Name, role and department:
Jill Wells, Volunteering and Societies Manager at The Union.
How long have you been at Manchester Met:
Just over 3 years now.
Favourite thing about the University:
Our amazing volunteers – they’re the life and soul of a students’ union, and a big part of why many of us love being here. They create such a vibrant community within the University, and provide so many opportunities to other students through the activities they run. 20-26 February 2017 is National Student Volunteering Week, and a real celebration of how much they do.
A typical working day:
Every day is different in our student-facing office. It can involve delivering training workshops, meeting with a society committee, to discuss an upcoming trip, supporting students to plan fundraising events, meeting with volunteer-involving organisations who have opportunities for students or planning for a volunteering event.
What is your ideal weekend:
Anything that involves lots of family, food and getting to drink a brew before it gets cold. My 4 year old is into anything arty and messy at the moment, so there’s always some of that too.
Interesting fact about you:
As a student I published research on modality differences in time perception with my supervisor entitled “Good vibrations”.
What are you reading, watching or listening to at the moment:
I’m currently reading the absolutely epic “Jerusalem” by Alan Moore.
Favourite place in the region:
Oxford Road – there’s something almost magical about how much potential exists there.
Person you would most like to meet- past or present:
Some of history’s inspirational women – bell hooks, Sylvia Pankurst, Maya Angelou, Simone de Beauvior, Alice Walker.
What items would you take on a desert island and why:
That Alan Moore book – it’s the only way I’m going to finish it this year!