Another few weeks have flown by already, and this is what I’ve been working on.
(Photo credit: Annabelle Cooper)
At our most recent General Meeting your sabbatical team passed a motion that proposed the implementation of an INTO officer and a faculty representative. This was suggested as the sabbatical team recognised a lack of representation for INTO students. Creating the officer and faculty officer for INTO students will allow for a formal channel for INTO students to feed back to the sabbatical team. Our next General Meeting (GM) will be held on November the 16th in lecture theatre B4 at 5pm. All students are welcome to attend and vote on any motions that are put forward. This is also an opportunity to hear about how your sabbatical officers have been working for you.
Mental health: being well, doing well, counsellor focus group, HBHM
Over the past few weeks I’ve been working hard on mental health provisions within the university. I went along to a consultation for a research project about student mental health called “being well, doing well”. This project will consider what our student union as well as the university can be doing to improve the mental health provisions on campus, but will also give us the ability to benchmark our data against that of other universities to see if we are doing particularly well or have areas for improvement in any particular area.
More information on this project can be found here: http://alterline.co.uk/student-mental-health/
I’ve also been helping out with The Students Union taking over the STEER peer support scheme. This scheme pairs up STEER captains (University of Stirling students who are in their 2nd, 3rd of 4th year) with new students - whom we refer to as crew members. STEER is a project I was very involved with in my time as a student at the University of Stirling and I’ve been delighted to get the opportunity to re-shape and improve the project over summer. We now have two groups of captains trained. It has been fantastic to see some the work that I did over summer take effect.
Since my last post, Freshers Week came and went, leaving me frazzled, exhausted and nursing a nasty case of Fresher's flu. It was fantastic! I was thrown right into it from day one, which I spent helping the new students into their accommodation while Jamie buzzed around livestreaming everything. And it didn't let up from there. All credit to my colleagues at the Union, they really outdid themselves delivering what honestly might have been our best Freshers yet. You know your job's good when you get paid to party with Alpacas. But for all the week had to offer, the highlight for me personally was after the Family and Freshers welcome speech that I gave, when I had a bunch of students come up to me afterwards asking how they could get involved with the Union. It's so exciting to see so much engagement with the Students Union so early on in the year! With a Fresher's that good, I'm looking forward to a year that's even better.
You can always get in touch with me by popping into the Union office or dropping me an email here.