Luke Masih (Chair/Fresher’s Rep)
I can’t wait for the year to begin; it’s paramount that you get yourself involved with all that is made available to you. I am extremely excited to be taking over from the long line of successful committees as this year’s Chair. As part of my role I oversee and co-ordinate the inner workings of The Holdsworth Club to ensure that you have the best year possible. My role as Fresher’s Rep is to ensure you guys have the most fun, exciting and memorable times as a law fresher-alongside providing drop in sessions to ensure the fresher’s are able to make a smooth transition into University.
The Holdsworth Club is a key part of the University of Birmingham Law School and it remains an essential part of a law student’s life. Personally, the best part of joining Holdsworth Club was being able to meet new people on your course alongside the feeling of being part of a community of students. Law can be very challenging-so having friends who are in the same boat as yourself is a very reassuring feeling – especially when you may have got the wrong end of the stick!
If I was to give you a final piece of advice, it would be to ensure you don’t lose focus on your balance between academic workload and extra-curricular activities. Being well prepared for your seminars allows you to engage in deep academic discussion which will enhance your understanding and make revision slightly more pleasant. But make sure you don’t allow your fresher’s year to past and make the most out of everything that comes your way.
If you have any queries please feel free to contact me. Get ready for an epic year!
Claire Kellett (Treasurer)
I’m your Holdsworth treasurer for this academic year. I’ve just finished my second year as a law student at Birmingham. I joined The Holdsworth Club in my first year and some of my most treasured memories of first and second year are down to being part of The Holdsworth Club!
As Treasurer my main roles are to ensure that you get the most out of your membership, to continue the great work with sponsorships and ensure that the club remains financially stable. It’s a big job with big responsibility, therefore I take the role very seriously. My aim is to continue the success of the society and I look forward to another incredible year.
The Holdsworth Club puts on great social events, not to mention all the fantastic opportunities for networking and career development which is so essential in such a competitive industry as the legal profession.
Georgia Roberts (Careers officer)
The Holdsworth Club run a number of careers events throughout semesters one and two. These events allow you to gain experience and insight into potential future career paths and also allow you to add to your CV, enhancing your skills base therefore increasing your employability.
The Careers section of the Holdsworth Club is dedicated to making sure you receive the best support concerning your potential career paths. To do so, the Holdsworth Club hosts a number of events throughout the year in order to keep you informed of your options as well as providing you with the opportunities you need to boost your employability. The events range from networking evenings, meeting professional lawyers to active workshop sessions to improve upon sought after qualities such as commercial awareness.
As someone who attended almost all of the careers events ran by Holdsworth last year, I am excited to be organising this year’s events to build upon our excellent standard and variety of careers opportunities.
I look forward to meeting you soon!
Vicki Howe (Secretary)
Hi everyone! I’m Vicki and I’m the Secretary of the Holdsworth Club for 2013/2014. It’s my role as Secretary to make sure the committee is organised, and make sure that there is good communication between its members and the committee. So feel free to come to me if you need any help or have any queries. As a committee we’re also here for Holdsworth members if you need any guidance or words of encouragement.
I am currently going into my third year at Birmingham and I can honestly say that my university life wouldn’t have been the same without the Holdsworth Club. I have met some incredible people, and I have had some of the best nights of my university experience. There are so many opportunities to meet loads of new people, go to some amazing social events and there are also lots of really useful careers events you can go to. I’m so excited to be a part of the committee this year and I know we have some amazing events lined up for you so I hope to see you all there. My advice to you would be to get involved in as much as possible, and you honestly won’t regret it!
Law is a challenging degree, but I know I’d do it all over again if I could. Enjoy freshers, but remember that first year is still important so try and work hard at the same time. Congratulations to everyone for getting into Birmingham and I look forward to meeting you all in September.
Alice Wickens (Social Secretary)
I’m Alice and I’m one of your events officers this year alongside Michelle. We organise the Holdsworth events and we have loads of amazing events planned for this year so make sure you come along as they are the best opportunities to meet everyone on your course!
When I first arrived I felt like I didn’t know many people on the course as it’s so big, but by attending the amazingly well organised Holdsworth events I have met so many people and made amazing friends! The introductory events such as L.A.I.D (Law Annual Initiation Drinks) a bar crawl down the popular area Broad Street and the freshers meal are both great chances to get to know people on the course which can seem a very daunting task when you first arrive at uni!
My advice to freshers (and older years too!) would be to ensure you come to all the events as they really are an amazing way to meet new people in all three years of law. I have such amazing memories of the events last year such as the annual Law Ball where everyone dresses up and the Law v Medics bar crawl and I can’t wait to go to them again this year!
I’m always ready to have a chat so please come and introduce yourself if you need any help or advice, or whether it’s just to say hello! X
Michelle-Marie Cossar (Social Secretary)
Hey guys! I’m Michelle and I’m one of your events officers alongside Alice! I’m already so excited about starting the new term and especially of the various events we have planned that are coming up! Becoming events officer is a dream role as you get to plan events, meet everyone on the law course and (the most fun part), we get to experience all the events we’ve planned! Some of the events coming up this year are L.A.I.D (the best bar crawl- I got tied to Alice on the three legged bar crawl and we’ve been best friends ever since), Law v Medics, the law ball, a trip abroad (the past two years it was in Rome and Prague) and much more!
