Be the Change: Executive & Student Officer Enhanced Visibility Project & Student Ideas Hub

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Westfield 2016 project to enhance Executive and Student Officers at QMSU

Jak Curtis-Rendall, Queen Mary Students’ Union

The Queen Mary Students’ Union’s large community of Executive Officers and over 350 part-time student Officers are vital in shaping the student experience here at Queen Mary. Across our Course Representatives, Education Representatives, Student Council Officers, Welfare & Equal Opportunities Reps and Halls Representatives a huge amount of work is done by our student volunteers to seek out students’ views, represent them at key University and Union meetings and work in partnership with staff to improve the overall student experience of all students. Meanwhile the full-time Executive Officers represent and work for all students, making sure students’ voices are heard on decisions that affect them, whilst raising issues and running campaigns on their behalf – again contributing to improving the overall student experience at Queen Mary.

However Officer, campaigns & You Said We Did visibility is an ongoing issue, and a key area for development going forwards as we seek to improve student representation, the chance for students to have their say and for it be as easy and accessible for any student from QMUL to have their voice heard and “Be the Change”. In addition there is currently not a simple system for students to use to submit their ideas, vote on other student ideas’ and track what has been done to implement them. There is real potential as part of this project to address this issue. As part of the QMSU Strategic Plan we aim to have a greater impact in creating School and Course Level communities, increasing the number of students who know how the Union, SSLCs and QMUL can help them and increase the number of students who know their Officers, and believe their representatives have made a positive impact on their experience. This project will deliver on all these aims, plus more.

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