President

The Students' Union President

Hello! My name is Precious Onyenekwu Tatah and I am your President.

I hold a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance from UWE Bristol and I’m currently studying a Master’s in Cyber Security. In 2017, I won the Most Engaged Student Award as a result of my passion for students’ excellence and my commitments at UWE Bristol.

Having been in several leadership positions, I have the ability to be a true leader. My experience includes being the Founder and President of the Culture Fusion Society, a Pal Leader, Yoga Society President, Creative Director of the Africa Week Dance Team, a Student Representative and a Student Ambassador.

I have also travelled around three continents teaching in schools and communities where I have gained invaluable interpersonal skills.


Click here to see what I’m working to achieve this year and my progress so far.

The Students' Union President's Blog

Precious - February Monthly Review

I had the honour of speaking at the event organised by the team at ‘We the Curious’ alongside other key speakers, sharing my experiences and answering questions on how curiosity influences career choices.

 
Precious - January Monthly Review

The New Year started off with a special invitation to British Army’s presentation evening. It was an amazing evening filled with inspiring messages and people.

 
Significant reduction in Laundry prices

Following an on-going discussion between The Students’ Union and UWE Bristol, regarding the cost of laundry services on campuses, we are pleased to announce the final proposal* for the new academic year 2020-21, which will see a 65% reduction in laundry costs.

 
Precious - December Monthly Review

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a lovely break over the festive period, well done on completing your exams and all the best in the new term.

 
The Students’ Union Black Hall of Fame is here!

Following the 2019 Black History Month programme, The Students' Union is pleased to bring you the Black Hall of Fame. The Black Hall of Fame celebrates the successes of some black students, staff and alumni of UWE Bristol.

 
 

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Precious's manifesto objectives

Work from satellite campuses to provide Interfaculty and Intercultural networking opportunities so all students can feel represented.

Status: Updated 07/02/2020

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1 July 2019
Created Manifesto
2 Sept 2019
Arranging and attending introduction meetings with staff members and Deans in HAS, FBL and ACE
2 Oct 2019
Filmed a 'welcome tour' video across all campuses for new students, Attended Welcome fairs.
7 Feb 2020
I work from other UWE campuses connecting with students and making sure their voices are heard and they feel well represented. In October along side our Campaigns Coordinator, I led the Black History Month 2019 events created by the Presidents' team and The Students' Union staff. We planned events across several campuses. I also held focus groups and conducted surveys as well as supported some activities at Bower Ashton and Glenside Campus, I am scheduled to visit Gloucester Campus next month and I am currently in the process of planning the next Multicultural Week. I always encourage students at other campuses to share their experiences with me. I am here to represent our entire student body, therefore I will continue to do my best to represent all students across all campuses!

Provide sleeping rooms in an effort to fight sleep deprivation.

Status: Updated 07/02/2020

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1 July 2019
Created Manifesto
2 Sept 2019
Collaborated with Jane (VP Education) to research the pros of having nap pods on campus. Visited Manchester University.
2 Oct 2019
Meeting with University Estates and Facilities discussing potential spaces for the pods.
7 Feb 2020
After conducting surveys with students, having several discussions and meetings with Jo Midgley (Pro Vice Chancellor - Students Experience) and Chris Abbot (Director of Facilities), a proposal for the nap pods compiled by Jane Ojiakor (VP Education) has been approved and we are now in the process of purchasing the nap pod for trial at Frenchay campus.

Promote the #MANUP campaign.

Status: Updated 07/02/2020

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1 July 2019
Created Manifesto
2 Sept 2019
Planning to carry out this campaign in November as part of the SU's award-winning Movember campaign.
2 Oct 2019
Planning meeting with potential speakers for one of the events to come.
7 Feb 2020
I supported the Movember activities in November. I conducted two focus groups at Frenchay and Glenside Campus regarding male students' opinions on the services that we provide, and how we can provide better support for them and improve their wellbeing. I also organised and supported a 3hrs 3styles dance class with Culture Fusion Dance Society to raise money for the Movember Foundation. I supported the planning of Sports Does Strictly and took part in the competition, encouraging sports clubs and the dance teams (Culture Fusion Dance and UWE Dance) to collaborate and work together. The Presidents worked with the Vice Chancellor to produce a video of him sharing his experiences and showing support for Movember. I ended the Movember month by lighting 16 candles across all levels of The Students' Union in remembrance of men who die from suicide with a main goal of letting people know that as a man, its okay to cry, its okay not to be okay thereby creating more awareness for male mental health. I use my social media platforms to promote the campaign but I hope to plan an event in the future involving some external speakers sharing experiences and providing support.

Encourage students to get active as a way to combat stress.

Status: Updated 07/02/2020

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1 July 2019
Created Manifesto
2 Sept 2019
Attended Feel Good February planning meeting.
2 Oct 2019
Planning some active events for Feel Good February.
7 Feb 2020
For Feel Good February (FGF), I facilitated collaboration between the University and The Students' Union supporting Row Brittania, 'an inclusive (adaptive sport) mental health, fitness and wellbeing challenge by The British Inspiration Trust (BRIT), for teams throughout the UK to raise vital funds (For sports relief) and positive awareness'. I will also be taking part in this to support the cause. As part of FGF, I also planned a 'know your blood type' event with the NHS encouraging students to register to be a blood donor and find out their blood type. I organised and supported a 3hrs 3styles dance class with Culture Fusion Dance society in collaboration with UWE RAG. I supported the planning of 'Sports Does Strictly' and took part in the competition, uniting eight sports clubs and members of the two dance teams (Culture Fusion Dance and UWE Dance). This event attracted over 100 students at the students union Bar and raising funds for 'United Through Sports'. I am planning some more events and will be encouraging students to take part in the Great Bristol 10k coming soon!!!

