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Brief Encounter: Joe Kirby

First published in CommUnicate issue 318

Joe Kirby is the new President of the Students' Union. His aim as president is to integrate international students into the campus community and develop awareness amongst home students of international development issues. The sabbatical team must also deliver an £11 million union redevelopment building project. He is looking forward to the challenge!

Favourite phrase

"Living the dream!"

Least favourite phrase

"You'll never be able to do that!"

Magazines read

Prospect, Economist

Life before Warwick

Studying the International Baccalaureate and volunteering in South Africa

Smartest career move

Running for elections. Not going down the corporate dead-end into the City

Best thing about working at Warwick

The vibrant buzz of such an international campus - especially during One World Week!

Worst thing about working at Warwick

No such thing!

Lifelong Ambition

Becoming a social entrepreneur, setting up a not-for-profit organisation or education in a conflict zone

As a young child what did you want to be as a "grown-up"?

Roald Dahl himself

What has life's experience taught you so far?

You only get out what you put in

Major achievement to date?

Persuading Archbishop Desmond Tutu to address One World Week 2007

Any hidden talents?

Mountain Climbing

If you could change one thing about the university overnight, what would it be?

International integration on campus

Which person inspires you most, and why?

Nelson Mandela, for his firm principles and unrelenting fight for freedom

Your all-time favourite piece of music?

Jupiter (The Planets) - Holst

Your favourite hobby or pastime?

Playing tennis. After all, I'm from Wimbledon. You can't not play tennis if you're from there!