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Meet the new TCSU Committee

Incoming officers of Trinity College Students’ Union outline their key aims for the year ahead. Every undergraduate at Trinity is automatically a member of TCSU, a group of vibrant and dedicated students committed to welcoming Freshers and improving the student experience at the College.

Tayla Hardy, President

Second year, Psychological and Behavioural Sciences student

My role is to represent all the undergraduate community at the university level, with CUSU and within College. I will work with College and the rest of the committee in order to achieve this. As you can see, we have a significant team of people who care strongly about improving the student experience across multiple domains.

I want to look out for all students and ensure that their College experience is the best that it can be. I hope to continue and complete TCSU projects that aim to improve facilities and welfare as well as help establish a more open atmosphere between College staff and student as we come out of the pandemic.

Callum Westwood, Vice President

Second year, History and Politics student

My role is to support Tayla and help everyone on the committee do their job and fulfil their ambitions whilst in office. We’ve got a great committee who I’m sure will work their hardest representing and working for Trinity’s students.

My responsibilities also include liaison meetings with the College leadership, and open meetings with students. These are the primary forums for giving the committee, and College, feedback, but we’ll also be running more informal sessions where any student can bring their concerns or queries to various committee members.

Top (left to right): Kassandra Caldicott, Aprajit Mahajan, Jakob Alwall, Henry Wayt; Middle: Saksham Kapoor, Tayla Hardy, Callum Westwood, William Deacon; Bottom: Hatty Innes, Gia Bao Tao, Naomi Vince, Phoebe Hall. For other Officers see photos at the end of the feature.

Henry Wayt, Treasurer

First Year, Economics student

I’m here to ensure the TCSU budget is spent effectively, benefiting everyone at Trinity. In addition, I’ll be maintaining and negotiating discounts for Trinitarians at businesses around Cambridge. I’m looking forward to working with the team to organise events and enhance student life at Trinity!

Hatty Innes, Entertainment Officer

Second year, Linguistics student

My focus this year is reviving Trinity’s Ents in a post-pandemic world. More events in the College Bar, more inter-college events and an active Ents instagram page are all things I’m keen on implementing and maintaining. As well as this, I plan on forming an ‘Ents Committee’ to ensure I have the support of the student body in all of my choices. Let’s get things done!

Jakob Alwall, Computing and Publicity Officer

First Year, Computer Scientist student

My job is to make sure that all the TCSU’s technology runs smoothly, and that any relevant information from both inside and outside the College reaches all students. To help with this, I’ll be reviving the old weekly bulletin (which should also help solve the common complaint about too many emails from the mailing list!), and work to make the website more useful and informative.

If there is any information you would like advertised to the College’s student body, please let me know, and I’ll make sure that it is included in the next weekly bulletin.

Callum Westwood, Vice President and Tayla Hardy, President

George Hargreaves, Male Welfare Officer

First Year, Law student

If not playing some sport (very poorly), you’ll find me in the Bar hardly working! I am always happy for a chat regardless of the subject and am really looking forward to implementing the promises made in my manifesto such as more College family and intercollegiate events to emphasise the student community both within College and across Cambridge as a whole.

Naomi Vince, Female Welfare Officer

First Year, Law student

I will be working with George to ensure that everyone at Trinity is feeling happy, comfortable and supported. The welfare roles are not gender specific, so feel free to email or contact either of us (or both) if you have any issues. Any concerns you have, no matter how small you think they are, deserve to be heard and we are both always up for a friendly chat, to talk things through or simply listen.

We will be continuing the welfare teas and week five chocolates tradition as a foundation of welfare for all students in College. We also distribution free sanitary and contraceptive products through an anonymous form to ensure everyone can have confidential access to these.

Aprajit Mahajan, BME Officer

First Year, Natural Sciences student

I’m in charge of the welfare of BME students in the College and to ensure that the College fosters a safe environment for all students. In the coming year, I hope to host events to celebrate different cultures within the College, open to all! With celebrations for Diwali, Eid, Black History Month, we have a lot to look forward to.

