Marie Sheedy

Hi everyone
It’s lovely to say hello to you all as WITSU President. Welcome back to all students. WIT is a lovely
college with a fantastic sense of community. I really hope that you enjoy your time here and come
out of it as a positively changed and developed person. College can be demanding and challenging
but it also has the potential to change your life for the better.
WIT Students’ Union is democratically elected by students, who work for the students. Our mission
is to represent our members, promote, defend and vindicate the rights of our members at all levels
of society.


My role as President is like the team leader of an organisation or chief executive officer. I am the
primary spokesperson for WITSU. Some of my responsibilities include: Representation, finance,
organisation of the full team and executive, supervision and guidance of policy, chief interpreter of
the WITSU constitution, and chairperson on a number of WITSU bodies.
The other full time sabbatical officers are Education (John Fortune) and Welfare (Darren Malone).
Part time officers include Entertainment (Aidan Tattan), Communication (Laura Norbury), Mature
Student (Steve Daly), International Student (Michael Murphy), Postgraduate and we also have five
part time school convenor roles. Please reach out to someone if you need to talk, need advice or
want some guidance regarding any aspect of college life. Part time officers are still full time students
whereas sabbatical officers are full time paid officers of WITSU who receive extensive training in
comparison to the part time roles.
WITSU is your Union. It is a democratic organisation whereby we run by the will of the students.
Every motion, every policy that we develop and engage with, pass through our Class Rep Council for
discussion, debate and development. Any student can run for Class Rep so if you are interested in
engaging with WITSU I would really recommend becoming one, or by joining the many crews of
WITSU this year also. Your Union is vital for the protection of student rights and interests. It exists to
represent you on all student related issues, both academic and non-academic. As officers, we are
never more than an email, text or call away. We will always do our best to resolve any issue for you
or refer you to the correct people who can support you. The WITSU Social is the home of WITSU. We
have play stations and a general chill out area for upwards of 50 people if you want to come and
relax. This year we will use the WITSU Social to run many events, campaigns, promote wellness and
much more. This was built during last year using student money which had been saved over 10 years
to deliver a student social space. It is a space for every single student to feel comfortable in.
WITSU includes all students in WIT. As a team of 13 we are very effective, however, as a team of
10,000 we are completely powerful and by far the strongest stakeholder in the Institute. The Union
will always do its best to act in your best interests and to ensure you are not being disadvantaged at
any point during your time here.
I look forward to the year ahead and meeting with as many of you as possible. Don’t be afraid to get
in touch. See you soon.

Marie Sheedy