As students at the University of Hull, you are at the heart of everything I do so I wanted to let you know some exciting news from me: I will be leaving HUU and the role of President in January to take up an exciting new opportunity as Sport Competition Manager for Rowing at the Glasgow 2018 European Championships.
It’s been a decision that has been incredibly hard to make, as an elected officer in HUU I am passionate about our members, our campus and our city more broadly. I’m really looking forward to this exciting new project and Glasgow 2018 is a once-in-a-lifetime career opportunity for me – as a lot of you may know, I’ve had a long involvement with rowing and rowing events before and during my roles as an officer at HUU, so I feel this is a step in the right direction for my future.
I doubt I would have got this opportunity had it not been for the University and more specifically, HUU. As a student and as an officer over the last four years or so, I have been given the opportunity to develop so much, and in so many different ways. I remember laughing when a now very good friend of mine said that “students’ unions change lives” – I didn't believe him and I thought the SU was just a place to have a bit of fun. I have to swallow my pride and say that Richard was right – HUU has changed my life. Through joining Boat Club, then getting involved in RaG and then as a course rep, then to being elected as VP Education and latterly as your President – it’s fair to say that HUU has been a huge part of my life for about a fifth of my life now, and it means so much to me.
HUU isn't an intangible beast that just sits there – it is all of us. HUU is made great by you, our student members, the things you do and the amazing staff who support you in doing those things. Most students will never have the pleasure of meeting a lot of our staff – they are the bit that I think make what HUU does definitely unique, and they are the individuals who individually and collectively change the lives of students every day without even realising it. I have learned a lot from lecturers, other officers, students and University staff over the last few years – but I have learned the most from the staff at HUU. Their unflappable sense of humour, their resilience and their genuine passion for students is admirable, and something I want to remember as I move on.
Until I start my new role in January, I remain fully committed to HUU and the time between now and then will allow for the officer team and I to work on a handover of my current roles and responsibilities – our senior management team will continue to support the handover process to ensure a smooth transition. I have every confidence that the officer team will be more than capable of ensuring an excellent experience for our members in every area. I am committed to delivering a good result for HUU in the referendum on our officer roles as part of the governance review in December.
They say “a change is as good as a rest” and anyone that knows me, knows that I love to rest!
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