Exec Blog: Meeting Joe Murray

Monday 05-09-2016 - 11:30
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I grew up in Sheffield and moved to Leeds two years ago to study Sport and Exercise Science. I have always had a passion for sport and I currently play on both the basketball and hockey teams at Leeds Beckett University.

As a representative for my course I got to speak to many students and see aspects of the university I thought could be improved. I ran for Students’ Union President as I wanted to have a say in new changes and additions to the university and also empower students. Students have a lot of great ideas and being in this role allows me to help make their voices heard and give them a platform.

The Students’ Union acts as a voice between students and the university which is why I think the election process is so beneficial. Putting myself forward for President was eye opening and shows how far a student voice can travel. Over 1,000 students, most of which I had never met before, were willing to give me their time and listen to my ideas. The election process gives students a fantastic opportunity to get involved and highlights how useful the Student Union is to our university.

I have completed two years at university so far and it’s been an amazing experience being able to meet so many new people from different cultures and backgrounds. My first year was spent playing in various sport teams, going out socialising and joining societies which enabled me to have many experiences here that wouldn’t have been available to me otherwise.

Being involved in so many activities through the university has opened up a lot of opportunities for me and given me so many memories. I scored in my first hockey match and won man of the match, I got to travel to Croatia with the team and just generally enjoy my time at university doing what I love. The city of Leeds has so much to offer as well; events, football screenings, art exhibitions and live gigs are hosted regularly just in Millennium Square and there’s so much more happening around the rest of the city.

The best advice I could give to students here at Leeds Beckett is never feel alone and never be scared to ask a question. No question is too silly and you have so much support around you from the Students’ Union, university staff and all of the students that are in the same position.

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