Posted on Fri 11 Oct 2019 at 11:00 by Richard Glyn
Hi everyone. I felt like now was a good time to update you on what I have been working on over the past couple of months, and what I am working on for later in the semester. Everyone in the Students’ Union has been very busy over the past few weeks, so finding the time to reflect on what you’ve actually been working on can be quite difficult!
I also cannot believe that we’re now in October! It doesn’t seem two minutes since the summer, when everything seemed really quiet, and now, all of a sudden, welcome week has been and gone!
Also, I am continuing to enjoy working with the rest of the Sabb team. Everyone is so motivated to make a positive impact within their different areas. It really is a pleasure to be a part of.
Wider engagement with the student body
One of my priorities, which has developed into a Sabbatical team priority, is around letting you know what the Students’ Union is working on, and to ensure you’re aware of what you can get involved in. This was in my manifesto, and I’m pleased to say that it is being actioned upon. With the help of my colleague, Conor, we have put together an engagement plan, whereby all the Sabb team go into lectures, besides into libraries and different communal areas, to provide you with regular updated. I’m sure you’ll be starting to see a lot more of us!
This idea stemmed from feedback we’ve had in the past that we don’t go out and speak to students enough. I completely agree that it is never enough to just put something on social media, or just send an email. We also have to be out and about, letting you know what we do, and equally letting you know what you are able to get involved in.
Bangor University has gone through quite a dramatic and turbulent few months, and it’s really important that I remain aware of what is happening, so that your voice continues to be heard. We now have a new Vice Chancellor in place, Professor Iwan Davies, and he has brought some innovative and exciting ideas to Bangor.
This has all meant that there is new direction for the University in many areas. The Vice Chancellor’s number one priority is ‘employability’, and this is something I completely agree with. We have to ensure that all students are fully prepared for the world of work, and that you’re being given the relevant skills and experience. This is why a new Employability Strategy is being introduced, which I have been feeding into. One of the best examples of progress in this area is the announcement that, as of this September, work placement opportunities will be introduced on every single undergraduate degree programme.
In addition, I believe that Student Union activities provide students with excellent transferable skills, which you can take into the workplace. For example, if you are a committee member for a particular club, society or volunteering project, you are able to gain skills in leadership and representation, besides confidence and public speaking. That is why I am working to ensure employability is at the heart of all our activities.
Similarly, I am working on embedding ‘sustainability’ into all areas of the Students’ Union. This is something many students are passionate about, and we have recently recruited a student-staff member to help with this. It is important to remember that sustainability is not just environmental,