GEORGE BRABHAM – ROCHESTER FURTHER EDUCATION OFFICER CANDIDATE[OTHER ROCHESTER FURTHER EDUCATION OFFICER CANDIDATES: NONE]
Hello, My name is George. I study Creative Media Production and Technology in UCA Rochester. Before I moved to Rochester I was in 6th form for 2 years, during which I was on the Junior Leadership Team where I helped plan and host charity and fund raising events for the school. Outside of school I was in the Kent Army Cadet Force for 5 years where most of my skills were acquired, I was the senior male cadet of south Kent before I had to leave due to age, I taught lessons twice a week and occasionally went away for weekends where I would be responsible for training and organizing younger cadets. Thanks to my experiences at Cadets I have the confidence to speak in front of a large audience, I have experience in problem solving, organization and teamwork.
I am extremely passionate about the university experience from a social point of view, It’s something I always looked forward to going to university for and I plan on making the student environment and experience something each student will remember.
IF ELECTED, HOW WOULD YOU CREATE MORE OF A COMMUNITY?
Whilst I was in 6th form I was on the Junior Leadership Team and my specific role was to plan and host charity and fund raising events which worked significantly and I believe that by making regular events which are fun would raise moral within the university community and expand the number of students that socialize rather than sitting alone. Speaking as a student that moved away from home I fully understand what it’s like not to know anyone, I feel like having regular events or even just making the university environment more sociable would allow students to interact and make more friends. Even small things like playing music during lunchtime would significantly improve the atmosphere among students, which I feel would be greatly noticed and appreciated by them.
WHAT OPPORTUNITIES WOULD YOU LIKE TO MAKE AVAILABLE FOR STUDENTS?
When I first came to the university I noticed a lack of clubs and societies which I felt would have been a vital part in a students university experience. I had an idea to start a music society where students could just come with their instruments and play with friends, make new friends and potentially create ensembles with each other which would be an amazing opportunity especially from a creative perspective. Other than just this society I would like to increase the overall clubs and societies within UCA to greater the chance of students socializing, making friends and ultimately creating links between students that otherwise would not exist. In short, creating an environment which gives students the best possible chance of a positive experience during university is my first and foremost intention to achieve.
HOW WOULD YOU INSPIRE STUDENTS TO HAVE A VOICE?
I’m fairly certain every student has something critical to say about their experience at university, but they won’t always be willing to share it, creating a positive connection with students will build an environment where students will feel comfortable in giving both positive and negative feedback in order to better the university experience for everyone. This can be achieved by student council members being responsible enough to be acknowledged by adults, but commonsensical enough to be approached by students. Creating events hosted by student council members would make these students well known within the community and therefore approachable by students with suggestions or problems. Having confident, competent and passionate student council members will inspire students to stand up for what they believe should be done and potentially take on these roles for themselves in the future.