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Volunteering and Student Rep Awards

Although the academic year is basically over, all the exams have finished and students are preparing to go home, there are still a few things left happening at the university. For example there is FACE week next week (the Festival of Awareness and Creative Expression) which is worth sticking around for. There will be performances, stalls, and various things put on by all the Societies so you can expect lots of fun happening s throughout the week (there’s a reason it’s sometimes called “reFreshers week”!)

Aside from that there was also the Volunteering and Student Rep awards this evening, where dedicated students are recognised by the university, the union, and the Mayor of Hillingdon for their work within and outside the university. This year Brunel students logged eight -thousand hours of volunteer work across something like 65 different organisations. That is a massive achievement and really speaks to the community spirit of a lot of the students here. If you volunteer and you don’t log your hours with the Volunteer Service – why not?? Get signed up, log your hours, and next year you too can be enjoying a free meal and free wine 😉

The awards are a fantastic ceremony, and this year it seems they listened to the grumbles that last years speeches were a bit long as no one seemed to speak for more than five minutes! At first sat in a full room and not recognising a single person is daunting, and I missed having all my fellow reps there (in the previous year I believe every rep was invited to the ceremony). However it turned out to be a fantastic experience to speak to students from all different schools across the year and make some new aquaintances.

Although at this point I am kicking myself for not logging my own volunteer hours (curse my intense revision schedule!), I was proud to receive an award for something else – Student Rep of the Year for Social Sciences. I do feel a little guilty about it because I know there are other reps, one in particular who made a fantasic amount of effort through the year and achieved a great amount, who deserve the award.

I would like to say thank you to all the students in my year, without you guys making use of me this wouldn’t have been possible! Also to all the other Social Sciences reps who all do fantastic work 🙂

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It’s Raining Awards!

Although I do the extra work I do because I enjoy it, and enjoy supporting others, it is always nice to receive recognition of your hard work. So I was thrilled the other day when at the Brunel Volunteer Awards I was awarded not one, but three awards!

The first was a certificate to say I had successfully discharged my duties as a Course Rep. Although this one was a simple certificate that was awarded to all Course Reps who had attended the Student Staff Liason meetings, and was awarded without ceremony but just handed out from the sign-in desk, I still value it because I take my role as Course Rep very seriously. For me this role is not just about responding to issues, but also seeking out opportunities to represent the opinions of the students on my course wherever possible. To this end I always volunteer to fill out survey forms, and to attend focus groups. Three such groups I have attended this year include Improving Education at Brunel (looking at new methods, practices, and tools that can be used in lectures), DDS/Library Focus Group (looking at how the library can improve its services for disabled students), and the Brunel Vision and Values Focus Group (looking at how well the vision and Values are reflected in the Student experience, and what changes need to be made to the vision and values going forward). I know its only a piece of paper, but to me it is a symbol of my dedication to the role over the year.

Next I received a Gold Award certificate for volunteering over 100 hours. Amazingly at MIND I have clocked in over three hundred hours over a year! And I have to say it has been an incredible experience, I have learned and experienced a whole wealth of things I would never have had the chance to otherwise, as well as having been able to contribute my time to helping others. Honestly I think that everyone should do enough volunteering to get this award – I have only given up one day a week that I would otherwise have spent watching movies and playing Xbox. So to those of you who don’t volunteer I have only this to say: why not?

Finally I was awarded a certificate in recognition of my contribution to the union, thanks to my work with the psychology Society. Anyone who has spoken to me knows how passionate I am about the psychology Society, so putting in the time and effort is a pleasure for me. I have big plans for the society and really enjoy building it up in different ways. However there is no doubt that it can sometimes be stressful and a lot of work, the majority of which goes on behind the scenes, so it is wonderful again to have that effort recognised – it certainly inspires me to keep it up!

So I would like to say thank-you to UBS, MIND in Camden, my fellow Psychology Society committee members, and to all the students and service users I have met this year. You all made this not only possible, but easy – because it was such a pleasure to do!

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