SU Executive Elections 2018

SU executive elections are upon us! To start us off, this post outlines everything you need to know about why, how and when to apply for an SU position.

The roles we have on offer are all executive roles, except for the addition of up to 2 Entertainment (“Ents") Officers:


The SU President’s responsibility is to oversee the running of the SU, including setting the strategic vision and direction for the group as a whole. The President incentivises any actions that need to be taken, such as promoting new societies and assisting committee members with all they need to fulfill their roles. The President, along with the Vice President, also has biweekly meetings with senior members of staff enabling quick resolution of any issues that might arise, and a proactive response to new initiatives. The President also sits on Governing Body. She is ideally someone who enjoys thinking big.

Vice President

The Vice President acts in an assisting capacity to the SU President, having an active part in most activities in and around the College. This includes attending regular meetings with the SU committee, and the Governing Body of the College, as well as maintaining links between the College and the wider Cambridge University Student Union (CUSU). The Vice President is ideally someone who enjoys networking with other groups in the university, and who thrives in a supporting role.

Graduate Representative

The SU Graduate Representative applies herself to creating a vibrant graduate college experience, working to integrate the student body. We have a Grad Rep to specifically represent grads' interests, and this is because the college is a majority graduate community, but it is important to remember that all SU committee positions are open to any student in the college (grads and undergrads alike). The grad rep is ideally someone who enjoys deep learning about people’s needs, and who believes in an equal college experience for all.

Internal Communications Officer

The Internal Communications Officer is in charge of the internal communication of the SU. This includes things like compiling and sending out the SU newsletter, maintaining the SU website, sending out agendas and keeping minutes in meetings. She keeps everyone in the loop by keeping the intel flowing. The ICO is ideally a person who loves connecting ideas and people.

Finance Officer

The role of Finance Officer primarily involves keeping the accounts, advising on expenditure, utilising and guarding the SU bank cards and cheque book. She thrives on helping ideas come to life by planning for a responsible allocation of resources, and supports societies in College. Ideally, the finance officer enjoys a structuring information, helping the SU President (and others) to maintain a sober overview of what the SU can afford.

Entertainments ("Ents") Officer x2:

The SU ents officers are responsible for hosting a series of events that make Lucy a more exciting and social college. They are responsible for the strategic development of the SU’s event planning, and work closely with college to implement their ideas. They are also responsible for developing relationships with other college’s MCR and JCR events officers, working to plan joint events them, including (but not limited to) formal swaps. They attend relevant college and SU meetings, including the majority of SU events and formal swaps, as well as SU closed and open meetings, and give fortnightly updates to the committee. It is primarily an operational role. In the Easter round, ents officers are particularly involved in hosting Freshers’ Week - the most important annual event in the SU calendar.Ents officers are ideally “go-getters” who are happy to take initiative and drive projects from start to end, with the President’s help.

Some benefits of joining the SU:

• You join a tight-knit social team, working together to make meaningful changes to the college

• In this way, you create the student experience you wish you had

• You make personal connections with the many impressive fellows and staff in college, widening your network for the future

• Needless to say, you earn significant CV points by taking on a leadership role, and we will help you quantify your success

• If you run for an executive position (all but Ents), you will be placed at the top of the room ballot, meaning you can choose virtually any college room to stay in during the next academic year

How to apply:

1. Decide what role you want to go for, and feel free to reach out to anyone on the SU for more advice

2. Get consent from your tutor or DoS to run (this is a formality for executive positions - not required for Ents officers)

3. Put together a manifesto outlining your ideas for the role (template is available here, please write to us if you are unaware of the members' password:

Send your manifesto to the current SU President.

4. Present your manifesto at the SU hustings (with pizza and wine) - please note that Hustings has now moved from the 14th to the 15th of February, at 6pm, in the common room

5. Cast your vote and await results!


The last day to submit your manifesto and nominate yourself is Monday 19th Feb, at 12:00 noon.

Let us know if you have any questions, and we look forward to seeing your manifestos!

Garden Party Committee applications

Each year, Lucy plans and hosts a series of annual events. Of of these - perhaps the most enjoyable one - is the Garden Party in May Week, which is scheduled for the 16th of June 2018 this academic year. It is now high time to select a full garden party committee.

You can read more information below, or go to this link to make an application right away:


The Garden Party follows from the likes of Newnham and Murray Edwards by providing a festive themed daytime event, tailored for a smaller college. Lucy has a spectacular reputation for events at the moment, not least for our bops (which currently have the highest level of measurable interest we've seen compared to any other college).


It is the job of the Garden Party Committee to build on this momentum and create a spectacular post-exams experience. See full role descriptions in the attached document.


