Meghan Downey, VP Belfast November Blog

Hey guys!! We started November with our first Student Council. It was brilliant to see the all of the students working together bringing forward policies for the students in 2018. It was great to get to know the Student Council members and work together as a team.

Student Officers on their sleep out in Belfast to raise money for the SOS Bus which supports homeless people

I have also trained over twenty students in the Belfast and Jordanstown campus on suicide awareness training. It was encouraging to see our students wanting to help others and becoming aware on what to do in those situations. There will be more training in January and March so hopefully more students can complete the training course.

Kevin McStravock (UUSU President), Oisin Kinsella (VP Jordanstown) and myself had a meeting with Sinead Bradley (SDLP MLA) in Stormont. We discussed the issues of Brexit, funding and mental health for students. This was a productive meeting and we shall hopefully return to Stormont again to bring up further issues that students deal with.

We had our Women Empowerment Week campaign. This was about encouraging women to have confidence in themselves and showing them all the amazing things they can achieve. It’s about Women in Ulster knowing that they can progress into leadership roles whilst a student and after graduation. The campaign was a success as a lot of students were engaged and involved.  

The SU staff wore the purple t-shirts and handed out Women in Power toolkits. We also had the luxury of having guest speaker Aine O’Hara, one of PWC youngest women directors come onto the Belfast campus and talk to students about her experiences within the work place.

I have been working closely with the university with the feedback we received regarding the level 5 space to fully ensure that it is suitable for the students. I have been advertising to students within the Belfast campus if they could donate artwork to the Students’ Union. There will be a main wall full of the students work which will truly demonstrate the atmosphere of the campus and the students. This is still in progress but should be ready in the early months of 2018.

Of course I cannot forget to mention our SOS Bus night out. This was an amazing experience and I would recommend that everyone should at least try it once. It truly brings into perspective on how difficult it is for the homeless especially around this time of year. We have raised over our target, which is brilliant thank you to everyone who supported this and donated towards this cause, we could not thank you enough.

Well that’s my month for you, hope you enjoyed yours as much as I did!

Enjoy Christmas!

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