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Your SU Officers 2019/20

Each year, eight Student Officers are chosen by the the whole student population to work full time in the SU for the year. They keep in touch with your views and tackle all issues to do with student life - from national campaigns, to student welfare, to things you want to change on your course, as well as making sure the SU offers what you want.

SU Officers' Blog

News, thoughts, and updates from your Sheffield SU Officers; what we’re working on, thinking about, and improving for you.

SU Officers' Year Book

View the student Officers' since 1906.

To contact the SU Officers please email or call:

Students' Union, Strategy Governance Coordinators.
Julie Peach: j.peach@sheffield.ac.uk
Janet Horwell: j.horwell@sheffield.ac.uk
(0114 22) 28609

Jake Verity
SU PRESIDENT

The figurehead of your Students' Union. Leads and oversees the work of your Student Officer Team. Ensures the Students' Union is valued by its members as an effective, responsive and accountable organisation. Chairs the Trustee Board, Student Executive Committee and Staffing Committee. Also sits on University Council and Senate as well as a number of other University committees.

I was inspired to become an SU Officer because...

We’ve been the best in the country for the past 11 years. To be the best for so long is a testament to all the hard-work and effort our amazing staff put in, and I couldn’t think of a place I’d want to work more.

Although we’re already the best in the country, I want to make our SU even better..

What I’m looking forward to most during my year as an SU officer:

To represent 30,000 students, to help change lives and the University for the better. I’m genuinely excited to meet so many new people out on campus and spend this year working with an amazing team.

What I’m hoping to achieve this year:

I want to create legacies that will remain for years to come. I want to start up a music festival that will go on for years. I want to make uCards digital, and most importantly I want you to feel I’ve made student lives better. As long as I can finish my term knowing I’ve given everything I can, and both myself and my team have done amazing things, I’ll have a smile on my face.

What I love about Sheffield Students’ Union is…

Literally everything! It’s honestly such an amazing place, and is full of wonderful, fantastic people who work tirelessly day in day out to make it as great as it is. Whether it’s sustainability, democracy, welfare, education, activities, societies, sports, volunteering, fundraising, outlets, advice, support, shops, bars or so much more, we offer it - and we are constantly trying to improve it for our students.

The best thing about Sheffield is…

Everything about it! We live in one of the greenest cities in Europe, which is amazing. Everybody here is incredibly friendly and it’s such a welcoming city. We have the best Students’ Union in the country, one of the biggest Varsity competitions in the country and in my opinion one of the most exciting cities for students in the country. There’s loads of great pubs, amazing restaurants and cool new street food markets. It’s on the edge of the beautiful Peak District and there are some amazing views to be seen from the top of Bole Hills. The Arctic Monkeys are from here and the city has an incredible music heritage. It’s also the home of Pop-Tarts too - which deserves a huge mention as the best club night in the country!

If you could give one piece of advice to yourself as 1st year what would it be?

You can do anything if you believe in yourself enough. I wanted to leave the University after two weeks, and here I am now. Push yourself out of your comfort zone, try new things, and meet new people. This is genuinely one of the best chances you’ll get in your life to go and do things that you might never have the opportunity to do again - so make the most of it!

You should get involved with your Students’ Union because…

It can genuinely change your life. I realised quickly at University that whilst your degree is incredibly important, it’s what you do beyond that, which shapes who you are as a person. As an Officer Team, we’re here to make the University a better and more enjoyable place for you, and it’s important you know that your voice matters. Our office doors are always open, and I’m always here to listen to what you want, and to help make your ambitions become reality. Good luck during your time in the next year!

Harry Carling
SU DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

Represents students' commercial interests and oversees budgets and expenditure. Ensures Students' Union services are relevant and responsive to Student needs. Has key oversight over the Students' Union's commercial activity and communications. Chairs the Students' Union's Finance Committee. Sits on University Finance Committee, Senate Budget Committee and University Council. Is the student-lead for sustainability, ensuring our practices are environmentally sustainable whilst consulting with the University on their strategy, operations and investments.

I was inspired to become an SU Officer because...

I care so much about the social and ecological issues occurring all around us, and to work in a role which is dedicated to solving these is a dream come true. Working at the best SU in the UK for the last 11 years is the proudest achievement of my life (even if it is only for a year).

What I’m looking forward to most during my year as an SU officer:

Collaborating with the other wonderful officers, the SU and the University to make a positive change for our students!

What I’m hoping to achieve this year:

Making our SU more environmentally and financially sustainable and improving the everyday lives of our students by pushing our University to make positive change.

What I love about Sheffield Students’ Union is…

It is incredible! The support, facilities and engagement is second to none and it is the reason my University experience was so special!

The best thing about Sheffield is…

Its vibrancy. It has so many beautiful areas to visit and the overall atmosphere of the city I have fallen in love with!

If you could give one piece of advice to yourself as 1st year what would it be?

Get involved in something that isn’t your degree! I fully regret not getting involved in my first semester. Joining any kind of society or sports team gives you the opportunity to express your passions whilst meeting friends with similar interests.

