Hello - I'm Fintan
As Deputy President (Welfare), my job is to tackle the root causes of what makes life at Imperial difficult. Stress, finances, health, academic pressure, loneliness and many other things all combine to push too many students into crisis each year. Together with the Wellbeing Representation Network and Liberation Officers, my role is to empower student volunteers and work in partnership with College and external charities to create sustainable solutions to these problems.
I ran to be Deputy President (Welfare) because I think Imperial can be better than it is now. Personal tutors, support for survivors of sexual violence, resources for students in mental health difficulties - all of these need radically improved and I wanted to take a lead in making that happen.
Every Officer Trustee sets several goals at the start of each year - goals they will work towards individually, and ones they will work on achieving collectively. These are the priorities I set for myself this year, as well as those I'll work on in partnership with the rest of the Officer Trustee team. You can get more information on each goal - and the progress I have made towards it so far - on my Officer Trustee Goals page.
You can also read my original Manifesto for when I ran for Deputy President (Welfare) here.
Everything Imperial College Union does is guided by Our Strategy 2017-20, launched in January 2017 after extensive consultation with our members and volunteers. Our Strategy sets out how we will transform the Imperial experience. For me as Deputy President (Welfare), Our Strategy gives me high-level aims such as ensuring we help everyone who comes to us in need, encouraging our students to become responsible global citizens, and creating a nurturing community at Imperial.
I do my best to keep the Union's values at the centre of my thinking. In particular, I reflect a lot on Inclusivity as I work with Liberation & Community Officers and Wellbeing Representatives to understand the barriers facing too many Imperial students as they embark on their studies and enter the extra-curricular experience at Imperial.
Excellent! Being Deputy President (Welfare) is a crucial and challenging job that has made fundamental changes to the lives of every Imperial student - and will continue to do so. I'd be happy to talk about the role to anyone interested in running for this job, becoming a Liberation & Community Officer, or joining the Wellbeing Representation Network. You can contact me via email and Twitter, and there will be opportunities to meet me and my fellow Officer Trustees and learn more about what we do throughout the Leadership Elections 2018.
Do you want to know more about how we're leading College to create a Wellbeing Strategy, delivering the recommendations of our Liberation Review, and developing the new Wellbeing Representation Network? Then come find me!
If you're a student at Imperial College London, your wellbeing is my concern. You can get in touch with me in lots of ways - in person at an Imperial College Union event such as Union Council, by email, by Twitter or through the Imperial College Union Facebook page. You can also come to the Union Reception on the second floor of the Union Building - I can't guarantee I'll be available immediately but I'll do my best.