An interview with the Hull University Union Activities Officer

Published: Tuesday 5th September 2017 by Rich Sutherland

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On Saturday 16 September, thousands of students of the University of Hull arrive in the city.

Whether they already know the campus or are completely new to Hull, a team is in place to help them make the most of what’s on offer.

Hull University Union is based on the Cottingham Road campus and is the HQ for five Student Officers that are elected annually. Their roles cover different areas, namely Education, Activities, Welfare and Community, and Sports. There is also a President, who oversees the Union’s activity for that academic year.

We spoke to the new Activities Officer, Jack Craig, to find out more about his role.

Hi Jack. First of all, can you tell us what HUU does?

Hull University Union is all about giving students choice and opportunities. Our goal is to provide them the agency and facilities needed to maximise their time at the University of Hull, and our range of over 90 societies is one way in which we offer our members this platform.

What are some focus areas of the Activities Zone?

Our volunteers host a wealth of activities, from sports, to card games, to academic debate – even opening many events to public participation for charity fundraising.

Raising and Giving (RAG) is the Activities Zone’s charitable arm, through which we hold RAG Week, a special seasonal event in which societies and other student-led groups hold large-scale fundraising activity. This includes public movie screenings, 24-hour gaming marathons, food sales and more!

How can getting involved help to enhance skills?

Activities encompasses Hull Student Media, a three-part organisation comprised of HullFire, Jam Radio and TorchTV, which take care of print and written media, the Union’s radio station, and our student-led video production, respectively. Members of the Student Media often continue to pursue professional careers in the field in which they specialise.

Many of our graduates have gone on to become industry professionals because of what they’ve learned from Hull Student Media, and through events such as the Media Alumni days and specialised training sessions. This knowledge is passed down to the next generation of writers, radio hosts and filmmakers looking to use our facilities to launch themselves into their dream media jobs.

Can you tell us a bit more about Hull RAG?

RAG is responsible for many incredibly valuable events throughout each year. The aforementioned RAG Week and a regular presence at charitable socials are examples, but RAG also runs its own large-scale annual excursions.

Jailbreak is a student-led challenge in which teams of volunteers must find a way of getting as far away from Hull as possible without spending a penny, and some teams have even made it as far as Dubai.

The Kilimanjaro climb is also a RAG tradition, with students running fundraising campaigns throughout the year and climbing the mountain in August. This is an amazing opportunity for students to take part in an unforgettable experience whilst raising money for worthy causes.

And we take it you’ve been an active participant in the Activities Zone for a while?

Absolutely. Being involved with HUU’s Activities Zone – societies in particular – completely transformed my time at university. It gave me not only the job I have right now, but a set of friends and interests that I’ll keep for the rest of my life.

I’m proud to be a part of providing that experience to new students. So make the most of it; come and find us at WelcomeFest this month!

Speaking of which, what format does WelcomeFest take?

It’s a fortnight of welcome events of all shapes and sizes, from Scouting for Girls performing live in Asylum, to City of Culture tours and seeing Jane Eyre at Hull New Theatre.

Students can find out more by visiting welcomefest.co.uk. Meanwhile, they can save money through our WelcomeFest wristband, which gets them into events at Welly Club and The Piper as well as on campus.

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Published: Tuesday 5th September 2017 by Rich Sutherland

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