These are your elected Sabbatical Officers for 2013-2014.
My role is all about your non-academic development, basically the fun and recreational side of university life. This includes sports clubs, arts and general interest societies, volunteering, employability skills, and a wide range of events. I will ensure that you are able to enrich your university experience through a variety of non-academic opportunities.
My name is Shanell Johnson, I am the BME Officer for UCLU. BME stands for Black and Minority Ethnic; this includes people who are from African, Arab, Asian, and Latin American origin. It is important to have representation because equality of opportunity, regardless of race and/or colour is vital to Britain’s future –imagine a Britain without Black contribution! This problem cannot be addressed overnight and may take generations to solve. We can, however, do our best to promote peace, equality and share culture.
I am responsible for 2 main aspects of the union. As you have probably guessed they are democracy and communications.
On the democratic side of things I help organise and supervise the elections , our councils, our members meetings and any referenda. I will be working all year to try and get more people involved.
I also work to make sure that everyone hears about what the union is doing through all channels of communication, both online and around campus.
I am responsible for representing UCL students’ educational and academic needs to UCL. This covers everything from exam timetableing, to class sizes, to the tuition fees set by UCL. I sit on a wide range of UCL committees, working to ensure decisions taken by the University have the needs of students as their priority. I also support students facing difficulties more locally: if there are problems in your department or course, please do not hesitate to contact me.
I prefer to call it ‘EEOO’ or ‘Double E, Double O’.
Ethics and Environment (E&E) involves striving and campaigning for a more sustainably and ethically run UCLU. In particular, supporting student-run E&E projects. Have a look at the on-going projects.
Operations involves around the facilities and services that the Union provides to its membership – you! These include the bars, cafes, shop, gym and study spaces. The operations side of things also covers the supervision of the finances of the Union.
As External Affairs and Campaigns officer I head up the union’s main campaigns - which this year will include fighting to save the UCL Health Centre, and I also help students to run their own camapagins. That’s the ‘campaigns’ side. As ‘External Affairs’ I also represent UCL students to external bodies such as the National Union of Students, or when the press comes calling.
Since this is the first year that UCL Union has created specific representation for all Clinical Students as one, it is important we lay a solid foundation for years to come. First, we begin by creating a single community of students all working towards clinical careers and use the longstanding successful model of community from the medical school to engage our remote students.
I work closely with other reps and students and as the Convenor of the Postgraduate Association (PGA) to tackle issues facing UCL’s postgraduate community, from educational standards to threats to our welfare. This includes campaigning, lobbying and sitting on a range of UCL committees, and coordinating regionally and nationally with the University of London Union, the National Campaign Against Fees & Cuts, and the National Union of Students.
I work to ensure that your experience at UCL is one that’s safe and comfortable, and to see that every opportunity is made accessible to you. I communicate and promote your welfare needs to both the Union and to UCL. This could be through campaigns, sitting on UCL Committees, lobbying, or supporting the implementation of provisions that are there to provide help. I support the LGBT+ Officer, and the Disabled Students Officer, to see the promotion of an inclusive environment across campus.
Students come to UCL in order to participate in new experiences, meet new people and widen their social and academic circles. However, this should not come at the expense of enjoying these things in a safe space.
For information on which College Committees the Sabbatical Officers sit on, please click here.