Seán Ó Maoilchiaráin Welfare Officer

Oh dia dhaoibh mo chairde (hi friends),

My name is Seán Ó Maoilchiaráin (yes that’s hard to pronounce but I’m a Gaeilgeoir, what can you do. Just Seán will do) and I am your Student Life Welfare Officer for the next academic year. You may have come across me in the library at some stage where I worked as a peer advisor and social media ambassador, but I’ve moved up in the world a bit since then.

First things first, how are you? The last academic year and a half have been tough and definitely taken a mental toll on us all whether we realise it or not. That said however, it is looking increasingly likely that we will be back on campus to some degree (no pun intended) this year and I don’t know about you but I couldn’t be more excited. I can’t wait to meet our incoming students and to welcome our current students back, especially those going in to second year who will be on campus for the first time in a lot of cases.

In terms of my role here in Student Life, I am going to be at quite a lot this year. I will be sitting on a number of committees representing your needs and wants, so please keep me in the know on those things. I will be a contact point to signpost you to any necessary support services you need; Financial Aid, Health Issues, Mental Health Issues, Sexual Health Issues (Anything health related really), Accommodation Queries, the list goes on. I will also be running plenty of campaigns on important issues throughout the year with the support of my fellow student officers and my welfare team (more on that below). I can also offer you condoms, lube, period products, all that fun stud. Mostly what I want to be for you is a friendly face that you can come to with anything and I really mean that. My contact details are available on the Student Life website and my door is always open to you. (metaphorically, sometimes it will need to be closed)

I really can’t emphasise enough how much I would encourage you to get involved in college life as much as you can. We’ve gone long enough separated from each other and not able to socialise so (in line with government guidelines at the time obvs) let’s get back out there. Join that club or society, say hi to that person in your class or as my predecessor once said “wear that risky t-shirt”. UL has a place for EVERYONE but its up to you to get out of your comfort zone and find YOUR PLACE. If clubs and socs aren’t your thing then consider joining my Welfare Team, a dedicated group of students who help me campaign and raise awareness around key issues every year. Keep an eye out or get in touch with me for how to get involved.

Lastly, I want to say thank you to those who voted me in to this job. I am beyond grateful to you all and will endeavour to repay your trust by working my hardest to ensure the welfare of ALL our students is looked after as we move into the next academic year. I know that with Cillian, Myself, Alice and Jordan, we have the best team in place to do exactly that.

Looking forward to working with you all over the next year.

Le grá (with love)