Getting onto the law course at UOB was incredible, and I had an amazing year going to all the law events as a Holdsworth member and socializing with other law students, which then encouraged me to run for events officer. As a fresher (a very nervous one as well), it was a relief to have events planned in my course so that I could meet new people easily and be part of a community. More importantly, with the workload our course demands as the year progresses, organized events make the balancing process of work and play much easier! The Holdsworth club played a crucial part in making my first year a great one and I hope I can do the same for all of you!
Aaron Leung (Postgrad rep)
Hi everyone, my name is Aaron and I am your postgraduate representative this year. My key responsibility lies in three key areas: representing the key interests of the postgraduates, integrating various groups of individuals by increasing interaction among them and finally increasing the transparency of the things we run. And of course, if you need any help, I will always be around.
I am a traveller, a photographer and someone who loves having a life more than anything else. At times I can be keeping myself indulging in books (during revision period). I love meeting new people and helping others in times of need, hence my current role can satisfy no less than what I have been doing. I have always aspired to be a criminal barrister when I was young, to deliver justice (like most of the drama series) in the unjust world, and now that I realize, I am already half-way in achieving that goal. Further on, I have even made plans to become a lawyer without border, to help the others around the world who are in need of assistance but crippled by the financial issues.
During my first year at UOB, I was thinking of an old ideology of going through a geeky life as a law student. No, you don’t have to do that! Just manage your time properly and everything will be fine. Do take note that the time spent on seminar preparation could simply wear you out, but in return gives you a bigger edge of having less to revise when the examination draws close. It requires unwavering determination and hard work to us in order to prepare for a bigger stage in the future. I would quote the commonly used phrase: (When you work hard, play twice harder).
The Holdsworth club has been one of my great additions in our law school. With great social events such as L.A.I.D and insightful career events, it allows you to foster great friendships and network with some of the more renowned law firms in town. It has provided me with fun and memorable times that could get you addicted for life.
Looking forward to seeing you all soon 😀
Charlotte Bagley (I.C.S.A Rep)
Hi, I’m Charlotte and I’ll be your ICSA Rep for the year; essentially I’ll be here to provide support and advice for the members of the Holdsworth Club that want to be barristers once they’ve graduated.
The Holdsworth Club is fantastic, in that it offers a wealth of opportunities to its members; and I am here, alongside Georgia Roberts, the careers officer, to ensure that you are provided with enough advice to make an informed decision about your life after University. I’ve got some great events lined up, and I look forward to meeting you and talking to you in September!
Rachel Pavey (Mistress of the Moots)
Hello! My name is Rachel Pavey and I am really looking forward to being your Mistress of the Moots for 2013-2014. My role entails that I will work alongside academic staff and other students to organise and ensure the smooth running of Mooting events in the Law School. I will also be on hand to answer any questions you might have about mooting, provide enthusiastic encouragement and pass on any useful advice I can.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience at the Law School so far, and am going to sorely miss it when my Final Year comes to an end. I hope you all have the same fantastic three years as I will have had.
Lucy Stratton (Publicity Officer)
I am Lucy and I will be your Holdsworth Publicity Officer for the coming year. Having just finished first year myself I know how invaluable it has been to have all the Holdsworth events, helping me meet some amazing new people and generally have a fabulous time. The careers events too have been very informative and I have been to as many things as possible! I will, of course, be trying my hardest to make life as easy as possible for you by letting you know exactly what is going on, as well as making sure everything we produce is pretty and professional.
My first year in Birmingham has been an unforgettable time (well the parts I could ever remember anyway!), and The Holdsworth Club has undoubtedly contributed to that; I have not met anyone else whose society puts as much on for students as ours.
I look forward to meeting you all soon, if you have any questions don’t hesitate to get in touch- be it related to publicity, law or neither of those! Just remember: make the most of being a student, it goes so quickly!
Nick Proctor (Sports Officer)
My Role as Sports Officer is to organise all the sports teams within Holdsworth, such as football, rugby and netball. I have to enter all the teams into the correct leagues and organise training sessions and trials. I hope to see as many of you at the trials, as we want to have as many freshers participating in sport as possible. It is a good way for you to meet new people and immerse yourself in all aspects of university life rather than just the academic side, and sport is a fantastic way to relax as well as keeping fitness levels up and being able to participate in competitive sport.
I am currently in second year studying Law LLB, I play in the Holdsworth football team, both 11 a side and 6 a side as a goalkeeper, I really enjoy being part of one of the Holdsworth sports teams, due to the many friends I have made through training plus attending the sports socials that occur several times a year.
People say that first year doesn’t matter, but that is incorrect. My advice for you, is to enjoy freshers as much as you possibly can, but while enjoying your time at uni, to also keep on top of the work set in seminars as you cannot afford to fall behind. First year is a big learning curve and you need to give it 100% in order to succeed. I hope to see as many of you as possible at Trials, or on Holdsworth events such as the LAID Bar crawl, law meal or the Law Ball.