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Introduce meditation & self-defence classes

Introduce meditation classes as a mindfulness method and promote the self-defence classes that I’ve already begun putting into place.

 
  • August 2017: Planned out, awaiting on securing insurance for this to go ahead.
  • October 2017: All risk assessments done for meditation and self-defence classes and insurance covered. First meditation class occurring in October. 
     
 
Society subsidies

Introduce subsidies for societies. This money would be an opportunity for students unable to afford society memberships to take part in things they are passionate about.

 
  • Predecessors organised this and students can apply with A&V/ hardship fund
 
Collect prescriptions on campus

Students should be able to collect prescriptions on campus.

 
  • August 2017: Prescriptions can be arranged to be collected from the Student Health Centre. If you wish to utilise this service, ask the reception at the Student Health Centre.
 
Nightline breakfasts

Nightline volunteers to be given free breakfast for the mornings after nights they volunteer.

 
  • August 2017: Completed for this year, with the funding secured through an annual fund bid. Looking to secure this as permanent support for future years. Working on this with Becca, VP Activities.
  • January 2018: Funding has been secured for 5 more years.
 
Freshers’ and postgraduate packs

Bring back Freshers' packs allowing students to plan their Freshers’ week and introduce postgraduate packs; these will be available to fill out online with the option of a text message reminding students of the event an hour before.

 
  • August 2017: Freshers' packs are returning, with Postgraduate introduction online.
  • October 2017: Postgraduates also received a specific welcome pack
     
 
International Week

Introduce an International Week once a term to celebrate different cultures.

 
  • August 2017: Diversity Week is a continual ISC project and is scheduled for term two it will cover all of the ideas Kat had for International week.
 
Food and microwaves

More microwaves to save students’ money, more fairtrade & locally sourced food, more gluten free and lactose free options.

 
  • August 2017: New microwave in Washington Singer, meetings upcoming at the end of August to discuss new food options.
  • October 2017: 2 new microwaves in Harrison hub. Have also had meetings with commercial services and a lot more food options are available on campus. Comida to have GF cous cous and pasta options, new smoothies launched, a lot more vegan and halal options in Guild shop (and much more).
  •  Attending Amory Hub PDT meetings and installing at least 2 microwaves, possibly 3.
 
Recyclable cups

Ensure that all outlets on campus have fully recyclable cup, or a discount for bringing in a reusable cup.

 
  • August 2017: No progress
  • October 2017: KeepCup is launching this year - costs more to use a paper cup ; has launched now. More people using reusable cups than ever before.
     
 
 

CURRENT WORK

Diversity & disability training

Anyone in a position of responsibility takes part in both diversity training & disability training, ensuring understanding of invisible disabilities too.

 
  • August 2017: No progress
  • January 2018: All University staff are required to complete online Equality & Diversity training as part of their induction
 
Introduce counselling qualifications

Introduce basic counselling qualification for students to relieve pressure from the Wellbeing Centre & increase the number of peer support groups.

 
  • August 2017: No progress
  • January 2017: Looking to set up a peer support group in term 2 - we are deciding what it will look like
 
Nap rooms

Install a nap room on campus which will allow rest for students.

 
  • August 2017: Discussions have been started – will likely be long-term
  • January 2018: Temporary nap room set up during exam week, still having long-term space discussions.
 
Affordable accommodation

Help freeze accommodation prices in Exeter by suggesting the University creates a 'recommended' list for companies who agree to this.

 
  • August 2017: Accommodation campaign is being planned. Lobbying the University for affordable accommodation new student halls being built on campus.
  • January 2018: 28% of rooms are 'affordable' on campus. University has agreed that rent will only go up by RPI (which should be in line with student finance) on University owned accommodation on campus.
 
#ChatWithKat

Every 2 weeks, students can come into the Sabb office to express any issues they have been experiencing.

 
  • August 2017: Drop-in days have been set up, dates to be announced soon
  • October 2017: #ChatWithKat now takes the form of SabbChat which is very much in the process of being completed
     
 
Interfaith prayer space

Create a new multifaith prayer space on both Streatham & St Luke's campuses.

 
  • August 2017: No progress, will be working with Becca, VP Activities
  • October 2017: I have been having multiple meetings re. multi-faith prayer space; currently liasing with Jamie Horsley to find a location
  • January 2018: Still in chats, proving difficult to find a suitable, central location; potential for a refurbishment of Old Library Prayer space
 
#WeAreAllExeter

Continue with the #WeAreAllExeter campaign.

 
  • August 2017: #WeAreAllExeter campaign is scheduled for term two
  • October 2017: I have been planning the #WeAreAllExeter campaign with Shades and have some good ideas/events lined up
  • January 2018: Shades is currently taking the lead. She has set up a student leaders group for focus groups and initial meetings which I've added some people to. If people are interested in joining, email vpwelfare@exeterguild.com
 
Liberation Council

Improve publicity of how to get in touch with Liberation Council to voice opinions.

