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Candidate for the position of VP Welfare and Diversity

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Pip Uden

#PipPipHooray !

Hi! My name is Pip, I’m a third-year student from Cornwall, and I’m running to become your Welfare & Diversity Vice President! I will dedicate my time to ensuring students get the support that they need, and advocate for inclusive leadership within our governance.

EQUAL SUCCESS

As President of upReach Society this year, I have met students like myself who have unfortunately faced financial barriers during their University experience. As your Welfare & Diversity VP, I will work on:

  • Lobbying for guarantor support for international and UK care-experienced/estranged students.
  • Connecting eligible low-income students with opportunities to maximise their potential in university and beyond.
  • Equipping committees to run societies at lower costs, extra grant/sponsorship application guidance so underprivileged students can participate.
  • SOCIAL MOBILITY CAMPAIGN WEEK – raising awareness of class culture, the low-income university experience, and destigmatising conservations around money.

WELLBEING, STREAMLINED

In my first year of University, I campaigned with a brilliant Grand Challenges Team to visualise what a Wellbeing Button could look like on iExeter. To prevent confusion and tackle barriers to accessing support, I will work on:

  • Compiling welfare/finance/employability support and off-campus GPs into a handbook for your first week of term, so you are aware of available support before it’s too late.
  • Optimising iExeter’s Wellbeing Tile as a signpost to direct you to the right information.
  • “Confidential Space” label for online room booking system, to ensure vulnerable students can attend events without risking their safety.
  • Improving online translations (because they’re done by Google!) of GP Registration, and Mitigation/Deferral pages to tackle accessibility of support to international students.

VALUING YOUR EXPERTISE

As a woman of colour from a low-income background, I’ve felt the most empowered by our University, our Guild and societies when I was given the opportunity to speak for myself. Beyond ensuring your voice is heard, I will work on:

  • Training Equality Panellists and electing Panel Heads to run the campaigns and events that matter to them, connecting Equality Panels with society committees, who can offer the best feedback.
  • Increasing student engagement with University & Guild meetings.
  • Make Sexual Harassment and EDI training compulsory for at least one committee member per student group, since not every society has a Welfare Officer.
  • Development of a Staff and Student Minority Board to approve inclusivity initiatives for marginalised students, such as accessible toilets and multi-faith prayer rooms.

Thank you for reading my manifesto. A vote for Pip is a vote for efficiency, empathy and inclusive leadership.  #PipPipHooray !


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