The University has over 40,000 students, of which about 8,000 are postgraduate students. Keeping a student community of this size engaged can be a bit of a challenge for any university. However, the Students’ Union here, the largest in UK, does a great job on that front. With over 400 clubs and societies part of a democratically run system, it provides the students with the perfect platform to make friends, gain skills and experience, create awareness, voice opinions about global issues and get the right support from the University.
There are several opportunities available for students to explore the leader in themself. Be it a class representative, a course ambassador, President of a Residents’ Association and so on. It not only gives you a line to add to your CV, but also gives you experiences from which you learn and which shape your personality in a way that every employer wishes to see.
For those interesting in doing their bit for society, there are a series of volunteering opportunities available across the campus ranging from raising funds for disaster hit regions to creating awareness about sexual wellbeing.
University life is very fast paced and it may get the better of you at times. Be it dealing with exam stress and homesickness or getting advice on financial planning and career planning, help is always at hand starting from the pastoral teams in University managed halls to the Students’ Union and the Business School.
I was elected as the Chair of my Residents’ Association by the residents of my hall and I have also been selected as the course ambassador for this course. In the recently held student voice and communities awards at the Students’ Union, my halls of residence were presented with the President’s prize for being one of the best Residents’ Association committees of the year.
My experiences only make it evident that the University treats all students as equal and presents endless opportunities to them irrespective of where they come from. It is up to the students to grab these opportunities and make the most of them. I would only request you to come to the University with an open mind, step out of your comfort zone and you will be surprised by your capabilities.
Please feel free to get in touch with me if you have any queries.
Until next month, goodbye!
MSc Management (Class of 2016)