Hello! I’m Annabel, a second-year law student and currently the secretary of the Holdsworth Club. I have really enjoyed being part of the committee and I would love to continue to be a part of it by becoming your Chair.
As I have already spent the past year being secretary, working closely with our chair, Harriet, and many other committee members, I understand how to run the committee. I believe my experience will allow the club to run as smoothly as possible and continue to be a great law society.
I aim to ensure the club goes forward to be fun, supportive and great value for money for all our club members. I aim to organise more monthly events to bring our members closer together and to have fun! Studying law can be stressful and I want the Holdsworth Club to be not only supportive in your studies and future careers, but also a club that helps you relax to make your lives a little easier!
So, vote for me for a fun, inclusive and professional law society! I guarantee I will be an approachable and responsible chair, with the members wants and needs always in mind!
Running for Chair
Hi, I’m Neave Lloyd and I am campaigning for Holdsworth Chair. I am passionate and outgoing in spirit and hope to channel that into the club so we can have the best year yet! I have lots of ideas to make the club more active so that students get their moneys worth for their membership. For example, I would like to introduce a suggestions box so that students can have a say in what the club is doing, and give suggestions for more events, both social and educational. I was Academic director of 2017/18, so I have seen how the society runs, and I can put my experiences towards being the best chair I can be! I have also been in Australia for the last year, so I am around to help those going through the same application process. Holdsworth has been a massive part of my experience at University of Birmingham and I want it to be the same for everyone else, including the new fresher’s we’ll have joining us next year. Vote for me, and together we can work to make Holdsworth the society you want it to be.
Hi everyone, my name is Matthew and I am a second-year law with Business student.
I’m currently a law tutor as part of Holdsworth’s tutoring initiative and have enjoyed being part of Holdsworth Law Society through this scheme. I would love the opportunity to be able to contribute more actively towards the running of the society and help improve the experience of present and future members. I believe I am well suited for the role of a treasurer through my past experiences of managing finance for a company over the summer break as I had to handle a substantial amount of money with care and precision, as there is no room for mistakes.
In addition, I am currently holding two posts in two different societies which has helped me tremendously in building and strengthening my soft skills, such as time management, communication, organization and ability not to crack under pressure.
In terms of character, I would describe myself as a flexible, understanding and compassionate person in whatever I do and will give my all for the members of this society. Therefore, I believe I am suited for being entrusted with the funds of the society and will manage it well.
My name is Aled Luckman. I want to be your treasurer for the Holdsworth Club! You should vote for me for three reasons:
1. I aim to increase our law firm sponsorship. Law firms are desperate to associate with us. By increasing sponsorship, we can do more events and/or decrease their student cost, including for major events such as the Law Ball. Extra funding will enable us to increase the venue size allowing more members to attend.
2. I aim to create a Holdsworth Bursary for a small number of students who cannot cover the membership cost. I want the Holdsworth Club to be inclusive to all and not restricted only to the students who can afford the membership.
3. I want to increase the number of free events we offer. A membership is a significant investment for students and members are entitled to as many benefits as the club can afford. I will publish our financial dealings for complete transparency, so that members can see what their subscriptions are spent on.
I have a committed personality and I will work hard to deliver on my promises! Please vote me in as Treasurer!
Hey! I’m Linh and I’m running to be your Holdsworth Club Secretary! I’ve managed a Facebook page and email account before, therefore with my experience in general admin, I hope to successfully continue the Holdsworth weekly newsletter – so be rest assured that support and important information will be regularly communicated to you! I’m very organised and manage my time effectively, which is a key skill in the role of secretary. This is evidential through my google calendar, hoard of stationary and allocated time in my days to commit to the role.
Full of energy and enthusiasm, I love to help anyone and will be dedicated in supporting the committee members in any task at hand. As I would be an essential point of contact, I’m reliable and proactive to any situation which may arise and will assist in the smooth running of the society.
In addition to all this, I’m very approachable and enjoy meeting new people. I hope to be a friendly face for all to ensure that you’re supported and happily integrated into the Law school! With many opportunities in the role of secretary, I strive to be the most efficient secretary for 2019/20!
Hi! I’m Becca, a first-year law student running for the role of Secretary!
A vote for me as Secretary means that you can be confidentially assured that the Holdsworth Society will be so well organised that I’ll have everything colour coded and alphabetised within a week!
