Hannah Barton

Hannah Barton

Hannah Barton is the President of the University’s Student Guild for 2013/2014. She is a Psychology graduate and was the subject co-chair for two years. It’s been her job to lead and direct The Guild, be its figurehead, and make sure that students’ voices are being heard by the University.

Hannah rates her proudest moment as when she found out she’d been elected as Guild President. She says “After an exhausting and emotional week it was amazing to hear the results read out and feel like all the hard work had paid off; that students had chosen me to represent them at a University-wide level was such a fantastic feeling.”

She also remembers the visit of Dame Stephanie (Steve) Shirley to the University as guest of honour at the Impact Awards as one of the highlights of her time as President, together with the day-to-day interactions with students who are a source of constant inspiration to her.

On the theme of what ‘inspiring change’ means to her, which is this year’s focus for International Women’s Day, Hannah said: “Feeling empowered to make a difference and make change happen. Having the courage to stand up for what you believe in and always learning from others and as you go. Supporting and empowering others to try and do the same.”

Hannah hopes to pursue a career in PR or Communications saying: “I’ve been lucky enough to be mentored by the NUS Press Officer which has provided me with lots of wisdom and useful tips. One of my passions is to try and get more women into leadership so I am also a mentor in the NUS ‘I will lead the way’ programme. I’ve been lucky to have strong and successful roles models throughout my life, and this has been what has really inspired me at every milestone in my life, so I hope one day I will also be a role model inspiring others.”