Sabb Spotlight – January

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JO RHODES
President

What is your role?
Leading the Students’ Union and representing you on whatever you think is important!
What is your biggest achievement in your role so far?
Definitely improving the bursary package for 2013 entrants (sorry to those that are already here!) Although the library extension was pretty close – this just pips it! Due to lots of hard work at the Students’ Union, new students will get up to quadruple the financial support in cash bursaries! Winning! Students with a household income of less than £16,000 will now get £4,000 cash bursary every year that they never have to pay back!
What do you plan to do before the end of your Sabbatical Year?
Find out who is going to take over from me! Very exciting! I’m also hoping to ensure that the next 5 years of the Students’ Union are what you want, so taking the Students’ Union Plan – Our Big Ideas to vote in March, so make sure you vote on it!
What was your New Years Resolution?
Tidy my desk? Such a mess!

 

NICOLE PEGG
Vice President Academic Affairs

What is your role?
I represent you on anything education related, take the lead on academic campaigns and mentor all the wonderful academic reps.

What is your biggest achievement in your role so far?
There’s too many to name, I’d say campaigning on the standard of feedback and training many course reps face to face!

What is your biggest achievement in your role so far?
I plan to successfully help launch the student led teacher awards, review the printer credit system and campaign for longer opening hours for city campus east. That’s if there is enough time left anyway.

What was your New Years Resolution?
I don’t have a new years resolution really, maybe to keep defying what is more commonly known as the ‘sabb flab’. Oh and to tell all the marvellous students what I’ve been doing a bit more

 

MIKE POTTER
Vice President Communications and Democracy

What is your role?
I work with the marketing department to make sure you know what’s going on in the Union and the impact that the Union has on your lives. I also look after Student Media such as this magazine and the excellent NU:TV. Student Council and the Elections also fall under my remit.

What is your biggest achievement in your role so far?
It’s hard to pick just one! Getting Northumbria Students on NSR (Newcastle Student Radio) is something I’m really proud of and pleased to see how much the volunteers are getting out of it. I’m also thrilled about changing the voting system of Student Council meaning that Councillors vote privately during the meetings so they are able to vote on behalf of their students.

What do you plan to do before the end of your Sabbatical Year?
So much! I want to launch Online NU:Life which is something I’ve been working on for a while and is going to be amazing, allowing you to get your fix of nu:life so much more and it’ll massively increase opportunities for student readers.

What was your New Years Resolution?
I said I’d give up checking my emails on my days off to enjoy my time off. I failed on the 2nd. I’m just far too dedicated to students.

HANNAH HORNE
Vice President Welfare and Equality

What is your role?

I work on initiatives, campaigns and policy to make positive change across the University on discrimination and issues such as housing, health, crime & safety and finance.

What is your biggest achievement in your role so far?

Increasing the amount students will get in bursaries in 2013 and beyond was a particular highlight! Others include setting up the emergency taxi scheme and NU:Lets!

What do you plan to do before the end of your Sabbatical Year?

Lots and lots to do! I aim to set up a Nightline service, write an accommodation report on the Halls, review the faith space provision and introduce a University wide pregnancy/maternity policy. With only 6 months left I best get cracking!

What was your New Years Resolution?

I don’t have one this year, instead I’ve written a list of things I want to achieve by the end of the year. Top of the list is get myself a job as I leave in July! If you want my job come see me J

 

ANDREW CHEUNG
Vice President Activities and Development

What is your role?
I oversee all of student activities, so Societies, Welcome Team, Community Volunteering (Volunteer Northumbria), Environmental Volunteering (EcoNSU), and Fundraising Volunteering (RAG). I work with all the leadership committees that are made up of students, and work with volunteers to deliver programmes of volunteering for students. The development side of my role, is to look at student development, whether that’s through volunteering or not! So things like employability, getting volunteering recognised on your degree transcript etc.

What is your biggest achievement in your role so far?
It’s been a very busy term! We’ve managed to deliver Welcome Week, organise and deliver RAG Week! But one of the biggest achievements so far, with help of some of the staff at the SU, is getting the university to agree to put the Students’ Union Volunteering Awards onto students’ Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR), which is an electronic document issued by higher education institutions to students on graduation, and provides a detailed record of a student’s academic and extra-curricular achievements to supplement the traditional degree classification.

What do you plan to do before the end of your Sabbatical Year?
There are a few things that I want to achieve that I haven’t had time for in Semester 1, due to the busy nature of organising Welcome Week and RAG Week! I’m going to be working with Hannah Horne on trying to get the University to commit to building a bigger facility for students with faiths and beliefs, as currently it is over capacity! I also want to try and get volunteers skills recognised and endorsed by employers. And also review the volunteer policy.

What was your New Years Resolution?
To get fit again and go back to participating in some of the hobbies that I have!