You should get involved with our outlets at Sheffield Students’ Union because…

Not only are there a range of delicious food outlets to choose from, a fun fact every student should know is every purchase you make in the SU is reinvested back into the SU!

Charlie Porter
EDUCATION OFFICER

Responsible for all educational matters affecting students, undergraduate and postgraduate. Co-ordinates and supports democracy and student representation within the University, and works with the Academic Representative Committee to campaign on, and keep students informed of, academic issues. Sits on many University committees including University Senate and Learning & Teaching Committee.

I was inspired to become an SU Officer because...

I believe in the transformative power of education and I wanted the resources to work towards making education free, liberated and accessible by all.

What I’m looking forward to most during my year as an SU officer:

I’m most looking forward to supporting and working with student groups and academic reps. The new academic rep system meant we had 1000 reps last year working across the university to improve their departments and, alongside the new Education Committee, I want to make sure these reps are as impactful as possible.

What I’m hoping to achieve this year:

This year I’m hoping to make education more accessible by reducing the cost of rent in halls. I also want to work to further improve the rep system so that every student is empowered to have a meaningful impact in the future direction of not just their course, but the university as a whole. Finally, I want to work to improve the relationship between staff and students so that they can engage meaningfully in designing educational practices that work for both groups.

What I love about Sheffield Students’ Union is…

The hard-working and passionate staff! They work tirelessly to improve the lives of students, academically and socially, and are always happy to help.

The best thing about Sheffield is…

The history! Sheffield has a proud history of social justice and a sense of community you don’t get anywhere else.

If you could give one piece of advice to yourself as 1st year what would it be?

Get involved with your SU and activism right away! I came to uni knowing I was passionate about education but I didn't know what to do about it until I met like-minded students and got involved in political societies towards the end of my first year. I only regret not getting involved sooner.

You should get involved with education at Sheffield Students’ Union because…

There’s a large and growing community of people who are not only interested in receiving the best education but taking ownership and being a part of shaping education at the University of Sheffield and the best way to do that is through the SU.

Beren Maddison
WELFARE OFFICER

Provides support, representation and raises awareness of student health, finance, housing & safety issues. Works closely with the Student Advice Centre to ensure relevant and effective advice is available to students. Works with the University to ensure adequate welfare provision and support for students.

I was inspired to become an SU Officer because...

Being involved in two committees last year really helped me build my confidence to run, and gave me an insight into the range of welfare issues that students face at Sheffield - it really motivated me to try and reach a platform where I could change them. But honestly, the real final push was from my friends! They were all so supportive both during the election and after the results came out and I couldn't have done it without them.

What I’m looking forward to most during my year as an SU officer:

Working with student leaders, and my amazing team, to build some really amazing Welfare campaigns on issues that they really care about - I’m sure it’s going to be a massive year for our SU!

What I’m hoping to achieve this year:

I have loads of plans for this year, and it’s hard to narrow it down to a few! But I’d say my main priorities are to make sure that the support services are developing so that students are happy with them, and to run a brilliant Our Mental Health Week in October.

What I love about Sheffield Students’ Union is…

The people! As a student the staff always supported me with my work and are just genuinely really lovely, so now I’m excited to work with them full time!

The best thing about Sheffield is…

All the beautiful parks - they’re perfect for picnics and one of my favourite places to go and relax!

If you could give one piece of advice to yourself as 1st year what would it be?

It’s cliche but probably to stop going out as much - I think I went out nearly every night in my first couple of months at uni. I had fun but looking back it would have been better to spend my money on more varied activities so that I could really get to know Sheffield.

You should get involved with welfare at Sheffield Students’ Union because…

Welfare is something that affects everyone, and you can make a real difference for both yourself and your friends if you know what welfare services are available in the SU, Uni, and wider community! Campaigning to positively impact student welfare is so rewarding and can genuinely make real change, so definitely get involved with the Welfare Committee or other local projects!

Martha Evans
ACTIVITIES OFFICER

Oversees the provision of student activities and the Students' Union's societies. Works to increase the number of students engaged in societies, activities and volunteering projects. Works with the University to ensure recognition of the contribution students make through activities and the importance of societies and volunteering as part of the student experience at Sheffield.

I was inspired to become an SU Officer because...

I have always been heavily involved in societies during my degree and when I was elected to a society committee, I became more aware of the role that the Activities Officer has in the SU and wanted to do it myself!

What I’m looking forward to most during my year as an SU officer:

Representing the work of activities in the SU and working with all the amazing student groups.

What I’m hoping to achieve this year:

I’m hoping to increase accessibility to activities and improve opportunities for all.

What I love about Sheffield Students’ Union is…

There is always something going on! The SU is such a welcoming place for everyone and there’s something for all. There is also so much help, support and advice for when things aren’t going great.

The best thing about Sheffield is…

It’s a vibrant and happening city but affordable at the same!

If you could give one piece of advice to yourself as 1st year what would it be?

Don’t bring loads of stuff with you! But if you do (like I did!), make use of Sheffield’s numerous charity shops and donate your unwanted stuff.

You should get involved with activities at Sheffield Students’ Union because…

Get involved in absolutely everything you can and give it a try. The Activities and Sports fairs and ‘Give it a Go’ programme is a great way to try something.

