- Representing students and ensuring the student voice is effectively heard.
- Contributing to development of the Union strategy.
- Upholding the SU democratic system and ensuring student demographics and interests are recognised and reflected.
- Ensuring delivery of varied communications across campus.
- Ensuring the SU supports student representatives.
- Leading work on welfare, diversity and campaigns.
- Developing volunteering opportunities and links with local community groups.
- A member of the Trustee Board and SU Executive Committee as well as sitting on a number of other university committees.
I studied Veterinary Nursing and was a Course Representative which helped me to get involved with the academic structures at Harper. I was Chairwoman of the Music Society in my second year and in my final year I was SU Executive Societies Officer, a member of the LTSEC committee and a member of the Summer Ball Committee. In my spare time I like to have great naps and go on long walks with my dog, Bobby (finished up with a pub lunch at the end!).
Why did you run for SU Vice President?
I was nervous about running for VP because I didn’t think I’d get the votes but I’ve always loved getting involved with the SU and being a course representative so I thought I’d go for it! In my final year, being on the Learning, Teaching and Student Experience Committee showed me the in depth processes that go on behind the scenes. I wanted to be able to engage with these processes further and positively influence the student academic experience. Multiple times during my studies I’ve heard from courses that feel under-represented by the SU so this is also something that I want to tackle head on and ensure that all students feel welcome here at Harper.
What are your priorities for the year?
I have lots of ideas for this year, however I really want to work on increasing student engagement with the SU and improving how we represent our entire student body. I am also focusing on increasing the SU’s involvement with academic representation and have already achieved one of my manifesto points by ensuring the inclusion of an SU representative at course committee meetings. I am working to improve support for course representatives and increase the variety of events offered through our Give It A Go scheme.
I will also be working on wellbeing and mental health matters, sustainability and development of relationships with the wider community of Newport.
I love Harper because…
Everyone says it, but Harper has an amazing community feel which immediately attracted me to study here. The campus is beautiful and I love that your lecturers know you by name and provide really great one to one support. Being a practical and industry based university really does set Harper apart from the rest and Harper graduates really are recognised and respected once out in the ‘real world’. Ultimately, I’ve absolutely loved the opportunities I’ve gained and Harper will always hold a fond place in my heart.
What advice would you give to new students this year?
Starting university can be so nerve wracking but you just have to remember that everyone is feeling just as nervous and excited as you! My advice would be to throw yourself fully into any events you can and spend quality time with your herd in your accommodation. I would also say to not be afraid to ask your lecturers or any of our brilliant support services for help and support if you need it. There’s no need to feel alone and a problem shared is a problem halved!
I hope you make some amazing memories this year and I can’t wait to meet you all and hear your ideas.
Talk to Lauren about:
- Academic Representation
- Wellbeing and Mental Health Initiatives
- Give It A Go
- Volunteering and Community Involvement
- Diversity and Accessibility