Campaigns are one of the most visual activities the SU engages in. Many people assume campaigns are only when people gather in large groups to protest something: this is not true. There are many different types of campaigns: lobbying local TD and members of political parties for governmental change; awareness raising campaigns, such as SHAG Week or Road Safety, campaigns seeking support from members of the public, such as rally support from members for the public against further cuts to education and grants. So campaigns can range from ones on mental wellbeing to a full-blown protest on the streets. In the SU, the Deputy President is in charge or rolling out and running all Union campaigns. The Deputy President is in charge of sourcing all material for the campaign, strategizing and organising the campaigns in question. In conjunction with the Welfare and Education officers, along with external assistance from USI, the Deputy President rolls out the campaigns.
Essentially, campaigns in UCC can be broken down into two strands, Lobbying and Activism.
It is the job of the Deputy President to ensure that the media, political figures and the university are made aware of the hardship and danger facing the student body. With this in mind the Deputy President sits on a number of committees and directly lobby the media and local politicians on student issues. They act in coordination with the National USI campaign to ensure that no further barriers to third-level access are created and those that are there are removed. This is perhaps the hardest part of the deputy job as the Deputy President is forced to compete with various other interest groups on the political level.
The Deputy President is also there to facilitate and encourage any student activism on any and all issues that come before Student Council. Grass-roots activism is the historical basis of the Student Movement and its benefits are beyond measure. This can range from environmental concerns to the Banning Coco-a-cola on Campus. Any and all concerns are welcome before student council.
Campaigns are central to the Union and are vitally important in ensuring every student is represented fully and their voice is heard. If you are interested in getting involved in campaigns, then contact the Deputy President on <a href=”mailto:email@example.com”>firstname.lastname@example.org</a>.