There are multiple reasons to join. These include:

• New friends and a social group in college
• CV points
• Leadership experience and developing specific skill-sets, depending on your role - everything from strategic pricing of tickets, to music and food choices, to teamwork and delegation
• Engineering Lucy's reputation to be even better and helping to showcase our college (bringing back to the community)
• New contacts around Cambridge through collaborations and sponsorship etc.
• Of course, attending the garden party for free



You'll be the director of it all, keeping the sub-teams on track and developing a coherent vision for the garden party. With a full committee, the president is responsible for leading a total of 10 people. Key skills: strategic thinking, visionary/ambitious, enjoys managing people, time management, willing to do admin work


Keeping on top of the finances is essential for any big event. The treasurer allocates a budget and works closely with sponsorship to secure funds for a successful event. Key skills: enjoys organising information, numerical thinking, detail-orientated, willing to do admin work

Marketing/Communications (Lead or Officer)

Responsible for communicating the unique benefits of a Lucy event as compared to other May Week events, creating hype and building on our reputation as a college. Key skills: strong written English, creative thinking, design-orientated, research-orientated (e.g. making analyses of competitors), insight into social media + student newspapers + other possible communications platforms


Responsible for securing funds and freebies for the party. This role will be busy from the very beginning since companies often decide on their budgets early on. Key skills: smooth talker/people person, willing to make cold phone calls, persuasive, determined, likes to get started right away

Food Officer / Drink / Music Officer

Responsible for brainstorming and ordering food/drinks/music for the party in line with the theme. Liaises with sponsorship and communications to make sure the committee as a whole gets the biggest bang for their buck. Key skills: research-orientated (e.g. looking for and evaluating past may balls/garden parties), smooth talker/people person, willing to make cold phone calls, team player

Decorations (Lead or Officer)

Decorations is key to any successful event - it creates the very first impression that guests are met with and adds crucial value. The decorations team is responsible for brainstorming, visualising, planning, ordering and setting up decorations according to that year's theme. Key skills: creative thinking, crafts-y, visual and design-orientated, visionary/ambitious

Entertainment Officer

Responsible for organising activities during the event, such as merry-go-rounds and other fun things that the guests can engage in. Key skills: creative thinking, research-orientated (e.g. looking into previous garden parties/may balls for inspiration and evaluation)


This will be different at different times leading up to the event, and different for different teams. You're expected to spend a few hours a week at least on average, but as always some weeks will be nothing and others will be lots. You will be guided by the committee president on what's required. As always, the main thing is just to get the job done. You will be expected to start working immediately, including some work over the Christmas holidays.


Make your application by filling in this form: You may then be asked to a short interview, after which a final committee will be put together.


The deadline is Wednesday the 13th of December at 11:59pm (midnight).

SU Non-Executive Elections Results 2017

It's been a splendid election cycle with an all-time high voter turnout. All non-executive positions have now been filled. We want to give our warmest congrats to all the candidates, and to all the Lucians who supported them at hustings and by voting.

Elected officers:

Access: Sioned Cox

Accommodation and Food: Ola Goclawska

BME Officer: Jessica Tan

Undergraduate Representative to Council: Julie Damborg

Graduate Representative to Council: Bianca Lepe

Education Officer: Erica Cao

Ents Officer: Beth Flaherty

Green Officer: Annika Brouwer

International Officer: Julia Koziel

LGBTQ+ Officer: Laura McClintock

Library and IT Officer: Clémentine Laurent

Marketing and Development Officer: Shameera Nair-Lin

Sports and Societies Officer: Linnea Gradin

Welfare and Disabilities Officer (2 roles): Nat Abbott - and - Rebecka Nordenlöw

Women’s Officer: Alexandra Aldridge

SU Non-Executive Election Candidates 2017

SU elections are just about to start, and we are delighted to announce that 17 Lucians are running for 16 positions, all manifestos attached.

A note on voting: Voting is easy, it's quick, and it really matters to us on the SU. Voter turnout indicates how many of you are invested in college life, which means it can give the candidates (and the SU as a whole) a more solid mandate. At the end of the year, our voter turnout will also be compared to other colleges, and we'd love for Lucy to have one of the strongest showings in the university. By voting, you show that you care and believe in us, and we hope we’ve been deserving of that so far. So please do give us your vote.


HUSTINGS with pizza and wine will take place SUNDAY 22nd at 8:00PM in Lucy Bar. Come to meet the candidates and hear them present their thoughts.

VOTING CLOSES on MONDAY 23rd at 5:00PM, with results announced shortly thereafter.





