- Successful weekend away in March. Feedback received and much to implement and learn from for next year's weekend away.
- Great trip to London marathon volunteering on behalf of SJA. Met other LINKS units from across the country which provided good insight into their universities and how their units run.
- Bake sale fundraising was a success.
- First aid demonstrations were well received. Looking at more outreach programs for next semester.
We’ve had a very busy second semester. First off we have had our elections and myself and Lexi Auger were elected to be the LGBT+ Officers for next year, we also have a full committee ready for next year and have met up and started to make plans for next year. I’ve been working very closely with the wider LGBT+ community at Hull especially when it comes to organising what the university and union will be doing for Pride in Hull (UK Pride) on the 22nd of July. We continued with our campaign for this year which was LGBT+ and Sport, we went to a lot of different training sessions to help get more LGBT+ students to go to feel confident in joining them, we’ve also been working very closely with the AU and will continue this next year. I brought forward a motion to allow the Trans Representative a vote on Union Council which was passed, I hope this will allow trans people to improve the union even more and bring their concerns up more. We ran a fair few large events such as Pride Party and Eurovision which both had high attendance and raised a fair bit for charity. Some people had issues with how the LGBT+ Liberation Campaign was being ran and so there was a meeting held in which people could lay out their grievances, we took on board the grievances which could be dealt with and have improved ourselves. Something that I’m really proud of was our collaboration with the Jewish Society on holding two events on Holocaust Memorial Day to raise awareness and combat Neo-Nazism. We also did many different events throughout LGBT+ History Month which were well attended.
For next year I have a lot of different plans on what I’d like to do and I hope to make sure that the LGBT+ Liberation Campaign reaches more people next year.
Since becoming FACE rep in December, I aimed to improve the amount of student representation in terms of amount of reps. I did this by recruiting and prepping my own replacement as history school rep as well as this I did the same for the English school rep.
Away from increasing student reps I also attended a number of meetings in which I raised a number of issues around student experience. Including the lack of teaching experience for post- graduate students. I also held a number of meetings between myself and the school reps to gain information on issues that they had, including issues surrounding study abroad programs.
This led to myself and a school rep trying to improve the welfare of students when they are on years abroad. This led to a number of meetings between myself and a number of members of staff both academic and support. This led to a meeting in which the concerns that were gathered from language students were passed along to a member of staff in charge of a team which is building the new study abroad framework.
I also helped to deal with the fallout from the change in the language learning centre, as when students were moved to the library many were not happy with it. So I and the school rep met to discuss the issues surrounding its move. Out of this I organised a meeting between the concerned students and the VP Education. The problems around the learning centre are still there but there are now much clearer lines of communication between the university and students.
At the start of my time as editor of The Hullfire I wanted to revitalise a student paper which had floundered recently and did not have as much presence on campus as I would have liked as a budding writer and journalist. I wanted to bring out more papers than last year and re-establish the brand in the eyes of students, getting as many involved as possible.
With the help of others I brought out five issues of the paper this year, which have been well received and have contained high quality student content. We have engaged with a number of contacts outside of Uni including local breweries, Hull City Hall, the BBC and more, made new contacts and covered local and international stories in order to bring engaging student journalism to readers. We have used the Hullfire website when it has been available and working to publish stories and at all times used social media to promote the Hullfire and let people know about changes or events.
I recruited a team of editors to help with editing the different sections of the paper and a designer who has helped massively on the design of the paper and other aspects of promotion. Alongside other parts of student media we have put on events, socials and meetings to engage with students, provide them with experience and give opportunities to meet new people.
I have faced a couple of challenges along the way but ones which were resolved properly and ultimately helped me to grow and improve. That is the nature of getting involved in something like this; that you should come out the other side with more life and work experience and hopefully be a more rounded person. I have met some great people and made friends with those I’ve worked with. I would recommend taking up the role to anyone.
RAG have had a much quieter semester two than the first semester, but that is not to say
that we haven’t still achieved an incredible amount. Raising RAG’s Profile
There has been a continuation of societies and sports teams fundraising throughout this semester and telling us about it, which is testament to how much our profile has increased since last year. Our social media has also continued to increase, with almost
1000 Facebook page likes (Hull University Union RAG) and over 750 followers on Twitter (@hullrag). This has continued to gain us national recognition for our social media presence. A special thank you must be given to Ellie Wild, our Publicity Officer, for her continued hard work creating the RAG brand that is now so recognisable across campus.
