Every undergraduate at Trinity is automatically a member of the Trinity College’s Students Union. TCSU is run by a committee – a group of vibrant and dedicated students committed to welcoming Freshers and improving the student experience at Trinity. Here each committee member outlines their key aims.
Emily Song, President
I am responsible for managing the TCSU Committee to ensure everyone achieves as much as they can in their individual roles, as well as together as a Committee. I will also represent Trinity undergraduates at the University level to make sure our students’ opinions are heard. This year I aim to increase communication between College staff, TCSU and the student body, and improve the availability of and accessibility to student spaces around College, among other goals.
Alex Patel, Vice-President, Secretary
I will ensure that the TCSU Committee operates efficiently, making deadlines and communicating on a cross-committee basis. I will also make sure that students are kept up to date with what TCSU is doing, and encourage wider participation and feedback in order to inform our decision making. I aim to ensure that the TCSU constitution is updated and in keeping with the current College environment, and will ensure that contact is made with the right people in College to ensure that these changes are implemented.
Kiran Singh Jolly, Computing & Publicity Officer
This year I’ll be working to make IT systems more usable in College, including ensuring students have access to necessary software, the wifi works appropriately, and being available for general IT support and assistance. I plan to form a publicity sub-committee, to help me reach out to student members in Trinity, and I would like to revamp the TCSU website, to make it more usable and aesthetically pleasing.
Tiffany Chow, Treasurer
I am responsible for TCSU’s finances, ensuring that people get reimbursed in a timely manner. I aim to allocate the College’s funds in ways that will benefit all of its student members. I plan to negotiate deals with restaurants for exclusive discounts for Trinity students! Among my other aims are to get the wheels in motion to renovate the College gym and to introduce free printing for students.
Benedict Springbett, Junior Steward
I will represent the voices of students in all things food-related, whether that be the Servery, College Bar or Formal Halls. I will liaise between Trinity societies and College. This year I want to make sure that student feedback about food is acted upon, and also to make the difficult business of running a student society as smooth as possible for everybody concerned.
Angie Doran, Ents Officer
My main aim is to make events at Trinity as inclusive and as welcoming as possible. To achieve this and make Trinity a place where everyone can have fun, I plan to organise more unique events, and of wider variety to accommodate to all interests. I plan to provide more non-alcoholic drinks and increase the variety of food at events.
Grace Glevey, Access Officer
‘There’s no point in access without inclusion.’ That’s what Ellie, Trinity’s fabulous Schools Liaison Officer, said to me during our first meeting and it very much embodies my aims as Access Officer. While continuing the administrative work required for existing outreach schemes and broadening the reach of our Student Ambassadors through increased engagement with schools, I want to improve the wellbeing of current and future students from lower socio-economic backgrounds by making hardship bursaries more visible, and increasing information for offer-holders before they become Freshers.
Puria Radmard, Environmental & Domestic Officer
I want to work on College campaigns to bring students together on important environmental issues involving our internal energy usage and our wider environmental impact. This can mean looking at student habits in College, through to bigger problems with the University’s stance on sustainable practices. For the latter, this means proposing new ideas that require long-term commitment by future TCSU Committees. I also want to work on previous TCSU issues to make sure they are carried out as environmentally as possible.
Ben Clark, Male Welfare Officer
My main goal as welfare officer this year is to improve access to welfare at Trinity by making existing systems more efficient and easier to access. This includes increasing awareness of the College mental health resources, re-strategising the delivery of sanitary and contraceptive products and increasing opportunities for meetings with TCSU welfare officers to discuss problems and concerns outside of welfare tea. On a more fun note, I’m planning to hold lots of welfare-themed events as well as the weekly ‘welfare teas’ in order to make life in College more enjoyable!
Jenny Ocran, Female Welfare Officer
It is so important to me that everyone feels at home at Trinity and is consistently supported throughout their time here. Along with the Male Welfare Officer, I’ll be hosting welfare events such as formals and bops as well as our weekly ‘welfare tea’ in the Welfare Room (Angel Court D5). We also provide free sanitary and contraceptive products on request. I am very happy to listen to any issues (however serious) you may be having.
Wanipa Ndhlovu, BME Officer
This College has a beautiful mix of cultures and backgrounds within its diverse student population and I believe that this should be acknowledged and celebrated. I want to ensure that Trinity is a place where minorities can feel safe, equal and appreciated, and somewhere that other BME students who are thinking of applying know that they will belong.
Alex Atkin, LGBT Officer
I want to be a vocal source of support for the College LGBT+ community, make constructive change in College and ensure a zero-tolerance policy for discrimination. I also want to re-energise the college LGBT+ society, 1TQ, to run a wide range of regular events in College for all Trinity students, to acknowledge and celebrate the LGBT+ community here
Maddy Southey, Mental Health and Disabled Students’ Welfare Officer
My biggest focus this year is on encouraging everyone to make use of the mental health and welfare services and accessible facilities in College, and to get feedback on how these services are operating and whether students’ needs are being met. In addition I’ll be working with the rest of the welfare team to put on some great events, and I’ll be looking into how we can provide advice and support for those helping friends through tough periods.
Ludvig Brekke, Overseas Welfare Officer
Overseas students make up 40% of the population in College, but in many ways being an international here is more challenging than being a home student. By working to lower the living costs for overseas students who wish to stay here during the holidays, encouraging social contact across cultures, ensuring the international student body remains informed of changes post-Brexit, and arranging a fun international Freshers week, I will work towards my aim of bringing the population at Trinity together, irrespective of nationality or background.
Eliza Harry, Women’s Officer
I plan to work with Trinity to produce a clear set of guidelines on how the College deals with gender-based discrimination, harassment and assault. This way, students and the welfare team supporting them will be able to make informed choices about how best to pursue a claim. In addition, I want to work on building a friendly, respectful and supportive environment in College by organising self-identifying women and non-binary students’ formals and a Good Lad-style workshop in Freshers’ Week.