I believe that I have the skills required for this role, as someone that has successfully organised large events before, I understand and actually enjoy the planning, effort, and commitment that will be necessary to continue the smooth operation of the Holdsworth society. Also, as a first year I understand that university can be daunting and doesn’t always going to plan. Therefore, as secretary I will always be at hand to answer any problems, queries or general questions anyone will have. On top of this, I hope to extend the responsibilities of the Secretary. As communication is key to the role, I already have ideas on how to extend and improve the communication between members and the committee!
Mostly I hope that as Secretary I can ensure that we all get the most out of our Holdsworth membership.
Vote for me and I guarantee you won’t regret it!
Hi! My name is Haniefah and I’m a second-year student. I am currently the Brand Ambassador for Bird & Bird and ULaw. I’ve had great relationships with the past two Career Officers which has encouraged me to apply.
As a law student, I’ve always be extremely proactive in attending career events and finding more about the opportunities available. I have in-depth knowledge on a variety of firms and pathways. I hope to use this knowledge to offer detailed advice on career prospects and commercial understanding.
My role as Student Mentor has enabled me to improve my interpersonal and advisory skills which are vital for the role. Through this I have been able to interact with students of varied year groups and accommodate to frequent career queries.
As Careers Officer, I’d introduce ‘Holdsworth Career Drop in Sessions’ where, students are able to ask queries regarding career prospects and future planning. I’d also utilise the sessions to run frequent in-house CV Clinics, Application workshops and How to develop Commercial Awareness events.
My main priority as Career Officer is student satisfaction. Therefore, if elected, I look forward to working with the committee to ensure that you receive tailored career advice.
My name is Shivani Gug and I am running for the role of the careers officer. I feel that I would be well suited to this position as I am very driven and seek a legal career myself. I have engaged in many careers events during the course of this academic year, and would be honoured to have the chance to help organise them next year.
By working annually as a team leader on NCS and having served my school as Head Girl, I have vastly developed my communication skills and confidence, so I will be comfortable talking to the employers we welcome to our university during careers week. My role as a student ambassador for the Law department also enables me to speak highly of the Law school, and the extensive range of careers options available to students once they have completed their degrees.
If I had the honour to be elected as the Careers Officer of the Holdsworth society, I would work hard to ensure each careers event is the best it can be and is well advertised, so every student has the chance to attend them.
My name is Beth Pickering, I am currently in first year and I am interested in running for the role of Events officer. Since starting my degree, and joining the Holdsworth Club, I knew I wanted to be on the committee, with the role of Events Officer appealing to me the most. So far, I have attended the LAWD bar crawl, the Applebum Christmas social, and, most importantly, the Law Ball. Whilst at the ball, I was in awe of how much time and organisation must have gone into the night and was constantly thinking about how amazing it would be to actually organise such a grand event. I believe I would be well suited to this role as I love planning events, whether it’s a huge party or a more chilled dinner party, and I thrive off others enjoying themselves. Moreover, I have faith in my own time management skills that I would be able to carry out this role to the best of my ability, alongside my degree.
Hello! I am Emilie, a first year LLB law student and I am applying for the role of Events Officer. During my first year at the University and a member of the Holdsworth Club, I have experienced the quality of the events, yet also ideas for improvement. My goal is to deliver memorable events, and therefore, my manifesto stands for making the events bigger and better. I assure you that the main social events, such as the Christmas trip and infamous ‘Law Ball’ will be the highlights of the following year, with my input. I am an approachable and friendly person that loves a challenge, which are attributes that I believe to be vital for the position.
On the other hand, networking events are strongly at the top of my agenda, as events that help further a legal career are extremely important during the course of your degree. I intend to liaise with Career Officers to provide exciting opportunities: such as meeting professionals and learning more about the different paths available after your degree.
I would love to be involved with the Holdsworth Club throughout my second year, and maintain the high quality and success of the events so far.
Hello! I’m Adele, currently in my first year and would love to be your events officer.
Based on conversations I had with some of you, I concluded that many members feel their money is not really worth their membership, which is the most urgent issue I would address and change, ensuring you are getting as much as possible from your law society.
I would be very excited to introduce commercial awareness sessions where we could discuss current affairs, analyze case studies and generally broaden our horizons as it is expected of potential trainees. Working alongside other committee members I would also foster more careers talk with lawyers and trainees.
As to other activities, Holdsworth is known for its wonderful annual law ball, however, it is quite costly for law students already spending a lot on expensive textbooks and membership itself. I would attempt to make the ball more inclusive or at least try to cater for a low-cost alternative so we can all enjoy some remarkable moments alongside our challenging degree.
