Hi, I’m Becca and I’m a third year maths student. I’ve been on committees from ExTunes to Xpression FM during my time at Exeter and I know just how tough it can be to run a society, so I want to make the Guild work for you. From working at the A&V front desk and as Societies' Officer for all 228 societies, I have the experience and knowledge to help improve the Guild and the proven dedication to see it through.
I’ve already made positive change in the Guild, fighting for interrupted students to be allowed society access, creating and being part of the #WeAreAllExeter Student Leaders’ Group and helping run Welcome Team this year as one of the officers.
I’ll be the strong voice you deserve on Guild transparency, society funding, recognition and employability. My ideas are feasible and have been checked by Guild executives, and I’m dedicated to achieving every one of them.
- Improve A&V. Less bureaucracy and paperwork, the ability to submit provisional events with reminders for budget & risk assessment deadlines, as well as a student staff member at St. Luke’s Campus.
- Introduce a wellbeing course for society committees with the Advice Unit and Wellbeing Centre, as well as regular ‘Meet & Greets’ with Staff, Sabbs and Soc Exec so you know where to go to get help.
- Improve employability and networking by creating an alumni network, introducing societies to relevant professionals and potentially increasing income via donations.
- Create a Guild crowdfunding page. With no external cut taken and by reaching out to alumni, it provides a new and easier way for society fundraising.
- Increase recognition by creating an online volunteering log to reward you for the hours you put into society work and a bigger and better Societies’ Ball, with society awards.
Alongside these 5 promises, I also intend to work on:
- An international careers fair, not just study abroad and TEFL, but also overseas opportunities.
- Employability reps for every SSLC and creating Employability College Executives to feed into the general Executive Committee.
- Investigate improvements to the room booking system and ways to tackle the issue of a lack of society space.
- Commit to improving disabled access to DH1 and provide resources for societies about how to make their events more accessible.
- Improve the ease of access and publicity of the Society Hardship Fund.
- More vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options on campus, and desserts in The Ram.
- Free breakfast for Nightline volunteers.
- Improve Refreshers and work with local clubs and companies for special deals.
- Look into the continuation of ExeFest, the campus music festival.
- Utilise the DH1 screens for updates on Student Ideas.
- Improve communication and give insight into what the Sabbs actually do on a day-to-day basis.
- The A&V and Music budget to be put online to increase transparency and make scrutiny easier.
- Create a Guild resource guide on how and where to get society and funding help.
- Re-evaluate Guild grant funding to include repeat events and to help out new societies more.
- Safeguard the independence and budget of Xmedia.
- Promote and support smaller media societies such as The Undergraduate, Razz and PearShaped.
- Create an interfaith prayer space on campus for our faith societies.
- Encourage more collaborative events such as an interfaith sports competition.
Societies have been the best part of my experience at Exeter and I’m passionate about making you feel the same way.
If you like what you’ve read then hold your #HandsUpForHanley and Vote Becca for VP Activities