2019/20 Welfare Officer, Gemma Mainwaring's Manifesto Reflection
This year has flown by and although I am extremely sad to be leaving UoGSU as an FTO, my time at UoG is yet to be over which I am really happy about. But when elected, I did present a manifesto which I would now like to reflect on.
Manifesto - year as a whole reflection
My three manifesto points over this year were Societies, Positive Mental Health & Course Buddies. Below is a final review on how I did with these over the year.
I think this year we made some good headway with the growth of societies. We had a bunch of new societies and even first years creating socs, which was great to see. We held a great online award ceremony, the Gnomies 2020, included socs in the end of year awards at Christmas time, and ensured they had the same society benefits that sports team do in terms of nightclub perks. There were aspects that I wish I could have done more for. I would have liked to have done a multiple society event, which I did have planned for April time. I would have liked to create a society card, working with some local businesses to give special discounts only to societies etc. However, despite what I was unable to achieve, I am happy with what I did considering the circumstances and the year we have had.
Positive Mental Health
I am super happy with my progress with this point throughout the year. I took part in helping run mindfulness sessions with the Chaplaincy team, took part in University Mental Health Day and all the work I have done over Covid-19. I feel from personal experience when meeting students I have been able to guide people and share how they are able to get help when they need it.
This manifesto point is one which unfortunately never came to fruition. At the beginning of the year myself and Phoebe (SU Education Officer) tried to create a system to support clearing students, but the uptake didn’t happen which we would have liked and at the same time we were without a CEO so we were struggling with these pressures. Then again at new year, we wanted to help embed a system into the Paramedic Science course however, we found out this was already being done by a member of staff.
Finally – I would like to just say a massive thank you for the year I have had with you all. Every student I have met with has been really great and I hope I was able to make some difference and help throughout your time here. Good luck to everyone for the year ahead and as for our new Welfare Officer Asha, I can’t wait to see all the great work she does.