The Sabbatical Officers are students of Trinity that have taken a year out of their studies to work full time for the Students’ Union. The five positions are listed below with a description of what each of them do. Apart from the specific remits that each of them have, they all also have responsibility for the Union’s finances, represent the Union to outside bodies and prepare and give reports to the members at Council.
The Sabbatical Officers work for you. Don’t ever hesitate to get in touch with any of them if you ever require anything or need a question answered!
President – Rory Dunne
Rory's role as Students’ Union President is to coordinate union work on a day-to-day basis. This involves acting as the first spokesperson for the union, coordinating Union campaigns, representing students to College Board and college committees and ensuring that students have a voice at every level of college decision-making.
Rory ’s brief also includes maintaining and improving union services, along with being the first point of contact with the Students’ Unions of affiliated Colleges, USI and other student bodies in College.
For the year the Union will be working on a range of projects including fighting the reintroduction of third level fees, raising awareness of mental health problems, ensuring that College cutbacks don’t affect student services and making sure that the transition to the new year structure is as smooth as possible.
The Union has 16,000 members and can be a very powerful force. It can bring about real change in College but we need you! Get involved. Run for Class Rep or just drop up to us and let us know what you think about a particular issue. Let us know if we’re doing something wrong, after all, we work for you! We’re looking forward to hearing from you.
Phone: (01) 6468 435
Mobile: 086 837 35 09
Education Officer – Dan Ferrick
Dan’s job as Education Officer is to defend and help to improve the quality of your education in College, along with being there for students when things don’t go their way academically. Dan sits on Board and University Council where all the policy decisions that will affect your education are taken. The Education Officer sits on other committees too and is there to watch for any decisions made that could affect how you are taught and to pioneer new ideas to improve Trinity’s quality of teaching.
If you feel at any stage during your time as a student, that you are suffering with anything academic related, whether your an undergraduate or postgraduate student, then feel free to drop into Dan's office is House 6. Anything said will be treated with confidentiality and he will do his best to find a realistic and practical solution to your problem.
Dan has some administrative duties within the internal workings of the Students’ Union. he is secretary to the Administrative Executive, assists the Secretary to Council in organising SU Council and organises class rep training.
Because the President and the Education Officer attend a lot of the same committees and a significant amount of their work overlaps, the Education Officer deputises for the President in their absence.
Phone: (01) 6468 439
Mobile: 087 285 36 50
Welfare Officer – Aisling Ní Chonaire
Aisling Ní Chonaire, the Welfare Office, is here if you ever need to talk or just want someone to listen. Sometimes students find the trials and tribulations of third and fourth level a bit distressing. If you’re finding things difficult, you can’t settle in or you have a personal problem that you don’t feel confident talking to someone you know about, then send Aisling an email or drop into her office in House 6 or schedule an appointment. The drop in service is strictly confidential.
Aisling can help with various problems including; accommodation problems, planned or unplanned pregnancy, financial difficulties, health and mental health problems, LGBT issues, bullying or harassment concerns, grants, legal advice, bereavement and many other non-academic concerns.
Aisling sits on relevant College committees, including Board and Student Services to ensure that all decisions made by College are in the interest of the wellbeing of students.
The Welfare Officer also organises and coordinates some very visible campaigns throughout the year, which are intended to inform students of their rights and the help that is available to them. These include SHAG Week, Mental Health Week and Rainbow Week.
Phone: (01) 6468 437
Communications Officer – Owen Bennett
Owen Bennett, as Communications Officer, is tasked with making sure that you are fully informed of all that the Union is doing on your behalf, through use of various media such as posters, class addresses, this website and the Students’ Union paper; The University Times. Owen's job also includes informing you of the services available to you within the Union.
The University Times is editorially independent from the Students’ Union and will keep you up-to-date with news and information from the Students’ Union and College. We are always looking for people to get involved so send an email to email@example.com. The production team will bring you a quality newspaper every three weeks in term time, dealing with the issues which face students within College and on a national level. The paper will also be available online at www.universitytimes.ie.
Communications is a two way street, and the Union can only represent you when it knows the issues that matter to you. Owen will be looking for your feedback all year. The sabbatical officers are there to make your time in college easier and better, so help us to help you by letting us know what matters to you.
Phone: (01) 6468 436
Mobile: 086 082 48 26
Ents Officer – Dave Whelan
Dave Whelan’s sole purpose as Ents Officer is to make sure you are enjoying your time in College. he is there to provide you with top quality entertainment throughout the whole year. The Ents Officer is responsible for running all the major social events on the Trinity calendar, as well as getting you the best deals on everything from drink to tux rental, so even if you're broke you can still afford to have fun. Dave also helps Class Reps organise class parties and get the best deals.
The Ents Officer assists in the planning of the famous Trinity Ball and coordinates all of the events in RAG week along with getting amazing acts for the fresher’s ball and all the other events held throughout the year. Keep a look out for Ents advertisement for the latest of whats going on each week in College. If you have any ideas for Ents events or want to help out with Ents don’t hesitate to get in touch with Dave.
Phone: (01) 6468 438
Mobile: 086 054 98 71