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Officer Team 2021

SU President:

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Officer Team 2020

SU President: Jackie Yip

It has been a rollercoaster of a year!

Together, we faced a General Election, we passed motions on Welsh Language, engaged in debates over bodily autonomy, struggled through industrial action and now we are in the midst of a global pandemic. We have never seen one like it. Students, however, have been more engaged than ever and in a time when it mattered most – this is what the Union is all about, making you heard and engaging you on things that you care about.

I’ve learned more than I could have ever imagined and pushed myself to my maximum potential. I leave my role with more than just a degree but an unforgettable learning experience.

Some of the things I've been working on includes:

  • Microwaves and Kettles in study spaces across campus.
  • Free tampons at the Union at Cathays and Heath park with another £10k of funding secured for a Period Poverty campaign.
  • Received the Best Students’ Union in Wales Award!
  • Lobbied the First Minister and Housing Minister on improving private student housing.
  • Launched new recycling initiatives and adopted Cathays station to create a more eco-friendly station.
  • Launched a collaborative food poverty campaign with USWSU
  • Supported the Union and University response to the COVID-19 Pandemic:
    • Lobbying Private halls providers to release students early from contacts and coordinated a Cardiff Union President lobby on private letting agencies and landlords.
    • Protecting students interests in University Halls accommodation.
    • Worked with the University on improving the extenuating circumstances policy and ensuring assessment and feedback is fair during this period.
    • Strategic oversight of all COVID planning groups.

VP Welfare and Campaigns: James Wareham

  • Began the Students’ Union fight against the Climate Emergency
  • Unified all Cardiff students to make our streets safer through the Cardiff Safety Summit – a collaborative project including 4 Students’ Unions and South Wales Police
  • Stood up and spoke out for student concern during the period of Industrial Action
  • Rebuilt a dwindling relationship between the Students’ Union and University Student Support
  • Changed the skyline of the campus forever by signing off on capital projects including the new ABACWS building

VP Heath Park: Shekina Ortom

Looking back on my manifesto ...

I have listed just some of the achievements myself and the Sabbatical Officers have achieved this academic thanks to your feedback. Without you we wouldn’t be able to make the changes that we have.

  • Extended the opening hours of the IV Lounge
  • Ensured that more water fountains were installed across campus
  • Submitted recommendations in the Student View 2020 on how placement and its services can be improved.
  • Initiated conversations with the University on how the travel bursaries/ expenses system could be improved.
  • Purchase and installed Microwaves in common rooms across Heath Park.
  • Submitted a business case and lobbied the University to refurbish the toilets beside the IV Lounge (ground floor, Nueadd Meirionnydd building).
  • Created a Heath Park icon on the front page of the Students’ Union website.
  • There was an increase in the engagement of the University and Students’ Union at the Heath Park Campus.
  • We had a bigger Fresher’s Fair and Medics Varsity Event (free for all entry) which was wonderful to see.

VP Societies and Volunteering: Orla Tarn

My year as a Sabbatical Officer has been absolutely incredible and everything I dreamed it would be. I have had opportunities here that I never would have had anywhere else; being able to represent students at all levels of the University and working with students to make their dreams a reality has been extremely fulfilling. It was extremely challenging and no two days were the same, but the visible impact we have had has made it all worth it.

This year, I have:

  • Implemented Wellbeing Officers for Society Committees, to ensure students had yet another preventative structure to support their wellbeing.
  • Developed the Refreshers’ Period, hosting a full Fair for student activities, which saw a significant spike in engagement levels.
  • Supported ongoing change for Cardiff Volunteering, and worked to further restructure the department following the end of my term.
  • Hosted a remote awards ball, providing a lovely end to the Societies calendar for the year despite challenging circumstances.
  • Revolutionised the training and support of volunteers and Society Committees, and deepened the two-way conversation between them and the Students’ Union.
  • Delivered Suicide Prevention Training to students across the University, with an aim to making Cardiff a Suicide Safer University.

VP Education: Tomos Evans

Hello everyone! Shwmae pawb! 大家好! My name is Tomos Evans, the VP Education 19/20. This year has been very different to what I envisaged at the start of my term with a lot my priorities shifting halfway through the year!

Some of my main achievements are:

  • Supported 3000 students during their spring exams with Revision Aid
  • Big events to support international ELP students transition to Cardiff
  • Roll out of the Safety Net Policy.
  • Collaboration with the Libraries team to maintain the Science Library.
  • Free printing for Master's Dissertation.

Officer Team 2019

SU President: Fadhila Al Dhahouri

  • Played an important role in lobbying the Welsh Assembly to ban letting agency fees by 1st September 2019
  • Worked with the University to launch the BME Student and Staff network
  • Worked with the University to abolish the Zero Mark Policy for late submissions by 2019/2020 Academic year
  • Fundraised for a new multi-faith prayer/quiet room with ablution facilities
  • Secured Professional Fundraising Training for all societies and sports
  • Took the 'Fights for Funds' motion to NUS
  • Secured a multi-faith prayer/quiet space in the Arts and Social Studies Library

VP Education: Jackie Yip

  • Lobbied the University to increase the number of books that students can borrow. Students can now borrow up to 35 books instead of 15!

VP Postgraduate Students: Jake Smith

  • Worked with the libraries team to ensure that the ASSL is open 24 hours a day over the Christmas and Easter holidays, so students who stay in Cardiff have somewhere to study.

VP Welfare and Campaigns: Amr Alwishah

  • Secured funding from the University to expand our Black History month activity, meaning we could host more events and increase the visibility of this great campaign.
  • Worked with Officers and students to get a clear 'yes', a committment from First Minister Mark Drakeford AM to ban letting agency fees by September 2019.

VP Heath Park: Jennifer Kent

  • Worked in partnership with the University to get approval for the Radiology and Haematology Seminar Rooms in the Main Hospital to be refurbished.

VP Societies and Volunteering: Henri Page

  • Following feedback from student groups, we extended the opening hours of meeting rooms on the 4th floor until midnight each day!