Elle Phipps   About me. Hi, I'm Elle and I'm your Activities Officer for 2020/21. Course: Law. Hometown: Northampton.  How do you think your friends and family would describe you? Caffeine dependent and someone who leaves everything to the last minute! On a more serious note I would like to think that they see me as caring, supportive and passionate.    What inspired you to become an Executive Officer? Honestly I hadn’t given it much thought until I helped Sana campaign last year, at which point I was certain I wouldn’t run! This year I have noticed a lot of things that I would like to see a lot more energy and change in from an activities perspective and I’ve seen the great things this years team have  achieved, so I wanted to  be a part of that.


What can you offer students in your role? I can offer students a real energy for improvements and change in their activities at university, and someone who is always happy to make time for  a coffee and a chat! I’m really excited to have a role that covers four  areas of student life and I can offer students a commitment to improving each of these.        What is the most important change you want to make this year? The most important change I want to make this year is to push for societies to be more inclusive and accessible to all students. I know these are often buzzwords, but I think now more than ever it is crucial that all students who come to Leicester can make friends, share experiences and build support networks… So my priority is to remove as many barriers to that as possible.       Hobbies & interests. Tried and tested- flat white and a good book. Also love going to gigs!  Books- ‘Before the coffee gets cold’ by Toshikazu Kawaguchi, ‘Girl, Woman, Other’ by Bernadine Evaristo and ‘The Guilty Feminist’ by Deborah Frances-White. Songs- ‘Don’t Let Me Down’ by Joy Crookes, ‘Sangria’ by Easy  Life ft Arlo Parks. Series- Grace and Frankie, How to Get Away with Murder and The IT Crowd.


Fortnightly Updates

Updates (October 19 - November 2)


In the last two weeks I have been working on:

• Chaired the Leicester Citizens Delegates Assembly for local community leaders and was appointed to the senior leadership’s group.

• Completed the review into the Sustainability Structures, this included successfully agreeing with the University the terms of reference? for a new SU led = Student Sustainability Partnership Group (SSPG) that will ensure students have a seat at the table to raise their concerns and identify areas of improvement with the university.

• Worked to rebrand and redevelop our student decision making body for Activities; Societies Council, including shortlisting and interviewing students.

• In conjunction with Activities Team allocated initial grant funding, whilst conducting a review into the grant allocation process.

• Worked with Attenborough Arts Centre Director and wider team to secure additional space for student groups to utilise and to identify future areas of collaboration.

• Coordinated the organisation and running the Sustainability Give a Go event.

• Supported the Societies Fair and the Give a Go programme.

• Worked with Plan-it Change to successfully lobby the University to put disposable masks drop off points in Oadby Halls of residence.

• Set up a new presidents group to enable them to communicate directly to the Activities Team.

• Set up a wellbeing & inclusion forum with the Wellbeing Officer and Liberation Officer to ensure ambassadors are connected and supported.

• Met with Sexpression, Burlesque, Plan-it Change and Enactus to see how we can help and support them with their activities.


In the next two weeks, I will be focusing on:

• Preparing and delivering Society Council Training and developing the terms of reference for the group.

• Developing a proposal for a sustainability hub for the website to ensure students are informed and have access to resources to act on sustainable initiatives.

• Working with MSL to finalise proposals for the development of a new Volunteering Hub.

• Collaborative meeting with the Director of Student Engagement at the University to continue to work on accreditation for student opportunities and volunteering strategies.

• Continuing to work with last year’s Accessibility Officer on ensuring that progress is maintained on the development of a Sensory Garden.

• Putting together the final plans to launch a listening campaign as part of the Citizens UK project

• Continuing to support and provide advice to student groups.


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