Volunteering

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I have always been very involved in the thighs that are going on around me, and that hasn’t changed in university. I am still very passionate about the community I am part of, and it is important to me that I do my part in order for everyone to be happy. I also think that it is too easy to just complain instead of taking action if you are unhappy with something.

A big contributor to our University experience is the University of Cumbria Students’ Union (UCSU). As I explained in an earlier post, I am on the UCSU Panel where I am the International Students’ Representative, but that is not all I do. I am also a Student Academic Representative and a Student Trustee. As Student Academic Rep, I represent my classmates at Staff-Student Forums, and I am the person my classmates can go to for help, or if they are unhappy with something on the course. As Student Trustee, I represent the entire student body, all of the UCSU’s members, at the Trustee Board meetings. It is all roles that I take very seriously, and I have a great relationship with the UCSU staff and I work with them to make sure I do the best I can for my constituency. I was elected for all three roles and had to campaign for both the Panel and the Trustee roles.

As the UCSU is a charity they must have an Anual General Meeting (AGM) where their members are updated on how the UCSU is doing. This year’s AGM was held Friday night at the Fusehill Street campus. The current Sabbatical Officers presented what they have accomplished since they started in July 2016, and the CEO explained what the money had been spent on, and what the finances looked like for the previous academic year.

The UCSU had combined the AGM with Sabbatical Officer election results and the Volunteer Thank You evening, and to my surprise, I was given the UCSU Volunteering Award!

I am passionate about what I do, and love going to all of the UCSU events because it is always so much fun, and the staff and the other volunteers are some of the best people to be around, as all of the staff have the most amazing positive spirits. But I was so honoured that I received this awards and it just shows that they really appreciate the work that I do.

I am so happy and really incredibly proud of this, and it just made everything I do so much more worth it!

 

During my time at university, I have also volunteered at two different photography conferences, Redeye Hothouse and Visualising the Animal. I have gained so much experience from everything I have done, almost more than I could have gained in a paid job, and I have enjoyed it immensely. I know that wherever I manage to find a job, I will be just as passionate about that company as I am about the University of Cumbria.

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UCSU Panel

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University of Cumbria Students’ Union (UCSU) has a panel of 27 elected representatives, representing different groups of the student body, I am the International Students Representative.

The UCSU Panel meets four times a year to discuss ideas and issues put forward by other students, and yesterday was our 3rd meeting this year. The panel meetings are generally divided between the different campuses as much as possible and yesterday the meeting was held in beautiful Ambleside. We talked about the UCSU’s mission and vision met with staff from career and employability and dealt with a student issue at the end of the meeting.

The panel is a great opportunity to be able to make a difference in students’ lives and connect with other students you otherwise wouldn’t have the chance to meet.

I am enjoying my role and apart from the meetings I am also working with the university’s international coordinator to help international students get the most out of their time at the University of Cumbria.

The Ambleside campus is gorgeous, even on a drizzly day.

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Read more about the UCSU Panel here: http://www.ucsu.me/thepanel