 
  • August 2017: No progress
  • October 2017: Have had a meeting with council and will hopefully be attending a forum to voice student opinions
  • October 2017: I have collated all the information on Liberation council as well as all the other councils that the Guild have and these will be promoted further when all roles are filled
  • January 2018: Kat has done everything on her part, however, the council is not running this year due to lack of staff support.
 
Individual Learning Plans

Improve awareness of Individual Learning Plans and have free tests for dyslexia.

 
  • August 2017: No progress
  • January 2018: In conversation w/ Accessibility re. the possibility of free dyslexia tests. Looking @ promotion of ILPs.
 
January Exams

Remove Saturday exams and ensure that January exams are spread over two weeks

 
  • August 2017: Will be collaborating with Bry, VP Education, on reviewing the academic year.
 
Reading weeks

Ensure every course receives a reading week (or half week if the course can’t allow a full week) so that everyone gets rest.

 
  • August 2017: Will be collaborating with Bry, VP Education, on reviewing the academic year.
 
Drink for steps

Introduce an initiative whereby if a student has walked 12,000 steps or more Monday-Sunday, they can receive a free hot drink the following week.

 
  • August 2017: Collaborating with HiMotiv and the AU to bring something where you can get even more than hot drinks as rewards for exercise. Have submitted a plan.
  • October 2017: We are introducing ExeMove in collaboration with the AU. Having a soft launch in November time and a hard launch in January in collaboration with mental health month. Soft launch will hopefully include a Sabbs vs AU challenge in the month of October - will film on GoPro and create a promo video.
  • January 2018: Promo video in the making; website is up and running
 
Veggie & vegan café

Within the new hub system, I would like to create a veggie & vegan café in Amory.

 
  • August 2017: No progress
  • October 2017: Have discussed the idea of veggie and vegan café for Amory w/ Gill Preston and will continue to have these conversations with the planning of the hub. 
  • January 2018: This will likely be in the Amory Hub.
 
Food waste

Food waste and donations to continue to go to homeless projects, and a clothes collection for refugees.

 
  • August 2017: No progress
  • October 2017: Food action is still occurring.
  • January 2018: ood action continues to go to homeless projects. Since last year there are more collections - occurs everyday sometimes more than once. Liasing w/ DVP Sustainability on a clothes collection.
 
Cardboard and paper recycling bins

More cardboard and paper recycling bins so that recyclable and non-recyclable rubbish is kept separate.

 
  • August 2017: Awaiting to consult with DVP Sustainability as to the best locations for the new recycling bins.
  • december 2018: Secured extra funding for this.
 
International welcome packs

Create an “Introduction to Exeter” pack for international students as being in a completely new country can lead to culture shock.

 
  • August 2017: Not enough resource for this idea.
 
 

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VP Welfare & Diversity Role Description

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  • The Vice President Welfare and Diversity ensures that each and every student has adequate support for any issues that they might encounter as a student at the University of Exeter.
  • They proactively represent students’ rights on and off campus.

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Lead on Welfare, Rights, and Decolonisation

Champions the Rights and Welfare of all Exeter students both in the community and on the University's campuses. Listens to and amplifies the voices of Exeter students, advocating improvement in student support, and the removal of structural barriers at Exeter.

  • Proactively champions student rights and safety in the community and on all of the University’s campuses;
  • Leads on the student support agenda within the University;
  • Takes a lead on accommodation quality, availability and pricing;
  • Supports and champions the work of Exeter Nightline;
  • Promotes and implements the Guild’s intersectionality and liberation work;
  • Works closely with the DVP Liberation, and Liberation Network Reps, as well as any Liberation or well-being related Societies to erradicate structural barriers;
  • Direct Sabbatical Officer support for DVP Liberation, and DVP Wellbeing.
  • Direct Sabbatical Officer support for the student group Nightline.
 
 

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Oversee Guild governance, finance and strategy

Trustee Board are responsible for the management and administration of the Guild and (subject to the Students’ Guild Memorandum & Articles and Bylaws) may exercise all the powers of the Guild as outlined in the Memorandum & Articles.

  • Ensure that the Guild complies with its governing documents, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations,
  • Ensure that the Guild pursues its charitable objects as defined in the Memorandum & Articles,
  • Ensure the Guild uses its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objects: the charity must not spend money on activities which are not included in its own objects, no matter how worthwhile or charitable those activities are,
  • Actively contribute to the board of trustees' role in giving firm strategic direction to the Guild, setting overall policy, defining goals and setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets,
  • Safeguard the good name and values of the Guild,
  • Ensure the effective and efficient administration of the Guild,
  • Ensure the financial stability of the Guild,
  • Protect and manage the property of the charity and to ensure the proper investment of the charity's funds,
  • Appoint the chief executive and monitor their performance.
 
 

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