It is also my goal to have a continuous dialogue between the College and students to address any problems that may come up so I hope that anyone with concerns feels comfortable to bring them to me – rest assured I will deal with them the best I can.

Kassandra Caldicott, LGBT+ Officer

First Year, Law student

I am here for all self-identifying LGBT+ students in need of support and am working hard to make Trinity the safe, welcoming, and proud environment that all queer students deserve to be able to live within. Over the next year, in conjunction with 1TQ (our LGBT+ society), I aim to host a variety of events for all students to partake in. These events will consist of both typical fun social events and educational talks on LGBT+ history. With all my efforts combined I hope that I and the TCSU at large can create a College that is supportive and proud of its LGBT+ students.

Trinity's LGBT+ Flowerbed

Phoebe Hall, Women and Nonbinary Officer

First Year, History student

My role is closely linked to that of welfare, but specifically focused on improving the lives of the W&NB members of College. The means of doing this range from small things, like keeping the bathrooms stocked with free sanitary products, to liaising with the women’s Fellow and organising clubbing safety and self-defence workshops. I have already done an initiative to provide free menstrual cups to students, and am keen to run events focused around exercise and its mental health benefits.

Harry Devlin, Access Officer

Second year, English student

My role is to ensure that we both ensure a wide-reaching, diverse array of prospective applicants are equipped to apply to Trinity and that current students feel supported with matters such as what bursaries are available. This also entails building a supportive, accessible environment so that fellow non-privileged students, such as myself, feel welcomed and able to thrive at our College. I intend to continue the work of my predecessors creating an informal prospectus as well as an informal financial information sheet for current students. With COVID restrictions lifting, it is my priority to work with Fellows, students and ambassadors to revitalise outreach to schools in order to tell prospective students what it’s like (as well as generally show a friendly face). I believe Trinity College should be open and caring to anyone, regardless of background, who wishes to study here.

Bao Tao, Overseas Welfare Officer

First Year, Human Social and Political Sciences student

My main goal is to organise as many events as possible to make international students feel at home, all while introducing home students to the vivid and cosmopolitan side of Trinity. During the terms, I hope to organise bar socials, College swaps, and international themed formals. I am also available to students should they feel homesick or have any concern, both from being an international student (such as visa applications and travel restrictions) or just anything in general. I’m really excited to make a positive impact on the Cambridge experience

Molly Papps, Mental Health and Disability Officer

First Year, Medieval and Modern Languages student

I am here to support all students with disabilities and mental health conditions in accessing everything the College has to offer, both educational and fun. I’ll be working with the other TCSU officers to make sure events are as accessible as possible, and with the College to improve, among other things, counselling services, access guides and awareness of disabilities.

William Deacon, Environmental and Domestic Officer

First Year, History and Politics student

I am extremely excited to be Environmental and Domestic Officer. Trinity does a lot environmentally and I want to make sure we continue good practices and improve upon. I plan on increasing awareness about sustainable living through a Michaelmas term green week, and I want to make sure we broadcast what the College’s Climate Change Working Group is achieving. Passion for environmentalism and our planet is at an all-time high right now, and I’m looking forward to tapping into that and working with you all to make Trinity greener.

Saksham Kapoor, Junior Steward

Second year, Natural Sciences student

The Cambridge workload is hard enough as it is; I’ll be aiming to make sure it’s not done on an empty stomach! I’ll be improving existing choices and introducing new dishes to hall, with an emphasis on broadening the range of cultures represented. As well as this, I hope to make Hall as eco-friendly as it can be without compromising on quality or taste. Lastly, I’ll be coordinating the wide range of Trinity societies on offer, helping them to apply for funding and helping new ones through the process of setting up.

Pictured above: Molly Papps, Mental Health and Disability Officer; Harry Devlin, Access Officer and George Hargreaves, Male Welfare Officer

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