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Meet Your Sabbs!

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SU President: Asha Ali

Hey, I’m Asha Ali, and I’m your Students’ Union President!

I’m a Somali-Norwegian graduate, I studied Linguistics and Sociology and now I have been elected to represent students full time! My job is to make sure you are heard, whether university or SU related – at the end of the day we’re here to put you at the centre. You have picked one of the best universities and myself, the rest of the sabbatical officer team and the SU are so excited to support you throughout your time here.

If you ever want to grab a coffee and chat, or want to grill me on how I’m best representing you, please don’t hesitate to contact me on president@essex.ac.uk

Memes and Buzzfeed quizzes are also welcomed (tweet me @SUPresEssex)

What made you want to represent students at Essex?

I firstly ran as BAME officer in my 2nd year of university to work on bringing discussions regarding the BAME attainment gap and the lack of diversity in our education. This role made me realise the change students really could make during their time here – which then inspired me to run for VP International. I wanted to represent another one of my communities to ensure International students were considered at all levels.

My time as both a part-time officer and sabbatical officer highlighted that there was so much we could do in order to be an SU that puts students at the very centre. But also work with, and sometimes challenge, the university to better the experience of all students.

What you wish you knew when you came to Essex?

I wish I knew how international Essex was…because I’m not definitely leaving with the accent or dialect I came with.

VP International: Jake Tran

Hiya, I am the representative and voice for international students this year.

Here's a little bit about me:

  • I’m from Vietnam

  • My Favourite Anime: One Piece

  • My Favourite Series: Friends

  • My Favourite Team: Chelsea

  • My Favourite Band: Imagine Dragons.

What made you want to represent students at Essex?

I am an international student and I belong to the international community so, to represent it is an absolute dream.

I am an expert on: ‘Lakad matatag!’, talk to me about esports!

What you wish you knew when you came to Essex?

I wish I knew Essex is on top of a hill, I would have brought my flying carpet with me. 

Joking aside, if you have any concerns during your time here at Essex as an international student, you can come to me. I may not have all the answers to your questions but I can definitely signpost you in the right direction. Drop me an email anytime at vpinternational@essex.ac.uk

VP Education: Laura Robinson

What made you want to represent students at Essex? 

Because I was dissatisfied and wanted to make a real difference for all students.  and for the memes. 

What are you hoping to achieve in your role this year?

I would like to see a change in how deadlines are set so that they can be spread out better. If I get around to it, I might also organise an army to siege UEA.

You’re an expert on.....

Dead memes, geeky stuff, and cocktails.

My claim to fame is.....

I was interviewed on BBC news several times, but good luck finding them!

Utterly useless but fun fact

Greek soldiers and athletes would rub onion onto their bodies to supposedly improve their strength and speed.

What you wish you knew when you came to Essex?

That they would trap me here long-term. Many have tried and failed, to leave and I fear I may be next.

What’s your party trick

I can make a whole pizza disappear into thin air.

If you have anything you need to discuss please don't hesitate to email me at vpeducation@essex.ac.uk

VP Student Experience: Michael Banahene

Hi, I’m Michael (people call me Bana) and I’M THIS YEARS VP student experience.

I’ll be working alongside Sports, Societies and VTeam this year if you see me about feel free to stop me!

I am a seasoned veteran of Sub Zero, and have represented the Essex blades for over 3 years in Rugby. This year I want to try as many things as I can so I am starting, alongside my fortnightly blog, a series in which I will try out different sports, societies and volunteering projects!

What made you want to represent students at Essex?

I had an amazing time here and Sports helped shape my experience and if I’m honest is the reason I stayed at uni.  So, I wanted to have a chance to contribute back and help others experience something similar.

What are you hoping to achieve in your role this year?

I am hoping to bring about change, helping to improve sports and societies, as well as volunteering opportunities. I hope I am able to be the face of these students and build relationships and learn myself!

You’re an expert on.....

I studied Biomed but I am by no means an expert. I love sports so anything uni sports, volunteering or societies related then I’ll do my best to help!

Utterly useless but fun fact

I once climbed a mountain barefoot.

What you wish you knew when you came to Essex

That I was able to try as many different things as possible.

Got a question you need answering? email me at vpactivities@essex.ac.uk

VP Services and Communications: Molly Purcell

Hi everyone, I’m Molly and I’m your VP Services and Engagement for this year!

