Candidate for the position of President

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SIHEM ZIADA

What would you do to improve Education at the University?

• Increase survey turnout by incentivizing students to take part every semester (vouchers/discounts/prize draws) in module feedbacks in order to increase the quality of lectures/seminars.
• Grant student’s £5 printing voucher at the start of each academic year.
• Campaign to introduce accredited optional language and/or coding modules Brighton students can undertake during the term time and summer to boost the educational experience.

What would you do to improve the Employability of students?

• Ensure all students are aware of the services offered by the career’s office, through social media promotions and “meet your career’s team” event at the start of each academic year.
• As President, I will improve Employability by campaigning to increase the quality and supply of digital skills across all schools to ensure students at Brighton are equipped to enter the growing digital economy upon graduating and boost employability.
• Set up a buddy scheme with students and businesses, start-ups companies based in Brighton to encourage more internships and work experiences to make students more employable. 
• Organizing more career fairs and workshops throughout the year to maximize the chances for students to attain graduate roles and internships, as well as develop their CV over the course of their academic year.
• Campaign to make CPD workshops part of the student timetable to ensure there are regular development and updates in student’s professional training.

How would you make the Union and the University more Inclusive?

• Cultural awareness workshops held by professionals to breakdown cultural misconceptions and stereotypes.
• Liaising societies to celebrate the diversity of our university including monthly food nights and cultural fashion runways.

How would you improve the Welfare of students?

• Ensure there is a consistent zero-tolerance for racism, sexism, islamophobia, anti-Semitism, Homophobia, and transphobia.
• I will campaign to improve staff training through a series of sessions throughout the year in order to spot early signs of mental health disorders and isolation, particularly seasonal depression in University students.
• Place Mental wellbeing in the curriculum in order to encourage frequent conversations.
• Campaign for training to be made available for all staff and students to raise awareness of harassment and sexual misconduct to prevent incidents and encourage reporting where they do occur.
• Increase international representation by introducing an “International Officer” role to solely represent the needs of our international community at Brighton.

How would you improve Communication between the Union and students?

• Working tightly with societies to encourage inter-society competitions for non-profit charity causes.
• Increase the overall BSU’s visibility by creating more social media content such as:
Reaching different groups of students in the university through a series of “Get to know me” media content to celebrate diversity and all backgrounds.
Interviewing Society of the Month to highlight their achievements.
• Interactions across different campuses to encourage students to take advantages of all Brighton campuses.
• Host a fresher’s live Q&A at the beginning of the academic year to ensure students have the opportunity to meet personally with their SU representatives.

What qualities or experience do you have that would you make a good full time officer?

Advocacy has almost become an integral part of my identity. I take pride in leadership as well as being a positive influence on those around me, as a published Poet I have developed key confidence in public speaking. In 2017 I successfully campaigned for better prayer facilities at Brighton, which led to the opening of Watts Prayer Room W405.


I took the role of President of the Islamic society 2018/2019 and had the privilege of being awarded Brighton Student Union's volunteer of the year award 2018/2019 and nominated for best Society of the Year.

I led the society to collectively raise over £7,000 for charity and causes.
 
Successfully organized the Vigil for the tragic New Zealand attack which brought staff and students together.
Reached out to local politicians such as Caroline Lucas and Peter Kyle to attend society Charity Events.

I continue to campaign for the diversification of the curriculums at Brighton across all schools
Ambassador for Brighton University in the CIP (community impact projects) a body that aims to facilitate the collaboration and growth of outreach projects, by supporting and empowering University students to do good in their local communities.