Charities, Clubs & Societies Officer

Dominyka Bacanskaite I’m Domi (short for Dominyka), a 2nd year psychology and sociology student. I believe that activities we take part in outside of our lectures are a vital element of student experience and also something that our University can be proud of. Therefore I want to ensure that any problems that societies encounter are […]

Dominyka Bacanskaite

Dominyka BacanskaiteI’m Domi (short for Dominyka), a 2nd year psychology and sociology student. I believe that activities we take part in outside of our lectures are a vital element of student experience and also something that our University can be proud of. Therefore I want to ensure that any problems that societies encounter are addressed and solved!

I am a board member of GU Amnesty International, and a previous committee member of the French Society. This has provided me insight into how societies work and what help is needed. I’m also on the International Women’s Week planning committee, and hopefully we will set an example of how societies can collaborate to present exciting events to the public and fundraise for good causes.

If elected I will:

  • Work together with VP Student Activities to lobby for more funding available for clubs and societies;
  • Encourage greater involvement of societies with raising and giving activities and other events organised by the SRC;
  • Promote communication and teamwork between different societies;
  • Support student media outlets;
  • Further inclusion of all students and bring more attention to the Refreshers’ Fair;
  • Provide advice for established societies, and organise training for committee members of the new ones.

Iain French

Iain FrenchHiya I’m Iain French; I’m a second year Public Policy, Politics and Theatre Studies student. So far at university I have gotten involved with one of the largest societies, GULGBTQ+. I’m currently serving as VP Secretary of LGBTQ+ and hope to run for President next year. My experience on the executive of GULGBTQ+ has taught me what it takes to run a society and the problems you can come across, and how to best solve them. This position would give me the opportunity to make a difference and get involved more in societies and see how the SRC can help them. Furthermore, I have some interesting fundraising ideas which I would like to try out next year. If elected I will:

  • Ensure that societies have the support they require – through SRC and union affiliation
  • Encourage people to take an active interest in the many clubs and societies on campus
  • Encourage societies to make use of campus media to promote their events
  • Encourage as many clubs and societies to get more involved in SRC events like Welfare week, VCS awards and RAG week
  • Build on and continue the work of previous CCSO’s.
  • Organise fundraisers for a variety of different charitable causes

Rian Devlin

Rian DevlinMy name is Rian Devlin and I am a second year History and Theology student. I am also an avid swimmer, novice debater and past president of GULGBTQ+, one of the largest and most active student associations on campus.

As past president of a society, I understand the relationship the SRC has with clubs and societies. GULGBTQ+ has been active in using the benefits offered with SRC affiliation, and I will ensure that all clubs and societies are aware of the support available, particularly the financial aid that is offered by the SRC.

My experience has also allowed me to acknowledge and understand the many difficulties that clubs and societies face on a daily basis.

If elected I will:

  • Campaign with the VP Student Activities to increase the funding available for clubs and societies.
  • Encourage more involvement in RAG week and give the charities at GU more publicity.
  • Review the room booking system on campus.
  • Implement voluntary skills sessions for board members of clubs and societies.
  • Expand on Freshers’ and Refreshers’ week, making them more widespread and targeted.
  • Work with the Age Equality officer to encourage clubs and societies to host more events for a range of different age groups.