What are your campaigns/ what would you like to achieve for students this year?
I’d like to develop good communication practices between, students, faculties and the SU, seeing a greater transparency between each element and thereby being ale to get more accurate feedback to represent students effectively. Improving student experience and community feel to new and current students has always been important to me also, being able to provide new and exciting opportunities and experiences that help develop and become a part of our university memories. Access to facilities is a huge factor in getting the most out of our student experience, in all aspects from accessibility needs, software access and more. Putting the SU in touch with students.
Why are you passionate about this project idea?
Throughout my time as a faculty rep I’ve learnt a significant amount and in various other roles and employment have become more in touch with the students at ARU and constantly learn as time goes on. I highlighted these particular topics as they impact lots of students, myself included and as a representative want to make sure that student voice is heard in all meetings. I hope to be able to make a positive impact on student experience and help wherever I can, the way representatives and the SU did for me.
Student voice should be at the heart of everything we do as both Students’ union and University. As Faculty Rep for FSE I have already made changes and am always open to the dynamic changes that students go through on their journey, as a result I change with students and want to show support to all those I represent.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time?
5 Years isn’t that long but to me it’s a lifetime at the minute, I’m beginning a new adventure as an officer and hope that as each year goes on I continue to take full advantage of the opportunities presented to me. There’s nothing wrong in saying I don’t have a plan, just a direction and the direction I’d like to go in is wherever I can learn and explore about our world and those within it.
Share your three favourite tunes:
At the moment my spotify playlist suggests: “Baba O’Riley” by The Who, “Tales from The Vienna Woods” by André Rieu and the Johann Strauss Orchestra and then “Peripeteia” by Milky Chance. So a wide scope!
Tell us something not many people know about you.
I was an army cadet for 8 years and followed onto become an Officer cadet in the Officer’s training Corps whilst at university, It has taught me a lot of the transferrable skills I have today. I’m also learning to play the harmonica :D practice makes perfect right?
What's your ultimate ARU moment?
My Ultimate ARU moment was when I was working as an SU Hero, I had only been at university a year myself however when I had welcomed a student who really wasn’t confident in themselves and suffered a lot with their anxiety at starting at university, after I had finished helping them they later came and gave me a hug and thanked me for my help. It meant a lot that this student had then felt comfortable enough to approach me and let me know that I had helped them in such a way that made them feel welcome and ready to start their own adventure. It was this moment that led me onto the path of representing and helping others. Seeing the student years later well into their university degree they had grown a lot and now have a confidence to go and try the things they never thought they could, is inspiring. I have had lots of #ARUProud moments but this one has stuck with me significantly.
If you had a super power what would it be?
Teleportation, why isn’t that a thing yet? “Excuse me whilst I just pop over to the great barrier reef, I’ve got a lunch date with some clown fish, Be back at 1pm!”
What’s your favourite social media platform/ where can students find you to chat?
Mostly I use Facebook but that’s just because I haven’t figured out most other platforms yet ?? I will do and would be happy to be contacted anywhere. I have access to my emails too email@example.com. I’ll also be setting up a regular VP blog post with the Faculty to keep you updated on all my campaigns and highlighting what I get up to.