Hello UWE 2010/11!

First of all a massive hello and welcome UWE style to one and all; whether you’re a brand new Fresher or an old hand, it’s great to have you here. My name is Gail and I’m your Student Representative Council (better known as the more snappy title of SRC) Vice President. I was elected by you, the students, alongside Colin, Terry and Nadia to represent you and help make your student experience here the best it can be.

The Students’ Union is run by students, for students, and is here to be a voice for you, to support you through the range of services we offer, and to give you opportunities that can literally change your life (if you use them!) There is nowhere near enough space here to go through everything we offer as a Students’ Union here, but don’t take my word for it: check out our website, the Freshers’ Guide or come along to one of our Freshers’ Fairs to find out how you can get involved.

Remember: “Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint you can on it.”

Anyway, enough of the cheesy quotes (that isn’t the correct way to reference, by the way) more about me! My role includes working with the student reps to find out the issues that affect you on your course and helping to get them improved. I believe that everyone deserves a top notch academic experience because, alcohol aside, we are all here to get the best degree we can and actually learn something!

This year I will also be working with the other presidents to improve the way we communicate with you, so you know what we are up to and how you can shape the work we do. I’m also working on changing the structures of the Students’ Union so it is simpler and easier to get involved with, otherwise known as the ‘constitutional review’.

I also have specific responsibility for postgrad students, students studying part-time and those studying at either Hartpury or in any of our partner colleges in the Federation. If this is you then please get in touch to let me know how your time at UWE is going, and how we can make it better.