Peadar Collins

studentwelfare@ul.ie

To my children,

I want to welcome all of the students that are new to UL. Your time here will absolutely fly so make the most of every opportunity. I would also like to welcome back all of the other UL students and congratulate you all on getting this far. As your Welfare Officer, I am here to help and support you with any issues that may arise. I’m here whether you need a listening ear or if you want a pregnancy test, I know I’m a fella but I don’t get awkward with these sort of things. Even my mom says I am a pretty stand-up guy.

I can help with all aspects of student life that are not academic related such as your general well-being, accommodation issues, your sexual and mental health. I am here to give you support, advice, and put your welfare first in committee meetings within the University, ensuring your voice is heard. I will also be running welfare campaigns on campus throughout the semester and I’ll definitely need a hand, it’ll go towards your PVA and I’ll give you a low-down on all the goss in Student Life xx

College years are the most memorable in your life and myself, Chelsea, Cian and Alison will try our best to replicate that experience in these unprecedented times.

Make the most out of your time here, especially when interactions are limited this semester. You make friends for life in University. For example, if someone sneezes next to you say “Bless you” and then you have like 2 seconds to keep the conversation going and you could be like “oh I am Peadar by the way” and you could end up being besties. I tried that before with someone but I freaked them out a bit, but I would still encourage it.

Lastly, I want to give a massive thank you to everybody who voted us into our positions. I am so excited and honestly cannot wait for the year ahead. Every student has some sort of welfare issue during their time in college so don’t be afraid to call in for a chat, my door is always open, but not when it’s chilly obviously?! It doesn’t matter how big or small the issue is. You can contact me through email or phone, I am very flexible like that