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Colin Aitken

Vice President (Community)

Hey I’m Colin, and I’ll be your Vice president community this year! I’m excited to get started and hopefully get to meet you all soon! For now, stay safe and feel free to email me on union.vpcommunity@hw.ac.uk

What do I do?

As VP Community, I'm the lead on sustainability work as well as campaigning and representing students on issues affecting their lives such as housing and transport.

I chair both the Student Life Group & Societies Council, working to ensure students have the resources to both enhance life outside lectures and to improve and grow our Societies. I'm also a Member of Parliament alongside the 2 Members of Parliament from Student Life Group & Societies Council and help drive positive change brought forward by its members.

In this role, I help organising not-for-profit events & activities run by the Union. I work closely with the Activities Co-ordinator to make sure students have a wide variety of volunteering options open to them and help to focus the Union's charitable efforts for the year.

I'm also nominated to attend various University committees.

Tell Us About Yourself

Returning students will mostly recognise me from behind the bar at Geordies but on top of this I was also your Student MP on Parliament last year, and a Freshers Rep, volunteering my time to help give you all a great experience!

This role screams me! Since joining Heriot-Watt I have done my part to help widen the community through my work with society’s and I’m excited to be taking the next step! I'm most looking forward to getting stuck in - this year is the most unique with the whole global pandemic, so I am excited to help students get through it together!

I want students to feel that even through Covid-19 they have had one of their best years! I want to help the university and union increase their reputation for their sustainability (as we're currently a third-class university) and increase engagement through societies and help them enhance the student experience.

Let's Chat...

If you want to chat about my role, or something you think we should be looking at, then here's how you can find me:

Vice President (Community)