Southlands President


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Hello Southlands,

Most of you will know me as Shay, Southlands best athlete, or that big Asian bloke you see walking around bop. But, for those of you who don’t know me, my name is Shaalin Patel and I’ll be running to be your college president next year.

My Story

2 years ago I didn’t even think that a university experience would even be a possibility for me as I didn’t get the grades required for my first or second choice universities. I had only managed to gain a place at Roehampton through clearing, and I didn’t really know what to expect. Managing to scrape accommodation on Southlands I was nervous about what would lie ahead. However, deciding to choose Roehampton and -more importantly Southlands- has definitely turned into one of the best decisions that I have made. This is because the college has allowed me to meet some amazing people who I’m sure that I will keep in touch with forever.

All of this wouldn’t have been possible without the support and help from the college, and I feel as though I owe it to Southlands to return the favour and ensure that each and every student has the best possible time here at Southlands. I have plenty of ideas that I believe will make student life on Southlands as good as possible.

My Ideas:

  • Improve Wi-Fi around Southlands
  • Washing rooms that accept card payment
  • Change machine located in the reef
  • Promote Southlands events though social media
  • Start using the quad more for activities
  • Start up a college cup committee
  • Cheaper food in the reef by starting up a reward system
  • Study rooms open 24 hours in queens building
  • Create a social space which students can use for sports and activities

As well as improving college life, I aim to work closely with the deputy president to put on as many events as possible for residents and students of Southlands.

I am aware that this role requires me to be the voice of Southlands students, the college team, and the RSU and I want this voice to be as strong as possible. I am aiming to do this by hosting a Southlands general meeting once a term to enable students to raise any opportunities, ideas or concerns to myself, the deputy and various college team members. Also I would like to install a suggestions box in the reef so that any thoughts about the college can be written down anonymously to be discussed at meetings. Following this, I will make myself as accessible as possible to help solve any problems that students may face during their time at Southlands.

Finally, it only feels right to have the college cup safely back in the hands of Southlands and I will work hard with the deputy, flat reps, and students of Southlands to ensure that we can once again bring the college cup back to its rightful home.