Posted on Mon 22 Feb 2021 at 11:29
- Vic has worked with University to build a Report & Support System. The report system aims to improve safety on campus and provide immediate support to incidents. You’ll be able to easily report incidents of bullying, harassment, hate crime or sexual misconduct. *System will be available in March.
- As part of the Hardship Fund allocation, Vic has been consulting with the University on how the additional £1.4m from the Government is allocated. Working with Polly, VP Academic Experience, they ensured essential money goes to (but is not limited to) those in digital poverty, international students, and student parents. For those who aren't eligible, the main Hardship Fund remains open. More info on this can be found here.
- Vic has been overseeing the Officer team's implementation of the Black Lives Matter Task & Finish Group. We're keen to have Black students at the heart of the group, and ensure you have a voice to make organisational change for BCUSU. If you're interested in getting involved, please contact Vic here.
- By delivering our ‘In Conversation with the VCO’ event, Vic ensured students’ voices were heard by University’s decision makers. The idea initially came from our Ideas Board, and Vic worked directly with the VCO to organise the event, which included over 150 students.
- Board of Governors update: notably, the key conversations we had with the board were for opportunities for further research and enterprise opportunities for students. We offered our support in solving accessibility issues to Millennium Point and steered discussions around support for students on rent relief, health and safety, the blended learning pledge and the no detriment policy (which is here to stay until the end of the academic year!).
VP Academic Experience
- Due to the vacant VP Student Voice position, Polly has taken over a lot of responsibility of the Feedback and Representation System which ensures School and Course Rep feedback is distributed at University and Students’ Union meetings.
- Polly has been at the forefront of raising awareness of Digital Poverty, and the fact that many students have had limited access to appropriate technology during the pandemic. Polly is now working closely with Uni departments for solutions that will alleviate the effects of Digital Poverty on BCU students.
- Similar to Digital Poverty, your VP Academic Experience has been keeping a close eye on student feedback around online teaching quality and has identified the following issues:
- Access to library materials and e-books. This could have a detrimental impact on those carrying out major research projects and dissertations.
- Frustrated at lack of interactivity in online lectures.
- ‘Lack of Learning Resources online’ as an issue and found it difficult to access, find resources, or navigate Moodle.
VP Opportunities & Community
- For Amir, and his role, he has been focussed on creating a community between the hundreds of Societies and Student Groups we have. Amir has ran a weekly Q&A Session with different BCUSU societies, spotlighting their events during the year.
- Amir has also hosted sessions around Financial Awareness and Budgeting – something he has applied his knowledge of Accounting & Finance to!
- Working with our Faith & Culture Societies, Amir has helped organise events that celebrate the multi-cultural background of students at BCU, such as; Diwali and Hannukah (and Chinese New Year to come...)
- Amir has built relationships with various University departments to create greater opportunities for students, for example; BCU Sport, Careers+ and the International Office.
- Amir is currently working on his wellbeing campaign, with the aim of helping students cope with mental health and wellbeing issues that they have been facing since lockdown.
VP Equality & Inclusion
- Jinal has enjoyed working with our African Students’ Society and Afro-Caribbean Society (ACS), to deliver events during Black History Month 2020.
- As part of LGBT+ History Month, Jinal is working on a campaign for gender neutral toilets for all campuses.
- Working with Stonewall project manager to prepare preferred name guidance around supporting trans students. This includes emails, ID cards and Moodle.
- Ensuring key cultural events, and key dates, such as the Holocaust Memorial day, are recognised and information shared with students.
- Jinal has also enjoyed getting involved with the promotion of BCUSU Student Homes, as well as the BCU Environmental Team during Go Green Week.
- Ongoing contribution to the International sub-group. Everything from student orientation, feedback on how to run successful cultural events, to potential collaborations with the Students’ Union.