Lastly, I would welcome any individual suggestions from you, encouraging end-of-term questionnaires so we can all feel included and heard. I was a girl scout, so you can rely on my promise to make your university experience better.
Hi! My name is Jemina and I’m running for the position of Freshers Rep. I believe I would be perfect for this role because of my enthusiastic and friendly attitude. Additionally, as an EU student I’m confident I could offer support for both home and international students!
I want to make every fresher feel welcomed to university life and the Holdsworth Club. I recognise that not every fresher is the same. My main aim is to make welcome week more inclusive for different types of freshers. I am a very organised individual and planning different events comes naturally to me.
I want to make LAWD the most memorable social event for new freshers! I would also like to introduce other activities for those freshers who don’t necessarily enjoy a big night out. This issue is important because I want freshers to feel welcomed no matter their background or preference!
I would also like to offer first years more support throughout the academic year. Starting university can be very overwhelming. I want every fresher to feel like they have someone to turn to when things don’t go as planned and when they simply want someone to talk to!
Welfare and Diversity
Hi, I’m Yasmin a first-year student and I would really like to be your Diversity and Welfare Officer. I would say I am approachable, understanding, compassionate and would aim to make the best possible contribution to Diversity and Welfare within Holdsworth.
Studying Law can be demanding and at times many of us may have issues with stress or mental well-being that we may not always want to talk about. That’s why I would aim to work alongside the Law Welfare Tutors to devise a network for students to discuss issues they’re having whether academically, socially or personally. This could take the form of a weekly drop-in session welcome to all members, even if it’s just for a chat! I would also work towards organising workshops for managing stress, particularly during exam season.
Previously, I have been involved in mentoring for students from various backgrounds and cultures. I learnt the importance that people need to feel included, have a voice and be able to reach out for support easily, regardless of who they are. Additionally, being of mixed-race origin myself I fully understand the value of having multi-cultural membership of the Holdsworth Club and I would encourage this further.
Diversity and Welfare Officer
My name is Angel Valdivieso, a first-year student, and I want to run for Diversity and Welfare Officer. Other than law, equality and welfare are two issues I’m passionate about. As an openly bisexual and international student, I am aware of the discrimination that we still face in our society. There are several things that could be done to ensure that law students from all minorities feel that they have the same opportunities. Without role models, these potential lawyers might not feel as motivated to apply for training contracts in law firms where they don’t know if they will be welcomed. Therefore, if I am elected I will work directly with law firms in order to organise events where students will be able to feel that they will not be discriminated or that they will have to hide their identities. Talking to the current Officer, I have noted that even though some work has been done on ethnic minorities, we need more events for LGBTQ students. I would also like to raise awareness on welfare, for instance on Mental Health Day. I am keen on becoming the next Officer and I believe I will make a contribution to the Club.
Diversity and Welfare Officer
As a young LGBT man, diversity and inclusion has always been incredibly important to me. Each individual within the law school will have to overcome a variety of challenges, but people’s differences should never have to be an obstacle for them in achieving their goals. Whilst in sixth form, I set up and led an LGBT society as well as developing an inclusive policy, so that individuals had a place of their own to feel safe. If I were to become the diversity and welfare officer, I would apply the same principles as I have already done. Namely, to promote and ensure that all opportunities are accessible for everyone, whilst ensuring every individual knows the variety of sources of help available to them in regard to their welfare. The law recognises equality, but it is societies role to ensure all people can be included in the plethora of opportunities available to them – as an individual I will aim to reflect this sentiment in practical ways if elected as the Diversity and Welfare officer.
Hi! My name is Ross Cook, a second-year law student and I am running for the position of Sports Officer. The past year I have been on the Holdsworth committee as treasurer. This has been a fulfilling duty which has required me to be organised and reliable and has given me good insight into how the society operates. I have also worked closely with the current sports officer when making payments for kit, pitch bookings and entry into the campus league’s which has in turn given me an insight in to some of the demands of this role. Being a part of the Holdsworth football team has also been one of the most rewarding experiences of my time at uni so far and I want to continue to improve the standard of sport, not just football, within the society. I aim to not only continue the great work that Jonny Ford has done this year, but to try and increase opportunity for all those in the society who want to take part in sport and try to organise some more events and fixtures throughout the year.
I am running to be Academic Director. The tutoring programme is still a fairly new scheme and so I believe it is important to ensure its continuing success. I would do this by doing lecture shout outs in first and second year lectures to make sure that the students are aware of the details of the programme, as I’m sure many students, first years in particular, do not always read the newsletter containing all the information. I believe that this innovative scheme can continue with its success and would love the opportunity to be a part of that.
