Hi, I’m Lucy and I’m running for your Welfare and Community Officer 2017/18. I’m a second year studying for a degree in Computer Security with Forensics. This year I’m the president for SHSU Harmonies and love it! Welfare is such an important issue within a university, it is crucial that every student feels supported, included, and listened to. I would love to transfer my skills and continue to make Sheffield Hallam a safe and comfortable place to study, live and have fun!
My main priorities are:
I aim to work with staff and students to increase awareness of how mental health can impact studies. This will be done by:
- Introducing more union workshops and online resources dealing with work anxiety and stress
- Create an online portal or a mobile app, linking all welfare related services together. There’s so much information and help available, but often students aren’t aware of them and they can be difficult to find.
- Introduce stress management sessions, especially around exam times, in areas such as:
- Free sanitary products and contraception in the union, freely and easily available.
- Cycling Scheme!
- Ensure that financial information is very accessible to students.
- Campaign for gender neutral bathrooms around campus
- Dietary requirement / vegan options in ALL Hallam Cafés
- More freshers events to help make your first week away from home less scary!
- Rejuvenation of Re-Freshers week in January, making it easier for January-start students to feel included and make friends.
- Raise more awareness for sexual assault and consent, by working with local bars and nightlife.
- Introduction of a night bus that would run between nightlife, halls, and Ecclesall Road, ensuring that all students have a great and safe night out.
- Work with landlords and make sure that they are sticking to contract terms.
- Shorter private tenancy agreements.
- Some landlords have a minimum of 12-month contract lengths, which is unnecessary for those at university for only 9 months of the year. I will work with these tenants and landlords to come to a more reasonable solution.
- Keep an eye on halls pricing
- And work with students to make sure their living arrangements is of the highest standard possible!
- Run flatmate-finder events to make it easier to fill that extra room in your shared house.
- Keep working with local charities and businesses to continue increasing community involvement within the university.
- Organise local work experience and volunteering in areas relevant to your degree, fitting around university timetables.
- Work with The University of Sheffield and organise more joint events.