2018 student leaders

Presidents & Officers

2018 student leaders


Picture of president Giang Nguyen
Giang Nguyen
Picture of vice president of education Ayrden Pocock
Ayrden Pocock
VP Education
Picture of vice president of Societies and communication Freddie Gough
Freddie Gough
VP Societies & Communication
Jade Marsella
VP Sports & Health
Augusta Chidinma Nnajiofor
VP Community & Welfare
I am here to dedicate all my heart and capability to empower students, listen to your university problems and deliver valuable experiences to your academic lives.
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SU President's Blog

UK South West Business Competition 2018
UK South West Business Competition

Upon on the success of UWE BCC in November, the competition was upgraded into the regional scale with participation of 4 universities in the Southwest including: UWE Bristol, University of Bath, University of Bristol, and University of Plymouth.

UWE Business Case Competition 2018 Round Up
UWE Business Case Competition

The UWE Business Case Competition (UWE BCC) took place on 2 – 4 November 2018 and focused on the theme: “UWE’s Sustainability 2030” and was open to all students from all courses, faculties and departments.

Zain Choudhry reflects on past year as President

My time in office is coming to an end very soon, so I would like to first of all thank every student who has encouraged, supported and assisted in all the work I have personally been involved with during my Presidency.

Last 99 days: Maximising our efforts

With less than 99 days left in office, as Friday 29 June is officially our last day as the five full-time Presidents for 2017/18, it's time to start maximising our efforts...

#IAMBRISTOL Campaign launches across the City of Bristol
President, Zain Choudhry, launches IAMBRISTOL Campaign

Your President, Zain Choudhry, announces the launch of the #IAMBRISTOL: A City United Against Islamophobia Campaign.

Starting the Academic Year
Zain Choudhry, President

Your President, Zain Choudhry, talks about starting the new academic year at UWE Bristol and what positive change he hopes to see this year.

Eid Mubarak

On behalf of the Students' Union, I'd like to take this opportunity to wish you Eid Mubarak and a fantastic day spent with your loved ones.

Chinese New Year
Ahmd with UWE Hong Kong Society at their celebration

I was lucky enough to attend two New Year celebrations; one with UWE Malaysian Society and one with UWE Hong Kong Society. Here is what I got up to.

Vietnamese Society's Tet Show
Group photo at the Tet Show

Ahmd shares his experience at the amazing Tet show hosted by the Vietnamese Society.

Christmas With Ahmd

On 25 December (Christmas Day) we had a very warm gathering in The Students’ Union Bar at Frenchay where many students joined Christmas with Ahmd to spend some time together and have some food and drinks.


Giang's Progress Updates

  • Update to follow.
I'm here to campaign for and deliver on the educational issues that matter to you.
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VP Education's Blog

Auschwitz: A Lesson from History

Your VP Education, Ayrden, travelled to Auschwitz, along with VP Societies and Communication, VP Community and Welfare and other sabbatical Officers from across the country to hear first-hand from a Holocaust Survivor.

Council tax win for third year students

It was brought to the attention of our VP Education, Ayrden Pocock, that third year students were being made to pay council tax from the date of their last exam at UWE, which for some was as early as April. With many students still having to perform academic activities following their last exam, Ayrden took this issue to the University.

Jamie Jordon reflects on past year as your VP Education

My second year as Vice President Education has been just as fun and exciting as the first. We started the year bonding as a new team and panning out our ideas for the year.

VP Education successfully lobbies university to address course costs

This year, I have continued to raise awareness of the extra costs that students incur whilst studying at UWE Bristol. After undertaking a piece of research to identify various costs of concern to students, and compiling this into a report, I have lobbied the University to think about what they should do to ensure that they address this significant issue.

Student Experience Awards - 2018 Winners

The annual Student Experience Awards were held at M Shed on Thursday 19 April in celebration of all the hard work and dedication of student reps and staff across UWE Bristol. Here are the winners...

Reduce Utilities Year on Year

We all need to make a concerted effort to be less wasteful and more efficient if we are to reduce our carbon emissions in line with the targets that we have collectively set.

Bristol4Grenfell March - Wednesday 14 March

On Wednesday 14 March, Bristol4Grenfell have organised a march, supported by the Justice for Grenfell Campaign and Bristol People’s Assembly, in solidarity with the residents of London’s Grenfell Estate. The Students’ Union Executive have voted in favour to endorse and support this march.

Holocaust Memorial Day
Holocaust Memorial Day

To mark Holocaust Memorial Day, we will be giving a short talk at The Students’ Union at Frenchay Campus, Building 1, on Friday 26 January at 13:00 followed by a two minute silence and a vigil. Refreshments will be available.

