I am a 3rd year English Literature student and am entering my second term as a Student Trustee.
I grew up in a military family and moved around a lot as a child so I don't come from anywhere in particular. But I spent the majority of my childhood in the highlands of Scotland.
I came to Reading University after spending a year at Durham University studying Business and Management, I did not enjoy the course or the people in it so it was refreshing to come to Reading and experience the community and friendly atmosphere within my department.
Do you have any other roles in the Students’ Union, the Uni or beyond?
This is my second term as a Student Trustee but I have also held other roles within the Students’ Union.
I have previously worked within RUSU as the President of the Wantage Hall JCR, where we won both President of the Year and Event of the year; and as the Entertainment Editor of the Spark Newspaper.
I have also been elected to the role of RUSU Undergraduate Mature Students’ Part-time Officer, a role I will be stepping into at the start of this year.
What experience will you bring to the role?
I bring a lot of experience to the role of Student Trustee, simply because my experience of the university has been so varied.
Not only have I joined several societies (Horse Riding, Clay Pigeon Shooting, Netball, Disney etc.), I am an undergraduate mature student who has experienced studying both part time and full time; and I have a disability so I have a lot of knowledge about the services at the university and where they need to improve.
I also have experience sitting on Trustee Board last year as well committees and leading teams with my previous experience in the Wantage Hall's JCR.
What would you like to achieve as a member of the Trustee Board?
By the end of my third year, I would really love to see more communication between the students and the trustees, I think a lot of our work goes unnoticed and students often don't even know we exist.
I would like to see an easier way for students to access minutes from our meetings and I would like to help the Trustee Board recognise the different groups we have represented at Reading and make sure that no one voice goes unheard.
What do you like about the Students’ Union?
Something that I really love about RUSU is the fact that they take so much care and consideration when it comes to students. If there is an issue within the university, RUSU is quick to help. Whether that be with their advice services, helping sports teams, or setting up other society.
Any plans beyond graduation?
I have no idea what I would like to do when I leave Reading! I have spent the past two years working within the film industry as a runner and production assistant on films like Ready Player One, Dunkirk and Bohemian Rhapsody so I would love to take a short course in Assistant Directing at the National Film and Television School, but before I even think about that, I need to get my third year out the way!