As Senior Woman (JCR President), my role is to represent and further the interests of undergraduates at Chad's, to make sure that life at this college is as good as it can possibly be. Within college, I oversee all JCR events and activities, and meet with college management and the JCR Exec to ensure that everything runs smoothly. I also represent college interests at a wider University level, where I meet with other JCR Presidents and University executives to discuss University developments. As Chad's is an independent college, meaning we're not owned or managed by the university, student voice really does matter. No issue is too great or too small, so if you ever have a suggestion on how to improve college life, feel strongly about an issue, or just want to have a chat about anything at all, get in touch!
As VP, my role is pretty varied around college. I deputise to Hilaire, our Senior Woman, representing the JCR at any meetings or events she cannot attend. As well as this, I organise our college Open Days and oversee Freshers' Week as Head Freshers' Rep, so will be an immediate friendly face for any new-coming students! I'm also in charge of discipline, which thankfully is a small role in such a wonderful community as ours, but you'll still get an unwelcome e-mail from me if you're too out of line. Not all emails from me are bad though; I organise all college merchandise, from sports and graduations photos to our wide range of personalised college clothing (or "stash"). I'm always looking for an excuse for a chat, so if you have any questions at all, feel free to send me a message or chat to me in the JCR or the bar!
As Welfare Officer, it is my role to be a first port of call when supporting all members of the J.C.R with all welfare related issues. Along with the rest of the Welfare Committee, this support will be non-judgmental, non-advisory and confidential where possible. I will also be able to signpost relevant services and organisations for specific issues. In addition, the job of providing free and inclusive sexual health supplies is also mine. If there is anything you want to come and see me about, or if you just want to come and say hi, have a chat and get to know me, you are always welcome. Iâ€™m often in college and may even be able to provide tea and biscuits!
My job is to minute weekly JCR Executive Committee meetings as well as the termly JCR meetings. I aim to provide clarity and transparency of the decisions made and points discussed for the whole of the JCR. I also compile the Fresher's Handbook, the Livers Out Guide and the Yearbook. In addition to the secretarial role I am the Liver's Out Representative, which will involve maintaining communication between college and Livers Out through events and special formals.
I look after all things money related; not only does this involve the two JCR bank accounts but also supervising the various subcommittees. Every quarter I update cashbooks and make VAT payments to the HMRC. I also budget for various aspects of college life such as the gym, vending machine and sports. Reimbursing students for purchasing things for the college is another important part of my job and if anyone has any ideas on what to spend on for the JCR, I am keen to listen! Spreadsheets are effectively my life.
As 'dom rep', I certainly hold one of the less glamorous positions on the JCR Executive Committee, but the unremarkable and occasionally revolting duties I carry out are nonetheless essential for the functioning of St Chad's and its undergraduates. If you need bog role, a sugar kick or help cleaning up last night's mess, I'm your man. Also, if you have any domestic issues or ideas, I can communicate these to the relevant members of staff and ensure that they are followed up on. Basically, my job is to help make college as comfortable and homely as possible, so you'll find me and my house elves quietly working behind the scenes to maintain the college environment that Chad's is renowned and envied for.
As Bar President I am in charge of the Bar Committee. 'BarCom' is made up of five undergraduates who manage various aspects of the day-to-day running of one of the most popular college bars in Durham. My job is to ensure that everyone else on the committee is doing their job as well as liaising with the Exec, Senior Management and helping with Social Events and College Balls. We've a great range of World Beers and Premium Spirits that regularly bring in visitors from all across Durham. With a great cosy atmosphere, Chad's Bar is the perfect place for a night out, as well as a casual drink after a long day of studying (and procrastination). In addition, anyone from Chad's (with a little training of course) can work the bar. All of the money we make each year is invested into various committees, and sports with some money set aside to improve the bar. If it's not already evident, I love talking about the bar, so feel free to ask if you have any questions!
Head of fun in college? That's me. Social Sec is responsible for running all the social events in college, whether it be themed/mega-formals, bops or the legendary CHAD'S DAY. Working with my sub-committee, we ensure from Fresher's week onwards social life is college is second-to-none.
Senior D.S.U. Representative
As the Senior Students' Union Representative, I'm in charge of all things to do with the Students' Union within Chads. This means that I represent the views and interests of both the JCR and MCR in assembly meetings, discussions and votes on policy within the Students Union. In Chad's I work with the LGBT+, Disabilities and International Students' Representatives to help coordinate any relevant campaigns and initiatives run by the SU within Chads. I also have a team of junior Students Union representatives, who help to engage as many Chadsians with the Students' Union as possible and manage the colleges University Challenge team.
Sports Officer, or more commonly known as Sports Monkey, is exactly what it says on the tin. At Chad's, we have the highest participation rate in sport in the University, with each and every one of us holding dear the mantra of 'small but mighty'. I look after all the sports teams in the college to make sure captains are doing their jobs and that everyone who wants to be involved can do so to whatever level of commitment and skill they desire. With the Junior Sports Monkey and Keeper of the College Punishment Chamber (aka the gym), we look to provide the best possible facilities, equipment and experience so that anyone and everyone feels comfortable and grows to love their university sporting career.
As JCR Chair I am responsible for a number of jobs in college life. I chair the four JCR meetings that we have throughout the year, acting as an impartial go between for members of college and the Exec. I also make sure that the constitution is up held and kept up to date with and changes. In Epiphany term I run the election season and also produce the weekly college newsletter The Bogsheet.
Governing Body Representative
As the Governing Body Representative I attend the meetings of the Governing Body which are usually once a term. I'm the JCR representative on the board along with the Senior Woman and I act as an impartial spokesperson for all members of the JCR in decision making of the college. I also keep on top of the governance of the university and inform the Senior Woman of any relevant developments. Overall I'm the person who informs the Governing Body about the views of the JCR so please feel free to talk to me about any concerns you might have!
Alumni and Careers Officer
As Alumni and Careers Officer, I represent life after Chad's. This includes improving communication between alumni and the JCR, whilst ensuring that alumni are engaged with college. For current students, my job includes advertising available opportunities and providing resources for career advice.
My main responsibilities as the Sponsorship Officer are to work closely with the JCR Treasurer to seek sponsorship for the Freshers' Handbook, and to work with the Alumni Officer to seek sponsorship from Alumni or their contacts. Overall, my role is to explore all sponsorship opportunities for the JCR.
As environmental rep, I am the link between the University Environment Group, Green Space, and the JCR. My roles entails attending several meetings throughout the year, raising awareness about the importance of looking after our planet and keeping Chad's social events and general running of the college increasingly ethical.
The LGBT+ Representative is there to be a point of contact within the college for anyone who feels they need advice. They represent St. Chad's to the university wide LGBT+ association and in turn, help publicise the society's plans within the college. They work with the college welfare committee and campaigns officer to promote information and help to organise socials within the college LGBT+ society and provide a safe space for anyone wishing to discuss any related issues. The LGBT+ Rep. sits on a committee of college reps who work together on campaigns to raise LGBT+ awareness within the university.