This is my second update, as your Vice President for Education. I am loving this job, and I can’t thank enough those students who elected me. You have truly given me the opportunity to try and make positive improvements for all students at the University.
I have been working on some really exciting campaign and events, which are all highly relevant to you as a student. You are more than welcome to be involved in any of these campaigns!
One of my priorities for this academic year is to engage with all students as much as possible. I have started regular ‘lecture shout-outs’, which see me visit a range of lectures, on a weekly basis, to inform students of Student Union campaigns and events. I’m also attending as many of our Societies, Clubs and Volunteering Projects as possible, to listen and learn from students.
I am really pleased to say that our student engagement has been fantastic. So many students came to help with setting up Serendipity, and I’ve been overwhelmed with how many students are attending our various activities. Please keep this up!
Meet and Mingle
I have recently been organising Student Union ‘Meet and Mingle’ events. These are going to be scheduled for around every three weeks, initially, on Friday evenings.
The events are an opportunity for students to meet each other in a calm environment, away from busy pubs and clubs. We provide refreshments, and even get some of our societies to come along!
The next Meet and Mingle is on Friday 9th November, starting at 6pm in your Students’ Union – you’re all invited to come along.
No Grey Area
I have been dedicating a lot of time to organising a ‘No Grey Area’ sexual violence prevention campaign. Sexual violence is an epidemic at Universities nationally, so I am hoping that I can raise awareness of what sexual violence actually is, and who you can confidently speak to about it.
The initial week-long campaign will launch on 26th November, when the professionally produced campaign video will be released. We have been filming for the video over the past couple of weeks.
I have also planned a Reclaim the Night march for Thursday 29th November. Reclaim the Night is a national campaign which emphasises that women, in particular, are able to safely walk the streets at night. We are meeting for the march at 18:30 at Bangor Clock Tower on the High Street – you are all more than welcome to come and join us!
I have also been planning the Don’t Panic housing campaign, scheduled for between 13 and 15 November. I will be at different locations around Bangor during this campaign, to provide information as to where you can safely sign up for a property, and to reinforce the message that there is still time to sign!
This ties in with my house reviewing campaign. You are fully able to review your house, based on the standard of the property, the estate agent, landlord and location. This can be done by logging onto the Marks Out Of Tenancy website, who we have teamed up with for this campaign.
Disability History Month
I have been planning this year’s Disability History Month, which lasts from 22 November until 22 December. We have lots planned! The theme for this year’s campaign is ‘music’. Therefore, I have been working closely with the School of Music and Media, and Undeb Bangor’s Music Society, to ensure that this year’s winter concert, on 7th December, raises money for a relevant charity.
In addition, I have been helping to organise various events for this year’s International Day of Disabled Persons, on 3rd December. The events for that day will include a disability sporting tournament, and an exhibition to showcase the University’s provisions and services.
I will update on these plans closer to the time!
Plastic reduction campaign
I have been continuing to work on our plastic reduction campaign – 400 million tonnes of plastic is produced each year, and we must try and do our bit to help the environment.
At Undeb Bangor, we have a range of environmental volunteering projects to get involved in, such as beach cleans and litter picks. Your Students’ Union has also recently changed our search engine over to Ecosia. Ecosia is a search engine that uses its profits to plant trees rather than give it to shareholders.
I am also really pleased to say that I have been working with the University’s Catering team on this campaign. Each of the University’s food outlets is now also a water refill point, and reusable coffee mugs are now available – using these knocks 10p off every hot drink.
I just wanted to finish by saying to please get in touch with me if you have any questions or concerns. You can arrange to meet me in person, or message me on Facebook or through email.
I wish you all the best for the year ahead!