Student Officers

Balraj Dhingra

Balraj is the Sport Officer

3 posts
Last post 30 Nov 2018
Ben Newsham

Ben is the Democracy & Development Officer

4 posts
Last post 17 Dec 2018
Ellie King

Ellie is the Postgraduate Officer

2 posts
Last post 10 Dec 2018
Jemma Ansell

Jemma is the Welfare & Campaigns Officer

4 posts
Last post 04 Dec 2018
Larissa Kennedy

Larissa is the Education Officer

2 posts
Last post 17 Dec 2018
Leo Palma

Leo is the Societies Officer

No posts
Liam Jackson

Liam is the President.

5 posts
Last post 04 Oct 2018

Part-time Officers

Alex Lythall

Alex is the Trans Officer.

1 post
Last post 13 Nov 2018
Anne-Marie Matthews

Anne-Marie is the Part-time & Mature Students' Officer.

No posts
Emma Coleman

Emma is the Women's Officer.

16 posts
Last post 23 May 2017
Last comment 08 Mar 2014
Josh Johnson

Josh is the LGBTUA+ Officer.

1 post
Last post 19 Sep 2018
Keir Lawson

Keir Lawson is the Ethics & Environment Officers.

No posts
Maatin Adewunmi

Maatin is the Ethnic Minorities Officer.

No posts
Melissa P. Martin

Melissa is the Disabled Students' Officer.

5 posts
Last post 29 Sep 2016
Last comment 08 Mar 2014

Chloe Wynne

Chloe is the Welfare & Campaigns Officer.

Study Drugs: why take the risk?

We all know just how stressful student life can be – particularly in Term 3, with deadlines, exams and dissertation season looming large. In recent years, however, a particularly worrying phenomenon has been a rise in the use of so-called ‘study drugs’ among students. While you might think you are going to get a temporary advantage from the use of these substances, in actuality it could turn out to be a permanent setback.

It goes without saying that anything you take – whether that’s a study drug or an energy drink - has a significant effect on your body. However, if you are thinking of taking specific prescription medications without a prescription, you should really be asking yourself some serious questions:

“Do I know exactly what it is?”

Without clear knowledge of the origin of the medication you could be taking anything. Don’t just trust your friend who says that’s it’s ‘X’ substance - it might be something completely different, or could be contaminated with something that will do you serious harm.

Do I know exactly what it is going to do to me?

While you may be hoping for better concentration and more study hours, sometimes there can be side-effects you hadn’t bargained for.

For example, some of the side-effects of the amphetamine methylphenidate (Ritalin) can include: severe depression, suicidal thoughts; anorexia nervosa; psychosis; uncontrolled bipolar disorder; hyperthyroidism; cardiovascular disease (including heart failure, cardiomyopathy, severe hypertension, and arrhythmias), structural cardiac abnormalities; phaeochromocytoma; vasculitis; cerebrovascular disorders. Amphetamine psychosis is also not unusual. These side-effects vary from person to person – just because a substance affects others in a certain way, that doesn’t mean it will necessarily be the same for you.

Do I want to take an illegal drug and risk arrest?

If not prescribed, Ritalin is actually a Class B drug. Possession carries a maximum prison sentence of up to 5 years and/or a fine, and if you are caught giving it to your friends you could be convicted of supplying which carries a prison sentence of up to 14 years and/or a fine. Having a criminal record can also affect your ability to travel, as you may need to disclose it before you are allowed into a country such as the USA.

Here at the SU, we would always argue that the risks associated with so-called ‘study drugs’ far outweigh the potential benefits – and what may seem like a good idea in the short-term could have severe long-term consequences. There are many other ways to improve your productivity over the exam season, just a few of which can be found here:


If you need any further assistance on this issue, please don’t hesitate to contact the SU Advice Centre.