I'm Josephine, a Brookes graduate and your Vice-President for Societies Development at the Student Union, and I am humbled to have been voted in for this role. I never really made any election promises, other than promising to do my best for you guys, if you’re curious as to what that has entailed, you can read more about what I’ve actually done below.
I value transparency highly, and thus don’t believe in withholding information which matters to students. This is reflected in my work to revamp society processes, moving towards a more digital, accessible, and systematic approach. The new processes are also more collaborative, as I believe collaborative work, and a culture of openness and willingness to share, often produces better outcomes. It has, consequently, also largely improved communication, and helped me achieve my aim to be engaged and available when needed, in the ways needed. As a result, we see that society projects run smoother, conflict is lessened, and overall efficiency has increased.
In terms of events, there have been plenty, but a few bigger happenings are of note so far.
Firstly, I developed and delivered the first ever SU Societies Committee Conference at the end September, as part of wider Union goals surrounding training and employability. It was designed to benefit students, demonstrating the transferable skills they gain and aiding them to deliver their desired activities effectively, so that they can better reach their goals. Committee members from 63 different societies attended the event. I was also (ironically, you could say) handed the project of Black History Month, and, having run concepts by as many relevant parties as possible, finally put together a week full of diverse activity. Moving forward toward Christmas, much work will be dedicated to the planning of One World Week, to return full force in February for another massive celebration.
Now, if you still think nothing ever happens at Brookes, I would encourage you to think again.
Every student is different, and has a different university experience, but all students are deserving of the best we can offer them. I’ve planned the year with inclusivity in mind; the encouragement positive spaces, broadened and optimised experiences, and a wider range of opportunities for more students. For this reason, we put on a massive Arrivals festival, a series of Welcome activities, Students' Community Forums, and, last but not least, a Student Events Group, who are working with myself, Brookes Enterprise, OxEvents and Senior Event Management staff to propose, plan and deliver a series of student-led experiential events across the academic year. This ensures that students have more influence and direct input in the events we run.