Vice President Activities & Services
Kai O'Doherty

 

 

As Vice President Activities & Services I am your lead representative in relation to the Students’ Association’s commercial services, space and facilities.  I also coordinate and lead campaigns on student development and opportunities, societies and volunteering and social enterprises.

Below is an overview of what I’ve been able to achieve and/or am still working on, and if you ever want to collaborate on any of these objectives, get in touch with me at vpactivities@eusa.ed.ac.uk or my Facebook account here!

This year, some of my key campaign areas have been to encourage inter-society collaboration, widening participation in activities, and to improve services.

 

More specifically, my objectives work has involved:

 

  • -    Expanding gender-neutral toilet provision across the campus through University Estates for current and future builds, which has been agreed to
  • -    Increasing the Activities & Sports Participation Grant successfully to £25k per year
  • -    Creating the first monthly LGBT+ Club Night, CRUSH, at Teviot
  • -    Launching a Skill Swap online platform for societies to share and request skills.
  • -    Investigating and reducing food waste in our commercial services, through hiring a food waste intern to pilot and evaluate a reduction strategy.
  • -    Reintroducing Meat Free Monday’s, with the help of VegSoc.
  • -    Transgender Awareness training for Students’ Association staff.
  • -    Supporting space and long-term strategizing for the International Students’ Centre.
  • -    Strategic planning at the Association for postgraduate engagement in Activities, with research planned this year.
  • -    Representing students on the Project Board for the upcoming Student Centre development.

 

For the rest of my term in office, I plan to continue working on the sustainability and fulfilment of the objectives above, as well as pursue the following goals:

  • -   Reusable cup: continue a campaign to reduce the use of disposable coffee cups through a potential ‘latte levy’ and other measures.
  • -    Creating How-To Guides for and by society members, on topics from event-planning to getting sponsorship.
  • -    Publishing a user-friendly flowchart to help people find which funds they can apply to for society help.
  • -    Continue to push for more postgraduate attention in the Students’ Association, and in upcoming University estates plans.
  • -    Push for an upgrade in our room booking system.
  • -    Advocate for a student-parents’ space in one of our buildings, which will be accessible to all and child-friendly.

You can find out more about what I’ve done by looking at past Student Council Accountability Reports, which can be found here.
 

Email me at VPactivities@eusa.ed.ac.uk