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Hey, I’m Jason and I’m your Equality, Liberation & Access Officer! My role is about ensuring that all students have a dignified, supportive and inclusive university experience irrespective of their background or identity.
I represent a broad range of groups, including students in the LGBT+ community, BAME students, disabled students, women students, students of faith and many more. I also work with other officers on issues such as wellbeing, academic issues and extracurricular life!
I just finished my undergraduate degree in Politics and International Relations, and I hope to work in activism in the future. As a student I was really involved with a whole range of extracurriculars: I served on 6 committees ranging from DramSoc to Debating and working on the Democratic Standards Committee with the SU. I’ve previously worked in the charity sector, having worked in UNHCR, set up my own LGBT+ policy writing charity and worked in fundraising for disabled access to public spaces. This mishmash of student involvement and activism has let me meet so many new people from diverse backgrounds and with unique stories and has made me cognizant of the various needs of students on campus.
Being a student can be really tough and there shouldn’t be barriers to any one of us feeling comfortable here at Bristol. Whether it's in a lecture hall or a nightclub, I’ll be pushing for an inclusive environment all year round. It’s not all doom and gloom though! Our many networks provide a space for students and are a great way to meet new people and have some fun during your years at Bristol!
I can’t achieve this without talking to you though! If you have an idea for a campaign, an irritating obstacle you need assistance overcoming, or just fancy a cup of tea and a chat just pop over to my desk, slide into my DM’s on Facebook or drop me an email!
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.
2018 - Bristol SU continues to share relevant content on social media.
2016 - 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.
June 18 - Task and finish group have come up with reccomendations which have been approved by SEC. Hopefully the University will continue to monitor attainment gap through the Head of Student Inclusion post.
April 18 – Task and finish group have met, University is funding a new staff post to look after BME ambassadors. Why is my curriculum white is ongoing.
Jan 18 - BME Attainment Gap task and finish group has been set up. BME Staff Network running. BME Network at Bristol SU ran Black History Month.
April 17 - Funding and research into BME attainment gap underway.
March 17 - Liberate the curriculum training for course reps being designed and integrated for next year. WP Lead in School of Arts carrying out a race diversity audit. Bristol SU HR People strategy will focus on increasing number and experience of BME staff.
Nov 16 - 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. Trained reps at course rep conference.
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.
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
- 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.