Welfare Officer



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Welfare Officer role

Provides support, representation and raises awareness of student health, finance, housing & safety issues.

Works closely with the Student Advice Centre to ensure relevant and effective advice is available to students.

Works with the University to ensure adequate welfare provision and support for students.

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I was inspired to become an SU Officer because...

Being involved in two committees last year really helped me build my confidence to run, and gave me an insight into the range of welfare issues that students face at Sheffield - it really motivated me to try and reach a platform where I could change them. But honestly, the real final push was from my friends! They were all so supportive both during the election and after the results came out and I couldn't have done it without them.

What I’m looking forward to most during my year as an SU officer:

Working with student leaders, and my amazing team, to build some really amazing Welfare campaigns on issues that they really care about - I’m sure it’s going to be a massive year for our SU!

What I’m hoping to achieve this year:

I have loads of plans for this year, and it’s hard to narrow it down to a few! But I’d say my main priorities are to make sure that the support services are developing so that students are happy with them, and to run a brilliant Our Mental Health Week in October.

What I love about Sheffield Students’ Union is…

The people! As a student the staff always supported me with my work and are just genuinely really lovely, so now I’m excited to work with them full time!

The best thing about Sheffield is…

All the beautiful parks - they’re perfect for picnics and one of my favourite places to go and relax!

If you could give one piece of advice to yourself as 1st year what would it be?

It’s cliche but probably to stop going out as much - I think I went out nearly every night in my first couple of months at uni. I had fun but looking back it would have been better to spend my money on more varied activities so that I could really get to know Sheffield.

You should get involved with welfare at Sheffield Students’ Union because…

Welfare is something that affects everyone, and you can make a real difference for both yourself and your friends if you know what welfare services are available in the SU, Uni, and wider community! Campaigning to positively impact student welfare is so rewarding and can genuinely make real change, so definitely get involved with the Welfare Committee or other local projects!