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Influencer Round-up 2018/19




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Influencer Round-up 2018/19
As it comes to the end of the academic year, your Union look back on a jam-packed year of events, campaigns and democracy! Your Union Officers have had a huge impact on a number of students at Solent University this year, from providing training and support, to running student-focused events and campaigns. 

Being a Sabbatical Officer is not an easy job, requiring tireless work, constant meetings with University Senior Management. While the final results are often achieved after their term in office is over, knowing that they've done something to benefit the Solent student community, is more than enough.

With some of the team leaving us, we thought it was time to run through some of your 2018/19 Sabbatical Officers' top achievements and show them all of the appreciation that they deserve. 
This year, David has worked tirelessly to ensure that Solent Students have a voice and are consulted with, on university-wide matters. David played a key role in gathering student feedback on the University's Access and Participation Plan for 2019/20.

He also represented the Union in the inauguration of Solent University's new Chancellor, Theo Paphitis. Showing the power of the Union to upper university management and ensuring their awareness of our work.

Leading on from a motion at Student Council, focused on the reduction of bureaucracy, he conducted a comprehensive review of Union Policy. This has lead to the creation of a working group, to look into the recommendations of this review and make appropriate changes.

David will no longer be with us for the 2019/20 academic year and we wish him good luck in his ventures post-SU!
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Mollie has been leading the charge on a total revamp of the Course Rep program this year. With support from the team, she has doubled the number of Course Reps that have been trained, which has rapidly increased the number of issues she has been able to work on. The new system has shown to be extremely successful and she hopes to continue the great work in 2019/20.

A big marker of her success this year is her work with the Warsash students at our St. Mary's site. Through various meetings with university leadership and support from students, it has been agreed that a kitchen facility will be made available to the students based there.

This year, Mollie has massively increased the engagement with your STAR (Student Teaching and Recognition) Awards. There were over 800 nominations across all of the awards and there was barely space to move at the ceremony. 

Mollie has been re-elected for the 2019/20 academic year, so will be continuing to represent you on all academic matters.
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It's been a very busy year for Ro, with campaigns a plenty! From the Refreshing Farm, which had over 300 people attend (and goats, don't forget the goats), to ensuring that students have access to sanitary products with the "It's Bloody Good" campaign; she has been swept off her feet with work!

A definite highlight of Ro's year would have to be the Skydive for blood cancer charity, Anthony Nolan. 8 students took part in the skydive from 10,000 feet and raising a whopping £4301.85! All of the students who took part should be so proud and Ro couldn't be happier with the support everyone has shown.

You asked for a post-graduation event and Ro made sure that you got one! On Friday 12th July 2019, graduates took to the Solent for a one of a kind Graduation Celebration! Sailing down the Itchen River and basking in the sunset as it came over Southampton. It was a great night for everyone there and pictures are incoming.

Ro has been re-elected for the 2019/20 academic year, so will be continuing to support and represent Solent Students.
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What a year it has been with Rich as your VP Welfare & Community. The Safe Solent Taxi Scheme has been a big part of Rich's time as a Sabbatical Officer. Safe Solent replaced the Union's previous Night Bus service, in the hopes of providing students greater opportunity to use the library during 24 hour opening. The service was used by 3694 students, over 3413 individual journeys, so it's clear to see that his work was appreciated. Thanks to his work, the service will continue into the 2019/20 academic year.

Rich also worked with the University's Mental Health Services, alongside Mollie, to secure extra funding. The spaces are now much more welcoming to students who may be in a vulnerable position. Hopefully this will have a profound effect on service users and encourage students to seek support when they need it.

Rich will no longer be with us for the 2019/20 academic year as a Sabbatical Officer and has some great career prospects ahead of him!
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From all of us here at Solent Students' Union, thank you for the amazing work you have done!
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