As you all know, my main objective is around creating a sense of belonging at university, particularly with students who identify as being BAME (Black, Asian or a Minoritised Ethnic). When I started this job, one of the first things I lobbied the University on was making Unconscious Bias Training mandatory for ALL recruitment and admissions staff. This will support students when applying to university, making sure that any biases are addressed and staff can be as objective as possible, ensuring you can access Education!
I’ve been working really hard with our BAME Ambassadors, collecting feedback and planning workshops, events and campaigns for Semester 2, so stay tuned for details of the activities we’ve got planned. In addition to this, the BAME Ambassadors recently met with the Vice-Chancellor of the University, which was incredibly successful. You were able to talk about your concerns and tell the Vice-Chancellor exactly what you experience on a daily basis.
You guys have been telling me that the hardship fund, bursaries, and scholarships at Uni aren’t accessible, so I’m meeting with the Head of this department to look at what the Uni offer currently, and how we can make changes to make these pots of funding more accessible. If you’ve any questions or any ideas on how to do this, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I’d love to hear your suggestions!
Finally, as many of you will remember and have attended, we delivered course rep training. We did 23 sessions, over 2 weeks and I got to meet over 660 of you which was amazing. I had so much fun and was so glad to meet so many of you, most of whom have kept in contact. If you need anything at all, please always remember you can contact me! *sings Friends theme tune*
Finally, it’s that time of the year, not Christmas, but time for SCHOOL FORUMS! Some of you have already had your school forums, but for those of you that haven't, check out the dates for your next forum at www.leedsbeckettsu.co.uk/events.
Some of you attended the last Education Forum, and it was lovely to see you there! We approved ideas such as a free bus between City and Headingley campus and adopting water coolers, hot water, and microwaves around campus. The next forum is taking place on 9 December at 12:00 pm in Portland 107. We’ll be chatting about organising the bus routes between Sugarwell, Kirkstall and each campus and many other things. If these things impact you, come along!
Finally, the General Election is coming up. You all know how important it is to engage with this election, YOU have REAL POWER to swing this election. You can decide your future by simply voting. Don’t be afraid and get out there on 12 December to exercise your democratic right and vote!