Building on our commitment to sustainability at UWE
UWE Bristol commit to a sustainable future

The Students' Union and UWE Bristol pledge their responsibility and commitment towards sustainability in award-winning Sustainability Plan.

5 reasons why you should stand in The Leadership Race
Jamie Jordon, VP Education

We have a variety of roles to go for, from one of the five full-time Presidents, to one of the many part-time roles. Regardless of the role you choose to go for, holding such a position can bring about many positive changes, both at UWE and for yourself.


Ayrden's Progress Updates

  • Update to follow.
I'm here to ensure that students get the most out of the fantastic societies we have here at UWE.
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VP Societies & Communication's Blog

UWE Movember raises £3,800!
UWE Movember raises £3,800 for charity

Throughout the month of November, The Students' Union ran numerous events in support of The Movember Foundation. The campaign saw us raise an incredible £3,800 for The Movember Foundation.

VP Socs and Comms ensures a better future for UWE Societies with multi-year memberships
VP Societies and Communication, Freddie Gough

Your VP Societies and Communication, Freddie Gough, is pleased to announce that UWE societies are now able to offer 2 or 3 year memberships to allow them to plan ahead and ensure for a better future for their members.

Bahkai Wynter reflects on his year as VP Societies and Communication

My year as VP Societies and Communication has been extremely formative and has allowed me to develop in more ways than I can count. From the moment I was elected to my final few weeks in post, I feel every day has been an invaluable opportunity filled with new interactions, exciting challenges and learning.

Global Majority Campaign for Black History Month
Global Majority Campaign for Black History Month

Your VP Societies and Communication, Bahkai Wynter, reflects on October's Black History Month campaign.

VP Societies and Communications: End of Year

Eleven months later, I’m sat at my desk in The Students’ Union reflecting on what I have managed to achieve this year. The experience of the elections, individual projects, working alongside staff, the university directorate and the students has been an opportunity that I will never forget.

Jailbreak - Team Sabbulous
Team Sabbulous ready to set off.

Last weekend Sian, Jamie and I took part in Jailbreak as Team Sabbulous. The aim was to far away from Frenchay Campus as we could in 36 hours with no money, we had to report to HQ every two hours - here is how we got on.

UWE Conquers Kilimanjaro 2017

Mount Kilimanjaro. The tallest mountain in Africa. Considering I get out of breath climbing a flight of stairs… seems a bit ambitious for me.

Stand: The Leadership Race
Olivia Evans - VP Societies and Communication

Are you considering standing for a position at The Students’ Union at UWE? If yes, great! If no, why not? It is one of the most empowering things you will ever do.

SHAG Week - TIGER Training

As part of SHAG week, we are hosting some training sessions focussing on Teaching Individuals Gender Equality and Respect (TIGER).

Stop Start Keep - Second Round

At the first Societies Conference, I invited committee members from all societies to voice what they would like The Students’ Union to Stop/Start/Keep regarding communication.


Freddie's Progress Updates

  • Working with Opportunities and Finance, I have introduced multi-year memberships for societies to offer. The benefits of this mean that societies can plan better for their future and save students money on renewing their memberships each year. With this being one of my main manifestos points, I’m really pleased to have managed to get it put in place before the start of the 2018/19 academic year begins so that societies will be able to offer this to joining students.
I’m here to ensure sport is available for all students and to encourage a healthy lifestyle at UWE.
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VP Sports & Health's Blog

Sports Does Strictly raises over £700 for United through Sport
Sports Does Strictly

On Tuesday 20 November myself and UWE RAG clubbed together to host the first ever ‘Sports Does Strictly’ event within The Students' Union, all in aid of United through Sport.

Erin Mills looks back on her year as your VP Sports and Health

This last year as VP Sports & Health has absolutely flown by! It’s been an extremely busy, often challenging but brilliant year. I’ve experienced so much, learnt new skills and developed my confidence hugely...

Varsity Series continues with Friday Night Lights and Netball coming up
Varsity Series 2017-18

This year’s Varsity Series is set to look slightly different to last year. The series will be spread out across the year, beginning with the Colour Run in October and finishing with the 10K in April.

Reflection of My Year as VP Sport & Health

When we first started our officer roles last June, I had no idea what the year ahead had in store.

Varsity 2017

UWE Bristol are looking to bring the Varsity Trophy back after 2 years away, so pick up your spectator tee’s and foam fingers and get down and show your support for TeamUWE.

August Report

July and August has been an exciting time at The Students’ Union with lots of change and progress happening. As a sabbatical team, one of our first major tasks was to conduct a report on Graduation costs and we are now working towards lowering them by presenting our findings to the university.