As I have learnt from tutoring for the Holdsworth Club this year, organisation and communication skills are essential in being able to deliver a successful tutoring session, and these skills that I have learnt through tutoring would serve me well as Academic Director. I am confident that I would be able to make the time commitment that this position requires, as it is something which I am passionate about. I have always enjoyed teaching and I taught some dance classes for BUDS in my first year at university. The experience and skills that I possess would make me a good Academic Director.
I am Zachary and I am currently in my second year.
Having attended the Student Tutoring Scheme in my first year, I have amassed a wealth of knowledge and the Tutors were very helpful.
As such, I decided to be a tutor in my second year as I am able to relate to the situations that first-year students face, which allowed me to tailor my sessions to their needs. I actively seek feedback from the first-years and have been improving on the tutoring sessions. After conducting 4 sessions, I have received feedback from students saying that they have benefitted from my sessions and have also witnessed an improvement in their grades. This has bolstered my confidence to run for Academic Director.
I am fully aware of the responsibilities of an Academic Director and have spoken to the current Academic Director, Matthew, expressing my interest in this role. Being a tutor has allowed me to be adaptive, evidently when I took over a class at the last minute when one of the tutors was ill.
I am confident that I would be able to perform my role as an Academic Director and continue making the tutoring scheme a success.
My name is Anna Hayes. I am currently a first-year Law student. Since a young age I have been enthused by the prospect of becoming a barrister. Having attended the Middle Temple open day and dinner at Lincoln’s inn this filled me with inspiration. These were truly amazing experiences and hope to organize more events like this! I would love to be the next Barrister representative as I want to inspire others within the law school to become barristers. It is a profession to which many are put off due to the competitivity within the field. I want to provide law students with opportunities and experiences that will make them stand out for applications for the BPTC. As well as offering help with applications and finding pupillages. The profession is becoming increasingly diverse and I wish to promote this.
I would love to organize events where students can liaise with barristers and judges and get the opportunity to find out what life at the bar is like. Having been lucky enough to attend our University’s mooting competition in the Supreme Court, this inspired me to join the committee to have my say and share these incredible experiences with current and future students.
My name is Freya Squizzoni and I am applying for Publicity Officer. I have a genuine interest in social media and feel extremely confident in the way it works. I am aware of how much of an impact publicity and social media has on the club and would ensure the upkeep of social media would be kept to an extremely high standard. This would include circulating posts regularly to ensure information is passed through the university clearly and coherently. I would be extremely committed to the role and would love to work alongside other members of the committee in ways of expanding the social media platforms to ensure posts reach a large audience quickly. I like to think of myself as reliable and hardworking, ensuring I complete a task with good time even under pressure. I would be honoured to have the opportunity of being nominated and help benefit all members of the club.
Hi I’m Gwyneth, a first year law student. You should make me your Publicity Officer this year! I have a strong social media presence and am always reaching out to others even if I don’t know them well. I am approachable hence am open to suggestions on helping to improve the society. I am a sociable international student and would also be able to bridge the gap between overseas and local students, allowing me to promote the society through common goals and interests.
Holdsworth’s members would benefit largely from a more active Instagram account to keep track of the events taking place. By effectively promoting the events on social media, this would also notify non-members about the exclusive member events and encourage them in joining Holdsworth. I will also ensure that the members themselves receive email updates weekly.
I have previously undertaken roles such as being the Vice President of Public Relations and was on the Media and Communications team for the Student Representative Council at school. The similarities in responsibilities such as organising and promoting large-scale events would allow me to be a good fit for the Publicity Officer.
Peter De Sanctis
Post Grad Rep
Hi! My name is Peter but I’ve been called more fun names than that in the past – “Vitamin P” makes me laugh every time! I am looking to become the next post grad rep for the Holdsworth Club because I think I would do a great job in gathering grad students together by adding more socials to the calendar and tailoring those socials to grad students. I would especially focus on the following two initiatives. The first is to provide opportunities for both cohorts of the LLB for grads program to mingle – meaning the first and second year students. The second involves connecting LLM students with the rest of the program. Although many students could introduce the above initiatives, I think I would be a uniquely good fit for the role of grad rep. I have developed a strong rapport with many law students—especially those in the grad program. I think these personal relationships could lead to greater participation in our events. Additionally, I am in favour of introducing new and creative initiatives to increase student engagement. Ultimately, the Holdsworth Club functions to serve us law students, and fostering a sense of an intentional community among us is important!