Sabbatical Officers

VP Education and Democracy offered exciting new role

Staff at the University of Portsmouth Students’ Union are bidding an early farewell to Vice President of Education and Democracy, George Pykov.

Staff at the University of Portsmouth Students’ Union are bidding an early farewell to Vice President of Education and Democracy, George Pykov.

George landed an exciting new job which will kick-start his career in politics. He will leave UPSU on the 18th April to begin his new role as Senior Researcher for the Welsh Assembly.

The Sabbatical Team will share George’s responsibilities for the remainder of their term at UPSU, ensuring students are supported and projects are completed. A full list of who will be covering which aspects is available here.

Violet Karapaseva, President at Portsmouth Students’ Union, said: “George has been a crucial part of the Sabbatical team this academic year which has achieved many successes, leading to a close bond forming between us all.
“We would have loved to have seen through the last part of our Sabbatical journey together but are incredibly excited for George as he begins his exciting new adventure and next step in his career path.”

Since starting in July, George has worked closely with Union, University staff and the Council to make positive changes for students.

Amongst George’s notable achievements, was the formation of a Facebook group for students to buy and sell their unwanted textbooks. The group proved popular and has provided great financial support for students.

George also restarted the Union's involvement with the city’s Remembrance Sunday parade on the 10th of November. The Sabbatical Officer team attended with Vice Chancellor, Graham Galbraith to pay their respects for those who lost their lives fighting for Britain. 

Moreover, George also achieved one of his key manifesto points during his time in role, holding an event earlier this month where the father of a Bristol student who committed suicide spoke about his experiences. The event formed part of the #UPSUok campaign, raising awareness of mental health.

George Pykov said: “It is with great sadness that I will be leaving my position at Portsmouth Students’ Union.
“This year has been a truly fantastic experience, made only better by the students, staff, and members of the community around me, as well as an exceptionally passionate sabbatical officer team.”

I am confident that UPSU is in safe hands with the current sabbatical officers, and I’m sure that my successor Rama will do a sterling job over her term.”

Staff at UPSU wish George the best of luck in his new challenge.


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