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Candidate for the position of Societies Officer

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SOPHIE KEMPSTON

 

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Sophie For Societies

Who am I?

My name is Sophie Kempston, I'm a final year MathStat student, and I am running to be your next Societies Officer! Throughout my time at Warwick I have been heavily involved in the students' union and societies themselves, and this experience has given me the skills I need to be the voice of societies within the SU:

Current positions:

  • Warwick SU Societies Exec Member
  • President, Warwick Tap Society
  • Publicity Officer, Warwick Astronomy
  • Warwick Mental Health & Wellbeing Ambassador
  • Writer, The Boar
  • Teacher & Choreographer, Warwick Tap Society

Past positions:

  • Social Media Officer, Warwick Astronomy
  • Secretary, Warwick Tap Society
  • Mentor, MORSE Society
  • Physics Outreach Volunteer, Warwick Astronomy

 

What do I want to do?

  1. Help societies understand the SU
  • Often SU processes are covered in red tape and jargon that can make them confusing
  • To combat this, I will have dedicated office hours where society execs can meet with me to discuss challenges and problems they face
  • I will also host a drop-in clinic for new societies to aid application and initial set-up
  1. Unify Team Warwick
  • I want to unify societies and sports clubs under one Team Warwick, making it easier for them to collaborate
  • This will help provide societies with more opportunities to promote themselves both on and around campus, for example with societies getting involved in Varsity
  • I will also work with the Sports Officer to ensure sports clubs and societies can work together efficiently and productively
  1. Money money money
  • I will aim to make societies more aware of funding opportunities outside of sponsorship
  • I want to review Socs Fed fees, and try to introduce an option to pay termly, reducing start-of-term costs. I also pledge to create an infographic so you can see exactly where your money goes
  • I will also try to make it easier for societies to access money sitting in their accounts
  1. Communication and collaboration
  • It's no secret that the SU can be slow in communicating with societies - so I will aim to respond to all student emails within 2 working days
  • I will also provide more opportunities for societies to collaborate with other societies and the SU
  • I will attempt to create a "collaboration hub" to make it easier for societies to contact each other
  1. Getting serious about welfare
  • I want to work with the Welfare Officer to provide mandatory welfare exec training for society welfare officers and presidents
  • This training should be administered by the SU in collaboration with liberation societies, and take on student feedback so that it is as relevant as possible

 

What about specific societies?

  1. Academic
  • Lobby the university to better integrate societies within departments
  • Look into making subject societies SocsFed exempt
  • Encourage academic societies to have both fresher reps and post-grad reps on their exec
  1. Activities and Games
  • Promote the achievements of these societies through weekly posts on social media so they get more promotion
  • Encourage "society swap" sessions to provide constant exposure to potential new members
  1. Campaign
  • Provide more training and support on running effective campaigns
  • Publicise more opportunities for societies to engage with local communities across Coventry and Leamington
  1. Cultural
  • Encourage more co-operation between cultural societies, and work on creating an inter-cultural university-wide event
  • Work with these societies to ensure the SU is as inclusive and welcoming to as many different faiths as possible
  1. Film and Media
  • Encourage societies to look at student facilities first (e.g. using RaW's facilities, booking a photographer through PhotoSoc, etc)
  • Encourage more departments to display student publications in their buildings
  1. Food and Drink
  • Ensure food and alcohol safety training for these societies is adequate and up-to-date
  • Improve communication between these societies to create collaborative events for students with similar interests
  1. Music
  • Lobby the university to provide more space for societies
  • Make use of under-utilised spaces around campus for music & performance societies (e.g. Panorama rooms)
  • Work on an online rehearsal room booking platform to avoid the issues of double-booking
  1. Performance
  • Lobby the university to provide more space for societies
  • Make use of under-utilised spaces around campus for music & performance societies (e.g. Panorama rooms)
  • Work on an online rehearsal room booking platform to avoid the issues of double-booking
  1. Religious and Belief
  • Encourage the SU to celebrate a more diverse range of religious holidays and festivals
  • Work with these societies to ensure the SU is as inclusive and welcoming to as many different faiths as possible
  1. Welfare, Charity and Action
  • Clarify the rules around fundraising arising from the SU's charitable status
  • Celebrate all forms of charitable work and not just fundraising - whether this be volunteering, campaigning, or anything else!
  1. New Societies
  • As mentioned before, run drop-in sessions for new societies that are applying or have just been accepted
  • Provide guidance for new societies on how to make the most of their first Welcome Week
  1. Small Societies
  • Provide guidance on how to get funding and sponsorship as a smaller society
  • Celebrate achievements of all societies no matter their size!
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Anything Else?

  1. Improve the App - make it easier for societies to use the Warwick SU app for events, and send notifications to members when their society creates a new event
  2. Simplify Event Planning - create a single pack with all forms societies have to fill in, to avoid excessive paperwork and speed up processes
  3. Improve SU Training - introduce a booking system for SU training (such as minivan driving, first aid training) so that societies get the training they want
  4. Changing Socs Council - replace socs council with something more practical, such as sponsorship or welfare training, and a regular email update

 

Thank you for reading - don't forget to put 1 by Sophie Kempston to vote for me! #Sophie4Socs

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