VP Welfare and Diversity

Rose Ahier

#ReadySetRo

Hello! I’m Rose, Co-President of Exeter Student Nightline, Welcome Team Leader and a 3rd year Philosophy & Theology Student. I am enthusiastic, approachable, and committed to strengthening the student voice to ensure your welfare and diversity needs are resolved.

I am running for VP Welfare and Diversity because I believe every student deserves to feel fully supported and equipped to thrive during their time at the University of Exeter. I will ensure that your voice is listened to and represented, therefore providing an inclusive and welcoming student experience.

Inspired by conversations with lots of different students, here is what I aim to achieve as your VP Welfare & Diversity.

STOP

#STOP to feeling academically unequipped

  • Make mitigation and reasonable adjustments processes accessible through enhanced communication and IT developments.

  • Introduce blankets in the library.

  • Provide online training for University members of staff on active listening and welfare services (including Individual Learning Plans).

  • Create a tutoring scheme for postgraduate and PhD students to provide one-to-one academic support to undergraduates, combatting isolation.

  • Enhance the study-abroad Buddy scheme: pair-up abroad and returned Exeter students for ongoing advice and support.

  • Develop support resources specific to postgraduate students by introducing termly wellbeing reviews.

#STOP to mental health difficulties through preventative support

  • Support the expansion of a holistic approach to Wellbeing Services through toolkits and peer-led support groups. This will address isolation and ending wellbeing treatments.

  • Create wellbeing information leaflets in Fresher’s packs and signpost to a wide network of supportive services during introduction lectures.

  • Introduce welfare and disability training for society committees. Establish a welfare officer role for relevant societies.

  • Give funding to Nightline volunteers to receive mental health training to enhance their role.

  • Represent students’ voices by ensuring I oversee the wellbeing board and wellbeing outreach.

LOOK

#LOOK out for our environment

  • Establish a clothing donation bank on campus.

  • Provide water access facilities in every University building.

  • Introduce new Exeter KeepCup water bottles to reduce plastic waste.

  • Prevent plastic waste at Guild outlets by using bamboo cutlery, paper straws and biodegradable alternatives.

  • Introduce an end of year ‘clear-out’ scheme for students in all halls to donate unwanted items to local organisations and charities.

  • Ensure leftover food continues to be donated to Food Action for the homeless.

#LOOK out for improved housing opportunities

  • Lobby University to ensure accommodation prices only go up with inflation and push for an increase in scholarship and bursary costs in line with these rates.

  • Collaborate with communications team to publicise StudentPad and more affordable accommodation.

#LOOK out for campaigns

  • #WeAreAllExeter: Celebrating diversity on campus in collaboration with international, faith, LGBTQ+, FemSoc and Liberation council. I will run events in collaboration with local charities that promote open discussion and embrace diversity.

  • #SmallTalkSavesLives: A suicide prevention campaign aimed at equipping students with the skills and confidence to open up. This includes providing free workshops on supporting friends with mental health difficulties, running a week of reduced rates for +1s at society events, and signing a “pledge to talk”.

  • #BreakingTheSilence: A campaign that promotes zero tolerance to all forms of harassment, tackling low reporting rates. I will display posters in clubs that offer advice on taking steps if you feel uncomfortable and links to support services. I will also use this platform to promote RiD to report incidents of microaggression.

LISTEN

#LISTEN to students demands

  • Create an online blog in collaboration with societies to share independent life skills, such as budgeting, cooking healthy meals and housing rights.

  • Establish #SabbChat: a weekly drop in for students to talk through any issues, both in person and through an online forum to create a global conversation.

  • Ensure the University fulfils its promises to refurbish the prayer rooms.

  • Improve food labels by accurately labelling vegan food and displaying meat slaughtering practices at Guild outlets.

  • Install microwaves at St Luke’s campus.

#LISTEN to inclusivity

  • Introduce online resources for students returning from interrupted study, and set up a social group to improve the transition process.

  • Enhance the parent support group and ensure the new family centre policy is accessible to the needs of student parents by holding meetings and collecting feedback.

  • Ensure the running of the liberation council through support of DVP’s.

  • Sustain a monthly disability support group to expand ExeterAbility.

  • Register Exeter for University of Sanctuary status to improve accessibility for refugees and asylum seekers.

  • Encourage students during exam and deadline seasons by displaying inspiring quotes throughout Streatham and St Luke’s study spaces for positive reminders and self-compassion.

Thanks for reading!

Vote #ReadySetRo


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