I want students to feel they have support and help at the university. I want to have a positive presence online, on social media. Having the safe space to talk, rant or chat is very important in times like this, so that will be something I would like to do. I want to share inspiring quotes online so that it is uplifting. I think that in times like this, I want to be active and recognisable online, and I want to give the spaces for support and guidance.
I also want to look at the impacts of the pandemic on students, and give full support on this wherever they need it.
My manifesto points are very important to me. These are the things I want to do:
Bringing societies together
I want communities to come together more. I want to give opportunities for more people to meet and socialise. Setting up social events and meetings will allow more connection between teams and socials. I think this is a great chance to build up more of a community at the university.
Implementing the buddy system
I think support in the academic environment is crucial. I want there to be more mentoring and a chance for 'buddies' to exist in an academic school, where support can be easily accessible. 2nd and 3rd years can mentor 1st years who are finding their feet and adjusting to university life. They can therefore speak to someone who is relatable and on their wavelength a bit more.
I want those with a mental health issue, physical health issue and those with a disability to know they have somewhere to go for help, a 'safe space.' Setting up tea and cake sessions, or due to the current situation, a space that can be accessible on teams, will give individuals the chance to talk to others who can understand and be relatable.