Another highlight for me was the #WeMakeEvents campaign, where we raised awareness and funds for the live events sector. As a performer myself, it’s something close to my heart, but it was clear that LUU’s own events offering was suffering due to lockdown, as well as the performers, technicians and beyond who are LUU members. I wanted to use my platform as Activities officer to get people involved in this international campaign to help protect this brilliant industry, while raising awareness of the lack of Government support.
We organised a busy week of online performances, as well as chances to share stories about the difficulty and disruption of the pandemic, with the aim of recognising challenges facing those impacted and encouraging them to persevere. We were even lucky enough to have singer-songwriter Frank Turner perform as part of the campaign, which was a real highlight. The week was a success, with loads of participants – together we raised some money for the cause, and more importantly were able to stand in solidarity with the movement. As I write this, the industry has been let down by the Government again, so I hope this campaign can be developed as LUU moves forward.
It’s clear that this was no typical year, but looking back on the things our clubs and societies have achieved and the campaigns I have led, I feel proud to have helped our fantastic student groups get through what has hopefully been the worst of this challenging time. I’ve developed my skills, built relationships and made meaningful changes to the way things work at LUU, and know that this year has been an unforgettable experience. While I hope our future Exec teams don’t experience the same challenges that we have, I hope they’ll look back on their time at LUU as one of growth and improvement.