SHANNON FARMER - activities & development officer

Hi, I'm Shannon, your Activities and Development Officer. I'm here to support and oversee the wide range of student groups and societies we have in the Guild, as well as working with the Jobs, Skills and Volunteering department to make sure you get involved and have the best possible University experience here at Birmingham! Joining societies is great for meeting people who have similar interests to you and can help you gain important skills that look great on your CV. Feel free to come and have a chat, or get in contact if you have any questions about anything from societies to volunteering to part-time jobs! 

Shannon Farmer - Activities & Development Officer

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My manifesto

Shannon Farmer - Activities & Development Officer Manifesto 2017-18

Progress Status

100% Complete
  • Worked with JSV department & University to increase the activities that can be listed on the enhanced transcripts. Sept 2016
  • University agreed to add more Guild categories, including student staff roles & specific committee positions. March 2017
  • Working currently with Marketing to create a web page where students can opt in to the activities they have taken part in that they would like to appear on their transcripts when they graduate! March 2017
  • Webpage detailing this update will launch in term 3 & students graduating from this year onwards will get more official recognition. March 2017

officer action plan - Progress Reports

The below outlines progress against key points in my Officer Action Plan. Click each heading to collapse / view progress updates. If you have any questions regarding these, I'd be happy to discuss. Please feel free to get in touch using the 'Contact Me' section above.

Progress Status

85% Complete
  • Web demonstration done of new system with company and HR (August)Autumn 2017
  • Implementation of system, room bookings and reception (October-September)Autumn 2017
  • Soft launch of the system (15/11/2017)Autumn 2017
  • Speak to Student Groups staff about organizing a session teaching committees about the new system. Autumn 2017
  • Possibly make a leaflet explaining the new system/app.Autumn 2017

Progress Status

100% Complete
  • Email Facilities Manager mid-summer to see what progress has been made on the room behind the hairdressers. August 2017
  • Think about what the room can be named! Ask on Society Committee page/ submit an idea on Your Ideas? Sept 2017
  • Name room and open it! Oct 2017

Student DJs.

Progress Status

90% Complete
  • Underground society play at societies nightAutumn 2017
  • Meeting to be held to discuss further eventsAutumn 2017
  • Look at the possibility of opening street kitchen/beroma as alternative music venue for FABAutumn 2017

Progress Status

100% Complete
  • Contact company for quotesAutumn 2017
  • Email Facilities ManagerAutumn 2017
  • Wait to see pianosAutumn 2017
  • Wait for Facilities Manager to contact piano moving companyAutumn 2017
  • Wait for tuning!Autumn 2017

Progress Status

30% Complete
  • Live music working group set up, first meeting on 3rd nov.Autumn 2017
  • Organised street kitchen event, happening 25th nov.Autumn 2017
  • To create follow up live music meeting to debrief on street kitchen and work towards getting more live music in the Guild of StudentsAutumn 2017
  • Look at using beroma bar as a venue, getting it rigged with lightsAutumn 2017

Progress Status

55% Complete
  • Meeting with student groups team to discuss ideas of events to run during the week Oct 2017
  • Meeting with marketing to discuss dates and ideas Nov 2017
  • Gather success stories from students and alumniAutumn 2017
  • Campaigns pot requestAutumn 2017

Progress Status

5% Complete
  • Mention to media groups in media miniforum Oct 2017
  • Explore where money can come from to fund this Nov 2017

Progress Status

75% Complete
  • Explore welfare support options for committee members (especially in large groups.)Oct 2017
  • Previous ADO had a meeting with previous welfare about this in 2017. They identified three approaches. Welfare committee roles (Shannon) Leadership Session for Chairs & Webpage to signpost to welfare resources. Oct 2017
  • Meeting with Welfare Officer and student groups co-ordinator to discuss dates. (October)Oct 2017
  • Welfare officer to create training and gather information. Nov 2017
  • Training to be held on 30th November 2017! Nov 2017

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Meet your officer team

Every year, a team of Officers are elected by YOU to help you get the best out of Birmingham. Each officer leads a different part of the Union on your behalf – click on their faces below to find out what they do and how to get in touch…

Ellie Keiller - Guild President
Shannon Farmer - Activities & Development Full Time Officer
Adam Goldstone - Education Full Time Officer
Kris Ali - Housing & Community Full Time Officer
Rose Bennett - Postgraduate Full Time Officer
Jess Levy - Representation & Resources Full Time Officer
Helena Bailey - Sports Full Time Officer
Henny Green - Welfare Full Time Officer

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