Sabb Spotlight

A Sabbatical Officer is a student who was elected to run your Students’ Union for a year. There are five in total who all have specific remits. We’ve been hard at work working on our plans for the Union over the next year (based on our manifestos that we were elected on in March). We represent you in many university committees, championing the student voice and student experience. So feel free to tell us what’s going on in your university life and knock on our office door on the first floor of the Students’ Union. We’re looking forward to meeting you all.

Natalie Dawn Hodgson
President

What is your role?

As president my role means that I represent all students at Northumbria on both a university and national level. My aim is to make sure that all students have an amazing experience at university, so if there is something which I or the other officers can help with then please drop into our office on the first floor!

What was my degree in and why did I choose it?

My degree was in English Literature which is usually responded to with a groan or a look of confusion…why would someone want to study English!? But I did have a fantastic time here at Northumbria, which is obvious from the fact I haven’t really left! To answer the second part of the question, I choose my course for the simple reason that I love reading but I also came to Northumbria simply for the fact that the campus was so friendly on the open day.

How did you first get involved in the Union?

I first got involved in the Students’ Union when I tentatively joined dance society in my first few weeks here at Northumbria. I went to the meeting by myself as I couldn’t convince anyone to come with me! By joining Dance society not only did it lead to my involvement in other things but I also made some fantastic friends and had some amazing experiences.

What are you plans for the first term?

Well, first of all we have to get through Welcome Week which is the busiest but also the best week of the year in my opinion! However, after starting the year with a bang I am looking forward to getting out around campus and speaking to students in order to make sure that you are all being heard at the top levels of the University! I am also really looking forward to the by-elections and NUS Conference elections which will be happening this term, so if you fancy getting involved then get in touch! :)

Any advice for first years?

From my own experience my advice to all first years would be to join either a society or a sports team which will give you the opportunity to meet like-minded people but also give you a chance to have some fantastic nights out on the socials!

n.hodgson@northumbria.ac.uk
Follow me on Twitter @NSUPres

Nicole Pegg

Vice President Academic Affairs

What is your role?

My role is Vice President Academic Affairs which means that I lobby the University on academic issues such as feedback and timetabling, take the lead on education related campaigns and I am the sabbatical mentor to all academic Reps at Northumbria. These reps include Course Reps, Faculty Reps, Postgraduate Taught Reps, Postgraduate Research Reps and Student Advice Reps.

What was your degree in, and why did you choose it?

It was in Law with the Legal Practice Course (LPC) combined. I chose it because at the time, Northumbria were the only University that offered a law degree with the LPC incorporated, which saved me lots of money, woooo!

How did you first get involved with the Union?

I was a member of the Welcome Team and was one of those friendly faces that moved you into halls. Well worth getting involved in if you are still here next year as it is so rewarding and you meet lots of new people and have a fantastic time whilst enhancing your CV. Can’t complain about that!

What are your plans for the term?

I will be continuing my work around electronic submission and feedback and will be training up all of our academic reps to make sure you can get the most out of them as well as working towards our Sabb Team objectives!

Any advice for first years?

Whatever you do make the most of it, enjoy it and get involved with new opportunities whether they are with the Students’ Union or the University. Oh and don’t forget about your degree, first year can really help you understand how things work for the future years.

nicole.pegg@northumbria.ac.uk
Follow me on Twitter @NSUAcademics

Mike Potter
Vice President Communications and Democracy

What is your role?

My role is to ensure two way communications between the Students’ Union and all 32,500 students. I oversee Student Media to ensure that people have the information to access their full potential at the Students’ Union. I also oversee our Student Council (where we set the Union’s direction and policy) and also look after our Elections.

What was your degree in, and why did you choose it?

I studied English Language because I liked words. I use them all the time. Sometimes I even use big ones.

How did you first get involved with the Union?

I first got involved in my first year as a  Course Rep because I liked being the voice of students and a regular nu:life writer. I’d noticed the Welcome Team having such an amazing week so decided to do that the following year – and I’ve been hooked ever since.

What are your plans for the term?

I’m going to be working on strengthening our democratic processes by making it easier for you to bring motions to our Student Council. I’m also going to be organising the election in October, making sure it is fair and that we have some excellent candidates.

Any advice for first years?

Enjoy every second! You’re only a student once, unless you can afford to do a masters!

mike.potter@northumbria.ac.uk
Follow me on Twitter @NSUCommsOfficer

Sarah Price
Vice President Activities and Development

What is your role?

I am Vice President Activities and Development, which means I oversee the activities that happen at the Union, like the Welcome Team, Fundraising, Environmental, Community, Fast Friends, Societies and Give It A Go. I also ensure that our volunteers are being supported and developed in as many ways as possible.

What was your degree in, and why did you choose it?

My degree was in Psychology. I chose it because there were some really interesting modules and I’m interested in the way people interact with each other!

How did you first get involved with the Union?

My first involvement in the union was going to a dance society class in October of my first year. It was scary going on my own but I made some friends in the class that were in my halls, and walked back with them. I ended up being secretary of the society a year later!

What are your plans for the term?

Welcome Week and RAG are the two key events happening this term – both of which are massively exciting! As well as making sure both of these events are successful, I also intend on working on more rewards for volunteers, as well as looking into the opportunity of bringing casual sport to the union.

Any advice for first years?

One thing you should never ever forget during the first few weeks of university is that EVERYONE IS IN THE SAME BOAT! Everyone is new and everyone has to make new friends, so make the most of all the Give It A Go sessions that the Union holds and get involved in anything that takes your fancy. What’s the worst that can happen?

 

sarah.price@northumbria.ac.uk

Follow me on Twitter @NSUActivities1

Jamie Thompson
Vice President Welfare and Equality

What is your role?
My role is Vice President Welfare and Equality, so I am here to ensure that Northumbria students get the best experience from university, outside of the classroom! Any healthcare, crime and safety or accommodation needs come under my role. I am also responsible for championing equality groups, ensuring every one of our students have equal (and awesome!) opportunities within their time here.

What was your degree in, and why did you choose it?

My degree has quite a long title – Multimedia and Digital Entertainment Computing. I was the final student to graduate on this course because it is no longer being taught at Northumbria (which is quite exciting!). I’m quite the computer geek type, so I enjoy designing websites and graphics in my free time – this course was perfect for me because it fit well with my existing hobbies, meaning I was getting the qualification I needed for the jobs I’m interested in but got to have lots of fun along the way!

How did you first get involved with the Union?

I was first involved in the union within the LGBT society, which quickly escalated to me being “Media and PR rep” on the committee for 2 years running. After being elected as Chair of Student Council (and being employed on the Welcome Desk) it’s safe to say I got involved in everything I could within the Union – leading me through to the elections in May! Once you get a taste for volunteering it’s hard to stop!

What are your plans for the term?
With the launch of Nightline in September I hope to have a positive impact on both our existing students and our first years about to start on their big university adventures. Aside from this I have a huge focus on student health needs and plan to run some awareness campaigns and work closely with our volunteers to really improve student lifestyle.
Any advice for first years?

Stick in! First year is very exciting but it really is important to make the most of your time here. As a newly graduated individual I can’t believe how fast a degree passes. Enjoy yourself, don’t be afraid to speak up if you don’t understand anything or if you have any issues, but make sure you give University your all. I’m sure you’ll have a wonderful time here!

jamie2.thompson@northumbria.ac.uk
Follow me on Twitter @NSUWelfare1