Written by George Hones, LSU Postgraduate Executive Officer.
In September of last year, Loughborough Students’ Union (LSU) welcomed their first ever full time Postgraduate Sabbatical Officer – me! The creation of this new role was part of LSU’s renewed drive to ensure that the postgraduate population is well represented and catered for.
Last term I worked hard to make sure Loughborough postgraduates were aware of what we are doing at LSU and created a range of events and initiatives to reach out and engage with you.
Our first postgraduate-only social event, ‘LSU Welcome Social’, was a massive success! Over 150 postgraduates came for a night of table tennis, bowling, cheap drink offers and loads more; everyone had a brilliant time and it was fantastic to see so many postgraduates coming to the Union! Since that first event, I’ve developed our social offering and now run regular ‘PGIF – Postgrads, It’s Friday’, with over 160 postgraduates coming to the last two of the term. I also oversaw the successful recruitment of a postgraduate-only University Challenge team to represent Loughborough – good luck to the team!
Another successful event was LSU’s first ever Your Education Week Postgraduate Conference – a career focused event covering a variety of topics. We had 8 speakers, including University staff, Union staff, and postgraduate Alumnus of Loughborough. Thank you to all those who attended!
Our final celebration of the year came on the final day of term. I organised a highly successful Postgraduate Festive Friday, with a festive party in Graduate House during the day and a Christmas themed PGIF in the evening. We had around 100 attendees throughout the day, who all enjoyed some bingo, a raffle, Christmas food and games and plenty of festive music!
I’ve also been working hard with the Student Voice team and the Graduate School, on a variety of initiatives that could greatly improve the doctoral experience here at Loughborough. This includes a comprehensive review and improvement of our PGR Representation systems and a working group ensuring our Supervisory processes can be sector-leading – stay tuned for more information in due course!