Access: Sioned Cox

Accommodation and Food: Ola Goclawska

BME Officer: Jessica Tan

Education Officer: Erica Cao

Ents Officer: Beth Flaherty

Green Officer: Annika Brouwer

International Officer: Julia Koziel

LGBTQ+ Officer: Laura McClintock

Library and IT Officer: Clémentine Laurent

Marketing and Development Officer: Rebeka Gaal - and - Shameera Nair-Lin

Sports and Societies Officer: Linnea Gradin

Welfare and Disabilities Officer (2 roles): Nat Abbott - and - Rebecka Nordenlöw

Women’s Officer: Alexandra Aldridge

Undergraduate Representative to Council: Julie Damborg

Graduate Representative to Council: Bianca Lepe

The SU Committee and Easter Term

This term the committee continued to make alterations to the common room, which will be completed in the beginning of the Michaelmas term. We would love to have some feedback, although most of things are still on their way! Grad suppers have been hosted by the amazing Lu Liu. The committee has also improved budgeting and investigated the possibility of student subscriptions, our Finance Officer going out of her way to have a firm grip on the finances. There was a successful offer-holders' day, and we have received much enthusiastic feedback from keen to-be freshers! 

Some new things that we introduced were a new meeting and voting structure, which has lowered the meeting running times by a staggering 60% and raised the open meeting voting participation from 5 to 10,5%, something that we hope to continue to improve. One open meeting was held at Histon Road in order to improve inclusivity for the students living off-site. There were the writing sessions by Lu, which gathered a lot of positive feedback. 

We have made efforts to develop the visual appearance of the SU and to improve the flow of information. In the beginning of the term we launched the new SU websiteand a newsletter, and later on the Lucy Bar and Lucy Ents were rebranded on Facebook. We have also collaborated with Kate Coghlan for communication things, and helped to arrange the garden party. 

Some particular wins for the SU are the Ents team raising the profile of the college - alongside of producing incredible events for everyone. At the Bop on the Beach there were queues around the corner and there is a whisper going around that Wolfson cancelled their bop in order to be able to come to ours. The Take a Break sessions brought to you by Tildy and Leigh were enthusiastically received, everyone loving the free ice cream and a moment for relaxing. 

The committee decided to give the officer recognitions of this term (based on our weekly updates and are only given to non-execs) to the Welfare Officer Tildy Stokes and the driving force of the Ents, Stine Holm. Tildy took time to host weekly welfare sessions, including yoga and relaxation which was sorely needed and appreciated in exam term. She has been and continues to be a friendly face around the college that deliberately helps to spread calm and enjoyment. Tildy also hosted Take a Break sessions with the previous Senior Tutor, liaising with college to make sure they would fund and appreciate such events. Stine hosted bops, including the one which had people still queuing 15 minutes before the bop was scheduled to end. She also dealt very quickly and professionally with a sexual assault complaint about bop security and changed security providers in a just a day before the bop. Stine also helped to plan and facilitate student involvement in the garden party, and has kept up our relationships with other colleges. Both Tildy and Stine stayed involved and engaged when exam term was at its most demanding. 

The next step for the committee will be the Freshers' Week, which means that a funding proposal will be electronically distributed. Do keep the feedback coming, we have really enjoyed this term despite all the exam term madness, and look forward to the next year! 

Looking for a Bar Steward!

Lucy Cavendish College

Bar Steward

Taking on the paid role of Lucy Bar Steward means being at the center of the College's social life, in a leadership position. Formally speaking, the role of the Bar Steward is to ensure that the bar in Oldham Hall is open and running properly during term time, ensuring that College adheres to all aspects of Licensing Act 2003 and the College premises licence conditions as agreed by City Council. The Bar Steward's tasks can be broken down into social, strategic and administrative categories.

You will be expected to do some prep work over the summer, in order to be ready for Freshers' Week, and to organise bar training for any new students wanting to work in the bar.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 1st September, midnight, 2017. The College are currently recruiting two Bar Stewards, working jointly.

Social tasks include:

·      Help make the bar a welcoming and successful part of College life.

·      Administer Bops in collaboration with SU.

·      Liaise with Ents Officer and Student Union on planning and opening the bar.

·      Recruiting and training new staff on bar procedures and arrange for new staff to have Licence training with Domestic Bursar and to fill in appropriate forms for Bursary.

·      Practice team work and delegation with the second Bar Steward.

Strategic tasks include:

·      Ensure short-term bar profits and promote long-term growth.

·      Attending and influencing all SU meetings. The Bar Steward does not have the capacity to vote in closed committee meetings.

Administrative tasks include:

·      Produce staff rotas to cover opening times.

·      Rotate stock and make sure bar is not overstocked and no stock is out of date.

