It was all round cheers, and maybe a couple of tears, this week at Strath Union with the official student exec handover.
Friday saw us saying a heartfelt goodbye to the executive members who have been working hard throughout this academic year in ensuring the best representation and opportunities for students across campus and Glasgow.
Just some of the work carried out by the Student Executive of 2018/19 saw graduation fees getting abolished; £80,000 grant funding from the Climate Challenge Fund for the Foodsharing Society; taking to the streets of Glasgow to Fight For The Night, demanding justice for victims of rape and sexual assault; bringing back the Glasgow Taxi’s Cup for the first time in five years; and ensuring that students have the best education that Strathclyde has to offer!
This year’s elections results saw the re-election of Union President Matt Crilly, as well as Vice President Education, Eyram Selasie Ahadzie, and Vice President Support, John Ehizogie Agbonrofo. The new faces that will be taking office for the 2019/20 academic year include: Kayla-Megan Burns acting as Vice President Community Rachel Cairns as Vice President Inclusion and Maddy Watson as Vice President Sport.
Attended by senior University staff, friends and family, the night opened in a truly unique style, with outgoing VPVD, Sara Cowan, showcasing her Ecuadorian roots with a traditional dance display from Ecufolk.
Proceedings were then followed by opening remarks from the Union’s CEO, Manish Joshi, who provided highlights of the achievements made by the executive officers, as well as offering kind words of support and wisdom for their future endeavours.
After inspiring speeches made by the outgoing officers, spotlighting their highlights in office, the people they’ve met along the way and what the role has meant for them – the night closed with Matt’s future plans for the Union and his gratitude towards the work of his executive team.
Strathclyde Students' Union CEO, Manish Joshi, said: “The work of the Student Executive team of 2018/19 has been incredible. When you look at all of the work that the executive team have done this year its been astounding, and each one of them should be proud of their achievements.
“But with the upcoming academic year just around the corner, I’m really excited to what the new exec will be bringing to the table in representing students and making sure their voices are heard.”
Strathclyde Students' Union President, Matt Crilly, said: “It’s been an amazing experience representing students across Strathclyde, and I’ve loved every moment of it. As your re-elected President, I will continue to ensure that students across Strathclyde will be getting the best representation. My new team and I have lot of planned for the academic year. But for now, just watch this space.
“I really want to thank my outgoing exec for all the hard work and dedication that have put in towards their role. It has been a genuine pleasure working with them, and they have done amazing work of raising the profile of the students’ union.”