29th October 2021, 6:00am
Jamie’s October Update
It’s been such an exciting month for us here at the Students’ Union. Having students back on campus and in our building has been so refreshing after the last 18 months. Here’s a brief update on the things I’ve been working on over the last month.
The big one here is obviously Welcome Week (despite it actually being two weeks so fortnight by me more appropriate). The SU put on a multitude of events throughout the fortnight to welcome new and returning students back to campus and to help everyone integrate into our YSJ community. Our Haus of Dench Cabaret night was a personal highlight of the welcome period and might just be the best night I’ve ever had in the Union.
One of my first term manifesto points has nearly been implemented. We’ve had over 100 people sign up to be involved in the pilot scheme launching soon. If you’re involved, keep an eye on your emails as we’re nearly finished pairing our volunteers with their buddies and you’ll soon be invited to our launch event.
Return to Activity
Being back on campus means return to sports and society activity which is incredibly exciting. Currently over 1000 of you have joined at least one of our fantastic sports and socs and I’m really excited to see the work you all get up to over the next academic year. I’m looking forward to working closely with our Sports and Society coordinators to support everything you do.
Sports and Society Training
Prior to the academic year beginning, we provided training for our sports and society committee members to ensure they’re equipped with the necessary skills to ensure that the year’s activity runs as well as possible. This included sessions on finances, safeguarding and governance.
As the President of the Students’ Union, I am the student representative on the University Governing Body. It’s incredibly important to have this representation as it allows me to raise student concerns and ensure the decisions made at the highest level at the University are student focused. I’ve spent a lot of time this month in meetings of the Governing Body raising issues and ensuring that people are aware of things impacting students at YSJ.
Safety in York
Alongside our President of Wellbeing and Diversity, Chris, members of staff at the Students’ Union have been working hard to address the ongoing, national safety concerns related with nights out. I’ve spoken directly with our club night partners, Illuminati Events, to ensure that like us, they’re committed to addressing the issues surrounding spiking. We want York to be a safe place for all of our students and the statement released by Chris highlights the ongoing work we’re doing.
Chris, Aimée and I managed to finally get down to our London Campus to meet our students down there. It was a great opportunity to introduce ourselves and the work the SU does in representing them. I’m really keen to increase the opportunities for our London students to be able to come up to York and see what fantastic stuff our city has to offer.