...What a Year!
Despite only having 2 terms in the building, we had a grand time
We kicked off the new year and beat the January blues with our wellbeing week. highlights included free breakfast all week, dodgeball, self defence classes and of course... the guide dogs
We looked out for your physical health, subsidising massages with Gill El Najar ever two weeks (and even giving out a few free ones in January...)
We ran the second year of
- Our president co-presented a session to the RNCM board of governors on their away day, emphasising the importance of the campaign and beginning the very necessary conversations about it.
- We helped rewrite the RNCM bullying and harassment policy, including drop-in sessions with students to gather thoughts and feedback
- We hosted a grey-area consent workshop with the company odd-arts
- We secured more SU funding so that from September we can host consent workshops for all students in induction week for the first time.
We worked closely with our Sir Charles Groves Hall Senior Residents, Ellen Porter and Wilcox Leung for International Induction Week, Freshers and throughout the year
We looked out for your ears once again
And in lockdown...
We ran an activity every weekday for over two months, ensuring we felt connected and were well occupied, these included Yoga, RNCM Fitness Fun, Cuppa and a Chat sessions and much more.
We ran a referendum and left NUS UK - a stronger decision for our SU
We represented RNCM student voices at the Conservatoires UK National Conference and to the Mayor, Andy Burnham with the Greater Manchester Student Assembly
We worked on the staff-student feedback loop with more You Said, We Did posters and live SU Q+As discussing college decisions during lockdown. We also kept you in the loop weekly with staff responses as they came
In 19/20 we made our events and activities as inclusive as possible, making sure there was something for everyone
they happened often and they were big. The iconic Bavarian Night at the Bierkeller will live on in our hearts forever.
AND MUCH MORE...
Not to forget brodsky jams, featuring prizes such as... brodsky jam (thanks nat)
We ran 16 pub quizzes this year. 13 of them were part of the big lockdown league (involving 22 teams across the weeks!!)
We increased our number of societies, introducing hill walking, zumba and the rncm book club
We also gained access for all rncm students to the 100's of societies at uom, at no extra cost!
As lockdown began, so did our online community.
The Facebook group became the perfect platform for SU activities, key information and even more memes.
We worked with 24 student reps, hearing your voice and driving for change
We sat on 26 committees representing YOUR voice
We sat on all of the sub-committees during lockdown, ensuring we were involved in all the biggest decisions across every course
We secured a
For all students with marks going towards their degree in 2020
Our su community officer became the su community and environment officer
We worked with our Climate Action society to plan a Green Week (that almost happened...)
RNCM Climate Action also hosted the first ever CUK Climate Strike which was a HUGE success
We celebrated and supported our International student community:
We created a Guide to Christmas in Manchester pack, for students staying in Manchester over the holidays
We Celebrated Chinese New Year, working with the international office to make it our biggest celebration ever
We introduced ‘self-isolation sidekicks’, ensuring those isolated alone had friends in regular contact, to boost morale and #lookoutforyourmate
We celebrated our LGBTQ+ community:
we ran the #rncmloveislove campaign
We celebrated pride month with podcasts, SU gogglebox, film nights and the iconic pride hat parade!
Black Lives Matter
Lavender, the BAME Soc and the SU team ran BLM panels, inviting students and alumni to discuss their thoughts and experiences. This was eye-opening, honest and raw. The live streams were viewed by over 12000 people across the world!
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion will now be a permanent part of the agenda for various committees, including the Board of Governors going forward
We represented the Student Voice
In 18/19 made sure YOUR VOICE was heard loud and clear, from
securing more yoga sessions
keeping the NSS fair
getting the air-con fixed in 324 (finally)
hosting pre-meets with your reps and staff
establishing NEW agenda items for committees on student views
winning funding for a new printer in the IT suite
getting new, student-friendly rewrites of the policies that matter for you
establishing better communication links between staff and students for the future
...and way more
- we made sure that every school now has a school reps system
⁃ We created an anonymous feedback form on the SU Moodle page
⁃ We sent out anonymous school surveys to everyone, to find out exactly where things could be improved
⁃ We led the Conservatoires UK Student Network research, collating over 2300 student’s thoughts and essential feedback in just 3 days
We worked to soften the pop/classical divide
⁃ We introduced the mixed genre gig guide ⁃ We hosted an instagram open mic, cross school ⁃ We hosted zoom performance classes again, mixed genre ⁃ We ensured that cross school activities were available to everyone via Asimut during the Summer Term
THE MONEY STUFF
A quick rundown on where the MONEY WENT