The Students' Union are here to help each and every student that studies at Writtle University College, to make the most of your time here and hopefully improve your student experience. We are an extremely enthusiastic group of volunteers and part time members of staff, who get involved with everything around college and above all else looking after your interests.
- There are on average 12 Students' Union committee members, comprising of four executive officers and approximately seven supporting officers.
- Elections for the new Students' Union members are held in the early part of semester B (approximately March time). The new members take up their roles in September after a period of shadowing the current officers in post.
Meet your Students' Union
Students' Union President
The Students' Union (SU) is elected by the students of Writtle University College to represent you during your time here. As the President of the SU I am here to organise the unions passionate group of voluntary members, while myself working on improving your individual and group experiences at College. Every student who studies at Writtle University College is automatically inducted into the SU, so we aim to create a long lasting positive contribution to your lives while you're here with us. As we move through the year you will hear more about our campaigns, how you can become apart of them and get involved with any ideas of your own.
We have a great team of students and staff in our office who are here to help you, so please don't be shy to pop down to the SU office at any time and have a chat or say hello. However long your length of time at Writtle University College it will become a huge part of your life, best of luck from the whole of the SU.
Students' Union Academic Sabbatical Officer (SUASO)
Previous Student: BSc (Hons) Landscape and Garden Design
As Academic Sabbatical Officer for the Students' Union my primary role is to ensure that all students are represented on all academic issues, involved in decisions and are present at relevant meetings. I myself will sit on boards and committees throughout the College in order to do my job to the best of my ability. As the Academic Sabbatical Officer I am here to represent both Further Education and Higher Education students in any issues they may have. Should a student need assistance or advice on an academic issue, I am here to provide support and guidance through anything that may arise.
Anyone who is struggling or who might like extra support on a subject, maybe essay writing techniques, can receive help from the peer to peer mentoring scheme which I provide. I am also the first point of contact for the 50+ HE course representatives, from various disciplines, providing them with training, advice and support for their meetings throughout the year ahead. If you would like to find out more about becoming a course rep, who your course reps are, any academic issues or any other questions regarding student life then please don't be shy, come into the SU office and see me. I am in the SU office four days a week so you are welcome, and encouraged, to talk to me whenever you would like. I'm always around if you need me, but if you cannot you can always email Julie Driscoll .
Vice President of Involvement
My main role is to increase student involvement in the services the Students' Union provides. To improve your time at Writtle University College we offer a variety of societies to interest all students. If you have a particular interest and would like to start up a society such as photography, travelling, or food for example, let us know! We also offer social, sport and professional societies for students to join. My role is to help you get started and provide guidance where needed. Please don't hesitate to contact me by popping into the SU office.
Vice President Welfare
My main role as Vice President of Welfare is to raise any welfare issues on the student's behalf. If you have an issue with your accommodation, the catering outlets or any other welfare related issues, then please let me know. I would love to hear about the good experiences and what you are particularly happy with here at Writtle University College and also if there is anything I or the SU can help you with. If you have any issues or problems with welfare, then please pop into the SU office and see me or email SUWelfare@writtle.ac.uk.
Alex Pettitt & James Smith
We are your Students’ Union Sports Officers for this academic year. Our job is to look after you and act as connection between your sports teams and the campus. We are both keen sports players and fans, having played in a number of different sports teams during our first two years. We already have an understanding of what different challenges the University College’s sports team face and we endeavour to assist the captains to help achieve our goals. Writtle has proud sporting traditions and annually punch above our weight, achieving big things for a small institution which is a trend we want to continue in the coming year.
Katie Akers & Joe Cunningham
We're aiming to make new, exciting and dynamic events throughout the coming academic year, both in the Student Baa and also off campus. We’ve got loads of ideas lined up for our themed nights to make this year even more amazing, not to mention working alongside local night club CTZN to make our town nights unforgettable. Freshers’ Week is the perfect opportunity to get involved and meet new people. We look forward to meeting you all at the events so please come and say hello! If there’s anything you want to know you’ll more than likely find us at the Student Baa!
RAG (Raise and Give) Officers
Steph Child & Shannon McCormick
Hi we're Steph and Shannon and we are delighted to be a part of the 2016 Students’ Union as your RAG officers. Here is a little more about us:
We're currently in our second year here at Writtle University College studying Equine Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation and the MSc in Veterinary Physiotherapy and loving every second of it. We have both always had a great passion for horses that we feel has been able to flourish here at Writtle with like-minded students and lecturers. We have always owned and ridden horses and hope that with our degrees we are able to start our own successful businesses. Charity work is also something we’re passionate about. Previously Steph has done work for Teenage Cancer Trust, registered as a foster carer and volunteered for Greyhound Rescue West of England as well as undergone training to be a peer educator for a charity called Dance 4 Life. Shannon has done a lot of charitable work for Redwings and the Horse Trust. We feel that together we can make this year Writtle’s best for charity.
My role within the SU is to promote and publicise event nights, social clubs and societies throughout the year. I will be at the events taking photos and publishing them on Facebook and the SU website. If you have anything that you would like to promote or circulate throughout the students, I will be more than happy to help.
My main responsibility is organising all aspects of the sports fixtures. I also work closely with a wide range of internal & external individuals and organisations to ensure the greatest sporting opportunities are offered to our students. Whether you're a specialist athlete or you're simply looking to participate in something new, we want to hear from you.
Students’ Union Support Officer
The Students' Union Support Officer is a part time position employed by the college to ensure the general day-to-day running of the office is kept up to date and well organised. The SU support officer is also in place to guarantee all the elected officers fulfil their roles to the best of their abilities. Alongside their general responsibilities the SU support officer also provides support to all aspects of student life, stating “there are not many things we that we cannot help with.” In the office we have an open door policy and are always able to help with anything, however small or large it may be.