Hi! I’m Joshua, and I am running for HWUMSA vice president of community.
Why me? I have experience in leadership, developing good communication and interpersonal skills. I am also good at time-management and multitasking, being able to organise, prioritise and work efficiently. I believe that these traits make me an ideal candidate.
My Tenure Priorities:
• Make community feedback easier and more convenient.
I plan to create a feedback form and put the link on HWUMSA social media websites for easier and more convenient communication between HWUMSA and students.
• Elect an International Student Officer.
The officer will be in charge of welcoming international students to help them settle into university life and will be a first point contact regarding any inquiries, guidance and support.
• Revamp the orientation programme.
A new orientation programme that allows more interaction between students by assigning current students in groups with new students, which would allow new students to better find a community for themselves.
• Increase inter-university engagements.
A budget to encourage more collaborations (i.e., competitions, games etc) between Heriot-Watt Universities and other universities.
• Improve sustainability on campus.
Better sustainability practices embedded within the University that will create a culture of sustainability while developing student knowledge and awareness of sustainable practices, skills and attitudes (i.e., Eco-Week).
My vision is that the Tenure Prioritises will steer Heriot-Watt’s community to be one of warmth and comradeship. And with everyone’s support, I am confident that we will make Heriot-Watt known for the vibrancy of our community.
What motivated me to nominate myself?
I believe that this is an opportunity for me to actively participate and contribute to the university community as I have not been very active during my part two years in Heriot-Watt.
My top three priorities
Improve intra and inter university community engagement, to make students feel that they are part of a community and that they are welcomed and included.
Implement sustainability policies/organise more “green-events”.
Improve transparency and ease of feedback between students and HWUMSA.
What would I bring to the role?
With my experience in leadership, I can bring a new ideas and approach to how HWUMSA Community Team runs. I have always adapted a democratic leadership style as I believe everyone’s opinions should be heard and respected. I believe that communication and transparency between committees is crucial for the success of HWUMSA and I would strive to see them implemented throughout my tenure.