The summer period was a fantastic time for me to build relationships with University staff members, City of York Council, local business and other Unions.
In terms of the latter, the NUS National Conference took place towards the end of my first month in office. It was a great experience meeting Sabbatical officers from all over the country. We took part in workshops sharing practices and ideas between one another. It was a perfect platform to build my knowledge of the systems external to York St John!
Following this networking event, I've visited many universities, taken away good practice and built crucial contacts. For example, on a trip to London I visited Greenwich, St Mary's, Kingston and University of West London.