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As well as your Officer Team, Student Trustees are also your elected representatives.

Student Trustees are elected to sit on the Board of Trustees to ensure the union’s strategy and development is done in the best interest of students. They also help with the financial safe guarding of the Union to make sure all the money is spent in your best interest.

Here are your Student Trustees

Sabaat Nadeem

Student Trustee

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Tell us one thing about you that people might not know:

Although I appear introverted, if I have an opinion, I will definitely speak out about it!

What do you think you can bring to the trustee role?

I can bring my experiences of being a Psychology Society committee member, being on the Panel for the Better Staffs Forum and volunteering within the Students’ Union. These experiences have give me sound knowledge of the workings of the Union and have helped me to develop key applicable skills, especially interpersonal skills, active listening skills, leadership, teamwork and much more! I can also bring my experience of collecting feedback for the Psychology Society, helping to promote and conduct the Student Surveys through a previous job, conducting feedback surveys for Hanley Park’s Restoration Project and collecting feedback from students during my Leadership Race campaign. I would like to ensure that the student voice is continuously heard and represented, so this experience will help me when collecting the views of students.

I think it’s important to have a Stafford presence. A lot of the Stafford students are thinking that because the campus is closed, they’re being pushed to one side and not being taken seriously. So to have two students on the trustee board and one member of the officer team from Stafford is great, because they can understand the struggles.

If you could be anyone for a day, living or dead, who would you be?

Bill Gates, he does alright. Just for the money and getting to know every tech leader up there, he has a good friendship circle.Definitely somebody like Malala Yousafzai, because she is extremely courageous and despite all the barriers she faced, she isn’t afraid to fight for what she believes in! It would interesting to see courage from her perspective.

What is your favourite thing about Staffs Uni?

The overwhelming support given by students, academic staff and Union staff, especially through the Psychology Society and during the Leadership Race!

Charlene Dela Cruz

Student Trustee

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Tell us one thing about you that people might not know:

I love winging life. I do like to be prepared sometimes, but otherwise my life is a terrifyingly exciting adventure.

What can you bring to the Trustee role?

I'm compassionate and I'm always willing to listen. I think that's really important - that there is someone there to listen, and act in the best way possible. Hopefully that benefits everyone.

If you could be anyone, living or dead, for a day, who would you be?

Carlos Ruiz Zafón, the author of my favourite book. I would love to understand how his mind works. I want to know how he creates such captivating stories, and where he gets his inspiration from in everyday life.

What's your favourite thing about Staffordshire University?

It isn't difficult to find someone who's willing to help you at Staffs.

If we are sitting here a year from now and celebrating a great year as a trustee, what would you have hoped to have achieved?

I'd hope to have stuck to my promise to listen to students. I also hope that students are more engaged, and that they know wht the Union does for them. Project-wise, it would be wonderful if we had progressed in supplying permanent tables in lecture theatres for wheelchair users.

Zeenut Mirza

Student Trustee

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Tell us one thing about you that people might not know:

I’m on the swimming team, I’m a member of the gym and I speak more than one language. Obviously German and English, but also bits of Italian, Spanish and Dutch.

What do you think you can bring to the trustee role?

What I would like to do is to make sure that the money goes where it’s needed, for the benefit of all students, not just a certain group. Regardless if it’s a business student or an engineering student or a disabled student, it’s for all. I think it’s really important to understand all kinds of students because some groups aren’t recognised as much as others.

If you could be anyone for a day, living or dead, who would you be?

I think I would like to be my grandad, because he was an amazing person and even when he was 80 it was hard to keep up with him. He was so fit and engaged with everything, like a nosey child. He kept his young spirit even when he was old and is the loveliest person I’ve ever met.

If we are sitting here a year from now and celebrating a great year in office, what would you have hoped to have achieved?

Making the student experience awesome for everybody. It’s difficult to say, there are so many things I would like to see happen. I think I would just like to engage more students with the union, so they get the most of their time at university, because for me university isn’t just learning and getting a degree, it’s engaging with other people, groups and potential employers.

Amy Smith

Student Trustee

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Tell us one thing about you that people might not know:

Other than being a Student Trustee, I am a carer outside of and I'm also committee for the Disabled Students' Network and the Mental Health and Wellbeing Society.

What do you think you can bring to the trustee role?

I have actually been a Student Trustee for the Students’ Union before. I was originally elected late into the 14-15 academic year, and re-elected for the full 15-16 academic year. I have been able to continue my role for this semester, since I was one of the most dedicated Trustees to my role last year, and one of the Student Trustee elects vacated their seat on the Trustee Board due to graduating.

I will continue to bring dedication to both the role, and the Union.

What is your favourite thing about Staffordshire University?

I know it's going to sound cheesy but the people I've become friends with, who have been there and helped me when I've needed it.

If you could be anyone for a day, living or dead, who would you be?

Ooooh this is a toughie...It's kind of like asking which fictional character i'd be.. I'll go with John Barrowman i've seen what he gets upto on Facebook live and he's mad as a bag of frogs.

If we are sitting here a year from now and celebrating a great year in office, what would you have hoped to have achieved?

At least some of my manifesto points but mainly helping people where I can and raising awareness.