Kelsey certainly has a lot of experience working with societies and this is apparent in her manifesto as she seems to recognise what societies need. She has been charities convener for the past year, acting as head of the charities campaign during a very successful year. Kelsey is running uncontested for the position of DoDSA
The first, communication, is mainly about improving the website. The union website is very outdated and complicated to work and as the contract with the current website provider, BAM, comes to an end this summer, she realises the potential to make the website a really useful tool for students and societies.
She wants to introduce a calendar for events to let students know exactly what is going on in their Union and to ensure that contact information becomes a lot clearer to improve communication between students and their representatives. She also wants to continue the use of social media websites such as twitter and Facebook to communicate with students and to make the Sabbs more accessible.
Her second aim involves improving activities. Her ideas for student affiliated projects for things such as the class gift or On The Rocks that do not fit into the category of society or subcommittee are interesting. Although there is a need to recognise these projects, she also wants to simplify the affiliation process but by introducing a third type of activity, she may complicate it further.
She argues that the new website will be a major part of changing the affiliation process. There is a lot of bureaucracy behind the affiliation process but in some ways, this is important as it ensures that funding is allocated correctly. She also wants to ensure that societies and sub committees receive a lot more training as at the minute subcommittees receive no training. This is something that Meg is already working on and it is important that Kelsey carries on the work that has already been done.
Redevelopment is going to be a major issue next year and space for societies is going to be reduced. She has said that she will work with the University to find more space for societies but Meg Platt told The Saint that the space that the university can provide is very limited and needs to be used carefully. She said: “If there is one hiccup, then we lose the space and that is why I’m being really careful with how I go about giving it to societies.” With this in mind, it is difficult to understand how Kelsey will find more space for societies. With regards to storage, she admits that there is no real solution and that is something that she needs to investigate further. Kelsey has declared that one of the most important aspects of her policy on redevelopment is keeping societies up to date about what is happening.
Finally, Kelsey wants to provide more of a focus on the employability aspects of her role. She wants to take the workshops that the cares centre and CAPOD already provide
However, as this is something that the careers service and CAPOD already do and as Kelsey says in her interview with The Saint, is very over-subscribed.
Kelsey has spoken to them and she says they are very interested in her ideas but if they cannot cope with the current system, will they really have the staff or the resources to cope with workshops on a bigger scale. She also wants to remove employability week, something that Meg Platt has been working to achieve later this year. By spreading the focus on employability throughout the year, it may not been as well publicised and students may not be as aware of the events as they would be with a dedicated week of activities.
Finally, she wants to look at the possibility of introducing a dedicated SRC member for employability but with 15 candidates running uncontested this year for student association positions, is there really enough engagement with the SRC and the SSC to introduce another new position?
Kelsey has a lot of experience of working with societies and she seems to understand what they need. A few of her ideas may take time and more thought, however, especially as redevelopment gets under way and there is a lot of uncertainty around how much space will actually be available for their use.