Hey everybody – I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and New Year, and welcome back to Homerton! I wanted to write a message in here to explain some of the big plans we have for this term in the HUS; we want to try and be as transparent as possible so please feel free to email me back with any feedback or suggestions!
The biggest, and for the many, most exciting, item in the Lent Term calendar is undoubtedly the 3-day behemoth that is the Harry Potter Formals. The Great Hall will be transformed into a near-ish-perfect replica of the Hogwarts Hall for 3 days during the last week in February. For this, we still need one more volunteer! We would like someone who (however vaguely…) looks like Draco Malfoy to act in the short ditty beforehand! There’s a free ticket in it for anyone who lends their hand/face…
We are also planning to hold the first ever Beer Festival in the Griffin later this term. Details are still very tentative, but we’ll be getting in a range of craft beers (and maybe a cider or two) over a weekend, alongside plenty of other promotions and entertainment! Requests for more craft beers/real ales are always popular in the end of year HUS student surveys, so make sure you head down and check it out! Concrete details will be released nearer the time; make sure you keep your eyes peeled!
I saw Michaelmas term as a term for the new HUS team to bed in to their positions; to get used to our new roles and the way College works. Hopefully you’ll agree that we were generally successful in this, and now that period of acclimatisation has taken place, I am keen for us to move some of our ideas for change forward. Lent Term is ideal for this, being sandwiched between the “bedding-in” phase, and the inevitable stress of the exam period. For my part, this term should hopefully also see a little more movement with my Uni4 campaign. Since the beginning of last term, when I sent out the Uni4 Survey, I have met with the CUSU President and we drafted a general action plan, with the aim of hopefully increasing the reliability and frequency of the Service as a minimum. There were some issues with particular members of particular University-level Committees who were opposed to the University funding the Service outright, so we have had to wait until this term (when such members have now left their posts, I’m reliably informed) in order to try and bring things to the table. Given this, however, we should get much further this term! I will keep you all updated as and when appropriate with how the campaign goes throughout the Term. We will also hopefully be seeing more movement with the ridiculous Fire Regulations, as I know for a fact a number of College staff share the student opinion that the signing out system is redundant at best (we also had to wait for certain personnel issues to resolve themselves here…). These are the two biggest things I’m going to be pursuing this term, but I really want to hear from you all! If you have any ideas for things to be implemented, I’d be only too happy to hear them. Also, if you have any feedback on anything the HUS is doing, we’d also love to hear it. We are also going to be trying to use our social media and website outlets much more often this term to keep everyone more in the loop with what’s going on in and out of the Office.
The final thing I’d like to mention for now is that we will be holding a kind of “Question Time” event at some point this term, in which the Principal, Bursar and Senior Tutor will be coming down to the Griffin to answer your questions about what’s going on in College. We will be opening submissions for questions soon, but dates are yet to be confirmed (hopefully it will be before the month is out) because they are all understandably busy people! So, in the meantime, think about whether there are any burning questions you’d like answering straight from the horse’s mouth, and look out for the FB event page and submission forms!
Finally – I would just reiterate that we really do want to hear from the student body. We do try to be as transparent as possible, but we would still love to hear your feedback on whether you think we’re going after the right things, or whether there are some areas where you think there’s a glaring hole and there’s something we can do about it!
I hope you all have a great Lent Term, and that you’re all looking forward to it as well!