Panels with Anna (VP Welfare) to ask questions regarding Covid-19, Operation Oak and the relationship between students and the police.

 

         Freshers

  • Helped to deliver a Freshers programme.
  • Freshers Goodie Bags contained free period products for every student.
  • Trained over 100 Freshers Team volunteers who helped with successful move ins and to deliver a week of activities.London Campus
  • Completed virtual induction talks with students to inform them about the SU and the services available to them.
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    Societies

  • Updated Society Recognition Schemes and Society of the Month.
  • Worked with Rory (VP Sport) to develop Active Bystander Training to roll out to Society Committee Leaders and for the first time, to Sport Committees.
  • Working with Claudia (VP Education) to support Academic Societies within their respective faculties.
  • Trained the Student Grants Panel.
  • Launched WYD Wednesdays so societies and other students can contact me for a catch up meeting.
  • Rewrote the Grant Guidelines to include prizes and the introduction of the brand new ‘Microgrants’ scheme.
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    Training

  • Attended NUS Lead and Change and networked with other Sabbatical Officers from Unions all over the country.
  • Attended numerous WonkHE webinars about being an SU Leader, most recently relating to the effect of Covid-19 on education.
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    WILD (Women in Leadership)

  • Both WILD online training sessions updated and now available online for all students.
  • Worked with Gender Equality Officer to develop a WILD Mentoring Scheme specific for STEM students.
  • Interviewed the peer mentors for WILD and First Generation.

 

What I'm working on

         Community

  • Attending monthly meetings between the University, Newcastle SU, Newcastle University and the Council to ensure Community Unity between students and residents in Newcastle and the surrounding boroughs.
  • Attending Students in Newcastle Forum (SINF) Meetings alongside Anna (VP Welfare).

 

       Engagement

  • Working with Anna (VP Welfare) and the University LGBT* Staffing Committee to develop an LGBT* Leadership Academy similar to WILD and Black Leaders Project.

 

         London Campus

  • Attending monthly catch up meetings with London Campus staff to discuss activities at the campus.

 

          Societies

  • Currently working on implementing the ideas raised from the Societies Survey undertaken in.
  • Organising meetings with all societies to check in and offer additional 1:1 support.

 

         Training

  • Taking part in Opps Club training which will continue across the year allowing me to network with other Activities Officers and to implement more ideas across the year.

 

What I've got coming up

  • Student Volunteering Week
  • A campaign week for WILD and a ‘choose your own’ conference to take place week commencing 8th March (International Women’s Day).
  • This Girl Can ‘Do It From Home’ Campaign.
  • Sustainability Campaign for Earth Day.
  • Elections!! Supporting students through the elections to bring you the best Sabb Team for 2021/22.

Contact me!