Hello everyone, and welcome to my UGM report as your Activities and Community Officer. Since our last Union General Meeting (which was and AGM) and the Winter Break, I have been working on my individual campaigns, creating sustainability related events for students to get involved in, and working with our societies and SU Team on lots of great campaigns and events.
During Welcome 2.0 I was able to talk with our societies and some clubs who were doing stalls all week and share some of their events out and learn more about what they do.
#SocietiesofKeele was launched during the week of Welcome 2.0, 2 weeks ago starting off with Keele Irish dance. Since then we have spotlighted 5 societies on our socials and through going to their events. We have had 17 society submissions so there will be ongoing posts till March at the least which is exciting as many students are engaging with the posts.
I’m still working with Lucy our AU and Sports Officer, Keele Students’ Union and Harper Adams Students’ Union to help our joint vet societies with creating a more cost effective and efficient approach to joint socials, events, and transportation.
We have revived the SU Green Team and have already led multiple successful litter picks around Keele campus and will be continuing events such as litter picks monthly. Out of talks with estates and Team Keele we will be running gardening sessions soon for students to volunteer for.
I’m working with the Students’ Union to install a water bottle refill station/ water fountain on the ground floor that is more accessible to students and encourage students to use reusable water bottles instead of single use plastics. I’ll have more news about this in a couple weeks so keep your eyes peeled for that.
As stated in my last Report I will be running a sustainability campaign this semester, which will link in with the SDG Teach-In. As part of the campaign, I will be continuing lots of events which relate to the subject of sustainability.
During Welcome 2.0 I facilitated 4 Great Donate stalls with some great student volunteers. We ended up raising more than £50 for the Sustainability Student Microgrant.
Team Strategic Aims:
I have nothing to report as far as the privatization of education goes.
I have nothing to report on student voice so far.
Everything in my sustainability manifesto aim report above details what I have done personally about our climate emergency pledge.
I have nothing to report on our mental health aim so far.
I, as well as the other sabbatical officers began getting ideas for our Be Better Do Better campaign launching next month. We created a survey for students to give us their ideas and will be holding table discussions so we can facilitate more student led action in the campaign. Posters with the survey have been put around campus and we have also shared it around social media. I am currently working on getting an Afro hairstylist in the Students Union monthly as requested from students from our past events.
Outstanding UGM Motions:
Policy: Water fountains
I am working with central services in the Students Union to see if we can install a more accessible water bottle refill station/ water fountain and will be contacting the university about getting water fountains in each building for students and staff to use. I will be meeting with other staff this week to discuss the possibility of this project.
Policy: Post room
We have received a motion about the post room being closed on Saturdays and how it should be open for those students who don’t have time to access the post room over the week. I will be talking to the post room in this new semester to see what options we have.