With 2020 drawing to a close, there’s no better time to look back at some of the incredible achievements of your Full-Time Officers this year! Spanning over 2 teams (how lucky are we to have had Sunday, Liv and Penny return for a second year?!), this year has seen some incredible work under hugely testing circumstances.
Your Officers have been and will continue fighting for you and other Exeter students, ensuring that the student voice is heard and listened to, and represented you on a number of issues including your academic interests.
Your feedback and telling the Officers what issues you’re facing has helped make these wins possible, and it’s really important you continue working with the Officers. They’re so enthusiastic and committed to representing you, so get in touch with them with anything you need!
Here’s just some of the wins your Full-Time Officer team have secured for you this year:
- Penny campaigned and worked with the University for the penalty reduction for late submissions
- Penny successfully used your feedback to feed into the summer exams policy
- Liv organised the hugely successful Refreshers in January!
- Liv has launched the Get Connected campaign to help you stay connected during the pandemic, including the Here to Talk initiative
- Ruby worked closely with students and societies for Black History Month
- Penny hosted Ben Bradshaw MP to give students the chance to raise their issues
- Penny helped secure the sector leading no detriment policy in March for the first lockdown
- Katie (VP Welfare 2019/20) helped students understand how to deal with social distancing
- Liv and Sunday secured an increase to the block grant received by the Students’ Guild each year, following on work started by Patrick (Guild President 2019/20)
- Patrick helped to recruit new external trustees
- All the Officers used your feedback in regular meetings with Senior Management at the University to secure positive outcomes throughout coronavirus
- Penny supported year abroad students throughout coronavirus uncertainty
- Ruby successfully helped make the Covid routes more accessible
- Sunday negotiated for an extension to the industrial action compensation scheme
- Penny campaigned for the Student Safety Net, including gaining the support of Ben Bradshaw MP
- Patrick secured commitment to the University signing the Global Climate Letter, which began in January
- Penny and Sunday secured a free event for international students to help them secure graduate jobs in the UK
- Sunday, Liv and Penny had the opportunity to talk to the Government Cabinet and raise the issues facing Exeter students
- Sunday led a cross-sector panel on freedom of speech, which she’s continuing to work on with other SU’s and Officers
- Ruby led on International Day of People With Disabilities, which included loads of info and students sharing their stories
It’s been a really successful year, and we look forward to seeing what the Officer team can achieve in 2021! The Officers are releasing their priorities this week, which will give you an idea of what they’re going to be working on after the Winter Break, adding to the work they’ve been doing so far!
Don’t forget, you’ll also have the chance to elect a new Officer team in February for 2021/22, so keep an eye out for more information on that very soon! If you’re inspired by the work of your Officers and feel you could be the change, why not nominate yourself for a role? Find out more in January!