Provide getting started at UWE videos for further guidance on what to expect before coming to UWE.

Status: Updated 02/10/2019

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1 July 2019
Created Manifesto
2 Sept 2019
Filming schedule planned and dates booked in.
2 Oct 2019
Filmed and released UWE Bristol 'welcome tour' video on The Students' Union's YouTube page and shared across all other channels.

Introduce sex education on campus.

Status: Updated 07/02/2020

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1 July 2019
Created Manifesto
2 Sept 2019
Meetings with the University staff members and SU Community Team to discuss provision for some sexual education materials for students around campus and halls of residence.
2 Oct 2019
Collaborating with Student and Academic Services to provide a sexual education and guidance page available to all UWE Bristol students.
7 Feb 2020
The Sexual Education and Guidance page is still being planned. However, I am currently having early discussions for events to take place during this years Sexual, Health and Guidance week.

Lobby the University for cheaper food options.

Status: Updated 07/02/2020

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1 July 2019
Created Manifesto
2 Sept 2019
Meetings with both the University CFO and The Students' Union Finance Managers to understand the impact of cheaper food on the SU.
2 Oct 2019
Planning a diverse Food Fair with the Presidents team as a starting point to get students' thoughts on the food options provided.
7 Feb 2020
I have had many meetings with The Students' Union CEO, Finance Manager, Commercial Manager and the Board of Trustees discussing this in detail. We are currently looking into this, particularly focusing on some key products that students buy.

Lobby the University for free laundry services.

Status: Updated 07/02/2020

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1 July 2019
Created Manifesto
2 Sept 2019
No changes
2 Oct 2019
Collaborating with other SU Sabbatical Officers working on similar area.
7 Feb 2020
After several meetings and conversations with accommodation managers and the Director of Estates and Facilities, I am happy to announce that myself and the Vice Presidents have been offered some free laundry vouchers to distribute to students. I have also raised these discussions at board meetings and we have considered the option of installing washing machines in accommodations, but also understand that in the long run, that does not seem sustainable. The discussion about offering 'completely free' laundry services to students is a much larger conversation and there is currently a national campaign on this. We will keep pushing the discussion forward!

Lobby the University for a summer housing-extension for post-graduates.

Status: Updated 07/02/2020

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1 July 2019
Created Manifesto
2 Sept 2019
Meetings with Accommodation Managers prior to getting elected in March.
2 Oct 2019
Arranging second meetings with Accommodation Managers to discuss extension for post grads.
7 Feb 2020
After several meetings and conversations with accommodation managers and the Director of Estates and Facilities, I have been offered summer housing extension for postgraduate students who live on campus. However, this is currently on a first come first serve basis.

Work with the NUS and other unions to lobby the government to bring back the post-study visa.

Status: Updated 02/10/2019

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1 July 2019
Created Manifesto
2 Sept 2019
Arranging meetings with other Sabbatical Officers and NUS representatives to understand what is currently being done.
2 Oct 2019
Great news! Post study visa is back!!!%

Ensure there is job support for international students.

Status: Updated 07/02/2020

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1 July 2019
Created Manifesto
2 Sept 2019
Attending meetings with staff members from the University's Global Centre, Library, Careers, Entreprise and Employability.
2 Oct 2019
UWE 'Meet the Employers' Fair app now has an option to highlight organisations that are willing to recruit international students and sponsor their visa.
7 Feb 2020
In January 2020 the UWE Black Hall of Fame was launched, showcasing and recognising the successes of some of our Black students, staff and Alumni. As well as recognising the work of those nominated and inducted into the Hall of Fame, this is also designed to promote the work that our students do and possibly get them in the eyes of recruiters. I also promote various employability events and opportunities to international students and have had various conversations with the Employability and Enterprise team, the Global Centre and Grad Link, discussing a potential International students employers fair.

Provide English language crash course.

Status: Updated 02/10/2019

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1 July 2019
Created Manifesto
2 Sept 2019
Researching on better ways to support international students to improve their communication skills.
2 Oct 2019
The Global Centre brings back its Conversation Cafes, where students can network and informally chat with students from various backgrounds.

Lobby the University to act as housing guarantors for International students as well as providing international students bursary.

Status: Updated 01/07/2019

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1 July 2019
Created Manifesto
1 July 2019
Researching on what work was previously done on these areas.
1 July 2019
The University now provides a guarantor system for first year international students! There is also a Global Ambassador Scholarship available for international students.

Work with the University on the continuous provision of cyber security awareness.

Status: Updated 07/02/2020

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1 July 2019
Created Manifesto
2 Sept 2019
Making contacts with academics and staff members in CSCT (Computer Science and Creative Technology) to generate some ideas to potentially collaborate on.
2 Oct 2019
Working with the University to promote Cyber Security Awareness Week and month.
7 Feb 2020
Meeting with the Head of Information Security at UWE, discussing further cyber security awareness campaigns at the University and ways to better engage all students across various departments and levels. Vast majority of this point have been completed but I am working on increasing this awareness should there be any projects that come up.

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