By Joe Drennan
With the end of the semester fast approaching, UL Student Life is looking to elect Student Officers for the next academic year.
Nominations for Student Life elections are open to any students seeking to get involved in representing the student body.
Students who are interested in running for election can find all relevant information on the Election Hub section of the UL Student Life website.
Potential candidates can take a quiz to see if they are suitable for the role; get advice on campaigning through the election workshops and read about the rules of the process.
Anyone who wishes to nominate themselves for any Student Officer position must get 20 signatures from other students for the nomination to be accepted.
Seán Ó Maoilchiaráin described his specific duties as the current Student Welfare Officer and shared a little about his typical schedule for the day.
“As the Student Welfare Officer, I’m responsible for advocating for the mental, physical and sexual health of the student body,” he said.
Three key areas of work
As a student officer, there are three key areas that Mr Ó Maoilchiaráin works in:
Campaigning (running awareness weeks such as S.H.A.G. week).
Representation (sitting on various committees in UL on behalf of the students).
Signposting (where he can guide any student who is facing issues to the relevant supports around campus)
He stated: “Today is kind of hectic, firstly I have a meeting with the Student Information Support Coordinator about trends and issues arising within the student body.”
Along with coordinating, he mentioned:
“I also have a social media content meeting with the rest of the Student Officers where we are going to talk about what will be going out on socials for the next week.”
Speaking about his extra-curricular work, he said: “Then in my free time, I have to make sure to reply to any emails that I’ve gotten.
“At the end of today, I have a team check in with the rest of the Student Life officers and then after that, a meeting with the Student Executive.”
Working as a Student Officer in UL is a full-time paid role, and they are responsible for representing the student voice at the highest level.
Mr Ó Maoilchiaráin named three qualities that he believes are essential for his successor to have.
“You couldn’t do this job without being engaged with the student body. You need to know what’s going on. There are great supports available to help you do your job, but you also need to be self-motivated.”
Nominations for Student Life elections close on Tuesday, March 15 at 12pm. All information about the elections can be found here: https://www.ulstudentlife.ie/get-involved/ul-student-life-election-hub/