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3 months in the life of Leigh

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January

  • Trip to Paris with students from Chelmsford, Cambridge and Peterborough
  • Executive Committee away day where all elected officers and campaign reps came together to do some team building games and most importantly – ate cake!
  • International Orientation – welcomed students from all over the world to Chelmsford! Had fun doing quizzes, Karaoke, campus and town tours.

February

  • Ruskin Refresh!! Over 15 clubs and societies were at the Refreshers fair to promote themselves and encourage new and existing students to join.
  • A week full of events in the student lounge and in Chelmsford town.
  • Clubs and Societies ran GIAG’s over the first few weeks of the semester to encourage students to try out their activity and join the society.
  • Experience Officer Challenge – I went to over 20 clubs, societies and sports clubs throughout the duration of a week and filmed myself taking part! The video was created to raise the profile of student led activity on campus and showcase just how much the Chelmsford campus has to offer!
  • National Student Volunteering Week – Did you know we have a Greenhouse on campus? All produce is donated to the local homeless charity ‘Sanctus’. To get involved email our volunteer coordinators Emma at e.huges@angliastudent.com and Tracey at t.hall@angliastudent.com
  • Global Week – International and home students showcased their cultures, countries and talents in a week full of activity including food tasters, dance performances, music, lion dance and much more. Working closely with the International Office students volunteered their time to raising the profile of how global ARU is!   
  • Cheerleading competition – I represented ARU and specifically Chelmsford in the UK University National Cheerleading competition in Birmingham with the Sirens! We placed 4th in the competition and are super proud of our progression as a team this year.
  • Regular meetings with the Chelmsford provost regarding the development of the Chelmsford campus, including proposals for new buildings specifically a ‘hub’ in the heart of the campus. These meetings are ongoing.

March

  • GIAG Trip to Wicked in Theatre – although I couldn’t make it, Katie (student opportunities coordinator) took a group of students to London to see Wicked.
  • Town Takeover! I joined the students in taking over Chelmsford town in one of the best events of the year.
  • Accommodation Audits – I was invited by residential services to be involved in the Audits of the student village to ensure everything is up to standard! Happily, there weren’t many issues!
  • 360 feedback on my performance as an officer… I was very pleased! There is definitely room for improvement, especially my confidence in meetings etc.
  • I got elected as President!! After two weeks of hard core campaigning I was voted in to be the SU President 2016/17… I am very excited!
  • 3 clubs and society forums, meeting with all committee members to find out what everyone is up to and offer any support they may need – I bring the pizza ;)
  • Made a Difference Shortlisting – although Grace has been the absolute champion of this project I had the opportunity to shortlist one of the categories, it’s so nice to see how appreciated staff are at ARU.
  • SU Awards Shortlisting – Going through all of the nominations for our amazing students who have invested time and effort into working and volunteering with the SU for the past year!
  • Easter Egg Hunt
  • Festival Croatia! Sarah Haider and I took a group of ARU students to Croatia to play sport and visit the country… It was an AMAZING week!
  • Met the new Vice Chancellor Iain Martin – with the rest of the officer team and senior manager team at the SU we had an informal discussion with Iain about ours and his priorities for ARU… We were very happy to hear that ours match his!

April

  • Onesie Wednesday – encouraging all students and staff to wear their onesies into uni on 6th April to raise money for Autism Awareness and the National Autistic Society
  • Encouraging people to set up new clubs and societies! - My board in the Lord Ashcroft building is open for all students to suggest ideas for new clubs and societies! It now has some sign up sheets on there for people to leave details so I can contact you directly. Leave your details and become the leader of a club or society!

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