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Julius: International Students Officer

Hello, I’m Julius Ogayo, the International Students Officer at Bristol SU. My role is to support international students to integrate into the University of Bristol community and ensure that they have the best experience of Bristol as they undertake their studies here. In short, I seek to make University of Bristol home away from home for International Students. 

I was a postgraduate student doing a master’s in public policy before being elected in this position. I was also the course rep for MPP in the 2018-2019 class and represented my department at the Staff Student Liaison Committee at the School for policy studies. In addition, I was a member of the Education Committee, East African Society, African Caribbean Society, Debating Club, Bristol Model United Nations, International Students Network as well as the Events Officer of the Disabled Students’ Network. Being part of all these diverse groups has enabled me to represent students in various capacities and allowed me at the same time to meet new people, make friends and integrated into the Bristol community and hence feeling part of this great family. 

I’ll be working with different stakeholders in the University and Bristol SU to ensure that issues of concern for international students are addressed. I do understand the various challenges we undergo as international students due to the very fact that we come from diverse backgrounds with different cultures, education systems, and social lives. It upon this backdrop that I ran for this position so that we can create a better experience while studying at this great university. Therefore, I welcome your suggestions and feel free to be in touch, drop me an email, visit me at the SU at 3rd floor Richmond building for a chat or message me via my social media accounts.

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My big plan:

Help international students navigate university

  • Organise two events which help international students navigate University

Employability for international students

  • Organise two career events for international students
  • Review existing employability opportunities to ensure they meet the needs of international students
  • Review the way opportunities for international students are promoted so they reach more students

More black international Bristol students

  • Lobby the University to implement a target to increase the proportion of Black international students by 10% each year
  • Lobby the University to improve the resources and scholarships available to these students

Financial hardship support for international students

  • Improve promotion of current hardship fund, so more international students are aware of it
  • Increase the fund available for international students, so more students can benefit from it
  • Explore options for SU to provide more support to refugees and asylum seekers

Post-study visa extensions

  • Lobby nationally for an extension to the post-study visa for international students
  • Increase the support the University provides to international students wishing to stay in the UK after their studies

Free editing and proofreading services

  • University to provide free editing and proofreading services to assist internationl students
  • University to allow students to use Turnitin plagiarism software to check essays before submitting their work

Here's what I've done so far:

+ Policy

Require the SU to support an increase in the budget of the Freedom of Information Team at Bristol University  - 05/06/2018

Needs Ratification


Establish a Multifaith Network - 05/06/2018

Needs Ratification


Denounce Brexit - 27/02/2018

Needs Ratification


Require the SU to host hustings for all Full Time Officer positions - 16/11/2017

Active

  • Hustings were held for March 2018 elections.

Approving Bristol SU Networks Standing Mandates - 16/11/2017

Needs Ratification

  • Nov 18 - Standing Mandates adopted.

Democracy Review - Terms of Reference - 5/06/2017

Complete

  • Oct 17 - Networks using Terms of Reference.

Keep Bristol Venues Open - 5/06/2017

Active


Canteen for lunch breaks - 21/03/2017

Active

  • April 2018 – Ongoing; this is tied up in the Campus Heart redevelopment of Tyndall Place.

More Student Voices: Integrate voter registration with enrolment - 26/01/2017

Active

  • April 2018 – Met with Lynn – looking at sector wide interest in this and how to achieve.
  • April 2017 – Jen has replied and can see the benefits but it is a challenging time for the University to embark on new initiatives due to SLSP. Hesitant on capacity. May fit in well with timeline for the revised registration system in Jan 18.
  • Have made contact with Lynn and Jen Morgan to start a conversation about the feasibility of implementing the 'Sheffield model'.
  • Working with Bite the Ballot to compile evidence supporting the model.

Remove Group Grants membership fee requirement - 06/06/2016

Active


Safe Space Policy Reform - 06/06/2016

Active

  • Safe Space Policy will be removed from the website and not used as soon as 'Anti-discrimination and harrasement statement' has been approved by student council. It is currently being drafted. 
  • Revised Code of Conduct will be published on the website, which now includes the sentances from the 'Safe Space Policy', and the explination in action 4.
  • Reviewing the webpages on the website that will support this motion to include all clear statements mandated by the policy. (Actions 5a,5b)

Re-affirming Commitment to Constructive and Safe Debate on Israel Palestine - 15/03/2016

Active


Union to Support Britain remaining in the EU - 18/02/2016

Complete 

  • We are currently compiling a discussion paper to ask the student body how they would like us to lobby in regards to Brexit discussion (if at all) and what our focusses should be.
  • The Students' Union has promoted students registering to vote in order to be able to vote in the referendum on the 23rd June. The SU has promoted why a Remain vote is in the best interests of students via blogs and on social media. We are in discussions with student groups how we can support pro-EU groups in the campaigning that they do.

Divesting from Israel’s Illegal Occupation of the West Bank - 18/02/2016

Active


Support the campaign against immigration detention and the #SurroundYarlsWood protest - 18/02/2016

Blocked

  • Referred to Bristol SU Trustee Board and overturned at Trustee Board due to the contents of the motion being considered an ultra vires and outside of our aims as a charity.


Move Bristol SU to Campus! - 18/02/2016

Active

  • April 2018 – Ongoing; Campus heart advisory group has been established and involves student representation.
  • April 2017 – Currently filling space requirements for Tyndall Place Programme
  • Feb 2017 – Still working as part of the Tyndall Place Programme Board to ensure the SU has space on the redeveloped Tyndall Place including more student owned space.
  • Bristol SU have spoken to the Vice-Chancellor about the need for space on the university precinct. Officers from Bristol SU sit on the University committee which is looking at the re-development of Tyndall Avenue and continue to raise this issue in all meetings both operationally and strategically. A committment to SU prescence on campus has been committed to in the university strategy. A paper from the SU will be developed in the upcoming months
  • Jamie has met with the Tyndall Place Programme Board manager and are working together to ensure that the consultation with staff and students is focussed appropriately.

Increase the Availability of University Resources to Student Groups - 28/01/2016

Active


End Blacklisting at UoB - 29/10/2015

Active

  • Estates and Procurement looking into their future contracts but have said it is not something that they would that the University would want to support or condone

Support a Strike Ballot - 29/10/2015

Complete

  • Have informed NUS saying that Bristol SU supports a ballot on strike action

UBU should provide a public access automatic external defibrillator (aed) in the richmond building  - 10/03/2015

Inactive

  • Investigation into feasibility is underway. In prinicpal approval has been given by UoB. Seeking advice from SW Ambulance Service. Funding will need to be sought before it can go ahead.


UBU should strive towards fairer pay  - 10/03/2015

Inactive


Change the name of 'the richmond building' to 'the university of bristol students' union building' - 10/03/2015

Inactive

  • Referendum held and not enough students voted to meet quoracy

Renewed: Ban slates in UBU elections - 29/01/2015

Complete


Detail the definition of ‘woman’ in the UBU byelaws - 29/01/2015

Complete

  • Change has been reflected in the byelaws

Supporting the Free Education Demo - 30/10/2014

Complete

  • 05/03/15 - A coachload of students were taken to London on the 19th November 2014 to go on the demonstration.