Candidate for the position of Activities & Opportunities Officer

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Felicity Whelan

The Ginger Spice to Spice up your LUU

Felicity for Activities and Opportunities: The Ginger Spice to spice up your LUU 

 

COVID SUPPORT: 

  • A funding system to help societies get back up and running next year, to support for losses in membership fees and to help societies to begin to function ‘normally’ again. 

  • Additional committee training to adapt to being online, with a particular focus on keeping up engagement with students even if we can’t be in person.  

  • Improving mental health support, introducing well-being reps within societies so there always feels like there’s a friendly face to go to.  

  • Freshers Week- working with restrictions to make Freshers as successful as it can be. Using LUU staff to help support sports teams in trials and training, working over the summer to create digital content that is engaging, working with the Reps and the activities office to ensure each society feels well-supported and can carry out their Freshers events successfully. 

 

ENGAGEMENT: 

  • No more cancelling events! Aiding societies to move events to virtual platforms where in-person events cannot take place. Offering training to teach committee members how to create digital events, such as how to edit together performances or host online shows.  

  • Live streaming university sports events or shows and performances if crowds are still not permitted or for people who are shielding. Keeping people connected by watching live streamed events together on virtual socials and improving engagement. 

  • Society events for second years. Specific society activities for second years, create the Freshers week they missed out on and help increase membership. 

 

OPPORTUNITIES: 

  • Receive a qualification from your committee role and training, improving the training system to interactive workshops specific to each society group. Show future employers how you’ve used your training and have a qualification to go straight onto your CV.  

  • Mentoring schemes with alumni, learn how your clubs and societies can give you transferable employment skills.  

 

COMMUNICATION: 

  • Improving the communication system with activities. No longer just general enquiries, but specific contacts who can deal your with issue straightaway.  

  • Weekly drop-in sessions with me to come and voice any concerns or queries. 

  • Saying thank you to societies and their committees for everything they’ve done and continue to do through rewards schemes such as LUU discounts. 

 

A bit about me: 

  • Third year history student  

  • Current dance rep of the union –I’ve supported all the dance societies in adapting to COVID and had a Better Union forum passed to help all societies receive funding for having to hire external facilities as a result of University COVID measures. 

  • Irish Dancing President 2019/20- here I learnt a lot about how the union works and areas where it can be improved, I’ve first-hand experience of the ongoing difficulties many societies go up against and want to be able to help change that. I helped Irish receive Gryphon club status, permitting them Gryphon funding for the first time, allowing me to see how big an impact additional funding can have on helping a society grow.  

 

I’ve a strong understanding of how the union works and where it can be improved. Being part of a society has shaped my time at university, and I want to be able to help others to experience the same. Vote for Felicity as the ginger spice to spice up your LUU!  

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