VP Community & Welfare

VP Community and Welfare

Hello, my name is Ubong Ante and I am your VP Community and Welfare.

The role of VP Community and Welfare is to ensure a smooth transition for both home and international students, across different academic years.

I’ve just graduated from UWE Bristol in Mechanical Engineering. During my time at university, I gained valuable knowledge and experience from various positions held, including being a company representative during an internship. This has put me in the right position to represent your welfare needs during your time at UWE Bristol.


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

VP Community and Welfare's Blog

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.

 
Accommodation support for UWE Bristol students

Bristol is significantly growing as the years go by and the demand for accommodation increases with the population. At times, it can be quite a struggle for students to find private accommodation, as they’re competing with the wider Bristol population and some landlords prefer having professionals as tenants to students.

 
UWE Bristol Food Fest

To celebrate the diverse UWE Bristol student and staff community, The Students’ Union organised a Food Fair on Tuesday 3 December 2019 in partnership with Bristol Eats (BEATS) and UWE Catering service.

 
11 Ways UWE Bristol Students De-Stress
WMHD Stressballs

We asked UWE students what they do to look after their mental health, this is what they said….

 
UWE Bristol partners with YourGuarantor
Augusta, VP Community and Welfare

UWE Bristol has finally completed the process to partner with YourGuarantor – an organisation that will act as the UK-based Guarantor for International/EU students seeking private accommodation when they send in their application.

 
 

UBONG's manifesto objectives

Awareness campaign on Wellbeing services and working with the wellbeing service.

Status: Updated 24/02/2020

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1 July 2019
Created Manifesto
2 Sept 2019
To meet with Head of Wellbeing Service to discuss the plans for the year.
24 Feb 2020
Very active in championing Feel Good February events on the various campus sites
24 Feb 2020
Some of these major campaigns include destress fest, World mental health day, and feel good February. (E.g. I was at Bowers destress fest where free massages, smoothies, stress balls, reusable water bottles were being offered to students to promote engagement with these campaigns.

Work to tackle the student mental health crisis and identifying the best ways to support the individual needs of students.

Status: Updated 24/02/2020

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1 July 2019
Created Manifesto
2 Sept 2019
Undertook research into informal ways to get students' thoughts on what results in poor mental health.
24 Feb 2020
Tackling mental health crisis within the HE sector has grown to be a priority within several institutions and the starting points of a bigger agenda is our health and wellbeing strategy which feeds into the UWE 2030 strategy. It was a good to get students involved in shaping this strategy by running several consultation sessions on the various campus site and working with the strategy lead on this one. Identifying areas to focus on for future work.
24 Feb 2020
I am actively involved in the OFS NHS Partnership project which its main objective at this stage is to develop a bespoke health care pathway from university services into NHS health care services. Representing the student voice and looking into what student engagement with the project would be like as it is an important long-term project.
24 Feb 2020
WMHD we got students thinking of how to look after themselves when stressed or overwhelmed, got a collection of student responses on that.
24 Feb 2020
“What affects your mental health?” – White board on campuses.
24 Feb 2020
Bucket for students to write how they manage their mental health.
24 Feb 2020
Create a big heart of answers and showcase as tips to students.

Organise regular events and activities that promote good mental health and well-being.

Status: Updated 24/02/2020

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1 July 2019
Created Manifesto
2 Sept 2019
Considered a plan to improve awarness of Move Membership to get more students engaged in extracurricular activities.
2 Sept 2019
Plan to include Feel Good Feburary and Movember events within awareness campaign.
24 Feb 2020
Looking to organise resilience workshops with Off the Record (OTR).

Work with key stakeholders in the University on the further implementation of the Mental Wealth Strategy to ensure it is student focused.

Status: Updated 2/9/2019

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1 July 2019
Created Manifesto
2 Sept 2019
Held inital discussions with Healthy University Co-Ordinator and Mental Wealth Strategy Manager. Also held further discussions to actively get involved in implementing the strategy.
24 Feb 2020
The strategy was implemented and completed. Work proposed to be done under this had begun before coming into role.
24 Feb 2020
This strategy has now been categorised under the general Health and Wellbeing Strategy for UWE 2030 Strategy. I was hugely involved in developing this strategy which would be signed off soon.

UWE Cultural Night – Experience first UWE Cultural Night to broaden and celebrate the Cultural diversity that exists.

Status: Updated 24/02/2020

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1 July 2019
Created Manifesto
2 Sept 2019
Organised meeting with VP Societies and Communication and other Presidents to build on last year's Cultural Week.
24 Feb 2020
Supporting VP Education in organising a global celebration to celebrate different cultures and background.

To be an advocate for more diverse food options across campuses, which is representative of our diverse student body.

