Hericka Bruna Figueiredo Galvao and Sarah Hopkins-Weaver
Our Vision is to facilitate the personal and professional development of all SKIP members, including volunteers and trainers, to help them reach their full potential through needs-based and skilled training, whilst providing continuous support and signposting opportunities throughout the SKIP network and within external organisations.
Our mission is to help all SKIP members, including volunteers and trainers, to reach their full potential in both supporting the SKIP mission and in their personal professional development. Furthermore, our mission is to continue the development of effective, sustainable training systems that are critically analysed at every stage and which provide ample opportunities for further development of our members.
Hericka first became involved with SKIP during the first year of her undergraduate degree where she was a hungry, broke student and was offered a few slices of pizzas in exchange for finding out what SKIP was. She was immediately captured by the wonderful work that SKIP does and did not hesitate to apply for a volunteer position. She distinctly remembers watching the news as a child and telling her mother she wanted to go to a less developed country and volunteer there, however she could, and help make the world better, but that she didn’t think she was in a position where that was possible. All of that changed while she sat in a lecture theatre, eating a delicious slice of pizza, and listening to previous volunteers retell their experiences.
However, that was not enough, she HAD to be on the committee, she was desperate to learn more and contribute as much as she could to something which she had previously never thought of within her reach! And so her SKIP journey began, and four years later she has been a project volunteer, one of the St George’s, University of London committee members for three years and now she is on her second year on the National Committee as the Training Coordinator, entering the fifth year of her SKIP journey.
Sarah first became involved with SKIP during her second year at Cardiff University in 2014 when she joined as a volunteer for the project in Zambia. Following the project, she became determined not only to continue to support the SKIP branch, but also to work towards the improvement of the interventions, leading to her applying for the role of Research and Development Officer. Through being involved in so many aspects of Cardiff branch and going to more national events, she became really inspired by what SKIP does for students and their projects on a national level. This is what motivated her to apply for National Publicity Coordinator for 2015/16 and to contribute to SKIP in another way. Having had such an amazing time on the national committee last year, particularly in being a buddy to St George’s she decided to reapply again for this year!
One of the things Hericka is most excited about this year is working closely with the Training Network and sharing this fulfilling role with Sarah, a courageous, brilliant and lively soul, to help organise our annual training events where we will get to work with our incredibly experienced and enthusiastic network of training members and alumni to deliver effective, supportive and energetic training sessions to assist and further develop all of our SKIP members!
One of the things Sarah is most excited about this year is working closely with the Training Working Group and other National committee members to help organise our annual training events where she will get to work with our incredibly experienced and enthusiastic network of training members and alumni to deliver effective, supportive and energetic training sessions to assist and further develop all of our SKIP members!
Outside of SKIP Hericka is an Integrated Master in Biomedical Science (Hons) graduate with a specific focus on smooth muscle physiology and pharmacology and she is a voracious reader, knitter and baker! Furthermore, living an active lifestyle is at the core of her values and so she partakes in a range of activities such as Womens Rugby, Jujitsu and anything else that gets her heart rate up.
Outside of SKIP Sarah has graduated from Cardiff University with a BSc in Biochemistry and an MSc in Science Media and Communication. In the past she has been heavily involved with Cardiff University Students’ Union, belonging to A Cappella and Windband Societies, as well as sitting on the Societies Executive Committee and as a Student Trustee on the Board of Trustees for the Union. She is currently looking for my first graduate job!