Stephen Hughes

My role:

Student Association Ireland Rep. I will be doing my best to give a voice to all the OU students across the whole island of Ireland. There was no Ireland Rep for the past few years, so hopefully I can raise awareness of this role over my term.

My priorities for this term:

My initial plans are just as I mentioned above. Making sure Irish/Northern Irish students are aware that the Association exists, and that they have someone to represent them. Further manifesto pledges will be looked at as I progress.

What I’ve been up to, what I’m currently working on and what I'm studying:

I am studying BB852, Leadership and Management in Public Services. This is my first ever postgrad module following my graduation with a BSc in Criminology and Psychological Studies.

What I do when I’m not studying:

I work full-time in the Civil Service, dealing with the outworking of the NI Protocol. I’m a keen volunteer, so as well as my Association role, I also volunteer as a school governor, at my location Parkrun, and also as Referee Liaison Officer for my rugby club. I’m married with two daughters aged 16 and 20 – the 20-year-old is currently studying Microbiology at University, so I can relate to the student life through her, as well as through my own experiences.

My top study tips:

Nothing too original but don’t be afraid to ask a question. Even if it seems silly to you, there’s a fair chance it will have been asked before – and even if it hasn’t, there’s no such thing as a silly question. Also, don’t worry about other folk on your module charging ahead. They may have a very valid reason for making early headway – study at your own pace. I also always find sticking to the weekly planner works best for me.

Where to find me:


Twitter: @OpenIreland_

My manifesto