My name is Liv Harvey and I am the current Vice President Activities. It has been an honour to represent the student body, especially working with so many societies who work tirelessly to put on amazing events for their membership and truly enrich the student experience. A year has simply not been enough! By doing this job for a second year, not only does it give me time to implement new initiatives but it allows me to continue the projects I’m passionate about – I think this continuity is really key in making long-lasting change. If you’re interested in what I’ve been up to, check out the progress tracker I’ve piloted this year!
- Improved training for society committees will see a bigger focus on welfare, bystander intervention and sexual harassment training.
- By making the Guild less bureaucratic, we can move away from inflexible processes and towards an easier society experience for all. Simple steps towards this include making all paper forms digital. Continuing to develop How To Videos and making a shift towards more interactive online training (find an example here!) will also help students navigate Guild processes.
- From sustainable stash to helping at a beach clean-up, I want to support societies, and the Guild, in running eco-friendly initiatives supported by society grants.
- Launching an Adopt a Charity Initiative will allow any society to choose from a selection of charities to raise money for.
- Each term, approximately 1000 individual bookings are made by societies for University (not Guild) rooms. There is a desperate need for space and I will lobby the University to find new multi-purpose spaces as well as to make current spaces multi-purpose, so they’re never empty when people need them.
- By reaching out to students, I will repurpose the St Luke’s Guild space - whether this is bookable society space or used for retail, we need to ensure it suits students’ needs.
Accessibility and Inclusivity:
- Encouraging societies to run events on St Luke’s as well as reaching out to typically underrepresented students will ensure societies are accessible to all and encourage a diverse membership.
- Making the Guild Hardship Fund more sustainable and accessible will mean that there are no financial barriers to joining societies.
- Introducing a Give it a Go initiative will give students the opportunity to get involved in a variety of one off events and activities throughout the year, allowing students to try something new with no long-term commitment required. Refreshers Week would be rebranded as a Give it a Go week, specifically reaching out to international and study abroad students.
- Through free events, I will reward student leaders and ensure they get the recognition they deserve.
- By affiliating the Guild with a training provider such as ILM or CMI, I will provide accredited leaders training for student leaders to enhance employability.
- A bookable ‘busking’ area in the Forum and a termly bookable stage for larger performance groups will provide more opportunities for societies to showcase themselves.