Sabb Spotlight

So this is the last edition of Sabb Spotlight with this current team but don’t worry you can still find us on the 1st floor of the Students’ Union (you can’t miss our office, our faces are giant on the wall) so if you’ve got any questions about what we’ve been up to feel free to pop in and ask what we’ve been up to…or even just to say hi. We promise we don’t bite.

JO RHODES
President

What is your role?
I’m the leader of your Students’ Union, changing things and making life better on your behalf – anything you need, just give me a shout!

What are your priorities for the last few months?
Finishing off the Student Charter which is an important part of the culture of Northumbria, it is a statement of intent and should give you and prospective students an idea of what to expect from your time here. I’ll also be doing the review of the very recent Elections and getting my successor ready for taking on being President and hit the ground running!

What is the best thing you’ve achieved this year?
Definitely improving the financial support students will receive, you can’t get better than getting the University to agree to giving up to £4,000 to over 5,000 of our students! I really think this will have such an impact on many student lives and can’t wait for it to come into force!

Do you have any exciting plans for summer?
YES! I’ll be going on a much needed holiday to Australia and New Zealand, I literally cannot wait! I’m definitely going to make the most of it!

NICOLE PEGG
Vice President Academic Affairs

What is your role?
My role is lobbying the university for better provision regarding anything that is academic, e.g group work and resources to give a couple of examples. I also take the lead on any campaigns that involve things like this and I am the sabbatical mentor for all of our academic reps here at Northumbria! 
What are your priorities for the last few months of term?
Well I guess the main thing is to plan campaigns for the coming academic year since you haven’t got rid of me quite yet :p. Another priority is getting a new team of good quality faculty reps in place, to ensure that you have the best possible academic representation whilst at the uni.

What is the best thing you’ve achieved this year?
Wow, there are too many things to name! The successful launch of the Student Led Teaching Awards, City Campus East being open longer in the assessment period with help from my wonderful business reps and how seriously the University is taking the report that came out of the feedback campaign I conducted. In my opinion, all of the above are fantastic achievements and I would struggle to pick just one of them!

Do you have any exciting plans for summer?
Unfortunately not many, I’m going to V festival, my first ever festival this year, so that should be exciting and if anyone wants to whisk me off somewhere exotic then please do! Other than that I am looking forward to bonding with the incoming sabbatical officers and getting set for another year, although I will be sad to see Jo, Hannah and Andy leave :( – If you see them around make sure to say thanks very much for all of their hard work and dedication to Northumbria Students’ Union over the past couple of years.

MIKE POTTER
Vice President Communications and Democracy

What is your role?

I look after student media, elections and student council. I also look into how we communicate with students and really engage with students because communication is a two way thing and we need to know what your issues are before we can help you as a union.

What are your priorities for the last few months of term?

A lot of my planning is really putting stuff in place for next year. After being re-elected, I’ve already started looking into my manifesto point that students voted me for and starting to put things in place to make sure they are possible. This includes a podcasting service, ensuring that the Sabbatical officers are coming to you and also subeditors for this very magazine.

What is the best thing you’ve achieved this year?

As much as I loved writing for this magazine when I was a student, I always felt slightly limited (because printing is expensive) because writers were only allowed to submit an article or two so I think the best thing I’ve achieved is implementing nu:life online because not only does it enhance the experience for the writers but also allows us to shout about all the stuff we’ve been doing – even more.

Do you have any exciting plans for summer?
Probably planning for Welcome Week to be honest – it’s a hectic yet exciting time, it’s probably best – being ginger I fry in the smallest amounts of sunlight.

HANNAH HORNE
Vice President Welfare and Equality

What is your role?
I’m here to ensure all students can succeed in their studies without any external factors, such as housing, health, finance, getting in the way. So I champion all campaigns on these subjects and mentor our welfare representatives, namely Halls Reps, Community Reps and Equality Reps.

What are your priorities for the last few months?
My biggest priority is finalising everything for Nightline to launch in September, including organising the training weekend for the volunteers in May. Others include getting my Halls Report recommendations imbedded in the University and writing the report on the faith space provided in the University (along with Mr Cheung). And of course, preparing a wonderful handover for Mr. Jamie Thompson!

What is the best thing you’ve achieved this year?
Setting up Nightline! Although I won’t see it up and running, the foundation work has been done, hopefully so the service can blossom and really help our students.

Do you have any exciting plans for summer?
Marbella baby!! Just relaxing as life as a Sabb has been pretty hectic. I’ve loved every second though!

ANDREW CHEUNG
Vice President Activities and Development

What is your role?
I oversee our community, environmental, fundraising, and societies bits of student activities, alongside the student committee. I also organise and deliver Welcome Week Team, RAG Week, and Volunteer Northumbria Week. I also look at how we can develop our existing volunteers and students and enhancing their employability.

What are your priorities for the last few months of term?
Working with Hannah, to collate all our research data in regards to the University’s religion and faith provisions, and producing a report. Depending on the findings, we may be lobbying the University for Better Facilities and services for our students with a faith or religion. I will also be carrying out training for our new leadership committee, and assisting the handover process between the incoming and outgoing committees.

What is the best thing you’ve achieved this year?
Firmly putting employability on the agenda of the students’ union, that it is now a core theme of the new 5 year plan, with many ideas set out to be achieved in the next 5 years. I have also successfully run an Employability Awareness campaign, and ran an employability conference for students.

Do you have any exciting plans for summer?
I’m currently looking for a job, so I hope I get one! If so I’ll most likely be working and saving up, to go travelling the year after!