Phoebe Bastiani, President of the Students' Union
I left Derbyshire and came to Hull back in 2016 to study Psychology and after four years of ups and downs, I simply wasn’t ready to leave. Coming to the University of Hull was, without a doubt, the best decision of my life; I have made countless friends that I am so thankful to have and I have had unforgettable experiences during my time here. Right from the start I was eager to get involved and I’m happy to say I think I made the most of it. I have been a part of a number of societies and became Vice-President for Performing Arts Society in my second year, helping to successfully organise two brilliant showcases. I joined Dance Squad and look forward to continuing this passion, with the wonderful people I’ve met, in the year ahead. I set up the HUSSO project, Forces of Nature, which runs litter picks and beach cleans in the local area. I was elected Women’s Representative for the Union in 2018-19 and won two gold awards and a silver at the HUU awards for my campaigning, engagement and hard work.
If I’m being honest, I have endured some of the most difficult periods of my life here resulting in an ongoing battle with mental health and without the support of the University and the Union, I wouldn’t be here today. The reason I wanted to share that is because I never want anyone to feel like they can’t achieve what they want to, for whatever reason, because the support is there for you and I will work to make sure it continues to be there and improves. Whatever you are experiencing, you can still have the best time of your life here and I will be a listening ear to anyone who wants it and will fight and work to make sure you are supported and represented.
Passionate about the city, the university and the union, I really care about the students here. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d be elected as your President, and we have a big year ahead With the current climate it is bound to be a testing one for many of us, but I promise I will do whatever I can to make sure you still have a fantastic year.
You can find out more about how I am representing you on Facebook and get in touch if you have any questions/queries!