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Mental health campaigning
Equality, diversity and access to education and societies
Supporting diverse and underrepresented students groups
Hey, I’m Des Ibekwe and I’m your Equality, Liberation and Access Officer.
As ELA officer I will support and empower students and the chairs of networks to work towards making the university more inclusive. Coming from East London and being a woman of colour I’m all too aware of the issues that can face those from liberation identities.
I want to be able to effect real and tangible change so that we can work towards a more inclusive and better university experience for all and make sure that student activists have an effective means of campaigning.
In this current climate working to tackle Islamophobia on campus and ensure Muslim students feel safe, mobilising a student movement against PREVENT and working with the university to ensure the Halal foods are available on campus.
Advancing the #FreePeriods campaign – sanitary products are a necessity not a luxury and we should treat them as such.
Empowering networks and students – supporting with campaigns such as ‘Why is My Curriculum White?’, Black History Month, LGBT+ History Month and Reclaim the Night.
Sexual Consent campaign focused on improving the current workshops and having real and relevant discussion about consent and adjacent issues
19/01/16 - Jamie Cross brought up issue at several meetings where head of student health service was present. Sent email and recieved this response ' this is our new system, in response to student feedback! I’m pleased you’re happy, we aim to please!'. System now uses your DoB and first letter of your last name, not gender.
Bristol SU retweeted some tweets by students about the day. Bristol SU collaborated with the Jewish Society and other relevant societies to ensure they were well supported in their plans for a remembrance event.
22/3/16 - Liberate the curriculum training for course reps being designed and integrated (Action 8) - Laura Ho
22/3/16 - Widening Participation Lead in School of Arts carrying out a race diversity audit (Action 5) - Laura Ho
22/3/16 - Bristol SU raised attention to the attainment gap in the Student Written Submission for the University's Quality Review - the University now finally acknowledges there is an attainment gap (Action 2) - Laura Ho
I’ve started conversations about a network (Action 4) with E&D at University - Jamie Cross
26/5/16 - Postgraduate Education Officer and Chief Executive attended NUS Race Matters Summit which looked at race and Students' Union staff. Bristol SU HR People strategy will focus on increasing number and experience of BME staff
26/5/16 - Bristol SU HR People strategy will focus on increasing number and experience of BME staff
- PG Education Officer ran a ‘Liberate the Curriculum’ workshop at Course Reps Conference
- SU is bidding for WP research funding to investigate BME attainment gap at UoB
- ELA Officer has worked with ASSL to order 50 books from authors of colour as part of ‘liberated library’ project
- Part-time widening participation officer is planning to run liberation forums within academic societies/disciplines
- ELA Officer has spoken to counselling service about whether it’s possible to recruit more BME counsellors.
- Officers working closely with WP office and participating in UG Data Working Group to address BME attainment gap at Bristol.
- As part of Bristol SU’s Black History month events, SU held a panel event discussing BME attainment gap nationally.
04/08/2015 - Jamie Cross has spoken to the Representation team at Bristol SU and it has been agreed that part-time liberation officers and NUS liberation conference delegates will be elected through the honesty tick box system outlined in the motion.
Part-time liberation officers will be sent to their relevant NUS conference in the first instance, and if they cannot or do not want to go then an election will be held using the 'tick box' system. The 'tick box' system will also be in place if more that one delegate needs to be chosen for a particular NUS liberation conference. This will be the process whilst the motion is active (next three years).'
22/3/16 - Honesty system in place for part-time officers elections
08/04/15 - A new part time Widening Participation Officer will be elected in September 2015.
08/04/15 - Alice Phillips made a series of proposals to the University's Student Recruitment Committee on widening participation initatives, including a full time Widening Participation Coordinator working in the Union on recruitment, retention and support of WP students and an increase in the fair access fund. Due to high competition for funding these were not successful - but going forward the Widening Participation department are open to an increase in the fair access fund coming from their department budget.
01/06/15 - The Estates Department and the relevant School Managers at the University have agreed to convert one toilet in 17 Priory Road (School of Modern Languages), two in 10 Priory Road and two in 4 Priory Road (School of Politics, Sociology and International Studies) to gender neutral.
30/03/15 - Beacon House Corporate Board have agreed that the two toilets in the cafe area of Beacon House will be gender neutral.
05/03/15 - Alice Phillips raised in a meeting with estates department who were receptive to the idea. However they said that some departments are not so keen so AP will now contact them individually. The Director of Estates agreed to raise gender neutral toilets at the next Beacon House Corporate Board.
31/03/2016 - Jamie Cross has followed up on the development of the new gender neutral toilets and recomended signage for them after student consultation.