I’m originally from Birmingham (the posh end), I moved to Leeds to study Music Technology in 2011. I’ve been obsessed with playing guitar since I was 13 and I have a completely unhealthy obsession with playing Fallout, as you can tell from my campaigns. My favourite band is definitely Muse. Unfortunately in the Uni I’m known more as ‘One Direction Harry’.
I originally ran for VP Activities after becoming immersed with the work I did with BeRadio. I worked with so many inspiring people who have gone on to work at BBC and ITV and it led me here. Working alongside the vast range of societies we have is one of my favourite parts of the job. It’s really amazing to be involved with all the interesting events societies put on and be able to support them in their individual endeavours.
The SU connects students with the university and the Bright Ideas project really encompasses what it’s all about. We listened to loads of great ideas from students and then the SU took them to the uni to start negotiating. We’re working on getting Wednesday afternoons off to give students more chance to take part in society activities and ear plugs in the library along with some other great ideas.
Being in societies was definitely the most enjoyable part of being a student at Leeds Beckett University. The first society I joined was Film Soc, it was a great way to meet people and break out of my comfort zone and I ended up doing some really fun things I might not have had the opportunity to do otherwise.
BeMedia is my favourite society and one I would encourage anyone interested in media to become involved in. It is a student led media team which produces independent content for online, TV and radio and enables students to enhance their skills. Since January they’ve published 73 articles, covered many union led events and created radio programs based around societies and independent interests.
If you’re new to Leeds, I’d recommend Almost Famous for heart-stoppingly good burgers and Dry Dock for a quiet pint because, well, you get to sit on a boat and drink.
My best advice to all students though is to really use the Student Union to see what you can get out of it and what you can give back. We have societies if you want to get involved, the advice service if you need help with anything and elections if you want to make a difference.