President: Chris Black
Hi I’m Chris, the 2019/20 President of the Students’ Union.
I’m originally from down the road, growing up in Bartley Green and going to school in the area before coming to Newman to study Sport and Exercise Psychology. As President I lead the Executive Committee and lead on all things academic. I sit on several University committees to ensure student voice is heard at all levels, as well as chairing the SU Board of Trustees.
My main focuses for the year are on; the course rep system, employability, academic bulletin and student resources! This is detailed below!
If you have any questions or queries or want to know how to get more involved with the SU, pop in and say hello!
Phone: 0121 483 1181 (Ext: 2489)
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.
President (Sabbatical role)
The Newman Students' Union President represents 2800 students from a variety of backgrounds with a diverse range of wants and needs. The President is responsible for leading the Executive team, challenging, motivating and encouraging them to achieve the best results in all work. They will also be expected to take the lead with organising and training Course Reps and running the election process. They are also responsible for staffing and health and safety in particular within the organisation.
A full job description can be found in the Newman Students' Union Constitution - Bye Law 1
Course rep system: Building on the improvements already made to the Course Rep System and using my experience as a course rep myself, a regular reporting process would be established giving the Student Union and myself a consistent flow of academic information from the subject STARS that will be shared with the university ensuring the student's voice is heard, and concerns aired at the earliest possible point to agree on an effective solution. My proposed plan would be to hold fortnightly meetings with STARS to have a regular flow of information regarding all courses.
Employability: The skills and behaviors required by an Individual for successful employability in the working world are amongst some of the most important areas of development the university can provide for you. I will work closely with student support and the careers team to increase the number of employability workshops available with content specifically designed to meet the need along with CV writing and Interview technique sessions and the different routes you can take to progress in the world of work.
Academic Bulletin: I aim to implement a weekly academic bulletin that will be available both in paper form from the Student Union office and uploaded to the Students Union website and social media to ensure if it accessible to all students.
Student resources: improve the accessibility of IT resources for all students throughout the university. This will be addressed by ensuring all IT resources used in lectures or seminars are added to the modules Moodle page the same week they are used. Discussing with the University, the option to implement a 2 week turn around for all assignment results ensuring students are aware of their progress. While understanding it is not always possible for students to attend every lecture I will work with IT and subject faculty teams to begin the process of introducing the use of Panopto recording software in all lectures giving students who aren’t always able to attend lectures the opportunity to be involved.