CUSU Bulletin: Week 1, Lent 2014-2015
Sent at: 2:19 am, 19th January 2015.
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Welcome to your Week 1 bulletin. I hope the start of term is treating you well and that those of you who’ve been getting back to lectures didn’t find it too much of a shock to the system!
We seem to have hit the ground running here at CUSU with some really big events and developments over the last week! On Tuesday we were training the first of hundreds of volunteers who will be taking part in the CUSU Shadowing Scheme over the next 3 weeks. On Wednesday we held Campaigning Cambridge, which saw loads of campaigning groups, from across the student body and the city, get together and speak with students about how to make change in Cambridge. On Friday we released proposals for a reform to the ways students can volunteer and campaign with CUSU, aiming to make our democratic structures easier to understand, more responsive, and a lot less bureaucratic (come along to Council tonight - 7:15pm in the Small Examinations Hall, New Museums Site - if you would like to hear more or debate whether or not this proposal should be implemented). And finally, on Saturday we held CUSU Conference, our biggest training event of the year, which saw representatives from your Faculties, Schools, JCRs and MCRs get together to develop the knowledge and skills they will need to effectively support and represent your interests. All in all, it’s been an amazing and exhausting week!
The work won’t be stopping this week, however, as we are about to embark on the mammoth task that is the CUSU Shadowing Scheme. For those of you who don’t know what it is, the Shadowing Scheme is our biggest access project, which gives kids from schools which don’t have a history of sending students to top universities, or prospective mature applicants from non-traditional backgrounds or underrepresented groups, a chance to experience the life of a Cambridge undergraduate for 3 days by shadowing a current student. We are expecting well over 400 of these shadows to descend on Cambridge over the next few weeks, making this the biggest year in the history of the Shadowing Scheme. If you meet any of them out and about, be sure to give them a warm welcome and help us to break down a few of the misconceptions about what it is really like to study at Cambridge!
If any of that sounds exciting to you, remember that this term we are holding our annual Sabbatical Officer elections, where every student has the chance to run for one of our full-time officer positions. If you want to help CUSU make meaningful change in this University, spend a year of your life campaigning on issues YOU care about and take part in some incredible and inspirational student-led projects along the way, get in touch for more information or fill out this form to let us know you are interested: tinyurl.com/sabbinfo2015
As ever, if you have any questions about what we or doing or ideas about work you would like to see CUSU doing, just get in touch!
All the best,