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Halls Student Committee - all you need to know.

By sophiebk 24 Aug 2018

What is a Halls Student Committee?
Each Halls of residence has a Halls’ Student Committee (HSC) that anyone can be a part of. Each HSC is made up of residents of that particular hall who work together to make sure that everyone has the best time whilst living in Halls.

Who can join?
Any student resident of a Hall is eligible to join their HSC. Anyone who wants to sign up automatically becomes what is known as a General Member and is involved in all aspects of the HSC, attending meetings and helping plan and run events. After six weeks all students in accommodation will be given the opportunity to say whether they’re happy for those students who have volunteered to continue to represent them, if they are this will become the official HSC for the year.

What do the HSC's do?
HSC’s identify any issues and make sure that students opinions are heard at the University and at the Liverpool Guild of Students. They also have a budget which can be used to improve and enhance the student experience and promote a feeling of community amongst students. This can be for events and trips or to purchase items students decide they need.

For example, previous HSCs have organised:
LGBT Awareness Week
Trips to Chatsworth House, Chester Zoo, Cadbury’s World and York
Nights out in Manchester
Film and Pizza Nights
Chinese New Year celebrations
Summer Boat Party on the Mersey
Charity events (e.g. Children in Need and Comic Relief fundraising)
HSC’s have also bought Xbox’s, pool tables, table tennis and goal posts for their halls

Is it a big commitment?
The HSC meets once a week, for around an hour, and there may be small tasks throughout the week if you have an event or trip coming up. There is a HSC training session where you'll get all the information you need for the year. Each HSC also has a HSC RA who attends your meetings and is there is offer support and advice. There is also AJ from the Guild and Sophie from the Halls Student Experience Team who are on hand to help with anything you need

Why should I do it?
Becoming a member of the HSC it is an excellent way to make new friends and represent your fellow students. It also provides plenty of opportunity to develop skills you may not work on in the classroom, for example problem solving, budgeting, event planning and communication.

But don’t just take if from us – here are ‘three words to describe your HSC experience’ from ex-HSC members:
Fun, challenge and commitment (Alex, ex-Dover Court HSC President)
Fun, worthwhile, challenging (Emma,  ex-Greenbank HSC President
Creative, educational, fun! (Lewis, ex-Greenbank HSC Member)
Friends, parties, finances (Rich, ex-Greenbank HSC Member)
Memorable, enjoyable, fulfilling (Aimee, ex-Greenbank HSC Member)

What next?
If you are interested in joining your HSC you will be informed when the first meeting will be in your arrival talks from your Warden and Resident Advisers.