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Your Student Officers

Each year, full-time Student Officers are elected to represent you to help improve your Hallam experience.

We are excited to welcome your elected Student Officer Team for the upcoming 2022/23 academic year.

Your Officers were elected via 28,295 votes cast by 6,977 of you!

  • Sabahat Khan

    President

    Email Sabah

  • Uju Vanessa Okoroafor

    International Students' Officer

    Email Uju

  • Mobolaji Ajisafe Edun

    Business, Technology and Engineering College Officer

    Email Bolaji

  • Misbah Ticklay

    Health, Wellbeing and Life Sciences College Officer

    Email Misbah

  • Dayo Emmanuel Oladiti

    Social Sciences and Arts College Officer

    Email Dayo

  • Charlie Breen

    Wellbeing, Sport and Physical Activity Officer

    Email Charlie

Get to know your Officers

We quizzed your Student Officer Team on their first week in post. But we didn't just talk work...

Select an Officer's name to find out who they'd invite to dinner, what they couldn't live without, and what superpower they want.

Sabah

What course did you study?

Public Health MSc

 

What inspired you to run for President?

As the International Students' Officer, I was able to work alongside the President last year which enable me to familiarise myself with the role and see how much of a difference could be made. The role felt like a natural progression and would allow me to continue working on plans I'd already put into motion.

 

I was also able to see things from a different perspective. As a student, particularly an international student, I wasn't always aware of the services available to help. Throughout my time as an Officer I was made aware of various services available to international students. I also realised the University were open to change and we were in a position to be able to lobby them to do things to improve the student experience. I wanted to continue being someone who could represent the student voice in this process.

 

Identity is also important. If students see someone who looks like them in the position, they are more open to engaging.

 

What's the main thing you want to achieve this year?

Personal and professional inclusion so all types of students have a better student experience.

 

If you were stuck on a desert island, what's the one item you'd want with you?

Definitely my phone.

 

Aside from necessities, what one thing could you not go a day without?

Tea!

 

What are your hobbies outside of work?

I enjoy evening walks, and I like reading and writing - I had a couple of my writings published in an anthology a few years back!

 

I love socialising, and meeting and talking to new people. I also enjoy cooking for people who really love food.

 

If you could eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Biryani

 

Which 3 people, living or dead, would you invite to a dinner party?

Sylvia Path, The Weeknd, and Steve Harvey

 

 

If you were a super-hero, what power would you want? Why?

Wisdom - the ability to process situations and know what to do, how to act and how to deal with situations.

Uju

What course are you studying?

International Business Management MSc

 

What inspired you to run for an Officer position?

When I moved to the UK to study, I observed that international students are faced with challenges that are quite peculiar, such as accommodation and flexible tuition fee payment etc and they weren't sure who to go to for support.

 

I was previously an Open Space Rep and the Events Officer for the Nigerian Society and lots of students contacted me for help with their issues, which I did ,but I felt I could do more. Also, my empathy nature galvanized me to step up and take up the responsibility of an Officer to support the International Students.

 

What's the main thing you want to achieve this year?

I can't just choose one as they're all important to the International Student.

 

I'd like to focus on accommodation, mental wellbeing and encouraging student engagement as to give them some sense of belonging (Inclusion) .

 

If you were stuck on a desert island, what's the one item you'd want with you?

Hymn as to sing praises to the Lord.

 

Aside from necessities, what one thing could you not go a day without?

My faith

 

What are your hobbies outside of work?

I love making people happy. Also, love cooking, baking, and interacting with people.

 

If you could eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Bread fruit (Ukwa)

 

Which 3 people, living or dead, would you invite to a dinner party?

My Mum, my sister and my careers coach.

 

If you were a super-hero, what power would you want? Why?

I'd want the power Equity and love to ensure everyone is at peace and free from intimidation of any kind/promote a peaceful coexistence.

Mobolaji

What course are you studying?

International Business Management MSc

 

What inspired you to run for an Officer position?

I’m a people person. I also wanted to be in a position to represent students and give them the support they need. Being an Officer allows you to find out what issues students are facing and help to resolve them.

 

What's the main thing you want to achieve this year?

Something that really hits everyone is how we can work out a parking solution for staff and students. Parking doesn't have to be made free, but even a discount for SHU staff and students would be great. It will be difficult to achieve but I won't give up on it.

 

If you were stuck on a desert island, what's the one item you'd want with you?

A solar rechargeable internet enabled smartphone.

 

Aside from necessities, what one thing could you not go a day without?

Water

 

What are your hobbies outside of work?

I like to get in the car and just drive around. I also like playing video games.

 

If you could eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Rice and chicken pepe

 

Which 3 people, living or dead, would you invite to a dinner party?

