My name is Amy Coates; I am currently the social sec and fundraising officer for Ultimate Frisbee. During my time at university I have been a member of the Psychology society and Christian Union, meaning I understand the developments required for societies, to be promoted as much as sports teams. I believe I would make a good student life president as I am a confident leader, through my committee role and community based experience outside of university. I have developed a strong network with local charities, including the Salvation Army, NCS and Mind. I wish to use the skills I have acquired to continue and improve upon the current work of the SU, in order to enhance the St Mary’s student life experience. If elected I aim to:
Introduce regular charity events: initiate student charity coordinators to develop employable skills and leadership for members of societies by working alongside club presidents, to promote participation.
Ensure societies have equal opportunities as sports teams; including first aid qualifications.
Further develop students’ academic support, with sessions to improve the quality of any student’s work, regardless of academic ability; working alongside lecturers and the education president to create effective forums for common queries.
Implement a strategy for mental health in order to support all students (e.g. an online discussion group; providing the ability to speak out, whilst remaining anonymous).
Introduce campaign weeks to encourage healthy lifestyles, as well as raising awareness of various other life circumstances (e.g. homeless night on the rugby pitch).