Your Vice President (Welfare)

Welcome to Aston

My name is Alice Coombes and I am your returning Vice President Welfare for the 2018-19 Academic Year. I was your Vice President Welfare last year and I felt that I could still do more to ensure you feel supported during your time at Aston. 

I know that your time at University can be a stressful one for some students which is why I will be taking a lead on ensuring that the University and the Students' Union does everything it can do to make you feel supported.

I will be working on campaigns throughout the year alongside my manifesto pledges to raise awareness of the issues students face and work on resolving them.

I am always happy to speak to you so check me out on my social media or officer page.

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What is your favourite motivational quote?

I heard it in one of the summer graduation speeches, can’t for the life of me remember who said it but it’s really stuck in my brain: “failure is an opportunity to try something different”

Tell us a fun fact about yourself

Paris Hilton doesn’t follow me on twitter

If you had a spirit animal. What would it be and why?

My spirit animal is a flamingo. They are pink from eating so much shrimp, and they can fly up to 35 miles an hour – just like me!

What is your favourite book, movie or TV show?

This is a HARD QUESTION!!!!

Fiction book: The Godfather

Non-fiction book: I don’t care about your band

Movie: It’s a tossup between City of God and Lilo & Stitch


If you could have a meal with someone dead or alive who would it be and why?

Freddie Mercury!!!!!! I’d ask him to disguise me as a man and take me on a night out like he used to do for Princess Diana!

If you could change one thing this year what would it be?

That every single student at Aston feels like they’re part of a community, have good friendships, have great self-esteem, enough money in their bank accounts and know exactly where to go if they need support. OK that’s several things.

Why did you stand to be an Officer?

I wasn’t finished

What are your top three tips for someone starting at Aston?

  1. Make up a nickname for yourself. This is a chance to make it stick
  2. Make the most of living in the middle of the country with great train links and international airport – travelling is so good for your brain and can be done on the cheap if you do your research
  3. . Speak to people you wouldn’t ordinarily speak to, they will surprise you

BONUS TIP: GET ON A FIRST NAME BASIS WITH YOUR LECTURERS. It will motivate you to be more active in your class and to ask for help if you need it. They will appreciate you speaking to them after lectures and emailing them for clarification, they are there to help you!