Sabb Spotlight March

Sabbatical Officers work tirelessly for you to ensure the Union is the best it can be. As the Union is independent from the University, the Sabbs are here to represent you to the University, whether that it is in committee meetings, giving student opinion on everything imaginable or mentoring student volunteers in order to achieve so much. They are elected each year and this years team are now over halfway through their Sabbatical year.

JO RHODES

President

What is your role?

It’s to lead the Students’ Union and be the spokesperson for over 30,000! I get to interact with lots of organisations and represent students to the University, National Union of Students and local community! Within the Students’ Union I deal with all the campaigns and oversee all our commercial activity! I’m basically your go-to girl for anything and everything!

What is your biggest achievement as a Sabb team?

Definitely the bursaries! We secured up to £4,000pa per student of cash in hand bursaries. I’m so proud of how the team got behind me and got to grips with the issues. We definitely did it together!

Did you give anything up for lent?

Hair straighteners! So if you see me with an uni with with an unintentional beehive, try and avoid pointing and laughing!

 

NICOLE PEGG

Vice-President Academic Affairs

What is your role?

I take the lead on all education related policy and campaigns, as well as mentor all of the academic reps – that’s course, school, postgraduate taught and postgraduate research! I also mentor the lovely Student Advice Reps.

What is your biggest achievement as a Sabb team?

I think there have been a fair few fantastic achievements so far this year! It’s extremely difficult to call one of them the biggest though, personally I would say it was the feedback campaign that we ran in December with a great number of students responding!

Did you give anything up for lent?

I have done in the past, for example chocolate, however I’m not actually religious so I haven’t this year. Probably should have gave up fizzy drinks, but everyone has to have some vices

 

MIKE POTTER

Vice-President Communications & Democracy

What is your role?

I look after student media such as this very magazine and it’s new online format and also I have the pleasure of looking after NU:TV too. I look after Union Democracy – so Student Council and the elections to ensure every single student at Northumbria has a chance to have their say.

What is your biggest achievement as a Sabb team?

It’s really difficult question. We’ve achieved a lot because we do so much lobbying of the university behind closed door to really improve things for students. Every month the lovely Sabb team help me on Go Out and Listen Days where we find out issues for Northumbria students, so it’s stuff that the entire team helping me do these that makes them so successful.

Did you give anything up for lent?

Nope, I’m too weak

HANNAH HORNE

Vice-President Welfare & Equality

What is your role?

I look out for student wellbeing, and make changes to improve their student experience outside of the classroom. I am also the lead Sabb for all Equality groups, and have 12 Equality Reps to help me challenge discrimination.

What is your biggest achievement as a Sabb team?

I’d say simply our strong team work skills and how we are always looking out for each other, and giving a helping hand when others are swamped! Taking a bus load of students on the Demo was a highlight.

Did you give anything up for lent?

Yes, for the first time ever! As I always say I’m going to and never decide what to give up. So this year it’s fizzy drinks.

ANDREW CHEUNG

Vice-President Activities & Development

What is your role?

I oversee all the student activities, so our WelcomeTeam, RAG fundraising, Volunteer Northumbria, EcoNSU, and Societies! I also look at student development, such as employability.

What is your biggest achievement as a Sabb team?

RAG and Welcome Week, although they fall into my remit to organise strategically, I get so much support from my team with helping running the events from a operational sense.

Did you give anything up for lent?

Last year I gave up bread and pasta which was a massive eff ort so this year I’m rewarding myself