Societies Officer: Lucinda Sims
My name is Lucinda Sims. I am in my last year here at Newman studying Mathematics. I have been involved in societies since the very beginning. I also have been involved in society committees, in my first year I was the Treasurer of Harmonics, in my second year I was the Treasurer of MaDSoc, and Vice-Chair of MaDSoc last year.
One of the reasons I wanted to become Societies Officer was to support new and existing societies in their endeavours.
I encourage all students, new and existing, to join societies this year. They provide unique opportunities and memories that will stay with you for life and will shape your university experience.
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.
Societies Officer voluntary role (non-sabbatical)
Works closely with the Membership Services Coordinator to ensure the Union enables students to create and run a variety of Societies and Associations, within the organisations wider goals, providing training, advice, guidance and varied support throughout the year to current and new student groups.
A full job description can be found in the NSU Constitution, Bye Law 1
- Launch a society-type varsity alongside Aston, Birmingham City and Birmingham Uni.
- Reassess the format of Student Forums to promote more feedback, whilst also providing extra opportunities to do so outside of the forum, enabling less-confident individuals.
- Increased Society involvement with SU campaigns, insuring that our societies are given more of an opportunity to get involved.
- Continued use and increased publicity of society events via Facebook and Instagram.
- As I have been Vice-Chair of MaDSoc this year I know that this year has been not effective use of publicity, this is because knowing the lack of participation which has affected societies is currently a problem. A part of tackling this would also be using other officers’ remits in order to boost the profile of all our Societies.
- Increase the use of the facilities available such as the use of Senses for more society events.
- Make societies more accessible for all students
- Improve the Societies Guild
- Initiate the Societies Social Cafe
- Improve relationships between SU and Societies
- Society training made online and more accessible for commuting students or students with other commitments within a briefer and more personal format.