Name:

Fanni Zombor

Role: 

Vice President Engagement 

What this role involves: 

The role has 2 main focuses: overseeing the Association communications and overseeing Student Voice within the Association and the OU. In the context of the Association, my main work is withing the Digi Comms, Volunteer and Representation teams. This is to ensure a consistent approach to our communications and the way we engage with students and volunteers.  

Another big area of work for this role is working in partnership with various OU departments, including MarComms, PVS Students office and across a wide range of departments. This is to ensure student voice is heard across the university and that a good standard is set for engaging with students.  

What you've studied and are studying at the OU: 

BA (Hons) Business management. 

Why you decided to volunteer (and any previous volunteering experience with the Association): 

I started studying with the OU and volunteering with the Association in October 2017. I initially got involved for a number of reasons, number one probably being my nosy personality... I like knowing what’s going on. As a foreign person migrating to the UK in 2014, I also wanted to give back to the community around me because I feel really grateful for the opportunities the UK has given me. I was very heavily involved in student life in my college and wanted to carry on this passion in Higher Education as well. 

When I started my volunteering, I was working as an interpreter and now have a really understanding manager in my Higher Education related job, so I am in the fortunate position to be able to be flexible in attending most meetings and events whether it’s in-person or online.  

Over the last few years, I have held a number of roles and sat on various committees. I started off as a Central Committee Representative on Undergraduate Business Board of Study and Faculty Assembly for the Faculty of Business and Law. Shortly after I took on various other roles like Senate Reference Group member and Conference Steering Committee member. I first got elected to the Central Executive Committee for the 2018-2020 term as Vice President Media and Campaigns, so I am currently doing my second term on the student leadership. My current role is probably like the big sister of my 18-20 VP role. 

Summary of what you want to do in your role during the August 2020 – July 2022 term: 

For some of my role for the next 2 years I would like to build on the work I have done as Vice President Media and Campaigns, but also come up with new initiatives: 

  • Improving our current website 

  • Furthering the development of our student magazine, The Hoot by involving more students in the content creation 

  • Relaunching the STUDIO umbrella brand for engaging video and audio content 

  • Refreshing our Association brand 

  • Working with the OU to give us more visibility on StudentHome and their various platforms 

  • Reaching a better agreement for contacting students via the OU systems and/or look at the possibility to allow students to opt-in for our Newsletter at signing up 

  • Researching the feasibility to have Association leaflets in the book packages 

  • Ensuring consistent engagement across all faculties 

  • Ensuring Student Voice is done meaningfully across all OU departments 

  • Working in partnership with the OU MarComms team to benefit both sides and see where joint working is possible 

  • Be visible and available to students via a range of platforms 

  • Run and shape the Student Experience discussion sessions 

Any other interests you'd like to share: 

Horses, horses and horses! 

In my (very little) free time my number one priority is going outdoors, whether it’s discovering rural areas, doing horse riding, horseback archery or most recently, fishing. When UK weather isn’t nice to us, I often attempt baking (very much work in progress!) or just chill out with a nice book. 

Social: Facebook, Twitter

Email: Fanni.Zombor(at)open.ac.uk