1. Recurring funding for Nightline
Exeter Student Nightline is a confidential listening and information service run by students for students at the University of Exeter.
By lobbying for our brilliant Nightline volunteers to get breakfast at University halls, Shades has secured £1500 recurring funding for the next 5 years for this essential service.
2. Better National recognition for Exeter: Sharia-compliant loans policy in NUS
Some students of faith are unable to afford University due to the terms and conditions associated with Student Loans, specifically the interest payable. Shades was approached by a student with concerns about how Student Finance creates barriers for some Muslim students.
Shades represented the Guild at National conference by speaking on her amendment to the NEC's Priority Motion relating to the Poverty Commission, named 'Student Loans for everyone'. Her amendment highlighted their plight and she gave two rousing speeches at conference alongside Amatey Doku asking for the NUS to lobby the Department of Education to provide an ethical Alternative Student Finance. The motion was successfully adopted by conference.
Shades also had conversations with Ben Bradshaw about this issue, and asked for DVC Tim Quine to write to the Dept. of Education to pressure and lobby for an announcement of the release date of a sharia-compliant loans scheme.
3. First ever 'Why is My Curriculum White?' panel on campus
Shades has championed #WeAreAllExeter all year and supported numerous student initiatives, one being the the first ever 'Why Is My Curriculum White?' Panel in Feburary. The education we receive at many Universities is one that has been largely shaped by colonialism. A recurring theme in media is that this places white, Eurocentric writers and thinkers above others without much concern. This leads to a blindness to other perspectives, and a complete dismissal of the large amounts of thought-provoking work produced throughout history by non-white thinkers and scholars. The talk asked 'do you think this is true at Exeter?' and explored ways to tackle it at our institution.
4. Better Recognition for St. Luke's: X-Keys refurbishment
Shades has pushed for recognition and improvements to St.Lukes throughout the year. She held the first St. Luke’s leader's group on 12th Oct, with solutions underway, weekly Drop-ins from all Sabbs have continued through the year, and has made huge progress on including the student voice in the £1.7 million X-Keys refurbishment and getting a positive response for all St. Luke's related student ideas.
5. Special provision for students with caring responsibilities.
A carer is someone who provides unpaid care to a partner, child or relative with a physical or mental illness, disability or addiction. Shades has worked extensively to create a special provision for students with caring responsibilities to ensure there is extra support, information, and advice available for those juggling studies alongside extra travel home or additional caring responsibilities.
Shades has done extraordinary work this year and her influence on the student experience will be long-enduring. we have so much to be grateful for.
Thank you, Shades!