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Student Council

 

A massive thank you to everyone who voted in our Student Council elections, which are a key part of representing your views and voice across campus.

We have had over 225 voters casting 1861 votes. This is incredible, as it shows real interest in our democratic functions.

 

We are excited for our next steps, which involve training and our first Council meetings, and we want to say a huge thank you for all candidates who ran in this election. Standing for a post is such an experience, and it’s been awesome for us to see such a breath of students taking part.

 

A huge congratulations to the newly appointed Student Council Part-Time Officers:

Accommodation Officer: Sophie James

Community Officer: Kira Orchard

Distance Learning Officer: Harry Bishop

Education Officer (UG Exeter): Jack Wilkins

Education Officer (UG Falmouth): Isabelle Kinghorn

Environment and Ethics Officer: Eilish Calnan

Fundraising Officer: Lauren Taylor

Liberation Officer: Henry McComish

Mature Students Officer: Judit Gancsa

Open Officer (Exeter): Joshua Ordu Peters

Open Officer (Falmouth): Ellie Ricks

Societies Officer: Mia Terra St Hill

Student Voice Chairperson: Gas Williams

Volunteering Officer: Bethan Hone

Widening Participation Officer: Emma Waldron

 

There are some positions which have not been filled, so we will be opening opportunities for these remaining positions. If you are interested in getting involved in Student Council, drop elections@thesu.org.uk an email and we can let you know the next steps.

 

Student Council

 

What is Student Council?

Great question! Our Student Council is the key campaign and policy-making student body on our campuses. They represent you and your views in a host of different ways, on issues ranging from social experience to academic quality, to liberation and much, much more. Everyone who sits on Student Council is an elected student volunteer who becomes one of our ‘Part-Time Officers’. The ‘Part-Time Officers’ work closely with our Sabbatical Officer team to represent your views in a host of meetings, forums and with the full Students’ Union. Essentially, our Student Council help to promote your voice and your needs both to us, as your SU, and to both Universities we work with.

 

Sounds good, but why do we need it?

We need Part-time Officers to effectively represent the views of current Falmouth University and University of Exeter Cornwall students, so representation runs through the core of our activity, services and campaigns. We also use this information and these ideas to inform and enhance how both Universities make decisions, through our Sabbatical Officer team.

Without students (our members) at the heart of what we do, it makes our job as a Students’ Union really hard, because the whole purpose of us as an organisation is to exist for the advancement of student experience (in all forms) on campus.

 

Okay. I get it. But what do they do?

Part-time Officers (volunteer students just like you) meet regularly to discuss important items based on the feedback they are getting from a whole range of students. They suggest policy on how we can improve student life for Falmouth & Exeter Cornwall students, and meet to discuss what key campaigns students are in need of for support or to raise awareness on important issues. They also sit in on a variety of different meetings to mix with other students- from student groups, academic spaces, and on some University committees – so that their voices can reach a wide range of areas!

 

Falmouth UG Education Officer

The SU Education Officers play a vital role in working with SU to actively maintain and enhance the academic experience of all campus based undergraduate students through support and representation of SU’s (Undergraduate) Department Representatives alongside being an active member of SU’s Student Council.

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Falmouth PG Education Officer

You will be working with the SU Presidents, SU staff, and the Falmouth course rep system, to make improvements to the academic experience of Falmouth postgraduates.

The SU Education Officers play a vital role in working with SU to actively maintain and enhance the academic experience of all campus based postgraduate students through support and representation of SU’s (Postgraduate) Department Representatives alongside being an active member of SU’s Student Council and Executive Committee.

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Falmouth Open Officer

You will be working with SU Presidents, SU staff, and the Falmouth student rep system, to make improvements to the experience of all Falmouth students.

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Falmouth PGT Officer

You will be working with SU Presidents, SU staff, and the Falmouth student rep system, to make improvements to the experience of all Falmouth postgraduate taught students.

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Falmouth PGR Officer

You will be working with SU Presidents, SU staff, and the Falmouth student rep system, to make improvements to the experience of all Falmouth postgraduate research students.

Please note: To be eligible you must due to enrol on a Research based postgraduate course during 2020- 21.

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Exeter UG Education Officer

You will be working with the SU Presidents, SU staff, and the Exeter course rep system, to make improvements to the academic experience of Exeter undergraduates.

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Exeter PG Officer

You will be working with the SU Presidents, SU staff, and the Exeter course rep system, to make improvements to the academic experience of Exeter postgraduates.

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Exeter Open Officer

You will be working with SU Presidents, SU staff, and the Exeter student rep system, to make improvements to the experience of all Exeter students on Cornwall campuses.

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Exeter PGT Officer

You will be working with SU Presidents, SU staff, and the Exeter student rep system, to make improvements to the academic experience of Exeter postgraduates.

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Exeter PGR Officer

You will be working with SU Presidents, SU staff, and the Exeter student rep system, to make improvements to the academic experience of Exeter research postgraduates.

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Distance Learning Officer

You will be working with SU Presidents, SU staff, and the SV Team to make improvements to the experience of all distance learning students studying at Falmouth and Exeter Universities.

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Environment & Ethics Officer

You will be working with SU Presidents, and SU staff to make sure the student experience is greener and more ethical! Representing students on SU initiatives, campaigns and policies for environment and ethics issues.

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International Officer

You will be working with SU Presidents, and SU staff to give International students a platform to be fully represented and enable them to flourish within their University experience.

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Liberation Officer

You will be working with SU Presidents, and SU staff to give liberation groups a platform to be fully represented and enable them to flourish during their University experience.

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Fundraising Officer

You will represent students’ views and experience when working with SU Presidents, and SU staff to engage students in fundraising for charities.

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Societies Officer

You will be working with SU Presidents, and SU staff to represent and campaign for society and student opportunities issues to make things better for SU’s ever growing societies.

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Sports Officer

You will be working with SU Presidents, and SU staff to get students involved in more activities and making sure SU Sports keep developing and are what students want.

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Volunteering Officer

You will be working with SU Presidents, and SU staff to ensure the volunteering provision is what students want and that outcomes of the student volunteering experience are celebrated.

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Widening Participation Officer

You will be working with SU Presidents, and SU staff to make sure the universities and SU are continuously working towards widening participation at university.

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Mature Student Officer

You will be working with the SU Presidents, and SU staff to give mature students a platform to be fully represented and enable them to flourish in their university experience.

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Community Officer

You will be working with SU Presidents, and SU staff to make sure the relationship between students and other members of the local community is the best that it can be.

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Accommodation Officer

You will be working with the SU Presidents and SU staff to represent students on all aspects of their accommodation experience, including students living in halls of residence and in private accommodation.

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Student Voice Chair

This is the highest office of the Student Council; you preside over important Student Council meetings and outside of these meetings you are the head and spokesperson for the Student Council and represent the team to the outside world. You ensure meetings convened by the SU run smoothly and in an orderly fashion.

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So why should I vote?

Voting in an election or using your voice in any way as a student is a powerful thing! Sometimes we might not feel like our voice or vote can make big change, but it makes such a big impact to University life. Without you engaging in elections or anything similar, we don’t know how you feel or think, so can’t effectively represent your needs on a range of levels. So, by voting, you engage in changing your student experience for the better whether that’s related to social spaces, teaching quality, wellbeing or pretty much anything you can think of.

 

When are the 2020/21 Elections?

Nominations 1-8 October

Voting 12-15 October

Read the full Elections guidance here.

 

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