I want to make a "things to do within UoS" guide for all the society activities including stuff like "write about X", "learn sound editing" and other stuff you do, so more people join your committee and production side of the media. However, this is kinda just what's in my mind right now. I'll try to talk to the media teams and ask what they want and how I can help them this week and over the next year.
Vice President Activities
- Improve website, especially society membership system
- Get societies involved in SUSU events
- make societies' activities schedule for freshers and
- make list of volunteering opportunities around Uni & Southampton/Winchester
- Do circus tricks at meetings
Why vote for me?Corin Holloway - VP Activities Manifesto Improve website Society memberships: Box office memberships Let people buy society memberships at SUSU reception as well as online if they don’t like paying by card. Exportable member lists (If GDPR compliant) Make society memberships exportable, so you can put members in an external mailing list. New member notifications Options for new member notifications, the automatic “you have joined this society” email to be modifiable...(click here to read more...)
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I'd add shelves, cupboards and stuff to the storage spaces which already exist, because stuff is on the floor and stacked a little bit, but the full 3D space isn't fully utilised in a lot of places. This would mean the societies who already have storage space would still be able to store all their stuff, but would store it more efficiently. Once term ends and I start my roll, I'd like to have a look at the storage spaces of societies which already exist and just check if any of the objects have gathered dust. This implies that the society probably doesn't use the item and I'd offer to donate it to a charity shop or something. EG:in one of my society's storage spaces, I found a box of used coffee cups which had been gathered and used in an anti-plastic demonstration before I'd joined, which definitely didn't need to be stored. Possibly continued once-a-month check to see if things haven't moved to suggest those too. I'd make moving things a voluntary choice If we wanted to create more storage space, the SUSU meeting rooms are underutilised, so we could potentially convert one of those into more storage space. However, I'm hesitant to take radical action and convert somewhere into more storage because that would permanently mean that space couldn't be used any more and would only help several of our 300+ societies.
It will neither benefit of harm the student population. I put it on my campaign at the last minute as something to grab peoples' attention. I carry devil sticks around with me to spin while I'm walking, waiting or generally not doing things with my hands. As Clubs and Societies Officer, I would often spin them at the start of meetings while waiting for people to show up. I would only do this in internal SUSU meetings. Not meetings with members of the public or University representatives.
This question was also only asked to CorinAnswered by Corin on 22/02/19 15:35
Don't create more storage spaces, because it's difficult to find and now that space is permanently unusable and only benefits a small number of societies. Use current storage space more efficiently. There are some spaces which are 3D storage, but only the floors and walls are used with a massive space without stuff, so rearrange them, add shelves and stuff, to maximise the amount of space filled with things, so more societies can use it. Check storage spaces which do exist for items which haven't moved in a while (dusty) and ask the societies if they're still using that item and offer to dispose of or donate it for them. Voluntary.
Unfortunately, getting the University to do anything which results in them spending more money is very difficult to make happen. Also, VP Activities deals mostly with societies, so this is a question better aimed at the President.
I was at my 500 word manifesto limit, so I couldn't go into detail and when I showed it to my friends for opinions and to get it down to the word limit, they told me to get rid of my "flaws" section which I'd put underneath "experience" and I had to word things more breifly. "Electronic engineering student, so know how websites work.". By this I was trying to assure people that all the plans for the website were achievable. I don't yet have much web development experience other than theoretical, but I probably won't be the person making changes, just making ideas for the website. We have one person employed to manage it. Other flaws I couldn't go into: - because I'm in so many committees and societies as well as doing my degree, I didn't manage to put enough work into my position as Clubs and Societies Officer to make the changes I wanted to make. However, I did fulfil all my duties such as attending or chairing meetings to vote on decisions, which a lot of Student Officers didn't do. I made democracy happen and learnt how SUSU works. If I take a year out and am not on any committees, I'll have more time to work on things as VP Activities. - weird sense of humour which many people don't get. - one of my favourite hobbies is lying to the masses - probably bad at self-analysis, since I can't think of any more flaws.
This question was also only asked to CorinAnswered by Corin on 22/02/19 21:36
In my personal experience attending events of 25+ different societies, I've never seen a society not return the tables to the correct position afterwards, so I don't believe this is a significant issue.
Today (Mar 1), I have and will attend events of 4 or 5 different PA societies: Arial sports, Circus, Salsa, Arias and hopefully the last half-hour-ish of a livesoc performance on at the same time as Arias's opera. I regularly attend theatrical events such as lopsoc - princess Ida, Showstoppers - Shoulda been you, TG - Hamlet. Unfortunately I've not been able to attend every event, because I have limited time and can only attend 20 something societies regularly. I'm VP for circus society and a regular member for folk society. I'm planning on going to Ballroom & Latin dance soc's strictly performance on tomorrow. To support them further, I'm currently trying to chat with as many committees as I can to see what people want. If you have anything you'd like me to do as VP Activites, please message me on facebook or email@example.com
I attend almost all the events for the societies I'm on the committee of and many societies don't do events every week. I usually look at what events are on in the evenings and pick which ones I most want to go to. There are probably 15 or so of the societies I'm a member of which I regularly attend events of.
This question was also only asked to CorinAnswered by Corin on 05/03/19 12:10
I'm on 7 committees, involved in 20something societies and am current Clubs and Societies Officer for SUSU, so have a lot of experience and reason to believe that all or most of my campaign points are achievable.
Try to convince them I'm right or allow myself to be convinced that they're right. But it depends a lot on the situation. Ideally, I'd try to prevent a disagreement in the first place. In all the committees I'm in, I've never had a serious disagreement and asked others' opinions if I was unsure I was doing the right thing.
Most of the things I've mentioned are relatively small changes adapting systems which are already in place, so I believe they'd be possible without completely overhauling the website. But there are quite a lot of other things wrong with the website and it would be nice to be able to make bigger changes if the budget allows, but I don't currently know the system well enough to know what is feasible so I don't want to promise an overhaul.
This question was also only asked to CorinAnswered by Corin on 05/03/19 17:56
Vision2020 was ambitious from the start, but it's still useful to have a goal to aim for even if it isn't achieved. However, some goals are too ambitious, which encourages radical action, not necessarily fully thought through such as the US rebrand, which was part of that. I'm not fully aware of the reason they came to the conclusion that was a good idea, but any big future revised plan of Vision2020 or Vision2025 would have to have the approval of a significant portion of students. I don't believe it's currently realistic, but revising it this year could encourage radical, unthought through actions. Instead of revising it, I would leave it as it is and for V2025 (or whatever), write it with the V2020 in mind and make sure there is strong approval
Corin has not spent any of their budget yet