My name is Tom Chapman and I am your Union Officer for the next year. I study PPE, and I'm also involved in music and the bar in college.
As Union Officer it is my job to relay communication between the Durham Students’ Union and college, for example through emails and posters, advertising SU (Students’ Union) campaigns, or special events, like the popular exam-season puppy meet-and-greet to reduce stress. Another important aspect of my job is representing Aidanites’ views at the SU assembly. In the SU assembly, we vote and decide on the direction of certain initiatives to improve student life on a university-wide scale, whether it be fighting to lower accomodation fees, extend the opening hours of the main library, or help to increase accessibility of the university.
It is also my responsibility to encourage Aidanites to vote for Durham’s NUS delegates and SU sabbatical officers. The NUS (National Union of Students) tackles problems faced by students on a national level, often steering government policy, and so it is vitally important we have our say on who is representing us. Furthermore, the SU plays an important role in university life. It supports over 200 societies, ranging from Pole Dance to Knitting. There’s something for everyone and you can check them all out at the Freshers’ Fair in the SU building. The SU building itself also has several meeting and larger rooms that can be used, as well as a nice bar with an outside terrace overlooking the majestic River Wear.
There are lots of opportunities to get involved with the union; banner-making workshops are fun casual ways to express our anger whenever protest is taking place. If you want to get involved more formally, you can run for a position on Union Committee as Media Officer or First Year Rep, as well as the joint welfare positions – check out Joe C’s emails for the dates of these elections. Student politics can seem quite intimidating to some, and trivial to others. I hope this year that I can make the SU accessible and prove the important role it serves many members of our community. Getting involved can be as simple as emailing me a problem you think needs tackled, or as active as coming along to assembly with me to get involved in debate.
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: Aidan’s Unioncomm
I’m looking forward to meeting you and hope you have an amazing year!