This is the story of how we made a difference in November 2015.
Watch the video to discover how what we did this month had an impact on you.
This month our key achievements included:
· In Scarborough, the process of transition continued. Vice-President Simon continued to work with the University to ensure our members receive an outstanding student experience. His campaign ‘The Big Scarborough Shout Out’ was created to keep students in the loop and ensure their voices are heard. He shares regular updates on his blog including the creation of a document called ‘Scarborough Principles of an Excellent Student Experience’. This document sets out the framework of what standards students should expect from now until Summer 2017. Check out the Scarborough vlog here.
· The whole Sabbatical team, led by Vice-President Welfare & Community. Ashleigh got involved with World Mental Health Day. This national initiative aims to help increase awareness of Mental illness and educate students as to how they can help a friend who may need support.
· Vice-President Welfare, Ashleigh organised an awareness raising event in partnership with The White Ribbon Campaign. An evening of inspiring talks, fundraising and performance saw over 60 students back the campaign, which encourages everyone to stand up against violence towards women.
· The launch of ‘Challenge Chuby’ gave students an opportunity to invite their President to take part in an activity, event or sport that they enjoy. Suggestions for the first monthly event included everything from PoleFit to dressing (and talking!) as a Dalek all day and taking park in a Yoga class. Watch Chuby find out what his challenge is here.
· Sabb Sofa sessions were introduced by President Chuby to give our students the opportunity to meet officers face to face and give feedback on anything from our services to campus accessibility. The first sofa landed outside the Union and exchanged cuppas for conversation. Watch it here.
· The second stage of Vice-President Welfare & Community, Ashleigh’s Housing Campaign was launched in November. This stage was called ‘No Pressure’ and saw Ashleigh and HullSTARS run a housing fair in Asylum attended by over 350 students. An informative poster sharing the common tall tales told by landlords was created and displayed around the Union building to help students spot a porky!
· Our brilliant Raising and Giving Committee (RAG) announced that in the last academic year they had raised a whopping £78,882 for worthy causes including; Stop The Traffik, St Andrew’s Children’s Hospice and Childreach International.
· Vice-President Education, Matt and his volunteers in the Education Zone launched the 2015 Student-Led Teaching Awards. This annual awards ceremony, held in May asks students to identify academic and support staff that have gone above and beyond to improve their experience.
· This month also introduced Matt About Campus, a new regular video feature that aims to gather instant student opinions across campus. Episode one included asking students who their course reps is, gathered feedback about great teaching and raised awareness of the Student Led teaching awards. Watch the first episode here.
· So much volunteering happened in November. Students gave back to their local community, organising and taking part in everything from a litter-pick to befriending projects care homes, to hosting a World Record Lesson attempt with Stepney Primary and 30,000 other schoolchildren from across the UK!