It’s finally here! As the last day of term arrives, I’m prompted to reflect on everything that the student body has achieved this side of the winter break. Back in the summer, when your elected Officers presented their priorities for the year, some of the aims seemed impossible. But even in the midst of summer graduations, A-Level Results Day and Freshers’ Festival, I’m pleased to say that before the first term was out, your Students’ Union has been able to achieve some great wins that I know some of you hold very dear. Whether it’s representing students’ views in the College’s review of its Ethical Investment Policy, the roll out of peer-to-peer mental health first aid training, or ensuring course reps are democratically elected through our new online voting system.
The turning of the year will see a new chapter unfold in the life of your Students’ Union, as we continue to learn how to best represent you. As you may have also read in my blog, this year we’re reviewing how we do democracy here at the SU, and our goal is for students to be more directly involved in the decision-making processes within the Students’ Union, clarifying how they can set our priorities in terms of lobbying and campaigning.
A lot is on the table – with potential changes to the Sabbatical Officer roles in the future being something our external consultant could recommend when we receive their report in the New Year, which will be based on your feedback. We will, of course, keep you updated throughout this process and want to make it as easy to understand as possible.
In the meantime, however, I hope that you all manage to have some rest over the holidays and that you are able to come back refreshed for Refreshers! In true Christmas spirit, your Sabbatical Officers leave you a little present to get you in the festive mood. We'll let you guys enjoy it for yourselves.
All that is left for me to say is that I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
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