Keeping it Cheerful – President’s December Blog

Happy New Year! January might not be the most exciting month of the year, but hopefully I can warm your spirits with a lookback at December – my favourite month of the year.

L-R: Kevin McStravock (President) with Andrew McAnallen, VP Coleraine who graduated with a degree in Journalism with English.

The lead-up to the festive season was one filled with celebration from Christmas Cheer to winter graduations. We started the month with our annual Christmas Cheer where we handed out mince pies, hot chocolate and Shloer and gave you an opportunity to tell us your Bright Ideas by writing them on a lightbulb shaped post-it note and sticking it on the board (we’re all about the puns in UUSU). I managed to get along to the Coleraine and Jordanstown events and it was great to see so many people getting into the festive spirit.

As previously mentioned, December saw the winter graduation ceremonies take place over two days. As is common practice, myself and some of the officers had the opportunity to don our caps and celebrate the success of all those graduation. Special shout out to Andrew McAnallen, VP Coleraine who graduated with a degree in Journalism with English.

Later in the month I was involved in the final recruitment stages of the Director of Campus Life including being part of the final interview panel. this is a new senior role within the university that will look at all of the key areas affecting the wider non-academic student experience such as Accommodation, Student Support, Catering and Sport. This role will work very closely with the Students’ Union in placing the student experience at the heart of everything the university undertakes so it was extremely exciting to be involved in the recruitment process.

Before we broke up for Christmas, we made sure to send out cards to key members of staff within the university who we’ve worked closely with over the last six months. The team also wrote their Christmas wishlist which was sent out to party leaders and key political stakeholders – hopefully Stormont can bring us some of our wishes in 2018! We’ll continue to engage with our elected representatives over the next year – make sure to engage with Student Council and with your student officers if there are any issues you would like us to lobby for.

That’s all from me – good luck for the exam period, get in touch with your site VP if you have any issues or queries and make sure to keep an eye out for free tea and coffee in the library!

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