This year’s societies and services officer has a big remit covering finance, staff, the bars and venues of the Union as well as looking after the societies and their members and events. Tom Upton shares his summer with us.

Tom Upton has already proved himself as one of the hardest working members of the new SU team. Not two months into the job, Upton has completed 5 of his 6 manifesto points, with the final one to be seen through in the very near future.

SU open hours have been extended from the standard 9-5 to 8am til 9pm Monday to Friday and 9-5 Saturday and Sunday on a trial period to gauge interest. The life skills workshop, aimed at freshers but open to everyone, is on its way (The Siren will keep you up to date), with bin bag sprints, duvet races and advice from St John’s and the Money Advice Centre. Upton has guaranteed buses from the village to campus over freshers’ fortnight, and is working on a women’s bus from town hopefully launching in January. The redesign your union campaign is off to a flying start with the work on JCs and the Wonky Sheep, due to continue with bar food added to JC’s from January. University halls of residence now feature society poster points to help promote events, a great alternative to the lost poster space of the new bridges.

Societies training and networking has been massively improved also. The recent successful training day saw representatives from over 70 societies mix and mingle and learn the ropes of the new system. Upton has tightened the reins this year, making it less likely for societies to be overdrawn on accounts and ensuring the right people are dealing with finances.

Working with the AU President, Dan Lowes, as well as Rosie Hunnam and Annie Cotton from the SU, Upton managed to secure the visit of the Olympic torch to Swansea University.  He has improved communication with a community newsletter to those living in the Langland Spar area, as well as continuing his v-logging fetish on from campaign week. Upton was keen to remind students that he is available along with Rosie Hunnam whenever students need him, and also wanted to praise the hard work of Rosie over the summer months. He also said that he thoroughly enjoys working with the Siren, to which we reply that the feeling is mutual.