Officer Team Blogs



Sam Cliffe - VP Sports and Societies

Entry for November 2016

"November has been a very busy month for societies with events such the Drama Society’s panto, and our coverage of the American elections, courtesy of the Labour Society. The event went well into the night with many students lasting to the early hours of the morning and leaving with mixed opinions on the result.  Societies played a vital part in the success of RAG week with History Society and No Ordinary Society collecting spare change around campus.


November is the month were St Marys won its first league! Gaelic were champions of their division and amazingly were unbeaten. 8 other teams are sitting at the top of the tree going into the Christmas period, too! Men’s cricket have reached the National Indoor Finals for the first time in a few years, Men’s Ultimate Frisbee have reached their National Final for the first time in their short history as a club and our new teams are playing well and winning matches – Ladies’ Futsal and Lacrosse to name just a couple.


Overall November was action packed and busy for all! I hope you all are ready for Christmas. If I don’t see you before, have a Merry Cliffmas."









Henry Morrant - VP Community

Entry for November 2016

"Over November, you watched the three of us grow our best upper lip facial hair to raise money and awareness for the Movember cause. Thank you to everyone that donated and also grew out their Mo’s, but I think we can safely say that Sam Cliffe (our VP Sports and Societies) won’t be going into the facial hair modelling industry any time soon!

Also, we had the big one - RAG Week! This year, we were raising money for four charities. Firstly was Molly’s Smile Fund, who are raising money in memory of a student of ours, Molly Burdett, who sadly passed away after her first year of study. Next it was CanTeen Ireland and CLIC Sargent, who are both linked with Team Aidan. This is a student of ours, Aidan Doherty, who found out he had Leukaemia in the summer but didn’t let him get him down and decided to brilliantly start raising money for these two charities who help young people with cancer. Lastly, Children in Need, who raise money for children up and down the country.

The week had loads of fundraising events on, ranging from a fiercely fought Lip Sync Battle, which was eventually won by our Entertainments Officer, Dom Crosby. We had Conor’s Quiz and an auction, where we auctioned off a variety of prizes, with a signed England Rugby shirt going for £170! On Wednesday, we had a massive I Love Wednesdays at the Viper Rooms and on Thursday it was the return of Simmies’ Big Brother. All nine housemates threw themselves right into it, with the eventual winner, Raegan Booth, raising over a third of the money on her own! This led into the Spotacular Friday night which (minus some technical hic-cups) was a brilliant night.

Thank you to everyone who attended the events, helped out with the whole week and donated any money to these amazing causes. You managed to help us smash our original total of £6,000, and reach £7,407.61! This takes our total for RAG for the entire year up to nearly £11,000!





Zander Lavall - SU President

Entry for November 2016

"November was a busy month! At RAG Week, we saw lots of money raised for some fantastic causes. At our SU Council you voted to support the call for the NUS to do an impact assessment and risk assessment into what a boycott/sabotage of the National Student Survey would do to institutions like ours. I also presented a paper to the University Board of Governors asking them to look at the options of freezing Tuition fees for current 1st and 2nd years in their future years at St Mary’s. The Board agreed that the university should look at our options to see if this was viable. This is huge for the Students’ Union, because at St Mary’s we are so heavily reliant on tuition fees to allow us to run as an institution and as they have been frozen for the past 3 years the University hasn’t had a big increase in income through fees, except by recruiting more Student Numbers. We expect an answer from the University fairly soon on this issue.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a great Christmas break and to enjoy the celebrations if you are celebrating. Look forward to seeing you all in 2017."



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