President Jack O'Neill tells you everything you need to know about Service Development Groups, and elections for Collectives, Executives and academic reps.
This past week, we have been telling everyone that university is a time of endless opportunity – and we weren’t lying. It is that time of the year again, when you have the opportunity to get involved in everything that we do, and this year has more opportunities than ever.
Following on from our Democracy Review last year, we have opened new positions so that students can get involved in all of our services and input into plans that no Students’ Union has ever done before!
What are they?
Service Development Groups (SDGs) are the opportunity for you to let us know how we operate. Whether you've got some thoughts on what we do during Freshers’ Festival, how we use our social media accounts and emails, or what we stock in the shop, there's something for everyone.
How do I apply?
Unlike other opportunities, we don't run elections for these posts. Instead, you can submit a short application to our website. It really only takes a moment, and applications close on Sunday 6 October so make sure you get it in on time!
Why should I do it?
Every year, we hear lots of comments about the shop, our venues, our events and the marketing that we do. Previously, this has always meant that we have had to react to comments that come in from yourselves, but this isn’t the best way that things can be done. If you join a SDG, then it gives you the opportunity to have a direct impact in how we deliver our services.
Collectives are groups of students who support and identify with underrepresented groups. They are an opportunity for students to put on events and run campaigns specifically relating to that group. At the Students’ Union, we are here to represent all students, this is why we are putting Union resource into the support for these groups!
Firstly, you need to join the Collective. This is super easy and is completely free. Simply follow this link and add the membership to the basket (you don’t have to pay!). If you self-identify with this group, then you can join as a member, if you don’t then you can join as a supporter, which means you can attend events and support campaigns, but can’t vote for the leadership of the Collective. Once you are a member, you can run to be one of the convenors and lead the group!
University is a time to meet new people and experience different perspectives. It is also a time where you can find your own voice, and nothing is more empowering than joining groups of students with the ability to campaign and make student life better at Royal Holloway.
Effectively, Executives are like a cabinet for each of the Vice President Sabbatical Officer positions. They are elected students who can hold the Vice President to account, support the campaigns within that agenda and provide feedback.
The Education Executive and the Wellbeing, Community & Diversity Executive are made up of academic reps and Collective convenors (see above). However, for the Societies, Sport & Opportunities Executive, we are looking for any students that are part of Student Groups. Simply follow this link and stand in the election.
Sabbatical Officers are in a position to enact a tremendous amount of impactful change – but we can’t do it without you! Without students keeping us grounded and up to date with what is going on, this isn’t as effective. So get involved and impact on what we do!
Academic reps are essentially students that represent you on your course, department and school. In a similar way to the VP Education role representing you at a College level, this is a chance for students to represent one another on specific matters relating to you. It enables students to provide feedback to the College and make positive change.
It is really simple and easy – simply head over to this page and stand in the election!
You are all here to get a degree, it is one of the things that we all have in common with one another. The experience that you all have while striving for this is so important, so why not be part of it?
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