Candidate for the position of VP Welfare

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CHRISTINA FAIRHURST

What would you do to improve Education at the University?

As Vice President Welfare I will improve education by ensuring that no student is overlooked when going through mental ill health issues and therefore achieving their potential.

What would you do to improve the Employability of students?

As Vice President Welfare I will improve employability by introducing a safe space to talk about volunteering opportunities and maybe a buddy scheme to make sure people are confident to achieve their potential and follow their dreams.

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

As Vice President Welfare I will make the university more inclusive by holding meet-ups in the student cafes where people who feel they are marginalised or left out can congregate and we can discuss calmly how to solve their issues and make sure they fulfil their potential and have the best time at The University of Brighton.

How would you improve the Welfare of students?

As Vice President Welfare I will improve Welfare by making sure that students aren’t waiting too long to access the support they need and also to encourage students to look out for each other and to understand the signs of mental illness. I will also work to de-stigmatise mental illness by putting up more posters encouraging students to seek help.

How would you improve Communication between the Union and students?

As Vice President Welfare I will improve communication by ensuring that social media channels are used effectively and will work to be as transparent as possible with students todo that they feel more included.

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

I believe that I have many qualities that would make me a great full time Welfare Officer. I’m honest, empathetic and have been through my own struggles with mental illness (depression, anxiety, OCD etc) so I understand how to approach students with these problems without coming across as patronising. I’m also Station Manager of Buzz Radio which has taught me leadership skills and strengthened my networking skills. I think I would be a really good full time officer due to be honest, empathetic, hard working, friendly and am able to take charge.