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SRUCSA VP monthly blog – July 2014

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Alex celebrating his graduation achievement.

Hi my name is Alex and I’m the vice president of SRUCSA. I spent four years studying at Craibstone and will continue to be based at the SRUC Aberdeen campus during my role in the students’ association. At the end of every month I’ll be writing a log to keep you informed about what I’ve been doing for SRUCSA.

I started my new job as vice president on the 1st of July and spent most of the first week at the Elmwood campus as it was essentially an induction for Briony and me. With assistance from SRUC staff we prepared for new roles and developed our working relationship.

The following week I travelled down to Glasgow to attend an NUS & sparqs college leadership event. It gave me an opportunity to further develop my skills and gave me some more ideas for what SRUCSA could achieve this year. There were other sabbatical officers from all over Scotland attending so it also provided a great opportunity to network with other people working in a similar role.

The Friday of the second week was probably one of the greatest days of my life; my graduation! I was graduating with a First Class BSc (Hons) in Sustainable Environmental Management, this was a much better result than I ever anticipated I’d achieve so I need to thank everyone who gave me help, support and encouragement during my four years as a student.

I was the SRUCSA representative at graduation, so it was my responsibility to deliver the vote of thanks speech. I was very nervous in the build up but I felt my speech to approximately 900 people went really well and it was a fantastic experience.

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Alex delivering his speech to SRUC graduates at Bute Hall, Glasgow.

I travelled to Elmwood on the Sunday evening, after enjoying the world cup final it was time for more SRUCSA training the next morning. This was the first time the new SRUCSA executive team (Pres, VP, Campus & Post-Grad Officers) had met. We prepared ourselves for our new roles and had a bit of fun doing team-building activities in the evening. We worked on our strategic and operational plan and discussed ideas for freshers and other events throughout the year. I felt our few days together were very beneficial and I’m confident the SRUCSA executive team can enhance your student experience this year.

After spending most of the first three weeks away I have been in my office at Craibstone for the remainder of the month. I have been sharing my office with Cameron Law (last year’s student president) who has been working on the SRUCSA website. Once the website is ready we will have another excellent opportunity to engage with students. Despite being located at different campuses myself and Briony have been in regular correspondence as we plan our communication strategy, visits to each campus, freshers and work on our objectives for the year.

Next month I’m looking forward to visiting each campus and getting to know the students and staff. The Barony, Elmwood & Oatridge campuses will be returning and we’re hoping this year will be the best freshers yet! We have began finding out what SRUC clothing the students would like, next month we will began collating the results and moving a step closer to offering a wider range of SRUC & SRUCSA clothing/merchandise.

Thanks for reading.

Alex Robb, July 2014.

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