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Sue hands over the reins of SU

Posted 11 July 2008

Helen and Sue

On Friday July 11, Harper Adams University College, Shropshire, said an official farewell to 2007/8 Students’ Union president Sue Bryan.

Sue, who graduated BSc (hons) Agriculture with Animal Science last September, has now handed control of the Union and its lively executive to Helen Plant, who will graduate with a BSc (Hons) Agri-food Marketing with Business Studies at the end of this summer.

Sue, 24, from East Leake, Loughborough, said: “The last year in this job has probably been one of the hardest, but the most rewarding position I have ever been in, heading up the Union with its social calendar, sports clubs and societies, bar, and funding raising activities. 

“I met so many fantastic people, from the President of the NFU Peter Kendall, to all the new Freshers in September last year – it puts working life into perspective and gives you that all-new level of responsibility."

 Suehas now has taken up a position with SCA Nutec in Thirsk, North Yorkshire, where she is working as a Technical Assistant/Ruminant Nutritionist.

To Helen, Sue issued the following advice: “Never argue with drunks, try to stay as organised as possible, but acknowledge that you are never going to get everything right, talk to people about what they are enjoying and what they may be having issues with, don’t be scared to ask advice from anyone – but make sure you act on advice wisely! 

“Integrate as much as possible with the local community, not just through monetary donations, but actual time contributions to local projects and activities.  Get some time out and have fun – it’s a cracking year ahead!

And to her colleagues at the Shropshire campus, the outgoing president said: “Thank you for all your help over the past year, I couldn’t have done it without quite a few of you! 

“The SU is not just a social club, we achieve so much more, both within Harper and in the local community, and do truly appreciate staff involvement and support, it makes all the difference. 

“The next few years will see significant change and development within this area, and it promises to be a really exciting time.  I am sure our paths will cross in the future, and I look forward to it!”

Following in Sue’s footsteps is Helen Plant, from Keele, Staffordshire. The former pupil of Madeley High School and Newscastle-under-Lyme College says she wanted to become the SU president because she “absolutely loved” her time studying at the UK’s leading provider of higher education for the land-based industries.

“Harper Adams has been the most amazing four years!  It’s a unique place and I felt at home as soon as I arrived.  I love the fact that everyone knows everyone else and as a student you can make things happen, from events to changes to your course.

“I loved getting involved, from playing rugby to being Secretary of the Summer Ball Committee for 2007-8. I wanted to be President to ensure that students next year have the same fantastic opportunities I did.”

One of her specific aims, she says, is “to continue making sure our RAG team (Raise And Give – students raising money for charity) get the recognition they deserve and get them involved in the local community”.

Helen also hopes to develop her public speaking skills.

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