|What duties have you been carrying out which tie into your manifesto pledges?|
We’ve been firming up the plans for the January societies fair, which has actually been more difficult than you might expect. This has mainly come from difficulties with the university and their desire to move the fair later into term, to a date that suits them and not us. It has meant that there may be a few more changes to the fair than we were expecting, including a new location. At the time of writing this, I am unable to say for certain the details of dates and location but I will by Guild Council, so if you are curious, then please come and ask. However, I can reveal the new name of the fair, which will act as the launch of a new Guild wide campaign. And that is the ‘Give it a Go Fair’ Keep an eye out for more info over the Christmas holiday.
More work has been done this month on student volunteering week 2013, including several cross department meetings to discuss the best way to launch it in February. I’ve also been to NUS HQ in London along with Studev staff to talk to them about it and what their plans are for Volunteering in unions. As its part of the NUS’ strategic plan for this year, it makes sense to see what their vision of student volunteering is before attempting to launch something on our very own campus.
Whilst in London, I also had the chance to view the volunteering module of the website that will be launching next year. This is part of phase 2 of the project and will see the guild shift a lot of the lengthy paperwork around volunteering onto the website. Making simpler and more straight forward to not only start volunteering through the Guild, but also for those wanting to gain recognition by recording volunteering hours etc. Exactly what we need to get more people involved!
Again, this manifesto point has had to take a bit of a back seat this month due to other commitments. I’ll be picking a lot of this work up over Christmas. Including hopefully working with other University departments such as the Alumni office. As well as working on the new student group training for Term 2 which will help make it clear how to obtain group funding.
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|What other duties have you been carrying out within your role?|
Oh, NUS Digital, how I love you so. The work continues on making it a website that works for you! As I’ve already mentioned, I went to NUS HQ to look at the new new volunteering module due to come on live next year. Including the opportunity to feedback on what we need it to do. I’ll also be heading out in January to look at other parts of phase two including the jobshop module. As well as this, I’ll also be looking to do a term 1 review of the new website over the next few weeks. More info on that below!
So. we came, we saw and we got very wet! The NUS National Demo happened this month and it’s fair to say it was an interesting experience. Despite the Guild’s coaches getting into London rather late, we still managed to tag onto the back of the march with our massive banner (expertly carried by Mr Franklin, see Redbrick for photos). I think I also have to agree that the route of the march was a bit of a joke. Sending a large march down a road with no significance into an area of London where no-one cared, only seemed to frustrate all the cold and damp demonstrators, including myself. By the time we got to the rally, most people either went to get some shelter or felt inclined to pelt the stage with a good old egg. So, great success then? Well, it’s a lot better than sitting in silence and things going on as per. If you are angry, shout about it. Because otherwise, no-one will know, and nothing will ever change. Wednesday 21st November may not come to much in the end, but those that need to know, are aware that the student movement is still here, and we do hold a lot of power!
Space and Room Bookings at the guild actually make my head hurt a lot. It’s easy to think about the numerous groups requesting a finite set of rooms but, only when you see the different stakeholders involved in black and white, you realise that the task of making everyone happy is no mean feat. Term 2 bookings have been opened, and along with the Room Bookings co-ordinator, I have sat down and attempted this very job. With Deb Hall bookings being the most difficult ones to manage and fit in. Hopefully we have been as fair as we can be and as always, we do want feedback to make the process even better next time around.
Guild Council Filming
Following on from the success at the last Guild Council with Guild TV being allowed to film and stream future meetings of Guild Council, I have been working with them and Student Voice to make sure things go smoothly. It’s really exciting that this is now going to be a regular thing as there is now so much opportunity for your regular students to get involved and see what happens at meetings. Not only that, it gives one of our media groups a great opportunity to perfect and develop their live broadcasting offering.
Without doubt, the best part of the job! Even if it’s also the scariest part of the job. Being challenged by student groups to give what they do a try. The biggest thing I’ve been challenged to do this term is to participate in the annual ‘Strictly Brum Dancing’ competition hosted by the Ballroom and Latin American Dance Society. Tasked with learning 2 dances from scratch and to perform them live last Thursday has been a challenge but also great fun! So if there are any other groups out there reading this, make sure you drop me an email and challenge me to do something.
|What do you aim to get done before the next Guild Council?|
|Again, I’ll be working on developing phase 1 of the Guild website. Making sure that we’re still working on those issues before we start with phase 2. I’m hoping to produce a report over Christmas outlining the successes and issues with the new website and how to proceed with taking the project forward into the 2013/14 academic year.
A lot of the new Student Group committee training should be near completion ready for sessions put on in term 2. With loads of new and varied things being offered in training following extensive research and planning by Student Development, myself and of course Fliss Cross.
The Give it a go fair should be all done and dusted, and all the promo that goes with it! We’re going to promote it hard so that is most definitely going to take up a lot of my time in the first few weeks of next term.
…As well as all the other day to day Student Group queries and issues that need my constant attention. Always loads of stuff happening!!