Posted on Wed 17 Aug 2016 at 20:22 by Ffion Jones
Well my month kick off bitter sweet with some goodbyes to the old officer team and welcomes to the new officer team. Good Luck Mark, Lydia and Fflur in everything you do in the future, not that you’ll need it; you awesome people! It has been an absolute pleasure this year, thank you.
During the final week of hand over we had a trustee meeting, which was very exciting approving the new staff structure and then taking it to the University in the Students' Union Task group. I was lucky enough to start the following week representing Undeb Bangor in Graduation Ceremonies. We started as a new team heading off on our Sabbatical residential to Surf Snowdonia. Here we did some team building, explored our strengths and weaknesses and how we can work best as a group, planned out some of our priorities for the year and of course leant how to surf together.
Following our residential we headed straight off to NUS's SU16 conference where I got a chance to present about our free clubs and societies in a Student Opportunities workshop with Matt Day oe VP Societies and Communities. I was back in the office just long enough to catch up on the Summer Sessions, play a game in our staff rounders tournament (where we beat the Bangor Biological Sciences team), fire off a few e-mails and see what the rest of the activities team have been up to before we headed off to the BUCS conference.
I had a great opportunity at the BUCS conference to stand up and speak to the conference on behalf of Ethan, the activities Sabb in Chester, who was running for a place on the BUCS committee. This was a great experience where I networked with other sports Sabbs and staff and attend workshops and talks, bringing plenty of ideas home about developing sport in Bangor. As soon as I got back to Bangor, there was plenty of things to be getting on with including the Horse Riding session, Crash and Splash session and lots of adventures into Snowdonia with loads of amazing students with the Summer Session.
Together as a Sabb team we have met with the Director of Sport, Pontio Executive, Volunteering, Student Services, Compliance, the International office, Academi, Sustainability and Employability where we have had some great conversations about how we can work with the University over the summer, welcome week and beyond.
In between the conferences and meetings I have been planning my priorities for the year. I have begun drafting our activities committees’ handbook and compiling information for an Equality and Inclusivity toolkit for all of our group leaders. As an activities team we have finalised the AU training timetable, Campus Sport timetable, started planning the year’s calendar, grants, committee/coaches training and everything we need to be ready to welcome you back in Welcome Week 2016!