Candidate for the position of VP Welfare

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EVANGELINE SOLOMON

What would you do to improve Education at the University?

As Vice President of Welfare, I will improve education by campaigning that well-being of student mental health is priority. Students should be aware and comforted by the fact that at any point during their Brighton University journey, there is always someone to help. We will prioritize the needs of students and adapt ourselves to their needs, as they do not need to fit the mould; they can build their own. This can be done via embedding well-being modules into student modules. Change is a thing we welcome, and we will mould ourselves to what the students of Brighton need.

What would you do to improve the Employability of students?

As Vice President of Welfare, I would improve the employability of students by campaigning for more opportunities for students to enhance their skills. To allow students to not just have theoretical focus for their studies but have a bigger range of modules to choose from which will help them gain their skills for their desired career. The emphasis of employability will not be placed on students coming to the end of their academic years, but also first years. This allows students to have ample time to explore their options and personally come to a better understanding for what they want and need to attain to have their ‘dream job’. Resources and opportunities will not be just physical like career fairs, but also online trainings such as extra aid with CV writing and placement year options, so a wider range of students can be reached.

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

As Vice President of Welfare, I would better inclusivity of the university by branching out to our underrepresented students. Focus will be placed on disabled, BAME and mature students to make sure they recognise and acknowledge the integral role they play in our university. Socials and events will be advertised in a manner which will reach out to all our students, which would allow all year students to engage and share their stories with one another. Inclusivity and community feel are vital to our university and therefore will be a key focus of mine.

How would you improve the Welfare of students?

As Vice President of Welfare, I would improve the welfare of the university via campaigning for more opportunities of continued support for our students. With a healthy and peaceful mind nothing is out of our reach and therefore focus will be placed on reducing the wait time for students to be seen by counsellors. Students will be made more aware of the help that is already available but more specifically, we will mould our welfare towards the needs and wants for our students. Communication is the vital behind any successful movement and so before any change is made, I will make sure it is best suited to the needs and wants for our students.

How would you improve Communication between the Union and students?

As Vice President of Welfare, the way in which I would better communication is firstly by being a vocal and prominent person for all students to feel as though they can approach. Communication is the key and so I would campaign for an open box system so that students who don’t feel like speaking about matters face to face could have a safe place in which they can drop off their worries or queries and I would respond in a timely fashion. Therefore, for students who prefer to voice their concerns vocally, or articulately, they will be catered for too. Awareness for current online platforms will be made and tweaking off said systems will be done so students feel like they are able to be personal with their SU.

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

Previous experiences that have allowed me to gain the skills that I have now is not something I identity myself with. The past doesn’t define the future, however the qualities that I have that will make me a good full-time officer is that I truly believe that my role is to make the students’ lives at Brighton University better. I will be ready to listen; find solutions and help you see the changes that you want. I genuinely care about the university and as I am a soon to be graduate of this university I feel as though it is my responsibility to better the experiences of those here and those to come. Healthy minds, communication and happiness is what I strive to achieve with this role. Obtaining that diploma and walking across that stage isn’t the only thing that matters in your ‘uni experience’. How you got from year 1 to final year is what truly moulds, refines and stays with you. And that is what I want to focus on as VP of welfare. To each problem that arises, a solution arises too. Vote for me and we will find the solutions we need.