Thomas Oatey


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The Role

  • Representing students and ensuring the student's voice is effectively heard.
  • Contributing to the development of the Union strategy.
  • Upholding the SU democratic system and ensuring student demographics and interests are recognised and reflected.
  • Generating and overseeing the SU events programme and commercial activity.
  • Overseeing and supporting Clubs and Societies.
  • Chairs the Trustee Board and SU Executive Committee as well as sitting on a number of other university committees.
  • Member of the University Board of Governors.

About Emily

I have recently finished studying for my BSc (Hons) degree in Agriculture with Farm Business Management and can’t wait to get stuck into the role and meet more students. I have previous experience of representing students at Harper having been a course representative for Agrics in my second year of study.

Outside of Harper, I love sports and fitness activities, ranging from CrossFit style workouts to rowing and rugby, as well as making the most of being active in the outdoor environment. I have also been an active member in my Young Farmers Club at home in Bedfordshire and enjoy helping out on our family farm.

Why did you run for SU President?

One of my main reasons is to give back to the University for the fantastic time I have had and help ensure students are able to have a brilliant experience at Harper. A large driver for wanting to become SU President was the opportunity to represent all students and push forward to get students' views and opinions heard.

With the impact COVID had on socialising, I want to ensure that students can start getting more involved with events, clubs, and societies again and this is one of my main priorities to get as many students as possible involved with the SU. This will include putting on a greater number of events in the SU and using the bar as more of a hub, so students have a safe space to socialise.

I love Harper because…

Some of the main reasons I love Harper are:

  1. It feels like a big family – people are friendly and look after one another, and you will make friends for life.
  2. The setting the campus is in – it is great having a farm on-site and being in more of a rural location than most Uni’s, whilst still being close to villages and towns.
  3. The SU Bar – I have loved my time in here over my four years at Harper; it is a great place to let your hair down and enjoy a drink or a dance with friends, whilst feeling safe.

What advice would you give to new students this year?

One of my main pieces of advice would be to get as stuck in as many activities and opportunities as possible. I do believe that the more you put in, the more you will get out of your time at Harper. Even though students are at Uni to ultimately get a degree, enjoying yourself should be a priority.

Talk to Emily about:

I am more than happy to talk to students about anything affecting their university experience, whether this is ideas for events to feedback on the SU and much more. Also, if you are struggling at all at Harper, there are plenty of people around who can help. The SU and I are happy to help with most problems or queries and if we can’t, we can reach out to those who can.