I’m a BA Sociology graduate, and you might recognise me from our beloved campus coffee shop, the Kitchen, where I worked for two years. My interests vary from music, theatre, animals, horse riding, and drinking gin (on occasion of course). Please come to me if you have any questions regarding any of our services here at Essex & any suggestions I am just an email away at vpservices@essex.ac.uk, or tweet me at @VPServicesEssex for a coffee and a chat – I’m here to represent you!

What made you want to represent students at Essex?

I was so heavily involved with the SU in my time as a student (through my student job, societies and being a liberation officer) that running for sabbatical felt like the right thing for me. I wanted to give back to the things which made my experiences as a student so amazing, and try to ensure that incoming and current students can fulfil their student lives in the same way!

My claim to fame is.....

I once rapped on a West End stage (albeit, not quite at Eminem’s level) and one time I got quoted in the Sun newspaper for a certain cake sale here at Essex… (rebels with a cause am I right???)

Favourite TV to binge-watch?

Always something comedy related. FRIENDS is a classic go-to!

You have a whole evening to yourself, what are you going to do?

Call and catch up with a friend, run a nice bubble bath, order something Italian off Deliveroo, stick a funny film on… self-care is key!

What’s the event you look most forward to this year and why?

Absolutely Summer Ball! It’s the highlight of my year, every year!

You’re an expert on..... 

I’ve grown up around horses and have done affiliated show-jumping before, so that’s something I’m a little bit expert on! and I’ve worked in commercial services including various shops and restaurants since I was 15, so I really enjoy and have a lot of experience in that – which really helps me in my role!

What’s your party trick?

I’m really good at hula hooping

What you wish you knew when you came to Essex

That there will be bumps in the road along the way, but you’ll be a better and stronger person because of it!

Utterly useless but fun fact

I have one leg longer than the other. I found out during a chiropractor appointment!!

VP Welfare and Community: Ana-Maria Bichir

I'm the elected student voice for mental health and wellbeing, student communities and general welfare.

What made you want to represent students at Essex?

Coming from a country where mental welfare isn’t talked about, I found it reassuring to join a community in which people feel more welcome to talk about their personal struggles. I have always been open about my own feelings and worries and being an empathetic person, I’ve enjoyed helping friends and family who have struggled with their own mental wellbeing. I wanted to represent students at Essex because helping my close circle of friends brought a positive change to their lives (and mine!), and I wanted to be in a position in which my empathy and passion for mental health could help a wider audience!

What are you hoping to achieve in your role this year?

I want students to trust their Student’s Union and believe that we are fighting for what they feel strongly about. I hope that I will achieve this by being open about the limitations of my role, but also take a stand and fight for what our members want during key meetings with the University!

You’re an expert on.....

Absolutely nothing I might say, but my friends seem to think that I am an expert at listening to them when they need someone.

My claim to fame is.....

Oh, maybe that I studied marine biology? I find it very interesting and cool, but that might just be me.

Utterly useless but fun fact.....

I love tattoos (got 6 of them myself).

What you wish you knew when you came to Essex

That joining a sports club or society could be so much fun! I never did that myself, and it is now my biggest regret. Being part of something like that can have such a positive impact on your university experience, especially since we have a wide array of options!

What’s your party trick

I wish I had one.

Fell free to drop me an email anytime at vpwelfare@essex.ac.uk

VP Southend: Greta Remeikaite

Who lives in the SU in Southend - On - Sea?... GRETA REMEIKAITE! Say it again with the Spongebob Theme tune... Done? Great! If you are after super cool SU related things like advice, events, or free snacks, then I'm your pal! Don't hesitate to send me an email vpsouthend@essex.ac.uk.

What made you want to represent students at Essex?

I think that everyone should have an equal say and voice in the Essex community and they should definitely know that they can lead and/or make a change. That is why I want to try and represent every member of our organization and make them feel heard and appreciated, so they have the best 1, 3, 4 or more years of their lives!

What’s the event you look most forward to this year and why?

I am really looking forward to the Welcome week because I will meet all of the amazing new students and reunite with the returners that I missed a lot!

Favourite TV to binge-watch?

How I Met Your Mother will never disappoint or rainy, sunny or snowy day!

 

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