Status: Updated 24/02/2020

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1 July 2019
Created Manifesto
2 Sept 2019
Organise food fair, 15/10/2019
2 Sept 2019
Invitations out to vendors
24 Feb 2020
All the presidents are engaged on this.
24 Feb 2020
To celebrate our diverse student and staff body in the UWE community, I took lead in organising a Successful Food Fair event. Eleven (11) vendors were present on site, with light music in the background to set a chilled atmosphere.
24 Feb 2020
Interestingly, with over 800 sales made on the day, an observation was made. The observation made was that the underrepresented groups had the most sales compared to the regular campus food options.
24 Feb 2020
The Food Fair was a success and discussions are being made to make it a regular occurrence across campuses. Starting off with another food fair in April on Frenchay Campus.
24 Feb 2020
I also launched a survey to record feedback from students on the available food options on campuses and what more would be liked to be introduced. This is being pushed out more and to be presented to UWE catering for the menu of next academic year.

ZERO tolerance to hate crime, discrimination and sexual violence.

Status: Updated 2/9/2019

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1 July 2019
Created Manifesto
2 Sept 2019
Discussions with Student inclusivity project officer and speak up campaign.
24 Feb 2020
Further discussions to be actively involved with Speak Up Campaign.
24 Feb 2020
Currently, I’m in discussion with Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity Projects Manager and plans are being made to create a video to encourage students to speak up and also to give more information on the report and support tool.

Provide a better opportunity for International Students who are seeking accommodation.

Status: Updated 24/02/2020

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1 July 2019
Created Manifesto
2 Sept 2019
Discussion with multiple companies.
2 Sept 2019
Agreed a three year contract with StudentPad to provide a branded webpage to help UWE Bristol students find accommodatuon. Also supported the planning of the Accommodation Fair.
2 Oct 2019
Supported planning of Accommodation Fair.
24 Feb 2020
UWE SU Studentpad website is up and running with 7 properties advertised as of January. Now over 300 rooms available in February and counting.
24 Feb 2020
Promotion of website to students is ongoing throughout rest of its existence.
24 Feb 2020
UWE Bristol has highlighted the need to review the information their International agencies give out to potential students while recruitment. Action has been taken in making securing an accommodation a priority in the checklist. This will take effect from next academic year.

Start a campaign for free parking on campus for students.

Status: Updated 2/9/2019

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1 July 2019
Created Manifesto
2 Sept 2019
Undertook review concerning why subject matter is not feasible. Researching feasible alternative to achieve the same goal.

Inter-society Activities – work together with different societies at UWE to organise engaging activities for members. E.g. UWE Inter-Society League Cup.

Status: Updated 2/9/2019

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1 July 2019
Created Manifesto
2 Sept 2019
Held initial discussions with VP Societies and Communication. Further meetings are planned.

Raise the voices of marginalised students – postgraduate students, distance learner students.

Status: Updated 2/9/2019

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1 July 2019
Created Manifesto
2 Sept 2019
Meet with post graduate student officer
24 Feb 2020
Ongoing planning of an NFI society football tournament with VP Societies & Communications and VP Sports.
24 Feb 2020
Ongoing planning of Global celebration with VP Education and VP Societies & Communications. VP Education is taking lead on this event to celebrate every student and showcase different cultures.

Create a general learning disability assessment for newly enrolled students – to assess their strengths and weaknesses in learning.

Status: Updated 2/9/2019

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1 July 2019
Created Manifesto
2 Sept 2019
Met with Head of Wellbeing and Student Support, Head of Access West of England and Student Communications Manager. Started to plan promotional videos.
24 Feb 2020
I worked with Student Communications to create a video of me sharing my personal experience on getting diagnosed with mild dyslexia. This was to encourage and create more awareness to students on specific learning difficulties. Trying to change the narrative for individuals, to see it as a way of discovering an effective learning strategy instead of a disability.
24 Feb 2020
I’ve been in conversations with key stakeholders in the university on partnering with Cognassist or relevant organisations to develop an online assessment for the HE sector.

Introduce Course social events - Working together with various departments in the university to organise social events to engage and induce a more comfortable, friendly and effective learning environment between course mates.

Status: Updated 24/02/2020

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1 July 2019
Created Manifesto
2 Sept 2019
Researched total academic societies avaialable and which courses had active societies and which did not. Also met with Student Reps and other key stakeholders.
24 Feb 2020
When writing this manifesto point, I felt there was a need for more social engagement between students and staff to build a strong sense of belonging within courses. This is one way to tackle isolation, creating a social space for students and staff outside academic activities.
24 Feb 2020
I started discussions on how to achieve this and realised there can be much more to it than more course socials. It is about empowering students to take lead in influencing their student experience under three umbrella’s; personal skills development, employability and career events, and social activities.
24 Feb 2020
The academic societies available would play an important part in achieving this, as well as key stakeholders in faculties. The VP Education and VP Societies & Communications will be involved in this project.
24 Feb 2020
At the moment I’m writing a proposal to present to key stakeholders on how to achieve this project, hopefully it gets approved and stage 1 will begin.

Increase engagement between and across the 4 campuses (including Gloucester campus).

Status: Updated 24/02/2020

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1 July 2019
Created Manifesto
2 Sept 2019
To Meet with campus co-ordinators and officers.
24 Feb 2020
One day a week has been dedicated to working from the other campus sites (Tuesday –Glenside & Thursday – Bower. Prior to this, I have been making visits to the various campus sites on activity days.
24 Feb 2020
Talent show to have a campus competition – potentially a dance-off.
24 Feb 2020
Promoting plans for Bower engagement.

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