Jade's Progress Updates

  • On Tuesday 20 November myself and UWE RAG clubbed together to host our first ever ‘Sports Does Strictly’ event within The Students' Union Bar at Frenchay, all in aid of United through Sport. United through Sport is a charity that works with disadvantaged communities across Africa, South America and Asia to help children reach their full potential in sport, education and health.
    We had 8 couples made up from members of our Dance Club and members from American Football, Volleyball, Lacrosse, Men’s Rugby, Snowsports, Cheerleading and our very own Sports Club Development Manager, Colin from The SU. The night was a huge success, with over 230 people in attendance and £727 raised for United through Sport. Following on from this, we are looking to do more charity events within the Team UWE Sports community, so watch this space!
  • On Tuesday 20 November myself and UWE RAG clubbed together to host our first ever ‘Sports Does Strictly’ event within The Students' Union Bar at Frenchay, all in aid of United through Sport. United through Sport is a charity that works with disadvantaged communities across Africa, South America and Asia to help children reach their full potential in sport, education and health.
    We had 8 couples made up from members of our Dance Club and members from American Football, Volleyball, Lacrosse, Men’s Rugby, Snowsports, Cheerleading and our very own Sports Club Development Manager, Colin from The SU. The night was a huge success, with over 230 people in attendance and £727 raised for United through Sport. Following on from this, we are looking to do more charity events within the Team UWE Sports community, so watch this space!


    One of my main manifesto points was to bring Varsity back to a week of competitive events, which I have achieved. I have attended many Varsity Board and Exec meetings and been heavily involved in the planning of events, from hosting presentations for clubs to pitch for their own standalone event, as well as choosing which ones were successful. The purpose of varsity this year is participation and integration, therefore we have planned mass participation events, such as the Big Bristol 10K collaboration in March. I have also been working on how the marketing of the main competitive events will look this year, working on a video with Bristol's VP Sports to do a big 7 day Varsity Countdown.

    Sports Freshers' Fair

    Another one of my manifesto points is to run a Sports Freshers' Fair in January, so that students have another chance to join Sports Clubs. This has now been arranged for 29 January in The Students' Union and W Block on Frenchay Campus.

    Team UWE Instagram

    I have created and been running the new Team UWE Instagram. It's main purpose is to celebrate the sporting achievements and events of our Sports Clubs and the Centre for Sport. It builds a community which the students are proud of, with content covering training, BUCS, fixtures, fundraising events and more. I have been going to many of the fixtures and training sessions myself to build rapport with students and get content. the page currently has over 500 followers, with this growing everyday.


    I have been working closely with the Community and Retail Teams to work towards having a zero waste shop on campus. We have now achieved a zero waste section in the shop, including shampoo, bamboo toothbrushes and washing up liquid. We are also working towards having zero waste dispensers where students can fill up their own containers with pasta, rice and porridge, encouraging them to minimise plastic use.
I will represent your voice on welfare and community related issues and work to ensure that our community is truly inclusive and engaging for all.
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VP Community & Welfare's Blog

World Mental Health Day Campaign
World Mental Health Day

This was a week-long campaign that began on 8 October with a range of activities across our campus sites. The main aim of this campaign was to continue to raise the awareness of Mental health on our campuses, inform both new and returning students about the importance of self-care, the support services available so they are able to effectively signpost others and share student views on both mental and physical health.

Black History Month Campaign
Black History Month

This October, we ran our Black History Month campaign with the theme 'Honouring our Roots and Creating our Futures'. The campaign was aimed at celebrating the culture, origins, histories and achievements of African and Caribbean communities.

HOT OFF THE PRESS: Black History Month Magazine
Black History Month Magazine

Our first ever Black History Month magazine has been released, curated by 2017/18 BME Officer, Caine Tayo Lewin-Turner and created by UWE students and alumni.

VP Community and Welfare, Augusta, tries out the benefits of sit stand desks!

Following on from recent research undertaken by the University of Leicester (see here) on the benefits of sit-stand desks, we have been lucky enough to have some in The Students’ Union to try out! See how Augusta got on...

Sian Hampson looks back on the past two years as your VP Community and Welfare

I can’t believe it has been two years as your Vice President Community and Welfare – I have been so honoured to hold this position and I really hope I have done a good job. When our marketing team asked us to put together a review of our year, I’m not going to lie, I put it off. I guess I didn’t want to admit this great adventure was ending!

Rent freeze success for next academic year

Your VP Community and Welfare is delighted to announce that after a lot of hard work, The Students' Union has successfully lobbied the university to freeze rent prices for the next academic year.

Great things The Students' Union have done on mental health this year

Over the past year, your Student Leaders have worked hard to improve the work that The Students' Union is doing on mental health. See their biggest achievements so far...

