Shwmae everyone! I’m Hollie, your Students’ Union President! I am 22 years old, and a recent Law graduate. I spent the last academic year as your Vice President Welfare and am now throwing myself into leading your Students’ Union.
I grew up in a place called Newbury, where I studied at St Bartholomew’s School until I was 16. Following this I moved to the Cotswolds and attended Cirencester College. Here I completed my A-Levels in Chemistry, Maths and Psychology. I then decided to go down a completely different path, away from science, and instead looked to study Law at Cardiff!
During my time at Cardiff University I was involved in a number of ways. From the Law Society, to Snowsports, to Pro Bono volunteering work. I was also the President of one of our Student Led Service groups, the Sexual Health Awareness Group. This led to my involvement in student welfare. I then became part of the Welfare Executive Committee and the Society Executive Committee. Both of these broadened my knowledge around the amazing impact a Students’ Union can have, and caused me to consider running in the Students’ Union elections.
As your Vice President Welfare last year I managed to achieve a number of things. From a Night Bus pilot and a wellbeing booklet, to better financial support for our Student Led Services and a fully functioning Welfare Committee. My role also went a lot further than this, from campaigns such as Mind Your Head Week, to projects such as getting an international guarantor system.
Both this year and last year I ran a Cook(i)e monster campaign, you might have seen me walking around with the blue monster on my side. This year I want to ensure that any of you can come and speak to me if you want to make change within the Union. This is your Union and if you have ideas about how to improve it then I want to hear them!
My priorities for the year include:
- Creating a competition for a freshers’ planning team, in order to ensure that students themselves are planning freshers’ week.
- Lobbying the University to invest more in sport, with a particular focus on getting them to commit to building a swimming pool in the future.
- Working with the University to improve the journey a student goes through to receiving mental health support, with a focus on Heath and Postgraduate students.
- Lobbying the University to invest more at the Heath Park Campus.
- Developing plans to expand the Students’ Union fourth floor in order to create a roof top café and more bookable rooms.
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