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SRUCSA VP monthly blog – August 2014

It was a quiet start to the month and not just because Cameron Law had finished at SRUCSA and I now had the office to myself! The first couple of weeks I was mainly in my office, arranging a new range of SRUC clothing, preparing information documents and planning freshers.

In the 3rd week of August I travelled down to Heriot-Watt University to attend an NUS Partnerships For Change event called “College Students’ Associations: Realising Our Potential.” Myself and Briony plus David and Graeme the engagement officers attended the event, so SRUCSA was well represented! It was a good opportunity to meet the other officers, share ideas and develop our skills at the workshops. I found the sustainability workshop the most interesting, it’s given me some great ideas of what we can do for the environment at SRUCSA.

The following week Briony and I visited the Barony campus and gave a presentation to staff. We want to have staff support for SRUCSA, a key step towards this is engaging the staff to ensure they understand SRUCSA’s remit and discuss any questions they have. The presentation went well and I look forward to speaking to staff at the other five campuses.

After Barony we travelled down to Lancaster University in the Northwest of England for an NUS UK event called Lead & Change. It was a huge training course with student officers from all over the UK in attendance. The days were very long and some of the teaching was quite intense, but overall it was a fantastic four days! I learnt some new skills, met lots of other sabbatical officers, thought of some new ideas for SRUCSA and it really got me enthused for the year ahead.

I travelled down to Barony on their first day of the new academic year; I gave a short speech to new students which introduced them to SRUCSA. I spoke to some students at the fresher’s fayre and it’s great to see they’re already thinking about SRUCSA and how they can get involved. We had good interest in the vacant Barony Campus Officer position – we’ll hopefully have someone in this position within the next few weeks.

Last month we ran a survey to determine what SRUC clothing students would like; I integrated the survey results and drew up a shortlist of new products. This has been sent to the suppliers and we’ll hopefully have our new SRUC clothing range available soon!

Next month I’m really looking forward to working with students and staff from all campuses.

Thanks for reading.

– Alex Robb, August 2014.

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