Candidate for the position of Vice President Welfare

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NINA MARIE DUNNE

Introduction

I am in my first year of my Inclusive Arts MA. But I have worked for the university for nearly two and a half years in various roles in the Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement department. Prior to studying at UoB I completed an access course and a PTTLLS course in City College. I have lived in Brighton for six years. In my free time I am a museum mentor in Brighton Museum and I occasionally work lunchtimes in the Student Union Grand Parade Office. During my time at UoB I have been a representative for the staff Gender Equality Network Group and an officer for UNISON. I love Minecraft too!

Why I am standing for VP Welfare and Campaigns

I feel as though my experience and knowledge as both a student and staff member would benefit the role. I know about many of the different support services and feel confident I can signpost to the correct department if I am unable to help you. I also had a tough first two years at university (before starting my first year my course was cancelled and during my second year I dropped out for personal reasons) so I am sympathetic to people who are not enjoying university as much as they expected. The reason I came back to university after dropping out is because the support I received from Student Services was outstanding – and I want to ensure everyone gets the support they need.

What I plan to do

  • Start a focus group to discuss the possibility of a free shop (where students can donate old textbooks, clothes and household items for newer students to pick up for free) or food bank.
  • Create a calendar of wellbeing events and database of places you can go for help.
  • Publicly report back to the student population (through the SU blog) so you know what I’m up to.
  • Work closely with other support departments such as Careers, CUPP, C-Change, Elearning, Events and Marketing to find out what opportunities and activities are available to students (and to make sure you hear about them).
  • Feedback concerns you raise to UoB management.

What I hope to do

  • Increase the amount of wellbeing workshops offered on campus – to include assertiveness training, budgeting…
  • Offer more support to applicants, especially those from the local area and/or a widening participation background, so the first term is easier to deal with.
  • Create an undergraduate to postgraduate support group, for those finding the transition difficult.
  • Arrange for mental health first aid workshops to be given to students and staff.
  • More fundraising and philanthropic activities with RAG.
  • Work with the Elearning team and Student Learning Technology Ambassadors so we can encourage more digital engagement between the students and the SU.

Contact

If you have any comments or questions please contact me through my blog http://blogs.brighton.ac.uk/nd151/questions/