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Blog: Hannah Finney, Activities Officer 

End of Term Report - November 2020

END OF TERM REPORT - NOVEMBER 2020

What have I done this term?

Training

The Athletic Union Officer and I produced a series of training for our executive officers in clubs and societies. This included moving the training, which usually happens online, to a digital platform. Training included the overview of roles, dangerous behaviour training, health and safety training, and multiple resources for Welfare Officers. We received good feedback from our societies, with some great tips on how we can improve the training going forward.

I am also revisiting all the society documents and seeing what can be improved, starting with the handbooks for each executive role. I’ve completed a new Welfare Officer handbook and will be writing up new ones for other roles.

AGM

The Annual General Meeting was also moved online this year, taking place over Zoom. Most of my Constitutional amendments were mainly admin, like adding Welfare Officers as an executive role. I also got a couple of new amendments passed, such as making the Inclusive Society Policy recommended reading, and adding a BAME Rep into my Societies Executive Role.

We also voted in my amazing Societies Exec for this year who have been great so far, I am looking forward to continue working with them over the next year.

Freshers’ Fair

I also organised an online Freshers’ Fair for our societies, which was done over Zoom this year. Each society got a half an hour slot to hold a Q&A drop in for our new students this year. This event was very popular and loads of societies got quite a few prospective members turn up. We had a couple of issues which I will consider if we do more events like this over the next term.

Grants

At the November meeting of Societies Exec, we allocated the initial grants that societies get at the beginning of the year. This year, due to lower membership numbers, we were able to give societies £7 per member in grants.

University Meetings

I’ve sat on quite a few university meetings this year, such as the Accommodation Working Group, Internal Prevent, and the Student Experience Sub-Committee to name a few. It’s been a great experience to work with the university and to have a say in what goes on.

I’ve also just been put on the Winter Break Support Group for students who won’t be returning home over the winter break, I’m looking forward to this.

 

What has been your biggest achievement?

Definitely creating the material for online training has been a highlight. It’s been great watching the feedback come in and seeing that Society Officers have been happy with the content provided.

I’m also absolutely over the moon that the BAME Rep position passed in the AGM.

 

What could you have improved on?

The feedback from the Officer training was really useful, such as maybe making it more interactive. I’ll definitely take all the advice on board and include it in further training.

 

What do you plan to do next term?

Continue training, definitely. I’ll be writing up handbooks for Presidents and Secretaries and hopefully get out more Welfare Officer training.

I’ll also be planning activities non-stop. I’m currently planning the Festival of Culture which previous Activities Officers have organised. I’ll also start prepping for the Grad Ball, which hopefully will be able to happen in person at the end of the year.

 

Any additional sections that the report writer deems necessary

Nope ??