THANKYOU TO YOUR BSU OFFICERS
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and the repercussions this has had for students, the work of the SU in advocating on our behalf has been more important than ever. The role of an officer at Brighton Students' Union is much more than a manifesto of points that you wish to achieve. You help to fight for the rights of students, advocate for change, and make strides towards changing Brighton Students' Union for the better.
This space is dedicated to showcasing everything that your outgoing officer team have achieved, as well as offering our sincerest thank you and gratitude to all the hard work that the team have put into their roles - both as indviduals, and a team.
Brighton Students' Union Officer Team 2020/21
Sihem Ziada - President
Ramy Badrie - VP Education
Meg Donovan - VP Activities
Evangeline Solomon - VP Welfare
Below is more information about their combined campaigns that they pursued during their time in office:
To ensure racial justice is finally achieved through institutional structural change so inequality is stamped out.
Podcast with African Caribbean Society
Promotion of Black owned businesses,
Promotion of creative resources by Black artists: movies, books, tv shows, etc.
University Executive Board presented their Race Equality Charter Action Plan,
Students were able to express their thoughts and opinions in break out rooms,
Follow up in process
The University put this together to present their commitments to addressing the racial inequalities, with the University Executive Board and Board of Governers accountable.
Brighton Students’ Union committed to this Action Plan
We are taking part in a university wide committee which is devising new and more inclusive terminology
Ensuring the university is a safer place for students to be their most authentic selves. Providing greater accountability and education to address the root causes of racism, bullying, harassment, consent, and sexual misconduct.
We put on some Consent Workshops in February and May 2021, educating and raising awareness about sexual misconduct, harassment, and consent,
Surveys were sent out to attendees, and this data will be used to lobby the university around this topic.
?A collaboration event with the university with the aim to raise awareness about student carers and gather feedback from students on the topic.
Student Carers Network to be created for those students to have support (In progress)
Student Carers Awareness Training being carried out in June for BSU staff
Sign language posters in SU spaces starting in September
Simple sign language training for BSU Outlet staff
Freshers’ posters and gifs around campus in sign language
Black History Month, LGBTQ+ History Month, Mental Health Awareness Month
Podcasts, Entertainment resources, Events
A social media campaign with the aim to encourage students and staff to commit to one sustainable change through April and May
Brighton SU and the University of Brighton presented their sustainable changes
Students and staff got involved on social media
More awareness of the university’s disclosure tool
Clearer and proactive code of conduct surrounding sexual harassment and misconduct, racism, or any prejudice or hate crime
Protecting the student academic experience despite the challenges posed by COVID-19.
We worked with University to implement new academic regulations to ensure the impact of pandemic on students’ academic performance is recognised and mitigated.
We worked with Uni to develop new policy to enable students to resit assessments they passed to allow them to improve unrepresentative marks
We worked with Uni to ensure blanket mitigating circumstances to enable student to resit assessments they did not pass or were unable to submit without penalty
Spring break activities
Chill & Chat
Funding from Belong at Brighton Extra fund for societies
£50 incentive for societies who did a welcome event in February
Funding for zoom licenses (the societies who want to carry on being virtual) in September (In progress)
OTHER INCREDIBLE SUCCESSES
We successfully lobbied for the implementation of lecture capture which enables recording of lectures so students can listen to it at any time
We worked with the University during the first lockdown to implement a no detriment policy which used performance benchmarking
We have been working with Uni to improve provision of teaching opportunities for doctoral researchers
Greater mental health support for PGRs
International employability – we worked with the uni on the implementation of an integrated masters with placement course
A commitment to rollout anonymous exam boards from 21/22 (we lobbied for this and the item below)
A commitment to implement self certification for mitigating circumstances
We ran a housing campaign, assisting student with private accommodation during the first lockdown
We successfully lobbied for 4 new social learning spaces across campuses as part of last year's education campaign
We were involved in the creation of the university’s new digital learning roadmap and engagement model
We ran a large scale consultation across all schools regarding the future of administrative services for students and many recommendations were taken forward to improve access