Chris’s August Update

Chris’s August Update

Monthly Update August 

In my second month as your President of Wellbeing and Diversity, I have been busy preparing for the long-awaited return of students in September as normality edges ever closer. We all hope that you’re as excited to return to campus as The Sabbatical Team is and we can’t wait to meet you all in person!

Campaign Preparation 

This month I have been working alongside the Wellbeing Team at York St John to prepare our ‘U Ok YSJ?’ Campaign which will start during semester 1. We have reviewed the previous campaign from February but have added some crucial updates to reflect the changing times we now find ourselves in. This campaign will be incredibly important as students’ return to campus to ensure that both new and returning members of the student body know where to go if they are struggling with their wellbeing. 

Training Weeks

Myself, Jamie and Aimee took part in the NUS’ Lead and Change training week which saw us (virtually) link up with other Sabbatical Officers from up and down the country. This was incredibly helpful as we listened to lectures about various topics (eg. Running an effective campaign) as well as group work which saw us work together to help each other with fulfilling our manifesto pledges. 

Open Day 

The Officer Team were on hand during the university’s first in-person Open Day in over a year! This was an incredibly rewarding and fun day as we showed prospective students around the SU building and talked them through the services we offer. We can’t wait to see you when you join in September, and we hope that we have been able to highlight the role the Students’ Union plays in your university experience. 

BBC Radio York Interview

Last month I was approached by BBC Radio York to give an interview about the government’s rumoured plans to encourage vaccination rates amongst the student body. I highlighted the positive approach York St John has taken with regards to providing accurate information about the vaccine, facilitating a pop-up vaccine centre to boost uptake and supporting testing; as well as the amazing response from students at YSJ to protect themselves and others by having the jab.

Trustee Meetings

This month I began my role as a trustee for the Students’ Union by chairing my first People and Culture Committee meeting. It was a daunting prospect acting as chair for the first time, but it was a rewarding experience. We look forward to meeting with the trustees in-person later this month. 

Discover YSJ Summer School 

As a Presidents Team, we helped with the Year 12 Summer School event that York St John put on for prospective future students who are still studying in college. We spoke about our backgrounds within education and coming to university from a widening participation background, our passion for education, and the role that the Students’ Union plays - from clubs and societies to academic support. 

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