Executives: What Have They Been Up To? Round One

Find out what went down at the first round of Executives this academic year as school reps, Collective convenors and student group members met with your VPs to discuss key projects and issues.

Over the past few weeks, school reps, Collective convenors and student group members met with your VPs to discuss the projects that have been happening in the last few months and have been feeding into the direction of new streams of work.

We're going to update you on the first round of Executives of the year, and tell you all what the officers have been up to so far!

What are the Executives?

Here's what happened…

Education Executive

  • Provided input into the work Maia Jarvis, VP Education, is carrying out.
  • Received an update on all the fabulous work that school reps are doing.
  • Co-opted both the BAME Students and Disabled Students Collective as members of the Executive.
  • Discussed the relationship between CeDAS and academic reps, and how they can engage more students in providing feedback.
  • Understood the experiences of the current executive members in relation to personal tutors, in relation to Maia’s manifesto, ahead of a College personal tutors project.

Wellbeing, Community & Diversity Executive

  • Provided input into the work Alice Goode, VP Wellbeing & Diversity, is carrying out. This included work with the Disability and Neurodivergent Services (previously DDS), mental health, library accessibility, amplifying minority voices and a College-wide cultural calendar.
  • Had a check-in with all the Collectives to see how they’re getting on and what they’re hoping to do in the near future.
  • Co-opted the student group Mentality onto the executive.

Societies, Sports & Opportunities Executive

  • Provided input into the work Alex Parry, VP Societies & Sport, is carrying out. This included Freshers Fair, end-of-year reviews, and a comms platform for committees.
  • Discussed last year’s decision to implement a standard approach to student group memberships.
  • De-ratified the student groups Taiwanese and Retro.
  • Generated ideas to ensure accessibility and sustainability of Varsity.
  • Discussed the introduction of a localised World of Music and Dance (WOMAD) for cultural, faith and arts groups.

Alongside each of the above specific items that took place at the Executives, the following was also carried out across all three:

  • Henn Warwick and Alice Goode discussed safety on campus.
  • Alice Goode presented an update on the Freedom of Speech bill that is currently progressing through the parliamentary system and the steps we’re taking to make sure we’re ready.
  • Received an update on the UCU ballot.
  • Discussed ways of engaging the Union Black Santander module which can be accessed online for free.