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Emma’s November Update

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Emma’s November Update

The past month my main focus has been trying to keep up with the Government guidelines (can we still go outside, who knows?!) and planning how to help you guys cope with it all! 

 

What’s Going On? 

I wish I could tell you, but at least I can tell you what’s I'm working on to give you some things to look forward to!

  • Wellbeing Wednesdays – the name really gives it away, but every Wednesday from now on I will be sharing a lovely self-care tip, some quick wellbeing advice and signposting on where to go if you’re a bit stuck. If you've got something to share, drop me an email ([email protected]) or message me on Facebook
  • Activities Advent – t'is the season to keep active, so we'll be sharing a new physical and wellbeing activity each day that you can get involved with. If you want to have an input, please contact me! 
  • 12 days of Health and Fitness – similar to the activities advent, this will see the 12 days of Christmas aimed at helping you stay healthy and active.

 

Your Support 

I’m working with the University to ensure you have access to services you need, such as our foodbank and funding services, wellbeing, and accommodation. I've also been lobbying the University for better wellbeing services and I've sat on interview panels for a new Manager for the Wellbeing Team. We are aiming to collaborate more with the University, using the student voice to ensure you’re listened to. 

I ran also ran a Zone focused on disabled and vulnerable students and the support you receive, which gave some excellent feedback that has given food for thought! I will be raising this in future management meetings.  

 

Liberation Officers 

Your elected officers have been planning and implementing campaigns. Below is a list of the work I've been supporting them with: 

  • Black History Month (Kalen, BAME Officer) 

  • Let’s Get Back 2 Talking (Emily, LGBTQ+ Officer) 

  • Disabilities Awareness Week (Kai, Disabilities officer) 

  • Check-ins with postgraduate and mature students, and postgraduate forums (Chris, Postgraduate and Mature Officer) 

  • International Success (Marissa, International Officer) 

Additionally, we now have two new officers, Jess and Sau who are our Women's Officer and London Officer respectively.

Emily and Kalen have taken part in a podcast on LGBTQ+ hate crime, addressing personal experiences and the effect of hate crime – keep your eyes peeled for it coming out soon! All of our Liberation Officers have some wonderful ideas and I can’t wait to show you their amazing work, please make sure you follow our socials to stay updated! 

 

Awareness Weeks 

The middle of October saw Hate Crime Awareness Week, which I worked on with our All About Respect team and the Wellbeing Team, as well as our School of Law and the local police force. We shared some helplines for report and support regarding hate crime, as well as information and advice on what hate crime is. 

Shortly after, the first week of November was Stress Awareness Week, which saw each day focusing on a different type of student stress. You can find blog posts on academic, financial, social and personal stress if you need some tips or advice. Additionally, our fantastic Wellbeing Team are offering welfare and wellbeing chats to help you destress.

 

Men’s Mental Health Month 

As President of Wellbeing and Diversity, mental health is strongly associated with my role. However, when it comes to men’s mental health month, I’m rather lacking in certain requirements associated with that. However, that hasn’t stopped me working with our president, Jamie, to set up Boys Don’t Cry, the new podcast talking all things men’s mental health, illness, and everything in between.

Of course, identifying as a female puts me well away from the inclusion criteria to participate, but I am still supporting from the side-lines by taking part in Move for Movember (I could grow a moustache at a push, but no-one really wants that, do they?), moving 60km to commemorate those men who take their own lives.

 

Committees

I sit on several committees for the University, each looking at ways to initiate change and support you – the students. This month has seen the Students’ Union trustee board meet to discuss riveting topics such as finance, audit and risk, and reviewing the byelaws that dictate how your Union runs.

On the Universtiy side of things, myself and the other presidents met with the executive board to discuss the issues you’ve brought forward and how we can support your education and wellbeing amongst other things. Even though you may not see change, it is happening in the background and you will see the change in the long term! For example, I am working on support for students going home for Christmas and those who will be staying in York. We hope to offer you all you need to survive the festive season during a pandemic. 

 

Other Things 

  • I attended a conference on the BAME attainment gap in higher education 
  • I am now to sit on the board for the Vice Chancellor’s Scholarships 
  • I ran some online pub quizzes 
  • Myself and Jamie met with York University Students' Union (YUSU) and Winchester Students’ Union, to see how others are doing and share tips, tricks and advice, and have a general natter about the world 
  • I recorded a reading for the Christmas carol service and took part in the remembrance service last week  

 

Cheers for being amazing students,

Em

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