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Jake Rodgers: Activities

Hey! I’m Jake, your Activities Officer for 2018/19. I was born just down the M62 in Leeds but have found a home from home in Huddersfield. From graduating last summer, to running the men’s football club, I’m extremely passionate about our students and delighted to serve as your elected representative for a second year. In my role, I look after the SU Sports Clubs and Societies, as well as helping with key events such as Freshers’ Festival and Varsity. I’m so excited to get to know the people that I represent, so please don’t be afraid to come say hello!

My Objectives

Introduced for September, the ‘Sporty for forty’ campaign has so far been successful. Driving the cost of sport to the lowest membership of its type in the country, we have already exceeded last years’ engagement with a heavy recruitment drive to take place in the new year.

Not just through sports – we have introduced schemes such as auto-enrolment to Academic Societies in an attempt to convert to real engagement within subject areas and schools. As well as monthly SAE meetings to make activity groups more proactive with funding and events

A priority that has been primarily delegated to our Inspiring Future Leaders – the students have been working on campaigns such as trans inclusion and other meaningful campaigns. Varsity will also be celebrating This Girl Can and the England Netball success this year, along with rainbow laces in partnership with BUCS’ Take a Stand and Stonewall.

Attended GIAG conference in Sheffield during the summer, contributed to review paper which went to Exec & Mgt. committee, assisted in building priorities of programme over course of summer and now shaped into six areas that are under-represented within our student body.

Initial meetings with our Union team have taken place with a formal submission being put forward to ITV – as well as this, we will be holding our own social University Challenge events with academic societies in the new year, with the hope being that will culminate in a school vs school final at the end of the academic year.

Why not visit Your Big Ideas page to see and vote on new ideas and find out what previous Officers have changed!