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Graduate Officer - End of Year Report


It has been a rewarding year. I have loved every minute of being the Graduate Officer. Having come in through a by election, I was on the go from the minute I started, so much so, I had my first Governing Authority in my 2nd week on the job. That was nerve wrecking, but we all came through it somewhat unscathed. My whole job is about students, it is the beginning, middle and end of what I do, case work is about 70 percent of the job. Case work is not the only way students are at the heart of the role but at every board, committee, or meeting we have tried to ensure that the student voice is heard at them, I hope I did that some justice.


I am in a particularly good position this year because I do not have to say goodbye to a great team, I have been so lucky to work with such great people. I will have to give a shout out to Leighton and Conor though, although you will not be far and always a part of the Union, you both will be sorely missed.


To Keleigh, thank you so much, you have helped me put on every event, every zoom and Eventbrite, you are embarking on a new adventure and I do not know what we will do without you and your excel sheets on a weekly basis, you will be missed but we wish you the very best of luck in the future.


The Council, consisting of College Officers, Ents and Campaign Officers and Class reps, are the backbone of the Union and without the help, support, advice from all of you, we would not be able to do our jobs. Thank you for all the work you do and being willing to stand up and represent, it is not an easy thing to do, and you all did it so well.


A quick year in review!!!!!


Office Hours


One key element to how I worked this year is having set times and days for student office hours, they were able to book time slots with me to have one on one sessions, this enabled the student to easily access their Graduate Officer on a regular basis. I was also key to the new instant messaging service we have operating, this again helped with accessibility to the sabbatical officers.


Boards/ Committees


One part of my role is being a student representative on committees and boards bringing the student perspective and voice to them. Below is a list of all of them that I attend. All boards have at least two meetings a year with some having at least once a month like ACCE and GRB. I only missed 3 boards over the year (I kind of think that is an achievement in itself).


UMTSEG – Student Experience Group


UMTEG- Education Group


ACCE – Academic Council Committee for Exams


AC- Academic Council


REC – Research Ethics Committee


RCRC – Responsible Conduct Research Committee


ACCASP – Academic Council for Awards and Scholarships


UPB – University Programme Board


GRB – Graduate Research Board


GA- Governing Authority


ACQEC – AND SUB COMMITTEE - Academic Council Quality Enhancement Committee


Social Sciences Graduate Forum


Smurfit Business School Graduate Forum


Science Graduate Forum