Joel Kirk

Activities Officer

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Activities Officer role

Oversees the provision of student activities and the Students' Union's societies.

Works to increase the number of students engaged in societies, activities and volunteering projects.

Works with the University to ensure recognition of the contribution students make through activities and the importance of societies and volunteering as part of the student experience at Sheffield.

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  1. Activities Officer role
  2. Find out more about Joel

Find out more about Joel

Why did you want to become an SU officer?

My entire uni experience has revolved around societies and as I’ve progressed I’ve taken up more representative positions. Through Societies Committee I gained understanding of the struggles that are faced by societies and I believe that the Activities Officer has the resources to go abouts solving them which is ultimately what I want to do. I felt more so that it was a duty for me to run for the position and is a way for me to give back to the people that have made my time here so amazing.

What are some of your priority areas for your year in office?

Society storage and room bookings feature heavily on my manifesto and hence are where I want to focus my attention this year. That being said though, given the current circumstances I also aim on equipping societies with the skills and resources to run events and produce member bases digitally.

What do you love about Sheffield Students’ Union?

I love that our amazing students’ union is not only just a building but it's also the community of people that help improve the student experience. Whether that’s by volunteering in the local area, allowing students to discover new hobbies or just being a hub where friends can meet outside of their educational life.

What is your favourite thing about Sheffield?

Sheffield has become a home away from home for me. I love how everything in the city is so nearby (coming from a big city myself). I’ve made friends for life here through my societies which I don’t think I would have made in any other city. I also just think the city is beautiful and being a short walk from the peaks is truly a privilege.

What’s your message to students as you begin your year in office?

I know things are somewhat uncertain at the moment but myself and my amazing new officer team will ensure that you are receiving the very best that the students’ union can provide as we transition through this challenging period.