Vice-President / Welfare Officer: Jimmy McGovern

Jimmy McGovern
Vice-President / Welfare Officer
Extension: 2747
Mobile: 086 3853659
su.welfare@nuigalway.ie

Responsibilities

The Vice-President / Welfare Officer is responsible for:

  • Co-ordination and delivery of Welfare Campaigns on relevant welfare issues e.g. SHAG
  • Providing a confidential listening and referral service
  • Representing students on University committees in relation to student welfare
  • Dealing with individual requests from students
  • Keeping the Executive and students informed of all welfare matters
  • Organise and Chair the Welfare forum
  • Providing welfare information through the publication of leaflets, posters and/or books
  • Reviewing and drafting welfare policy
  • Representing the Union in USI events and attending

USI events, especially in regard to the Welfare Working Group and other welfare related areas

  • Providing information on student entitlements and rights

The position of Vice-President / Welfare Officer means being clued in to all student welfare issues, being a voice
for students within the University and also being an important member of the Executive Committee. As Vice- President, this officer is very involved with the day-to-day running of the Union, and helps with all Union campaigns
and events.Issues that Declan and previous Vice-President / Welfare Officers have worked on include:
Ensuring students are well informed about their accommodation rights
Promoting an awareness of sexual health through ongoing campaigns and targeted campaigns such as SHAG Week
Encouraging student well-being through the provision of information on the website and in the diary
Improving student safety by establishing the Campus Watch committee and continuing to liaise with campus security and community Garda
Working with Student Services to ensure adequate service for students in distress
Together with USI, working to improve funding for services in the University
Aiming to raise awareness of the many services available to students, e.g. the PleaseTalk campaign

Background

My name is Jimmy McGovern and I am your Vice-President & Welfare Officer 2015/2016. I am from Westmeath and a past student of Mathematics, Sociology & Political Science. My role as Welfare Officer is to support and connect you with the appropriate people, if you or a friend, find yourselves in a time of difficulty or uncertainty. Any issue that affects your wellness or prevents your student experience from reaching its full potential, is an issue you should address. Adjusting to college comes with many challenges outside academia, and your SU is always here to help in any way we can. Please know that I'll always take the time to listen to any student, and I'd be delighted if I could help you in any way. My first tip: be ambitious and make the most of your college experience!


Take care my friends and stay safe.

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