David Gilani


So as well all know… Sabbaticals are wannabe BNOCs! Getting our faces out to the people… having our names known to everyone – what could be better!? So here are a few things that Sabbs are doing to become BNOCs this year:

1) Listening to more students here on Highfield campus!

Across a fortnight, each Sabb has a couple of hours where they go out and speak with students about a specific area of work. Here’s the first one, Shane and I did a few weeks ago.

2) Reaching out to speak with Sites students!

Also, across each fortnight, each Sabbatical will visit one of our 3 main sites off Highfield Campus (either Southampton General Hospital, the National Oceanography Centre or Winchester School of Art). We’ll be there for about half a day to get a chance to better understand the Student Experience at these sites and answer questions that students have.

3) Creating evaluation panels to make our workload more transparent!

As part of a new initiative, some of the Sabbatical team are testing out the idea of an evaluation panel, where we get a small group of students together to ask questions of one of the Sabbatical Officers to find out what they’ve been spending their time on. We’re setting up the first of these panels from a mixture of Student Leaders, Union Councillors, and ordinary students who just want a chance to ask questions and learn more. If you’re not on Union Council and would like a chance to be on one of these evaluation panels (we’ll train you up so you know everything you’ll need to) then please fill in the form here.

... we'll just see about that, Boromir!... ... RIP








On top of this, we’ll also be discussing some other ways for students to approach Sabbaticals at the next Union Council on Monday 3rd December at 5pm – so come on down!!


BNOC love

Davey G – VP Communications

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13 Comments on "BNOCs!"

  1. David
    26/11/2012 at 4:34 pm Permalink

    thats all we neeed – lets feed the sabbs already overinflated egos

  2. David
    26/11/2012 at 5:44 pm Permalink

    My ego needs feeding too, Carly. Otherwise it’ll shrivel and die…

  3. David
    26/11/2012 at 4:37 pm Permalink

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. There is no way you lot a BNOCs nor ever will be.

  4. David
    26/11/2012 at 5:49 pm Permalink

    You’re crushing my dreams, lol. I will be a BNOC… even if it means being so gosh darn approachable…

  5. David
    26/11/2012 at 6:03 pm Permalink

    Oh, you’d like that wouldn’t you… “David”?

  6. David
    26/11/2012 at 7:51 pm Permalink

    You can read the rest of the story here at

  7. David
    26/11/2012 at 6:00 pm Permalink

    Wait, actually spending time in the satellite sites. Will that finally mean you guys realise something I have within 3 months of being there… That nothing anyone does down at Highfield ever gets as far as out here and literally nothing has any relevance to us?! We literally don’t exist as far as anyone is concerned

  8. David
    26/11/2012 at 6:07 pm Permalink

    Hopefully so, Natt 🙂 It’s a mixture of creating opportunities at different sites and communicating how some services at Highfield are still relevant and useful for students at Sites – it’s not gonna be an easy journey, but obviously it’s an important one.

    Nicole, the VP Winchester and Sites is bringing some proposals to the next Union Council about how to make improvements at sites, which might be of interest to you – which site are you working at? Cheers for commenting.

  9. David
    26/11/2012 at 6:16 pm Permalink

    I can understand, but it definitely does need doing sooner rather than later. I’d welcome a little bit more integration and I’m sure others would too.

    I’m working up at SGH, which basically exists in its’ own realm.

  10. David
    26/11/2012 at 7:53 pm Permalink

    That’s good to hear, Natt. There’s a lot of potential in place for students at SGH because you already have medsoc, which SUSU tries to support as best it can. I guess we’ll have to see what comes out of the Sites review at Council, and then, as you said, get to work as soon as possible 🙂

  11. David
    29/11/2012 at 7:22 pm Permalink

    This sounds like awesome stuff. The evaluation panels especially sound good because it might allow students to really probe the sabbs in a more comfortable setting than Union Council.

    A couple things spring to mind about it though. Are the sessions informal? If there are concerns raised by the students how do they go about following those concerns up (e.g. is there another independent and senior figure overseeing the session or not). I think this will make a big difference as to whether the students think that these panels are worthwhile.

  12. David
    29/11/2012 at 11:19 pm Permalink

    Cheers for the comment, Jonny. Hope that you’re well.

    I think you’re right. Originally, some aspect of media coverage seemed like an easy way to make sure that the right actions and progress could develop from the sessions, however, I think that sets the wrong tone.

    At the moment, I think there is a balance between the group making their own suggestions and there being a sense of trust between all involved that the aim is to overall improve the Sabbatical’s ability to do their job, and any more serious concerns could be sent back to council. There’s still some fining out of the process, so feel free to add in any thoughts about whether you think that’s the right level of formality – I’m not precious about anything in it really.

    Cheers again.


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