After our incredible semester one total of over £25,000, we were keen to continue with that momentum. Our Animal Sanctuary event raised £1334.86 for the local RSPCA, with approximately 350 people attending. We changed the format from last year so that it was more structured and less stressful for the animals – this received great feedback from the RSPCA. We do not have a current total as we are waiting for sports teams and societies to get back to us but our predicted total for the year is approximately £100,000 overall. We will not know our year total until after our Kilimanjaro climbers have finished fundraising in August so keep an eye out for the big announcement!
Our Charity Showcase was a great opportunity for our volunteers to get involved and, despite a low attendance as a result of clashing with the Elections Night, received a great reception from those who did attend. We also hosted the National Student Fundraising Association’s first regional event for the North, which saw other RAGs from the area coming to Hull for a day of workshop sessions. This was a great event for our volunteers as well, as it gave them some extra tips and tools.
There have also been plenty of other things going on this semester. We finally got a new cupboard solely for our use and introduced a sign-out sheet, which means that we can keep track of our buckets and materials. We also recruited for our Budapest Marathon challenge – the uptake wasn’t as high as we had expected but we have worked with the new committee to improve this for next year. We were very honoured to host a screening of SOLD: The Movie, jointly with City of Culture and the Women of the World Festival, as part of its national tour in aid of the Childreach International Taught Not Trafficked Campaign. A few of us also attended the Childreach Annual Conference and I delivered a session on ‘How to run a RAG’ for other RAGs in attendance. This has continued our work promoting Hull RAG on a national platform.
Our Kilimanjaro team have raised over £39,000 so far and rising, with two of our teams in the top 10 UK fundraisers for Childreach International. We also potentially have the biggest team in the country! Our Jailbreak event has already raised over £1,000 for the Eye Fund and is set to rise as the event draws closer. The event is on Tuesday 13th June so keep an eye out to see how far this year’s teams get!
The handover for next year’s committee is well and truly underway. They have already planned most of their events for next year and are currently coming to a final decision on the challenges they will be offering. We have also started the ball rolling with a new exciting international volunteering opportunity but I will leave it for them to announce this. Bobby, our Treasurer, and I were lucky enough to secure funding for them from the Union to all attend this year’s RAG Conference being held in Southampton in August. This will be a great opportunity for them to learn from and network with other student fundraisers and charity professionals. I will be there in my NaSFA capacity as Regional Officer for the North and Scotland so it will be great to see them there as well.
Last but not least, I have to say that the biggest thing to happen this semester for RAG was at the HUU Awards. We received the Activities Zone Team of the Year, which we are incredibly proud of and I personally received the Outstanding Work for the Students’ Union Award for my work as a Part-time Officer. I was overwhelmed to receive this and would like to take this opportunity to thank the rest of the RAG committee. It has not been an easy year, especially with two of the committee leaving, but we are incredibly proud of the things we have achieved and it has been a real team effort. RAG have volunteered over 1500 hours as a committee this academic year. We have also been very grateful for the support we have had from the Union in our work this year, especially from the VP Activities, the Community Volunteering Co-ordinator and the Membership Services Director. We look forward to seeing the incredible things next year’s RAG committee go on to achieve!
Over this semester I have attended and chaired the meetings of the Governance zone. As part of my commitments to the Governance zone I have scrutinised the budget of the zone with the Democracy & Governance Co-ordinator. In my role as a councillor I have also offered advice to the members of the zone and as chair supported the VP Scarborough as he transitioned to being responsible for the zone following the departure of the President. In addition to this I have served as the Chair of Union Council. In this role, I ran the meetings and worked with the DGC to ensure that meetings ran efficiently and that councillors gained the best experience possible from attending these meetings. I had no projects of my own this semester but continued to support the governance zone officers with their projects.
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Campaigns & Democracy Officer, Edward Towers
BAME Officer, Claire Govera
Women’s Officer, Kym Cardona
Postgraduate Research Officer, Rebecca Devine Faculty Rep Science & Engineering, Steven Storey Faculty Rep Health Sciences, Victoria Welborn
Faculty Reps Business, Law and Politics, Charlie Hart and Theodoros Stylianou
Societies Presidents’ Rep, Max Cummins
Scarborough Executive Athletic Union Executive
Environment & Ethics Officer
Disabled Student Officer
Mature Students Officer
Part-time Students Officer
Postgraduate Taught Officer
International Students Officer