My second year as Vice President Education has been just as fun and exciting as the first.
We started the year bonding as a new team and panning out our ideas for the year. We also attended NUS Lead and Change, learning new skills and catching up with friends from other students’ unions. We also spent July at the many graduation ceremonies, celebrating everyone’s achievements on their special day.
We were soon into August with Welcome creeping up faster each day. August saw us starring in many Facebook live videos – live tours of Halls as well as talking to students on A Level results day. In September, we were presented with our “Union of the Year” trophy for NUS Green Impact. We welcomed thousands of new and returning students to UWE Bristol during Welcome, from Freshers’ Fair to our many events throughout the week.
Before we knew it, we were already in October, where we celebrated World Mental Health Day, and Black History Month with our award winning Global Majority Campaign. We made it a priority to make sure we were engaging with you all, so began hosting pop up stalls to talk to students about their experience at UWE Bristol.
Into November and we were as busy as ever – launching the city-wide #IAMBristol campaign, tackling the issue of islamophobia in Bristol. Along with this, I also attended the Green Gown Awards in Manchester, representing UWE Bristol and The Students’ Union. I was also lucky enough to visit our students and graduates in Hong Kong again – attending the graduation ceremony and developing links with our overseas students.
We rounded up with another set of graduations in December before the Christmas break – ready for the next semester ahead.
February we celebrated LGBT+ History Month, bringing a cross campus programme of events around the theme of allyship. Sexual Health Awareness and Guidance Week made a return in February, where we gave out free contraception, HIV fast testing, highlighting health attitudes to relationships and more.
In March, Jailbreak made a return (after a slight delay due to the unexpected snowfall in March), where I took part again raising money for Papyrus. We also saw the new team for 2018/19 elected in the Leadership Race.
In April, I hosted the Student Experience Awards, a night celebrating all the successes of our Student Reps and staff. I also got to announce some positive outcomes from my lobbying surrounding course costs.
And here we are in May, with the year almost over. I have had an amazing two years being able to create so many positive changes for students and I am thankful to everyone who elected and re-elected me.