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Emily Lucy King


Hi I'm Emily, and I'll be your Student President this year. I can't wait to get started as it seems so long ago that I was elected. Hopefully I'll get to meet you all soon, but in the mean time keep safe and feel free to drop me an email at union.president@hw.ac.uk.

What do I do?

As President, my main focus is on improving the student experience and representing the views of students to the University. I'm also tasked with ensuring that students are at the heart of everything the University does as I sit on University Court, as well as a number of other committees.

I Chair the Scottish Borders Campus Group and act as a key link between the two campuses. While I'm primarily concerned with representing all of Heriot-Watt's students in the UK (Edinburgh, Scottish Borders Campus, Orkney) I am also the key link between your counterparts in Dubai’s Student Council and Malaysia's Student Association to ensure their views are fully represented. I even sometimes get to visit our international campuses!

As President, I work very closely with the Vice Presidents in Edinburgh. I also play a key role in Student Parliament, supporting Student MPs to make change, making sure Parliament runs smoothly, and regularly providing students with updates on the work we’re doing.

This year I will also lead on improving the Postgraduate experience at Heriot-Watt University.

As President, I am a member of the Student Union Trustee Board and may be nominated to attend various University committees.

Tell Us About Yourself

I've worked as a Receptionist at the Union for the last couple of years - you might recognise me if you've topped up your bus pass! I was also a delegate at the NUS Scotland Conference earlier this year, and I was the Vice President of the Heriot-Watt Business Management Society - so I've done quite a bit within the Student Union before.

From working in the Union and being involved in societies, I realised the great impact that the Union can have on the student experience. The motivation behind running for President was the desire to be directly involved in decision making and changes that will enhance the overall University experience for ALL students.

This year I was to continue to build strong relations with the University, and work together to enhance the student experience. I want to host more cultural events to celebrate our global community, and I'd like to improve the postgraduate experience.

Over the next year, I will be aiming to make your University experience the best that it can possibly be, and welcome any ideas that you may have to make this happen. I am looking forward to meeting so many of you, returning and new students. I am excited to represent all of you, as your President, to voice any of your concerns, ideas and achievements.

For those of you that are about to join our Heriot-Watt community, welcome and good luck with your exciting new journey! Returning students, I hope that you enjoy your summer break and take some well-deserved time to relax, ready for your next stage in September. For our students entering their final year, I hope that you enjoy this final chapter, and I wish you every success in your degree!

Let's Chat...

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