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Jamie’s March Update

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Jamie’s March Update

By January and February’s standards, March was a quieter month that was mainly spent in meetings and I finally managed to take some time off! Here’s just a quick update on what I got up to in March.

Governing Body:

As I’ve mentioned in previous blogs, as President of the Students’ Union I’m the only student representative to sit on the University Governing Body and it’s so important that we have that student voice represented. This month has been very heavy for Governing Body content as I sat on the shortlisting and interview panels for two new chairs of Governing Body Sub-Committees. I also helped with the University strategy refresh which is the document that outlines the University’s principles and values. The student voice was incredibly valuable for this, and I was an integral part. Finally, the month ended with a full Governing Body meeting where the University Executive Board are held to account and scrutinised.

Meeting with Rachael Maskell MP:

I worked in conjunction with York University Students’ Union to arrange an open meeting with York Central MP, Rachael Maskell. This was a fantastic opportunity for us to raise the issues that are affecting students to a sitting Member of Parliament and it was great to be able offer this out to our students as well. Hopefully more of these meetings will be possible in the future.

Graduation Working Group:

One of the big projects I’ve been a part of over the last few months is the graduation working group. Since the pandemic has impacted the ability to provide in-person celebrations in the Minster, the group have been working hard to understand how we can ensure that (when allowed) in-person graduations will take place in York Minster. We met earlier this month to understand how the Government’s “roadmap” to freedom will factor into our plans. The University have also sent out an email to all students whose graduation has been impacted to update on the plans.

Sports and Socs Award Planning:

Every year in May we have our annual Sports and Societies Awards Dinners and whilst we might not be able to have a physical dinner this year we still want to acknowledge the fantastic achievements of our sports and societies so this month we’ve been working hard to organise our event livestreams so we can celebrate as best as we can! Online Events: I hosted two online events this month, our monthly Big Virtual Quiz and our Pints with the Pres event. We remain committed to providing opportunities and events for students to socialise during the pandemic and we’ll keep reviewing the best way for this to happen. If you have any ideas for events that you’d like to see let us know.

Student Council (NUS Edition):

With the National Union of Students (NUS) Conference fast approaching, your Student Council met to decide who would represent YSJ at conference and how the delegates who attend would vote on proposed motions. Your BAME Officer Kalen and I were both selected to attend the virtual conference due to be held the first week in April. We’ll be voting on national policy that has the potential to impact students across the country. Keep your eyes peeled for that!

Jenny’s Departure:

As you’ll know, this month we said goodbye to our President of Education, Jenny Marchant as she takes up a position at Salford University Students’ Union. Jenny has been a mainstay of the SU since becoming a Chair of School 3 years ago and we’re sad to see her go but excited to see what she achieves in the future! Her role portfolio will be split between myself, Emma & our Advice & Representation Coordinator Zaki to ensure that the support and representation is still there.

As always this is just a brief update on what I get involved with and if you want to know more just drop me an email or a message on social media! I’m looking forward to April’s blog update where I’ll be able to tell you all about NUS National Conference!

Have a wonderful Easter and I’ll see you soon.

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