Sabb Spotlight – November

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JO RHODES

President

What is your role?
To lead the Students’ Union and have a positive impact on your time whilst you are at Northumbria!


What do you want from Santa this year?

I am Santa – It’s a bit of a tradition that the President dresses up as Saint Nick at the end of term party so make sure you come along to the end of term party for plenty of festive cheer! I might even get the VPs to dress up as elves…

What are you most looking forward to in 2013?

The Elections! They’re going to be brilliant. I can’t wait to see who you’ll choose to lead the Students’ Union next year. So make sure you use your vote wisely and pick who you think will be best!


If you had to choose any other Sabbatical role, what would it be?

I wasn’t going to run for President initially as I thought I didn’t have the skills or knowledge. I love it though and couldn’t imagine doing another role. Turns out anyone can do any role they set their mind to! I love President though, it’s obviously the best and definitely the most fun J

NICOLE PEGG
Vice President Academic Affairs

What is your role?

My role is to lobby the university on anything academic that is causing students problems. I take the lead on education related campaigns including the feedback one that is coming up, so look out for that! In addition, I mentor all academic representation here at Northumbria, including Course, School, Postgraduate Taught and Postgraduate Research reps. I also mentor our a newly appointed team of Student Advice reps (STARS).

What do you want from Santa this year?

Well what I would really like is better feedback on my work, a city campus east that opens 24 hours a day and better prayer space provision for our religious students. Although, if Santa could bring me a nice car I wouldn’t mind that too.

What are you most looking forward to in 2013?

Wow what a question! I would say summer but then we don’t get much of one in Britain. I’m not too sure. There will be lots of exciting events for students to get involved in such as Volunteer Northumbria Week and then there is the cross campus election of course which should be rather exciting, make sure you use your vote. In fact, I think I am looking forward to the annual awards in May, where we reward all of our volunteers the most.

If you had to choose any other Sabbatical role, what would it be?

I ran for Vice President Academic Affairs for a reason and so I wouldn’t really want another role, as fun as they might be. If I had to pick I’d say President as it’s the sabbatical position that is most similar to my existing role and, heaven forbid, if Jo was to get run over by a bus or something I would have to act as President anyway.

MIKE POTTER

Vice President Communications & Democracy

What is your role?

I look after Student Media and ensure that our amazing volunteers are having a great time whilst developing their employment prospects. I also look after Democracy so I mentor the Lay Student Councillors, the chair of Student Council and I’m Chair of the Elections Committee. Jeez.

 

What do you want from Santa this year?

I’d be pretty chuffed with a new camera because NU:TV’s gadgets make me a little bit jealous, although a few other things would make me happy. As soon as you know it the elections will be round the corner so I’d be thrilled with a list of amazing candidates ready to stand and represent their Union in the coming year – as long as it has no naughty people on it.

What are you most looking forward to in 2013?
As sadistic as it sounds – elections! But also Volunteer Northumbria Week, Council Review, seeing the amazing stuff that NU:TV are going to come up with. To be honest, when you work at Northumbria Students’ Union, it’s pretty hard to pin point one single thing. Every day here is amazing.

If you had to choose any other Sabbatical role, what would it be?

I first got involved with the Students’ Union by writing for nu:life, but also volunteered for Welcome Week and RAG. I suppose if I’d ran for anything else then it might have been Activities and Development just because it’s also really centred around working with Student Volunteers which I love. All Sabb positions are amazing. Make sure you run for one of them next year!

ANDREW CHEUNG

Vice- President Activities &  Development


What is your role?

I oversee all the different student activities, such as RAG, Welcome Team, Volunteer Northumbria, EcoNSU, and Societies, but not media. I also look at student development, the skills they gain through volunteering and developing their employability.

What do you want from Santa this year?

I would like a holiday! Maybe a ski trip! I’d be happy if I got any present to be honest J

What are you most looking forward in 2013

I’m looking forward to my final half a year working here and making a big difference to students.

If you had to choose any other Sabbatical role, what would it be?
I can’t imagine being in any other role, but if I had to choose, maybe Vice President Communications and Democracy.

HANNAH HORNE
Vice President Welfare and Equality

What is your role?

I’m here to make sure that all students have an amazing experience regardless of any difference, and make sure that any issues affecting you outside of the lecture theatre don’t stop you from being happy and succeeding in your studies.

 

What do you want from Santa this year?

I want him to slow down time! At this rate I’ll be leaving Northumbria in a flash, and I’ve got so much more I want to achieve before leaving NSU.

 

What are you most looking forward in 2013

I’m looking forward to our Elections in March as each year it sees the Union come alive and we see many candidates campaigning on issues that they are so passionate about. My job is amazing and you could be sat in my seat next year, so be brave and put yourself forward.

 

If you had to choose any other Sabbatical role, what would it be?

Well of course Welfare is the best…but if forced to choose, I’d say VP Communications & Democracy because I love Student Council and the Elections are my favourite time of year.