Hello! I'm Alex Mackenzie Smith, your Union President 2016/17 and welcome to the University of Surrey Students' Union. The Students' Union is here to support you throughout your time here at Surrey and to ensure that you have the best possible student experience! As Union President it is my job to lead the organisation in doing this.
I joined Surrey back in 2011 as an International Hospitality Management undergraduate. I quickly became involved in the Students' Union as I was keen to start a Lacrosse club (as we didn't have one!) and I was responsible for starting and getting the club off its feet. Since my first year I've been involved in a number of different opportunities from running a sports club to volunteering at a number of different events and being part of societies. It helped make my time at University so exhilarating and rewarding knowing I was doing other things other than my degree!
The Students' Union had such a positive impact on my whole university experience as well as giving me essential skills for my own personal development. In my final year I decided to run to be your first Vice-President Activity (2015-16) and I enjoyed shaping the student experience so much I ran for President – and here I am now! I have been elected by the student body to be your Union President, and I will do my best to represent you at the highest levels within the University, lead the organisation, and ensure that as an organisation we are fulfilling the needs of all our members – you the students.
Remember, that every student at Surrey is a member of the Students' Union so whether you're in your first year, taking up a master's degree or PhD, on placement, here for an exchange or in final year, make the most of your membership this year. This is another chapter in your life, make it one to remember and have a great year!
Alex Mackenzie Smith