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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

Jimmy Banton

Student Trustee

Find out more about Jimmy

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

I’m starting a company next month (June), based around programming. That might be interesting or it might be a big failure. Hopefully we can release a couple of phone/PC games.

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

I’m loud and opinionated, so I’ll speak up properly, hopefully at the right times. I’m really social too; I know a lot of people at the uni, a tonne of those from Stafford, so if they’ve got any issues they’ll tell me even if they don’t know who else to speak to.

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.

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

I’d hope that most of the Stafford students are happy to be in Stoke and that we manage to make their transition as smooth and as painless as possible, I’m sure there’s going to be a few people who aren’t happy regardless of what we do for them, but we need to reach as many people as possible and support them; get them where they want to live, show them the new buildings so they don’t get lost. That would be the very best for me.

Kathryn Pogue

Student Trustee

Find out more about Kathryn

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

I’ve actually been a trustee before: for three years with a £3.8 million young people’s centre charity.

What’s different about this role?

The previous role was very different. It was very much about seeing it develop from nothing, whereas with the university it’s continuing work.

There’s going to be so much activity this year, making sure that the Shrewsbury and Blackheath Lane campuses have their parts within the trustee board.

What is your favourite thing about Staffordshire University?

It feels like a home. Every student, no matter where they come from or what they’ve been through, is always trying to be happy and friendly. There’s a great vibe.

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

Probably one of the Lumière brothers. I think they were alive during such an interesting time period and were some of the first people ever to hold a camera, exploring a new media.

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

Better communication between the university and the students, trying to scrap the jargon to make it clearer. A big thing is getting 24/7 access for students too.

Birgit Allport

Student Trustee

Find out more about Birgit

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.

Nick Heywood

Student Trustee

Find out more about Nick

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

Last year, I was doing my placement year abroad under an internship for a multi-billion company (Airbus Helicopters). Although I managed to further develop my skills in web development and programming, I also learned about the importance of having the right support in place, whether that be general support, or academia.

Since regardless of your skills, strength, or drive, there will always come a time where you need that support.

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?

That the university embraces its own diversity; we have people of various cultures and backgrounds travelling from different parts of the country and even the world to study here, a large range of courses to study from in almost every industry, and we host events that accommodate to all of the above.

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

I would say Albert Einstein; it would be interesting to see the world from his perspective, since it was believed that he may have had Aspergers Syndrome like myself. It would have been interesting to have seen if there were similarities to how we think and view the world.

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

I will have hoped to have helped students continue to make their voices heard in various matters, and help draw up viable solutions. Since it is my priority to ensure that they feel that their concerns are being heard and addressed, and to further emphasise that as a Students’ Union, students (and in some cases staff) are our priority to moving forward.