Steering the strategy
As Union Affairs and Communications Officer, my work encompasses everything from Union finances to governance, as well as thinking about how and when students are communicated with. It’s been an important year for that work, as the entire organisation has turned its attention to the development of the new LUU Strategy for 2022-2026 – a project that will set the tone for what LUU does for students over the coming years. The whole Exec team has been involved in discussions, with me taking the lead in representing the student voice in discussions with stakeholders including staff, trustees and external organisations.
It was really important to me that the strategy genuinely meets the wants and needs of the students of today rather than being developed without their input, so for me, my representative role in the development of this strategy is one of my biggest successes this year. My contribution more specifically looked at how LUU can adapt quickly to the wants and needs of students, taking a more political focus and centering things like sustainability and community. And with the strategy taking LUU up to 2026, I can be confident that that input will be a lasting legacy of my representative work.
Bringing LUU everywhere
Another project I’ve worked on behind the scenes is ‘LUU everywhere’, where we’re looking to get LUU offices located around campus to ensure a better presence of Union services across the University community. This is a project I had wanted to introduce before I even knew I was running in the election, and we’ve made some good progress this year, with space being allocated for LUU in the Worsley Building from this autumn, as well as plans for further locations and pop-ups in the future. This will allow all students, especially those with major time constraints on their academic lives, to access LUU resources and for LUU to proactively go to you rather than you having to come to us. I hope this scheme can move beyond Worsley to all areas of the university and even our campuses on other continents.