These two questions were raised following the Student Parliament which took place at the Huddersfield centre:
Q1. Can one person take on more than one SU officer role?
A.1 Students at Kirklees College can take on more than one officer role if they are elected by a vote of confidence into those roles. There is an expectation that the student will be able to manage their time to fit in the requirements of those roles, alongside their coursework: studies should always take priority.
Some roles overlap in terms of their role description e.g. Equality/Disabilities officers, Equality/International officers and Equality/Welfare and therefore they could be regarded as one role with respect to the EDI (Equality, Diversity, Inclusion) activities that the officers will be involved with.
Q2. Is it necessary to be able to speak in front of a large number of people to be a Communications officer?
A2. No, it is not necessary. There are many methods of communication and to this end, the Communications officers will take a key role in communicating information and opportunities to students by means of social media, ensuring that notice boards are kept up to date and working closely with the internal Communications officer from the college Marketing team in a variety of activities.
It is important to note that these SU roles are developmental and therefore the only expectation is that officers are motivated and willing to participate in SU activities, whilst at the same time, acquiring new skills and hopefully, greater confidence. The Students’ Union supports students to engage in activities which aim to improve college life for themselves and all Kirklees College students.
I hope this gives some clarification. I would also like to apologise on behalf of the organisers for the lack of a microphone on the day. The microphone was not working and therefore created a problem as some people were not able to hear the speakers very well. We will endeavour to ensure that this does not happen at future events. Thank you to everyone who attended the Student Parliament meetings at both Huddersfield and Dewsbury centres and helped to make these events a success.