·      Ensure PRS form is completed termly-check diary behind bar for events which need to go on form.

·      Ensure bar and bar area is kept clean and tidy.

·      Apply to Council for bar opening hour extensions (Council meets fortnightly).

·      Adhering to all College premises conditions.

Required skills:

·      Previous experience of bar work (essential).

·      Time to carry out duties and academic work.

·      Management skills and/or potential.

·      Enthusiasm for College social life.


The Bar Steward position pays £50 per term, plus 2 extra hours for admin work per week. The admin hours will be split between two Bar Stewards. You would also be paid for any bar shifts you take on, starting from £29.9.

How to apply:

Applications should be sent in via email. Please include details about your previous bar experience, and a short paragraph with the following: 1) what experience and skills you would bring to the role, 2) your personal motivation for applying, and 3) how you plan to run the bar, along with any ideas you have for making it a fun and relaxing place that students will use.

Send you application via email to our Domestic Bursar, Christine Houghton.

Taking Care

A Careful Balance The exams are approaching and with them our stress levels rise respectively, so be sure not to burn out. It's not very pleasant, we think. To help you out the counseling service is hosting a couple of sessions before exams, seehere. Also CUSU welfare has put together a list telling where you can get help in the exam term, here.  

Spending a Penny? The SU committee has worked on new funding guidelines and drafted a budget for the Easter term. As we strive to be a transparent and inclusive community we have included both on our website, click here if interested. Password is the same as for the college website members' section. 

Identity Crisis We are happy to announce that the Lucy Ents and Lucy Bar have now new logos! Go check them out at their Facebook pages. The photos from the Bop on the Beach have been added on the Lucy Ents Facebook page

Remember Me The SU committee wants to understand better the impact we are making in our college community over time, so please fill in this survey, it will only take 30 seconds. We need at least 50 people filling it out in order to have a representative sample - still looking for people to complete this. 

O voter where art thou? According to our constitution, we need to establish quorum by having at least 8% of our members in attendance - right now that means 30 people. Not establishing quorum means we cannot approve any proposals. At our last open meeting we had an attendance of 15 people, but we would like to see more of you there - remember that you can also proxy vote.

Easter Writing Group

The #Easter Writing Group# will have its first pilot session next Thursday May 4th 2017

Working on your dissertation, first/second year report or essays? Struggling alone on procrastinating forever to get some writing done? Need some peer support/pressure to put ideas in to paragraphs?  Our newly launched Easter Writing Group Initiative is specifically designed for you!

Different from the previous “shut up and write” project, the new writing group will incorporate an interactive element - we will start with a 5 minutes talking to your neighbors about your specific subjects and goals of writing for the next 55 minutes (e.g., come up with an outline, writing an opening introduction paragraph, revise an existing chapter etc. whatever it might be), and write, and repeat the circle…

We will kick off at 9 am in the morning and run throughout the whole day till 5 pm.  You are welcomed to drop in and drop out anytime based your own schedule and needs.  We will take breaks depending on how everyone feel (coffee, juice and some fruits will be provided!!!)

In addition to the grand ambition of helping everyone get some work done, this first pilot session is also intended to gather information and thoughts on how much there is a need (if any at all) for this initiative, and how to make it better to best serve the needs of Lucy students.  Please do come along if you think this is relevant to your interest (or not).

IMPORTANT: Please indicate your interest to come on the relevant Facebook event page so we will have an idea of how many people are coming to finalize the location (for non-Facebook users, please send a brief line to the organizer, your grad rep, Lu Liu at We will send follow-ups on location and how to meet-up on the Facebook page and by emails.  Cheers!

Punts and Impact

Impacted The SU committee wants to understand better the impact we are making in our college community over time, so please fill in this survey, it will only take one minute. We need at least 50 people filling it out in order to have a representative sample, and it can really help us work with the college and represent you better.

Something to be proud of? We are working together with the college staff to create a page showcasing student achievement and society participation on the College main website. If you are a society active or have won a prize, award, a scholarship or something similar, please tell us about it in the following template found through this link. 

Down by the riverside Lucy Cavendish SU is having a trial period (25.04.- 23.05.) in having punts on loan from our neighbour St. John's. Bring your uni car to the St. Johns back plodge, register your name and pay £5/h. The SU is supporting your punting adventure with £5/h, as the price would normally be £10. Night-punting also! 

Recycling is caring Our Green Officer Harry has placed a box in the Paul Paget room in which you can put pens you want to recycle. It's part of a scheme run by the Green Impact part of the counseling service. The pens are recycled but this also raises money for Centre 33, which provides mental health support and counseling for young people in Cambridge.