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Meet your 2021-22 Students’ Union Officers

Your 2021-22 Students’ Union Full Time Officers have been elected and the SU are looking forward to welcoming them in June. Third year Journalism student, Joseph Broady, caught up with the new team earlier this week.

Liam Lees – President Elect of the SU

For those who do not know, I’m a third-year Creative Writing and Screenwriting student and I have been a course rep for Creative Writing for all three years of study. I am also your new SU President Elect!

After the first lockdown, I began to look into how I could work to help improve the student experience.  As a mature student myself, I decided to apply to be Chair of the Mature Students, Parents and Carers Network, to support and represent the voice of students who don’t typically engage with the Students’ Union. It’s been a challenging but rewarding role and I’ve really valued listening to students who are parents and carers and how they have had to manage their own education alongside their caring responsibilities during the pandemic.  I have done my best to support them and loved every minute.

I wanted to apply for an SU officer role since before this year even began, student voice is HUGELY important to me and I was desperate to have the opportunity to promote it. The main things that I want to achieve as SU President are, continuing to improve diversity, inclusion and representation at university.  The current officers have done a phenomenal job of supporting students and creating an online community. I want to work with my fellow officers, the SU staff and the University to continue nurturing this community they have built and help with the transition back to Covid-safe in-person university.”

Rag Mularczyk – Vice President Elect of Education

My name is Rag; I am a third-year Geography student here at Worcester and your newly elected VPE. Throughout my time at university, I have thrown myself into my studies and I have really enjoyed the work that I have done so far. I have been lucky enough to have been awarded with two Academic Scholarships for my first two years of study. Overall, I like to think of myself as a positive, friendly and fun person, and I hope that most people would say the same about me.

“While studying has been the main objective here at university, and something I have thoroughly enjoyed, my overall experience could not have been better, apart from the ‘slight’ pandemic of course. Spending time here at the University of Worcester has been the greatest experience in my life so far: I have met so many great people and made lifelong friends. Another one of the biggest contributions to this has been my involvement in the Badminton Society, which I joined as soon as I began studying here in the first year. The people I have met on this society and the great times I have had will never be forgotten, along with the valuable skills that I have gained from being a committee member for two years, as Inclusivity Rep and currently the Secretary.

My decision to run in the campaign for the VPE role was due to several things. I was certain that it would be an amazing experience to work as part of Worcester Students’ Union, with a great team, and overall, it would give me so many valuable skills for the future. I believed the VPE role is a role that I could do well, and I have many of the relevant qualities/skills, which will of course be improved throughout my time as VPE as well. As I have already said, I have had the most incredible time here studying and socialising etc, and I want to help in any way I can so that all students can say they have had the same experience that I have!

Finally, the University of Worcester feels like home to me now, which is credit to all the people, staff and the overall positive environment that there is here. For that reason, I am so proud to be able to say that I will be working as an important part of the University, and I cannot wait to get started.”

Neve Ricketts – Vice President Elect of Student Activities

“My name is Neve Ricketts and I am your new VPSA. My university story is quite unconventional. I’m the first in my family to go to university and I also got in through the Clearing process. In my first year, I was not part of a sports club or society. It wasn’t until my housemate eventually dragged me along to a dance class, I fell in love and never left. Since then, it’s only been upwards.

From being a member, to a committee member and then eventually starting my own society, I couldn’t have thought of a more perfect job than running for the role of the VPSA. At first, I didn’t think I was qualified enough, but I received 9 nominations from students and staff to run for the role. I am so excited to be working alongside such lovely student officers. I am very lucky that I can call them my friends and not just colleagues.

I already have plenty of ideas running through my head. One of which being introducing ‘Worc-Star of the Week’. We have so many amazing people that work behind the scenes that deserve their time in the spotlight and I want to celebrate those individuals. The life skill campaign is also a massive passion of mine. As a graduating student, I know how daunting it can feel to transition into the big wide world, hopefully with this programme we can put those minds at ease.

I’m super proud of my fellow candidates and team members. The Students’ Union staff are some of the loveliest people I’ve ever met and it makes me smile just thinking about working with them. I’m also super proud to represent the theatre department here at University. Hopefully, students can see that it’s not how you can work for #TeamWorc but how #TeamWorc can work for you!”

Don’t forget that the current Officers, Meg, Harry, and Tish, are still here to support and represent you during your time at Worcester. Head over to www.worcsu.com/yourvoice/studentofficers/ to find out more about your Officer team and how you can get in touch with them.