Long time no blog! It’s been very busy here at the Guild and I’d like to congratulate all the student groups for their fantastic work so far this term. A special shout out fo watch this and their brilliant rocky horror 48hr, the sikh society for their langar on campus which saw 2,300 – 3,000 students in attendance, j-soc for inviting sabbs to their delicious fri night dinners,the northern society for their pub quiz, friends of palestine for chairing a controversial talk with norman finkelstein and the wayfarers for having me in the lake district at the moment!
Last week we had a very successful Interfaith week which saw all but two faith groups attend a networking lunch with faith societies as well as an Interfaith Cafe in which food was available for everyone to learn more about different faiths and celebrate culture relating to these group. This also formed part of our spotlight week upon our Faith and Religious miniforum and I would like to express my thanks to the Interfaith Association for compiling some of the events to publicise on our brand new minisite promoting the spotlight weeks. This can be found on the Guild of Students website Under “Society Spotlight Weeks” in “Get Involved”. I am also looking for more video and photo content of these groups for this site so please send them over to me if you have any. (Visit the Contact Me page to find out how). Groups will be contacted shortly about the next spotlight week!
To help with compiling together a list of student events, which I want to be able to shout about then please post them on the relevant miniforum facebook group. The groups are all linked on the Better Student Groups Forum: Just scroll down the page to the one that matches your miniforum. I would encourage all committees to invite as many members/friends as possible to help publicity for your events and to share best practice about your groups. Currently the league tables stand like this:
1)Campaigning and Political Miniforum – 59 members
2)Volunteering Miniforum – 48 members
3)Departmental Miniforum – 33 members
4)Drama and Performance Miniforum – 31 members
Media Miniforum – 31 members
5)Cultural and International Miniforum – 30 members
6)Liberation and Associatiob Miniforum – 18 members
7)Outoors and Recreational Miniforum – 17 members
8)Religious and Faith Miniforum – 16 members
9)Indoor Activities Miniforum – 12 members
Music and Dance Miniforum – 12 members
As you can see, it’s all to play for so get adding people! There will be a prize at the end of the year for the miniforum group with the most members and a prize for the group that makes the most use out of it!
Also, planning has been taking place on the refurbishment of the student activity space in the basement following consultation with groups conducted via telephone interviews and with focus groups. This is after the steer was passed at the last Guild Council which recommended the Common Room be redeveloped into a social learning space and the basement to be converted into a large activity space, suitable for the types of activity currently conducted in the Common Room. I shall also be looking at developing a ‘Quiet Room’ within the Guild for during the day to replace the current use of the Common Room that currently happens during the day.
Finally, I would like to apologise for having to edit this blog post. I tried to blog from my phone as I was without internet access on a computer at the weekend but only half of my post was published and the other part wasn’t saved.
Any comments then get in contact as always,