Officer Report Paul Societies Review Societies Review went really well with around 50 committee members attending. The main discussion was that of budget forms, I have made a suggestion which societies have agreed on. We will block out a morning on Mondays (9am1pm) where we will have a drop in session. This means that societies can come in with their budget forms and get an on the spot response, if there is a problem it can also be solved at the same time. It was a great meeting with a good discussion about the difficulties societies face and how we can work together to solve them.
Refreshers I have started work with societies over our refreshers week, the general feedback from the societies meeting was that refreshers provided a good platform to increase membership and showcase society activity. With the move into the new building this has caused some problems, we don’t know what space will be available to us. However, the general plan is to put activity into the new space and have have society activity in the old space. Of course we will look to host society in the new space if it is logistically possible.
Semester 2 Performances I have begun work with the performance societies over an effective performance schedule for semester 2. We have more public performances now than ever before, something I have actively pushed. However, this does mean that we are limited on space we can provide. I have a series of meeting with performance societies planned so we can work together to combat this. I want performance societies to support each other and have an input into the direction of public performances at the Union.
Head of Wellbeing Recruitment
I was involved in the recruitment for the position of Head of Wellbeing. This person has overall responsibility for the counselling service, chaplaincy and disabilities services. I spoke openly about the need for this person to react to an ever changing student demand. There was a successful recruitment.
No Mince Pies Every year the Union and University hold an event for older members of the community. I recruited 5 student societies to perform, hosted the event and ensured the successful running from the Union’s side. The guests had a great time and I feel the students involved gave Brookes a great name that afternoon. I was very proud.