Free Printing - As the price of student living rises in York, more support should be provided to
students. We have to pay £9,250 a year but there's loads of hidden extras. One of them is the
cost of printing. Portsmouth SU introduced free printing and saved students £1,600 after only 3
months - why can't we save money for students here at YSJ?
Study Space for all - In the most recent Education Zone, students were asked how they felt
about the amount and quality of the study spaces on campus - 55% said that more was needed
and 23% said that there was nowhere near enough! I want to make sure there's enough study
space - for both course-specific and all-student needs - for everyone at YSJ.
More than a degree - More than ever it is important that students finish their time at university
with more than a degree (and I'm not just talking about student debt!). I want to make sure that
students are given the opportunity to partake in EVERY extra-curricular activity available - be it
sports fixtures and training, society meet ups, social sport, volunteering schemes, student
researcher opportunities and more!
Sort out timetable - One consistent issue that is raised at every rep meeting and chats with
students is timetable. I want to make the timetable system better so that students don't have to
be in lectures until 8pm, don't have to be cramped into rooms too small, don't have to spend their Wednesdays in lectures, don't have to sit on the floor during lectures and that students are
prioritized in facility/rooms bookings.
Mental Health first aid training – We are currently in the midst of a Mental Health Crisis. More
and more students are struggling with mental health issues and with the Wellbeing Team being
swamped and under-staffed there needs to be more for students who are struggling. I want to
make it so that every Academic Tutor receives Mental Health First Aid training before they start
supporting students. The university has a duty of care to its students so it should have more staff
prepared to help students throughout their degree.
PRINCIPLES OF PARTNERSHIP
Hi, my name is George Coombs and this year I’m your President of the Student’s Union!
My job is to work closely with the University to ensure that you are having the best possible time at YSJ. Also working alongside sports and societies,as well as being involved with the organisation of the entertainment and events at the
SU and the University.
Student experience, YOUR experience is our main concern for this year, so on behalf of myself, Olivia and Steph we can’t wait to see you this September!
Feedback Structure - I've spent the last 8 months developing and working on the feedback
structures to ensure you as YSJ students can communicate issues within your University
experience. Although, this project needs more work; we've accomplished active ways of gathering feedback and now I plan on expanding this objective by creating a structure by which we as representatives need to respond to student issues, and also highlight when students will begin to see outcomes. Stage one has been implemented but now we need to expand to ensure students are informed correctly of the changes that are being made
Communication - Open and transparent communication sits at the foundation of a
well-established and working organisation. I plan on continuing my open comms policy, ensuring
students are aware of the active changes within the University that affect YOU personally, but also reaching out to the student body by using your voice and ideas to influence the way we as a Union grow and progress.
Inclusive Events - Through semester one and two we as a Union have worked to ensure you
never get bored; that events are thrown at your left right and centre, which in turn gives you
greater opportunity to meet new friends and also get involved in the YSJ life. Going forward we
need to create a wider spectrum of these events by hosting more inclusive events, for all our
students. I will work with you as students to see how we as a Union can support open events for
all of YSJ.
YSJ Growth, for YSJ Students - The University is expanding with new developments within
facilities, programmes and even projects outside of York. I will ensure that the direction and
objectives of the University will not hinder the values of our student population and that the
student voice will always be at the heart of YSJ's growth.
FUN – York St. John's Students' Union is awesome and we're always here to have a good time with our students; from extra-curricular activities to the events we put on, so let's not forget that. I assure you, if you re-elect me we'll have a brilliant and FUN year, again.
SUSTAINABILITY & ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS
MENTAL HEALTH & WELLBEING AGENDA
Hello! I’m Olivia Bowers and I’m the President of Wellbeing and Diversity for 2018/19.
I’ll be working in the Students’ Union full time for the next year along with the other two Presidents (George and Steph), and our job is to ensure you have the best possible time at university!
I’ll be running campaigns on important topics throughout the year surrounding Housing, Mental Health, Sexual Health, Healthy Relationships, River Safety and Life After University.
My main aim is to enhance the student experience, be here to help with any welfare issues you may have and represent ALL students.
I hope you’re excited for the year ahead and I look forward to seeing you for an amazing Freshers Week in September!
Health & Wellbeing - All aspects of health and wellbeing are of equal importance to me. I would
like to raise the awareness of mental health and improve the support available for all students, by providing additional training to students and staff.
Well U - To further develop the WellU Programme, with the aim to engage all students. By
providing a wider range of activities therefore enhancing the sense of community and belonging
Student Accommodation - I will aim to provide quality advice and guidance on student
accommodation. I will further develop the housing fair and improve the links between local
housing agents and students. I would like to create an online database that would rate current
student accommodation from a student point of view.
Student Life - I want to make student life an enjoyable experience for everyone! In order to do
so, I want to get feedback from students on regular basis regarding events and campaigns.
Your Presidents are here to represent you in all that they do. This means, as students of YSJ they are accountable to you. The reports you will see on this page summarise the work they have been getting on with as well as meetings they have been attending.
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