March 2018 Blog by Meghan Downey - VP Academic and Student Affairs Belfast

Hey guys!

I hope you all had a lovely Easter break!

I hope you took the time to relax and enjoy your time off before the madness begins. I know it is scary but it’ll be all worth it in the end.

I can happily say that we had our first Consent workshops. Mel from Student Support and myself delivered the very first workshop on the Belfast campus and the team are very excited to continue this.

We also have our ‘Big Fat Sexy Quiz’ on the Jordanstown campus for our Sexual Health week, it was great to see students get involved and enjoy themselves in our Student Union space.

We had our student voice conference in the Coleraine campus and thankfully the turnout was fantastic. The Pro Vice Chancellor of Education, Paul Bartholomew was in attendance to provide the students with a presentation.

I took part in the Commonwealth summit, delivered by Mr Tim Hitchens and Deputy Vice Chancellor Alastair Adair. It was an amazing experience to witness such a strong group and the students expressing their concerns.

As a result of this summit, Ulster University and UUSU will be hosting a Creativity and Diversity Big Lunch event on Friday 20th April from 12-2pm.

This Big lunch is to celebrate our international students and staff from the commonwealth.

You can join by registering by clicking here.

We also had our Shark Tank Pitch based on the Belfast campus. The panel of sharks consisted of: Jennifer McWilliams; Chief Executive at Antrim Enterprise Agency, JP Irvine; Director at Keystone Law, Nancy Brown; Manager of Belfast Enterprise Academy and Lecturer at Ulster University Business School, Kyle Gawley; CEO at Get Invited a previous Ulster University start up and Jonathan Wallace Professor of Innovation at Ulster University. We now have our three finalists, very exciting.


The Sabbatical officers, delegates and I went to the NUS-USI conference which was held in Derry. I would recommend any student to get involved and try to attend one of these. It is very interesting and you can bring forward policies which you think are in the best interest of the student movement.

Finally, how can I forget the Elections? The three days at the beginning of the voting window are extremely tiring and draining for anyone who is participating or assisting the candidates. I can happily say that I have been re-elected as your Vice President for a second term. I am very thankful for everyone who voted and I can’t wait to see what we can achieve with another year ahead of us.

If you have any questions just pop into my office, enjoy guys!


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