Alex Parry Elected BUCS Regional Chair

We're absolutely delighted to share that our VP Socieites & Sport, Alex Parry, has recently been elected as the new student regional chair for British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS). Read Alex's blog to find out what the role involves.

I am absolutely delighted to share that I have recently been elected as the new student regional chair for British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS).

What is BUCS?

BUCS is the national governing body for higher education sport in the UK. It represents over 160 universities and colleges across 53 different sports and has created one of the most engaged university communities in the world. They work with their member institutions to get more students active, more often, through traditional competitive sport and providing physical activity opportunities. BUCS also works to ensure transparency and fair governance with all members by using multiple working groups to advise on the delivery and strategic direction of university sport. One of these groups is the Advisory Group.

Advisory Group?

The BUCS Advisory Group is used by BUCS as the primary route for consultation with members, bringing together the insight and opinions of representatives from every regional and national executive group. The group provides the Board and the BUCS Executive with advice and guidance and is used as a forum for open discussion on matters of significance to the membership. The BUCS membership is divided up into 12 regions: Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, North West, Yorkshire, North East, West Midlands, East Midlands, South West, South East, East and London. All regional groups appoint a staff and student chair who will then sit on the Advisory Group to represent their region, and I represent the London region. We meet as a region four times a year for many reasons such as to network, share best practices, engage in personal development and to discuss the current BUCS competitions and projects.

My role specifically as the London student chair involves supporting the staff chair in convening regional meetings and in producing a regional report to take to the Advisory Group. I am also responsible for the sharing of information from BUCS to other student officers across the region as well as encouraging collaboration and engagement with them. The regional report is taken to the Advisory Group so it is really important that I collate feedback from as many institutions as possible in the region.

This is a great opportunity for me to get more involved with BUCS and I am so happy to have been elected!

As always, feel free to contact me with any suggestions or concerns about your student group.