Becky GittinsDemocracy & Development Officer

Hi! I’m Becky, your Democracy and Development Officer.

I’m responsible for running All Student Meetings, Autumn Elections and Officer Elections. I am looking forward to exploring different methods of widening participation with SU democracy – in particular, I’m keen to make SU democracy seem less bureaucratic (read: boring!) and more accessible or appealing to a wider range of students.

The development side of role concerns the SU outlets (The Terrace Bar, The Bread Oven, Curiositea, Xananas, The Dirty Duck and The Copper Rooms) and making sure they are run in the interests of students. One of my priorities this year will be looking to establish a Warwick Foodbank to tackle the massive food waste issue we have on campus.

Finally, I know not everyone is as enthralled by quorums and procedural motions as some of us democracy-loving SU types - I’m also aware that the acronyms and confusing titles sometimes make getting involved feel like learning a new language, but it’s actually really simple and you shouldn’t feel daunted. My door is always open to anyone who wants to know a bit more about the enigma that is the SU and how to get involved!

Contact Becky

The Democracy & Development Officer's office is on the top floor of SUHQ.

Becky's Latest Blog

Find all of Becky's blog posts on her blog page.

  • Mon 19 Sep 2016 10:44

    Excuse my overbearing excitement… the democracy buffs in the far corners of SUHQ live for Week 3 of Term 1, when hordes of keen candidates campaign hard, vying for a position on one of our 7 SU Execs!

    To break it down in a less epic fashion, there are actually 8 SU execs. 7 are up for election this Autumn, while one (the Liberation and Diversity Exec) is made up of existing part-time officers. SU execs are tasked with holding elected SU officers to account, playing a key role in the policy process and guiding student-led change in our SU. We want committed, passionate, driven people to come forward and fulfil this crucial role in your Union. But don’t worry, no prior SU experience is required - you don’t need to be an expert in the exec area you apply for, and we will teach you all of the necessary skills!

    The 7 SU Execs up for election are:

    • Welfare Exec (6 open places + 2 Mental Health Awareness Campaigns Reps)
    • Education Exec (4 positions)
    • Postgraduate Exec (4 positions)
    • Democracy Exec (6 positions)
    • Development Exec (6 positions)
    • Societies Exec (8 positions)
    • Sports Exec (8 positions)

    The SU Execs meet on average between 3 and 6 times per term. It’s not a huge time commitment, but you will make a massive difference and get the opportunity to really experience the inner workings of the SU.

    Other positions up for election this Autumn are:

    • International Students’ Officers (1 EU and 1 non-EU)
    • Part-time and Mature Students’ Officer
    • Social Sciences (Warwick Business School – one undergraduate and one postgraduate) Faculty Reps
    • Experimental Sciences Faculty Rep
    • All postgraduate faculty rep positions

    NOMINATE YOURSELF HERE

    NOMINATIONS CLOSE ON FRIDAY 14TH OCTOBER (WEEK 2) AT 12NOON,
    AND VOTING TAKES PLACE IN WEEK 3

    Please feel free to come and see the boffins that are the Democracy team at the top floor of SUHQ - we’re always happy to answer your questions.

    Democracy love xoxo

     

Becky's Election

The election for Democracy & Development Officer takes place during the Officer Elections in term 2.