President: Tom Ashford
Hi! I'm Tom, this year's President and I'm excited to continue the work I started last year as Vice-President throughout 2018/19.
I'm originally from Nottingham and graduated in Business Management in 2018. 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.
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
1. A Robust Course Rep System
Last year we introduced tier two of Course Reps in the form of Student Academic Reps (StARs). We now have 10 StARs that will aid the Union and expand on the great work that the President and the Academic Officer did last year. as a Union we want to provide a “Find My Course Rep” system as well as making SSCCs more student-led through student chairing.
2. What’s going on?
There is so much going in Higher Education that Newman Students are unaware of. The Office for Students has a massive impact on our University (being Small and Specialist) and it is important that you as students know what is going on on a national level and how it impacts you. I am looking to bring in speakers and workshops which will allow Newman students to get up to date with what is going on and really feel part of the student movement and influence their education.
3. More opportunity for Student Voice
This year I want to bring in more informal forums, focus groups and committees to have more discussions that are led by students on what affects them at University, and whether they are getting value for money. If you're a mature student, have a look at our first one of these: our Mature Experience select committee (under the Academic tab).