James Colgan VP Magee September Blog

September has been a busy month here at the Students’ Union in Magee! We had our first ever Welcome Week for new students which I hope new students enjoyed! The events included Jiving nights to City walking tours; not to mention our Balloon Drop with some great prizes! I hope you also managed to buy one of our wristbands to the great SUGAR Fresher nights!

James Colgan VP Academic & Student Affairs, Magee

If you didn’t get to one of our Talk to SU student inductions.  Feel free to call into my office any time where I can introduce myself and explain how I can represent you and how you can get involved in the Students’ Union.

I have been involved in numerous planning meetings ahead of Welcome Week and Freshers Week.  Now October is here I’ve also attended review meetings after Welcome & Freshers week to see how we can improve our Welcome events and Freshers Fayre next year!

I hope you managed to get a Students’ Union lanyard, wall-planner and survival guide at our Freshers Fayre.

I have also attended meetings with University departments such as a meeting with the Careers Department regarding the strategic growth plan with Derry and Strabane city council.

Student Mental Wellbeing is a top priority for the Students’ Union.  The Students’ Union has been organising PIPS suicide awareness training for many years now. Kevin McStravock (UUSU President) and myself delivered the PIPS suicide awareness training for residential support assistants (RAs) who work with students in University accommodation.  The RAs are key to student mental wellbeing as they may encounter students who are having a mental health crisis.   If RAs are trained they can help these students and signpost them to professionals who can help longer term.

As a student representative I represent you the student inside and outside the University.  Throughout many faculties, I have dealt with student appeals, student disciplinaries and fitness to practice reviews. Several students have contacted me for advice on completing appeals paperwork for exams and course work.  To date I have represented three students on University Disciplinary Panels.

On the Magee campus I also help clubs and societies.  I have dealt with sports club enquiries and referred clubs to our new UUSU Sports Development Officer Paul Doherty.  I helped the Magee Hurling Club organise their fundraiser in the SU and the Quiz Society run a Welcome Week Quiz with Residential Services Quiz.

Our Student Council elections are taking place on the 12th and 13th of October so don’t forget to vote for who will represent you!

If you have any queries or problems or want to get involved in the SU call into my office on the ground floor of the MG building. Or drop me an email vp.magee@uusu.org

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