Hey there, I’m Kat and I’m running to be your VP Welfare & Diversity! I'm a third year psychology student and have absolutely adored my time studying and living in Exeter. I come from a diverse background myself and care a great deal about wellbeing at the university, having experienced the services that Exeter has to offer and strive to make a positive change. Having held the position of DVP and serving on Liberation Council for a year, I've managed the Wellbeing Information Directory and come into contact with the issues that students face such as lack of wellbeing support and I'm confident that I could be extremely effective in continuing to remove discrimination and stigma at Exeter.
I play ultimate frisbee and managed to bag myself a silver BUCs medal last year (would you believe you can get BUCS medals for frisbee?!), ran the Amsterdam Marathon with RAG, I'm social secretary for Exeposé, a team leader with the charity Just Love and I love fighting for people's rights to ensure welfare and diversity for all.
- I intend to arrange more free classes and training to enhance the student experience
- There will be better support for students to improve their day-to-day lives
- More inclusion of diverse backgrounds
- Changes to the education system to improve wellbeing
- Opportunity to gain free hot drinks, more food options and an improvement to the recycling system #BleedGreen
Promise 1 - Introduce meditation classes as a mindfulness method and promote the self-defence classes that I’ve already begun putting into place. I’ll also ensure that anyone in a position of responsibility takes part in both diversity training & disability training, ensuring understanding of invisible disabilities too. I would also like to introduce basic counselling qualification for students to relieve pressure from the wellbeing centre & increase the number of peer support groups.
Promise 2 - As DVP Wellbeing I’ve begun contacts for installing a nap room on campus which will allow rest for students. I’d like to introduce subsidies for societies; after all necessary loans have been given for living etc, this money would be an opportunity for students unable to afford society memberships to take part in things they are passionate about. I intend to help freeze accommodation prices in Exeter by suggesting the University creates a 'recommended' list for companies who agree to this, which has been proven to work at Nottingham University. I want students to be able to collect prescriptions on campus & nightline volunteers to be given free breakfast on nights they volunteer. #ChatwithKat once every 2 weeks for students to come into the SABB office and express any issues they have been experiencing. I’d also like to bring back the Freshers' packs allowing students to plan their 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. I would also like an introduction to Exeter pack for international students as being in a completely new country can lead to culture shock.
Promise 3 - Create a new multifaith prayer space on both Streatham & St Luke's campus. Continue with the #WeAreAllExeter campaign. Introduce an International Week once a term to celebrate different cultures. Improve publicity of how to get in touch with Liberation Council to voice opinions.
Promise 4 - I’d like to improve awareness of Individual Learning Programmes and have free tests for dyslexia. The removal of Saturday exams & ensuring that January exams are spread over two weeks, and that every course receives a reading week (or half week if the course can’t allow a full week) so that everyone gets rest.
Promise 5 - 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. Within the new hub system, I would like to create a ‘veggie & vegan’ cafe in Amory. I also want more microwaves to save students’ money, more fairtrade & locally sourced food, more gluten free and lactose free options. Food waste and donations to continue to go to homeless projects, and a clothes collection for refugees. I intend to ensure that all outlets on campus have fully recyclable cups, a discount for bringing in a reusable cup, more cardboard and paper recycling bins & that recyclable and non-recyclable rubbish is kept separate.