Second trimester is always a busy time for the Student Voice Team, mostly because of elections. Those of you who have taken part in our elections before will begin to notice that it is being run a bit differently this year. Rather than our full time president roles and part time officer roles being voted on at the same time they will now be separated, giving greater focus to each set of roles in their own voting week. If you’re interested in running for a full-time role, nominations are now open, but don’t worry if you’re undecided, you still have a few weeks before the deadline. This year you don’t need to submit your manifesto when you nominate yourself and will instead submit this at a later date with the aim of giving potential candidates more time to work on and seek advice about their manifesto. Part time officer nominations and voting will take place in March.
The start of February also sees the start of LGBT+ month, a time for remembrance, celebration and activism. Our team are working to support the events being run as part of this month of awareness, including a specially dedicated tower night and a screening of the film ‘Paris is Burning’ on Thursday 27th February.
Additional Costs Campaign
We are also working with Isobel on her campaign against additional costs at university, whether that be the cost of textbooks, parking fees or graduation costs. There will be plenty for students to get involved with, including a scavenger hunt with the chance to win some HUU discount vouchers. In the meantime, you can fill out Isobel’s survey to tell us just how much your course is costing you.
You may have seen our Student Voice assistants in the library recently promoting course reps. If you’d like to be a course rep for second semester you can still sign up by clicking here or you can find out who your course rep is here. We are also looking into how reps are recognised and rewarded, if you have any ideas please get in touch! Our education co-ordinators are also currently in the process of organising Repfest, an event open to all reps that includes training events to help you with different aspects of your role as well as showing you how you can use the skills you have developed in the future. Our team has organised some training exclusively for reps on how to chair meetings as many of you had asked for this. It will be taking place on Wednesday the 5th February.