The WIT Students’ Union team for 2018/2019 have taken up office and are preparing for what will be an exciting and diverse year ahead. The team have just returned from USI Students’ Union training and are currently drafting the policies, events and campaigns that they intend to work on for the year. Student Accommodation is currently a serious concern of both WITSU and USI as a whole, whilst mental health issues and suicide amongst students and the wider community is also a focus of all students’ unions. The funding of third level education remains a main priority, as the call for publicly funded third level education continues.
WITSU have recently relocated to new fit for purpose offices with a sixty seater social space called the ‘WITSU Social’ in which the new team are making their home as it is also the location of the Union offices. It is a focus of the Union’s to embed the WITSU Social into the WIT community this year, ensuring that all students feel at home in this new space. WIT students finally have a student centre, the space was built by students for students and has incredible potential going forward.
Marie Sheedy is a 24 year old Visual Communications graduate from Tipperary. Marie has been the Education Officer in WITSU for the last two years and is now dedicating a third year to WITSU as President. Marie said, “I’m excited to see how this team can achieve their goals and reach their potential. We have some great new ideas through campaigns and events on how to engage students. We’re going to ensure that students in WIT feel supported, have fun and always develop as individuals, whatever path they choose to take. WITSU is for the collective community of WIT and always strives to protect the rights of it’s students”
From Ferns in County Wexford, John Fortune is a 19 year old Business student and former part time School of Business Convenor who has taken a Sabbatical position in the middle of his studies to work as WITSU Education Officer for the coming year. John said; “I am so excited for the year ahead and cannot wait to welcome the students back to WIT. It’s going to be a very fun filled year, and hopefully a very productive year for all students. I am your go-to person for all academic related queries, feel free to contact me whenever you need to.“
Darren Malone, a 22 year old Social Care Practice graduate and former part time Communications Officer and School of Humanities Convenor from Carlow has now taken office as the Welfare Officer. Darren advises students to immerse themselves into student life and to “get involved from the beginning, whether it’s to put yourself forward as a Class Rep, join a club or society or join the Welfare or Ents + Media Crew. There is something there for everyone, just make sure to have fun and to look after yourself.”
The Students’ Union has recently introduced several new part time positions in order to better represent the students of WIT as well as the traditional part time positions being utilised to enhance the student experience. The part time positions are Entertainment Officer – Aidan Tattan, Communications Officer – Laura Norbury, Mature Student Officer – Steve Daly, International Officer – Michael Murphy and the Post Grad Officer position will be up for election early in first semester.
There are five School Convenors who are the main representatives for their School. The School of Business Convenor is Georgina Conroy, School of Engineering Convenor is Alex Murphy, School of Health Science Convenor is Hannah Nash, School of Humanities Convenor is Celine Casey, and the School of Science and Computing Convenor is George Burdess.
The entire WITSU Executive are ready for the year ahead, with new positions held by passionate individuals and a team full of experience and drive, the students of WIT are in safe hands.
WITSU President Marie Sheedy gave the following advice to returning and incoming students “College can be difficult at times, and sometimes full of struggles, but it is by far the best time of your life for personal growth and development. Use this opportunity to learn more about yourselves through engaging with us on events, campaigns, protests or just call in for a chat. Try out new things while you’re in WIT and make yourself leap from your own comfort zone. Be kind to everyone you meet, as you do not know the different battles people are fighting in their lives everyday.”