As the face of The Student’s Union at UWE, Jack Polson tells what he’s achieved since his election.
With the first term of the year in full swing, it’s time to take a look at what the president of The Students’ Union at UWE has done so far. Jack Polson was elected by UWE students in March and began his preparations for the upcoming year.
The team at The Students’ Union at UWE have played a massive part in the re-branding of the union. You’ll notice the snazzy new logo, website and the massive Students’ Union building that has popped up on Frenchay Campus. Jack calls this his team’s new “home” which can enable them to continue improving the services they provide for the students.
Many students have expressed that the building is overpriced. With the project costing around £9.5 million, student Alistair Hamilton said, “for someone who never uses the student union building I find £9.5 million to be a little unjustified. With such a thriving sports and fitness community at UWE, I think more money should be focused on improving those facilities. I’d love a swimming pool on campus.”
Despite being unable to save the Wessex Bus link between Frenchay and Bower Ashton, the Students’ Union are working to improve the student experience for students who study at UWE’s smaller campuses.
The successful Late Night, Do It Right campaign handed out food, water, condoms and phone charging facilities across various Freshers events to keep party-goers safe. In addition to this, the Students’ Union is in talks with various taxi providers, with hopes to create a “safe taxi scheme” with it being launched around the Christmas period.
Jack has taken student feedback into consideration when planning campaigns for the future. Campaigns he plans on working include handling exam stress, tackling harassment and abuse, Disability History Month and 101 Things I Wish I’d Known Before Coming To UWE.
With a lot of possible schemes in the pipeline, will Jack stay true to his proposals?
“It’s all good promising students things but you need to make sure your objectives are achievable in your time as President, or at least give enough time to set the foundations,” says Jack. With all eyes at UWE looking at everything Jack does, he says, “I am working hard this year to make positive change for students at UWE.”
A positive change is what’s expected of a Students’ Union President, but will he make a memorable difference to life at the university?
By Richard Peake