Student Union President - Megan Ball 

The Sabbatical Officer with overall responsibility for representing Winchester Student Union and the students of the University of Winchester. The President is also an Officer Trustee with legal responsibilities, as well as a full time employee of Winchester Student Union, during their term of office.

The President directly oversees Union activities in the following areas:

Services Zone

  • Events/Entertainment

  • Bar/Services

  • Community Relationships

  • Celebrating Success (Communications)

Welfare Zone

  • Equality & Diversity

  • Student Housing

Education Zone

  • Student Demographic Representation

 

Email: su_president@winchester.ac.uk

Phone: 01962 827415

Twitter: @winchesterpres

Facebook: Megan Ball (President)

 


More about Megan

Officer Role

President 2019 – 2021

 

What did you study?

BA (Hons) Business Management with Enterprise & Innovation

 

What SU run events and activities have you been a part of?

I was Captain & Vice Captain of the Trampolining Team, and I was the Activities Zone Representative for Student Senate! I was also a regular BOP attendee!

 

What are your top Manifesto points?

  • Ensuring the Welfare Zone is appropriately funded and resourced
  • Looking after our committed student staff both financially and with rewards
  • Holding our University to account
  • Increase student representation in both University meetings, recruitment and communications
  • Ensure all student groups are appropriately represented and championed

 

What made you run in the Elections to become an officer?

I decided to run in the SU Elections because I know the huge difference that the Student Union makes to the student experience at Winchester. I wouldn’t have had such an incredible experience if it wasn’t for the sports team, opportunities, events, and meetings that I got involved with because of the SU. It’s also so critical that students are represented during University decisions, and I wanted to be a part of that!!

 

What’s your favourite thing about Winchester?

I love how Winchester is such a community – you really get to know everyone; it’s such a personal experience and I think it allows you to meet so many like-minded people. I also really like how small the city is, it’s got a lovely small town feel and isn’t overwhelming at all.

 

What has been your proudest moment during your student journey?

I can’t narrow it down to one, but my proudest moments when I was a student were getting elected as Captain of the Trampolining Team, and then when I secured a First Class Honours with the highest grade on my course!

 

My proudest moment as President was when we managed to secure the rent refund to students living in University Managed Accommodation during the COVID-19 pandemic. It was such a long and tough battle, but we got the right and fair result for all students in the end!

 

What do you like doing when you aren’t being a Winchester SU Officer?

I still regularly train and compete in trampolining. I also love baking and cooking as I’m a huge foodie! When I’m not doing either of those things or working I’m probably hanging out with Ellen and Vic, going for brunch or cocktails!

 

What are some of the things you've been working on?

 

  • What can universities promise about student life in September? Who knows – Wonkhe SU’s Blog, 9th June: LINK

  • How to listen to students in the middle of a crisis – Wonkhe SU’s Blog, 1st April: LINK

  • Semester One Update Blog – Winchester SU Website, December 2019: LINK

  • ‘Priorities for student housing conference’ run by Westminster Higher Education Forum, 1st July 2020 - speaker on panel titled ‘Inclusive approaches to accommodation - mental health and catering for the needs of different student characteristics’: LINK

  • Advance HE Teaching & Learning Conference 2020, 7th July 2020 – speaker on panel titled ‘How do we move from a period of emergency response to a model for sustained student success?’: LINK