By Emmi Bowles
Freshers week is over for another year, and so draws the end of our interviews with the people who represent your voice.
Over the past five weeks we have been speaking to the five members of the Student Affairs Committee (SAC) to find out a little more about them. As well as having their own individual roles, the SAC are elected officers who sit on the Board of Trustees. The Board is responsible for approving motions passed at council, discussing Union strategy and ensuring the Union is financially stable.
Our last interview is with Josie, the President of the Students’ Union. Josie is the voice of the Students’ Union and chair of the board of a trustees.
Question: What did you study and why did you chose that subject?
I studied Marketing Management with Fashion. I chose it because I’m interested in business and the skills involved in marketing can be very innovative in the recently quickly evolved industry.
Q: Why did you choose UCLan to study?
My options were MMU and UCLan because they both seemed to offer industry based placements and I wanted to make sure my degree could be applied fully to the real world. I chose UCLan as soon as I left after the open day because of the feel of the campus and close proximity to the city. I actually called UCAS immediately after the open day and changed my first choice from MMU to UCLan!
Q: What would you say your best achievement was whilst being a student?
By far my best achievement as a student was raising £1000 for World Horse Welfare as part of Team UCLan Equestrian, creating a North West development league for riders unable to compete in BUCS and leading the club to be awarded Club of the Year 2012/13.
Q: Why did you choose to stand for President?
I chose to stand for president because I’d been part of the officer team for a year and felt I could step up to leading a team and take the union in the direction I believe is right.
Q: When did you know you wanted to be the President?
I knew I wanted to be president at the last possible minute that I was able to confirm my nomination. I had spent months believing I would re-run for APO but knew really that it wasn’t what I wanted to do. I only came to the realisation when I spoke to my parents that weekend before elections began, after being lobbied by my friends for a few months.
Q: How is it going so far, is the role how you expected it?
It’s going well so far, there’s a lot of internal stuff I have to work on but I enjoy working freshers and seeing the team’s campaign plans and initiative for the year ahead come together.
Q: Can you tell me about what you have been up to since you started?
I’ve been planning our involvement in the NUS Cut The Costs campaign with Tas and the team, recruited a new external trustee and lots of NUS training and Awards etc which I really enjoy.
Q: What are your key goals for this year?
Key goals for the year are to run the CutTheCosts campaign which is currently based around maintenance grants, keep feeding students’ opinions into the masterplan process, creation of the union strategic plan for 2015-2020, and for the first semester particularly, improvement of transport between campus and UCLan Sports Arena.
Q: Who is the funniest person in the SAC team and why?
For me Hannah is the funniest person in the team. We all have a laugh and have different running jokes but Hannah can make me laugh at any time, she’s like a humour ninja.
Q: If you could wave a magic wand to make one student problem go away, which one would it be?
Well I’d fix the plethora of problems causing students to live in varying levels of poverty! At the moment I’d fix the cuts to maintenance grants in particular, as per the CutTheCosts campaign.
Q: Which project from the student council are you looking forward to seeing in action?
The Refugees Welcome is an unexpectedly controversial idea submitted on the student voice page of our website. I’m looking forward to seeing the good will of students and the overwhelming help we’ll see students give. That will be one of those things which restores my faith in humanity!
Q: What do you hope to do after finishing your term of office?
When I finish this year I’ll complete my degree as I’ve not yet graduated. That’ll be my 7th year at UCLan.
Q: If you could try one new thing at UCLan this year, what would it be?
I’d love to try everything I possibly can but I never have time in this job! I do fully intend though to continue with pole fitness as I joined last year and never managed to go. Very sad.
Q: Can you give us details of the next immediate thing you are working on?
I’m working on The Big Meeting which will be in a different format this year – less and less formal and more and more about students making the change they want to see. Everything we’re likely to talk about is on the website uclansu.co.uk/thestudentvoice
The Features Team at Pluto would like to thank every member of the SAC for allowing us to interview during this busy time. If you would like to keep up to date with all that Josie is doing then you can follow here on Facebook and Twitter.