My late Mother, my Dad and Richard Branson.

 

If you were a super-hero, what power would you want?

Walking through walls. I don't like being restricted and I could get things done faster

Misbah

What course did you study?

MSc Applied Sports and Exercise Science

 

What inspired you to run for an Officer position?

My background is working as a physiotherapist and I've touched a lot of lives in my 10 year career span. I want to continue that legacy by representing students - still helping people but in a different way.

 

What's the main thing you want to achieve this year?

Better student engagement and experience.

 

If you were stuck on a desert island, what's the one item you'd want with you?

My phone, though it might not have connectivity…

 

Aside from necessities, what one thing could you not go a day without?

Music, especially Bollywood.

 

What are your hobbies outside of work?

I like writing poems and being outside in nature

 

If you could eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Fish curry and rice

 

Which 3 people, living or dead, would you invite to a dinner party?

My younger brother and two of my closest friends.

 

If you were a super-hero, what power would you want?

Speed - I could get the household chores and other tasks done much faster!

Dayo

What course did you study?

Masters in Public Relations

 

What inspired you to run for an Officer position?

Sabah inspired me. I was a Course Rep and member of the Trustee board, so was already involved with the SU. An issue came up, but I wasn't in a position to reach the people who could make the changes needed, so I came to the SU to talk to Sabah. Sabah advised me to run for the position as I knew what I wanted and what needed to be done, but just needed access to the right people.

 

I also experienced studying at Collegiate campus and spoke to many home students who were struggling with stress due to coursework, amongst other issues. This gave me the drive to represent these students.

 

What's the main thing you want to achieve this year?

I want to create some sort of structured system that builds on inter-College relations, so final year and graduating students are better equipped to explore entrepreneurship. The system would enable students to come together with their unique sets of skills and create businesses together.

 

Some students may be put off as they don't want to run a business themselves, but by collaborating with those from other courses, with different skills, a business could be together that allows the graduates to grow together and contribute to the economy.

 

If you were stuck on a desert island, what's the one item you'd want with you?

A compass

 

Aside from necessities, what one thing could you not go a day without?

Listening to music. It feels like something's missing if I've not listened to at least one complete song. My favourites are Khalid and Ed Sheeran.

 

What are your hobbies outside of work?

Music, taking long walks, and sightseeing. They go together well - I just put my headphones on, go for a walk, and see things along the way.

 

If you could eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Noodles or rice

 

Which 3 people, living or dead, would you invite to a dinner party?

My Mum, my brother and my partner.

 

If you were a super-hero, what power would you want?

I'd want the ability to read peoples' minds. Humans are the most inconsistent and unpredictable species, so it'd be interesting to know what others are thinking. You'd find out all sorts - good, bad and weird!

Charlie

What course are you studying?

Sport Development with Coaching

 

What inspired you to run for an Officer position?

I was inspired by previous Officers and what they'd achieved, particularly Harry Preston and Ellis.

 

I always wanted to be involved in sport, rather than having a typical 9-5 desk job. Ellis was good at using social media to showcase what she did in her role as Sports Officer. I got involved in sports committee and saw more of what the job really involved, behind the scenes. I also learnt more about the intricacies of the sporting world through my course.

 

Sport plays such a big part in my life and I'm fortunate enough to have always been involved in sport. Because of this, I want to make it accessible to everyone else.

 

Wellbeing is an important topic, particularly since Covid, and people are starting to open up about it more as it becomes less of a taboo subject. Sport is so important for wellbeing too.

 

What's the main thing you want to achieve this year?

I want to make sport as accessible for students as possible, whether that's through payment plans, competitive social leagues, or something else.

 

Sport benefits mental health so not everyone will take part to compete, some might want to just take some time away.

 

If you were stuck on a desert island, what's the one item you'd want with you?

A plane - I'd just need to work out how to fly it…

 

Aside from necessities, what one thing could you not go a day without?

My mates - we laugh every day

 

What are your hobbies outside of work?

Playing sport and going to the pub, preferably the Tav - you can't beat at night at the Tav.

 

If you could eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Steak, chips, and Birdseye peas (no other peas will do)

 

Which 3 people, living or dead, would you invite to a dinner party?

  • I'd want my nan there as she was such a good storyteller
  • Morgan Freeman - he has such a good voice
  • Sir Alex Ferguson - I'm not a Man U supporter - just want to clarify that - I just think he was at the pinnacle of football and he's so fascinating

 

If you were a super-hero, what power would you want?

I'd like to time travel, there are so many key events I'd like to see.

 

My parents often talk about things they did growing up and I'd love to experience them too as things change so much.

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