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Hi, I’m Stanford and this year I will be your Union Affairs Officer. My role is all about student groups and the extracurricular – representing societies, democratic networks and student campaigners!
I joined the University of Bristol in 2013 as a Politics and IR student, where my first-year hall was Waverley House. I’ve lived for societies the whole time I’ve been here, and I’m a proud alumnus of a ludicrous array of student groups, from Massage to a Cappella!
Now I work full-time representing those groups, and I couldn’t be prouder of all they continue to achieve. The standard of extracurricular activities here at Bristol is absolutely off the charts, and I think it’s one of the best things about being a student here! I passionately believe that through Bristol SU there’s an opportunity for everyone to find a home outside of their degree – whether that’s discovering a new hobby or forming a new network of lifelong friends.
I’m working towards that vision in the world’s best city, and want to support and enable student groups wherever I can. If you’ve got any exciting ideas or irritating obstacles ahead get in touch over email or Facebook and let’s start a conversation!
Establish an International Officer amongst the Sabbatical team
Establish a Multifaith Network
Ensure the University delivers on its new Space Strategy, making sure it works for students and lets them make greater use of University spaces
Get more Richmond Building rooms opened for student activity
Secure specialist spaces for student activities that need them – additional sports facilities in TQ, martial arts, dance, video processing etc.
Increase social spaces at the centre of campus, with an SU Living Room, food court, PGR Hub, bar, and more activity spaces
Make sure students have access to the facilities they want on campus (e.g. hot water taps, microwaves, lockers, showers), so they are more likely to stay on campus when they aren’t studying
Push the promotion of societies, clubs, volunteering projects and networks to help students find communities they can be a part of
Ensure we survey on mental health year on year
Ensure extracurricular activity is a feature in UoB mental health strategy
Draw together sabbatical officers to work on mental health
Work with careers/Bristol futures/PDP to ensure students recognise how thieir employability is improved through extracurricular activity
Lobby the uni to provide free or reduced cost extracurricular activity during stressful exam periods
Improve the transparency of the UoB hardship fund, and its potential to financially assist with extracurricular activity
Run a Refresher’s Fair for returning students
Give more resources to our events team for more student-led events
Establish an annual Society Awards
Create bigger and more accessible grant pots for groups
Improve the SU's Room Booking System, work to accommodate our disadvantaged groups, and make more storage space available to reduce waiting lists
Improve the Balloon Bar with all student survey
In-building project – show the SU interior some love
Provide more SU-owned deals, like our National Express offer
Create more opportunities for students to feedback on events and services
Reduce the reliance on email bulletins and website updates
Lobby for a UoB app
Push for updates and improvements to the student portal
Referred to Bristol SU Trustee Board and overturned at Trustee Board due to the contents of the motion being considered an ultra vires and outside of our aims as a charity.
Investigation into feasibility is underway. In prinicpal approval has been given by UoB. Seeking advice from SW Ambulance Service. Funding will need to be sought before it can go ahead.