Rosa Tully
WOMEN'S OFFICER

Represents the views and interests of all women students within the Students' Union and University as well as at a national level and creates a student environment free from sexism and discrimination. Works with the Women's Committee to lead campaigns on the issues of women's rights and equality.

I was inspired to become an SU Officer because...

Having been involved in social justice campaigning for most of my life, I came to university and wanted to get stuck into activism in my University and in my new local community. One of the ways I felt I could do this was by running for Women’s Officer - a chance to bring my passion and experience to a new platform.

What I’m looking forward to most during my year as an SU officer:

I am most excited to work closely with the representative committees we have at the University. Over the last two years, I have been blown away with the effectiveness and strength the committees have shown in the face of discrimination and I can’t wait to support and collaborate with them on some exciting projects.

What I’m hoping to achieve this year:

I want to continue the work of previous Officers on the decolonisation of our University. I feel like we are at a crossroads at the moment in which we have a strong BME committee and the University’s Race Equality Strategy which has promised to take institutional racism seriously - we now need to make sure that these steps are actually enacted and I want to ensure that I oversee their implementation. In addition to this, I want to make sure that any student who comes to the Students Union or the University to report a hate crime or incident of sexual violence is supported - both compassionately and efficiently and that the systems put in place are clear and accountable.

What I love about Sheffield Students’ Union is…

I love the huge array of opportunities on offer for you to get involved in student activism, societies and sport. There really is something for everyone and we are lucky that our university encourages us to be active participants in the University community.

The best thing about Sheffield is…

The long-standing history of collective action and workers solidarity in our city. In particular, the way we support and welcome Refugees and Asylum Seekers - seen in Sheffield being a city of sanctuary.

And a shoutout to Falafel King for being a loyal outlet through thick and thin.

If you could give one piece of advice to yourself as 1st year what would it be?

To remember that despite your tuition fees, you are at University to learn for learning's sake. Enjoy your degree, ask questions, utilise what’s on offer here at the University and Student Union and challenge yourself.

You should get involved with liberation and diversity at Sheffield Students’ Union because…

Getting involved in liberation and diversity is not a choice - getting involved in social justice activism, in climate justice activism, in political societies and in your representative committees are the only way we will dismantle the structures which allow oppression to continue.

Brittany Bowles
SPORTS OFFICER

Ensures the provision of sports opportunities and clubs for students. Acts as the advocate of students engaged in sport at all levels. Works to increase the number of students taking part in sport. Sits on the Sport Sheffield Board and has key relationships with University staff responsible for the provision of sports facilities and opportunities.

I was inspired to become an SU Officer because...

Of the variety of campaigns throughout the year such as; Disability in Sport, Pride in Sport, This Girl Can and Take Racism Seriously. I found them so inspiring and made me realise that there are still so many barriers that exist to people taking part in sport, which is something I am very passionate about changing.

What I’m looking forward to most during my year as an SU officer:

Working alongside my amazing team of officers to have a positive impact on students experiences. (And obviously Varsity, that goes without saying)

What I’m hoping to achieve this year:

Better funding for sport at all levels!

What I love about Sheffield Students’ Union is…

New Leaf. I really don’t want to think about how much money I have spent in there over the last 3 years haha

The best thing about Sheffield is…

It feels like home!

If you could give one piece of advice to yourself as 1st year what would it be?

Get involved in sport at any level! My biggest regret of the university is waiting until my 2nd year to join something. My mental health and wellbeing have drastically improved, I have met incredible people who will be my friends for life and I got a job out of it. So it is safe to say, sport changed my life!

You should get involved with sports at Sheffield Students’ Union because…

There is such a wide range of sports available. Sheffield has 58 clubs, along with a social sport programme and intramural leagues so there really are so many ways to get involved and definitely something for everyone!

Mengya (Sissi) Li
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS' OFFICER

Supports and represents the University's international student population. Works to support and facilitate the integration of home and international students at Sheffield. Sits on key University committees relating to international students and internationalisation.

Sissi is available to any student, each week for an open drop-in session.
Tuesday’s 4-5pm
SU Gallery (say hi to your Officer)

N.B. Only international students can stand to be the International Students' Officer, but all students can vote in the election.

I was inspired to become an SU Officer because...

I have always been passionate about helping others and making friends with students from different countries. I want to be the voice for international students who are keen to engage in the university life aboard and enjoy the most amazing experience in Sheffield.

What I’m looking forward to most during my year as an SU officer:

I hope all students, both home and international, can integrate and make friends. All international students should feel at home and receive a warm welcome.

What I’m hoping to achieve this year:

Promote better integration and close relationships between international students and locals

What I love about Sheffield Students’ Union is…

It is the best place for me to get help in all aspects during my master year. I really enjoy taking part in the campus activities and making international friends.

The best thing about Sheffield is…

So international, inclusive and tolerant!

If you could give one piece of advice to yourself as 1st year what would it be?

Pop into the SU as much as you can and get involved in our events!

You should use Sheffield Students’ Union to be around people from all over the world because…

We want to help you enjoy your university life better!