Mental Health Accreditation

In January we launched our societies and sports mental health accreditation. This idea was born after we had Kate and Helen Richardson-Walsh speaking at The Students’ Union last year about mental health in sport. We know that sports clubs and societies provide amazing support to our students, and wanted to give them the tools to run their own mental health campaigns.

The Students' Union launch Mental Health Accreditation Scheme for Sports Clubs and Societies

This year a key priority for The Students’ Union is mental health; this is why we are launching a mental health accreditation scheme for our sports clubs and societies.

It's OK not to be OK this Christmas
Sian Hampson, VP Community and Welfare

When there seems to be a huge expectation to be happy, thankful, and joyful; the fact that you are finding the season difficult can cause guilt. However, it is important to know and understand that it is OK to not be OK this Christmas and New Year.


Augusta's Progress Updates

  • Reduction in food prices

    We have introduced Rollover meal deals and a stamp card offering will be introduced next term. We have also introduced a cheaper meal deal option and I am working on 'savings' posters to promote the offers in the shops. Our loyalty scheme survey is live for students to complete, please email me if you wish to do so.

    Mental Health

    The University is now working with Nilaari, a local BAME registered charity to address the diversification of the Wellbeing Service. Nilaari are also offering Wellbeing workshops at The Students' Union. We are hosting a Feedback Forum for the University's Mental Wealth Strategy and I am working on implementing a 24 hour textline service in partnership with the University, with a soft launch before Christmas to support students over the festive period.


    I am working with the Advice Centre and Pro-Vice Chancellor (Student Experience) on 'emergency accommodation' for late arrivals and exploring other accommodation services to improve support for students.

    Student Matters

    We currently have noticeboard frames across Frenchay Campus and are looking to install these at Bower and Glenside as well. After positive conversations with the Student Administration Team, the January timetable was released at an earlier date to support students who have to book travel in advance.

    Black History Month

    Over the month of October, we ran a wide range of events in line with Black History Month, from Poets in the City, This Hijabi Says, Black Men and Masculinity, Natural Hair Showcase, Power and feminism in African History, Black History in Islam and film screenings and we have since launched our first ever Black History Month magazine, created by UWE Bristol students and alumni. For more information on Black History Month, view my blog post.

    World Mental Health Day

    A week long campaign with a range of activities across campus raising awareness of mental health, self-care and sharing student views on mental and physical health. My promotion video for the campaign had over 3,000 views and we raised £171.92 for local charity, Off the Record. It was great to see many Team UWE Sports Club members sporting their green laces for the campaign as well.

    Speak Up

    As part of UWE Bristol's Speak Up launch, I sat on the Speak Up Panel and gave a presentation on student voice and campaigns in relation to inappropriate behaviour amongst the student community.


    I recently travelled to Auschwitz with other members from Students' Unions across the country to gain an insight into the Holocaust and how we can tackle Antisemitism and racist behaviour on campus.



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Ciaran Gutteridge
Sustainability Officer
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Joe MarshalL Evans
City Campus Officer
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Jocelyn O'Brien
Gloucester Campus Officer
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Glenside Campus Officer
Glenside Campus Officer
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Postgraduate Officer
Postgraduate Officer

Contact Ciaran

As your Sustainability Officer, I look forward to working with you for a greener future.

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E-Mail: suofficer.sustainability@uwe.ac.uk

Contact Joe

I’m here to ensure all City Campus students are represented and have the opportunity and support to enjoy university.

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E-Mail: suofficer.citycampus@uwe.ac.uk

Contact Jocelyn

I will work with faculty members, staff and societies to enhance the student experience on Gloucester campus.

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E-Mail: suofficer.gloucester@uwe.ac.uk

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International Students' Officer
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Samuel Cornelius-Light
Disabled Students Officer
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George Stratos
LGBT+ Officer
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Benjamin Hamilton
Trans Welfare Officer
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Black Minority Ethnic Officer

Contact Samuel

I'm here to represent and support all UWE disabled students to achieve their full potential.

E-Mail: suofficer.disabledstudents@uwe.ac.uk

Contact George

I'd like to make sure that every student is valued for their individuality and treated fairly with dignity and respect.

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E-Mail: suofficer.lgbt@uwe.ac.uk

Contact David

I will ensure that international students’ have a smooth transition into a welcoming and diverse community.

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E-Mail: suofficer.international@uwe.ac.uk

Contact Benjamin

Contact Ghazala and Jomila

E-Mail: suofficer.bme@uwe.ac.uk

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Jane Ojiako
Women's Welfare Officer
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Men's Welfare Officer
Men's Welfare Officer

Contact Jane