Events & Activities Officer: Zoe Harrison
Hi, i'm Zoe, your events and activities officer. I am going into my 2nd year at Newman and study primary education. Throughout my year in the Students' Union I intend on creating a variety of fun and exciting events and opportunities to put you at the heart of an exciting Newman community.
Fun Fact: I know all the words to great balls of fire and can sing it on request.
Job Description (summary)
All Officers are responsible for the day to day running and management of the Union as an organisation, including but not limited to: ensuring it complies with the law and relevant acts, in particular the Education and Charity Acts, funding and budget monitoring, compliance with Health and Safety legislation, ensuring Union Policies and Procedures are adhered to and representing students. All Officers are also required to be actively involved in collective work and be willing to accept work at the request of an appropriate body.
Events & Activities Officer voluntary role (non-sabbatical)
Researches, organises and provides a varied range of activities aimed at the many differing backgrounds of the student body, providing a platform for the Union to launch its campaigns, media and connecting to the wider student population.
A full job description can be found in the NSU Constitution, Bye Law 1
My first aim is to make more inclusive events for all students to attend and have their say in what they want to see and happen whilst studying at Newman. I promise to go out and talk to students for 2 hours every week to find out what kind of events people are interested in and get feedback from events that have been on so we can improve them in the future.*I have been taking student feedback on board each semester and trying my best to implement these changes. For example, I reduced the price of Scarefest, introduced a Welcome Back Party for the new year, planned a Summer Ball including the Sports and Societies Awards and reduced the cost of the ticket and ran a consultation regarding Freshers and have already started planning Freshers 2020.*
My second aim is to decrease the number of disengaged students by putting on a range of activities which will prepare them for life after Newman. *I have been working really hard on trying to engage with all students however it is something that I would like to continue to work on. One thing that has seen a rise of student engagement is our HUMP Wednesday's that have seen a rise of attendees week by week at the bar.*
My third and final aim is to create more events for mature students and for students from different backgrounds, races and religions to ensure all students are being represented as much as possible. This will include day events for people who may work around university, for example evenings and weekends and none alcoholic events. *This is something that I have struggled with and want to continue to work on. We have run 2 family fun days which are on the weekends and I am continuing to work with the University to plan day time events for all students to attend during their days at university.