Being elected as Vice President gave me the opportunity to change the way Activities was run within the Students’ Union. I listened to students, took on board their feedback, and delivered. I launched a new online system for Activities, which eliminated forms and has given members more control over their club or society.
I have also secured weekly sponsorship for all clubs and societies from QUACK, organised more trips for students, and developed the support students receive when wanting to set up a new activity. What I propose to do if I was elected your SU President is a continuation of my persistence and dedication I believe I demonstrate already.
When studying here at Lincoln, I wanted to gain experience of working in the design industry, which would have complimented my studies and improved my employability. I felt I wasn’t supported enough in finding suitable opportunities and was overwhelmed with the process. I would like to create a program, which supports students in finding tailored work experience to increase employability.
Throughout the year I have visited many other University Students’ Unions such as Swansea, Nottingham Trent and De Montfort. All three had union shops offering products at student friendly prices. If I was elected, I would work hard to open a Students’ Union shop here at Lincoln selling items such as low cost art supplies, a wide range of affordable world foods and creating more student jobs. During the Hidden Course Cost feedback exercise that was done this year, I learnt many students would appreciate course essentials being cheaper. Selling art supplies at a low cost would help students significantly when funding their education.
Another trend I came across in most unions I visited was that they had an established media department. I would like to develop this here at Lincoln, creating a magazine, which is run by students and would open up more volunteer opportunities.
In my current role, many students that have joined an academic society have approached me expressing their disappointment. They expected more support alongside their course from the society. I would like to work with academic societies, developing them to their full potential and increase engagement from schools and course representatives.
Finally, I believe the Students’ Union needs an advice centre and if elected, I would work hard to launch this. Students often need support with academic, welfare and housing issues whilst at University. It’s essential that a Students’ Union offers independent, professional advice in order to support students to their full potential.
I encourage you to re-elect me for President as I promise I will continue to make a difference.