We students at Ravensbourne have faced many challenges in the last year. The effects of COVID-19’s restrictive guidelines have introduced us to an unknown world of ‘online study’, disrupting our work routine and taking many of the pleasures of university life away from us. As a student in my third year, I have studied through this transition and feel qualified to understand our current problems and be proactive about creating solutions that work for us! Although times are difficult, there is still the potential to tackle the arising difficulties in creative ways – in true Ravensbourne spirit.
If elected President, I want to make a difference in three main areas:
I believe that helping others can improve our support networks and encourage us to be more active. A study conducted by the Mental Health organisation outlined that acts of kindness are linked to increased feelings of wellbeing. I will promote stronger networks by having student rep-led drop-in sessions that would allow you to feel that you are being equally represented, as well as looking after your wellbeing.
Your voice within Ravensbourne
Having been a student rep, I understand you may not feel like you are being heard within Ravensbourne, especially during the COVID-19 crisis. As a result, I vow to work alongside you and part-take in the student led committees, allowing you to advocate your rights, and discuss issues. I also aim to help bridge clearer and concise communication between students and staff members. There have already been sessions in trial where students can talk to staff members about the relevant concerns. To push this further, I want to make sure that all information provided by staff members are communicated effectively to you.
Meeting the minimum requirements
I think that it is very important that you receive the education and training you were promised. I have attended a large number of meetings where you have highlighted the anxieties about your courses. I understand that some of you feel you’re not getting value for money as the education provided is not fulfilling what was offered during enrolment. In order to achieve this, I will be an active part of the NUS engagement with government. I will attempt to open connections directly with the government Minister for Education and her shadow in the Labour party. I will also participate in rep meetings and will also ensure that the connection between the Students Union and Ravensbourne is effective allowing me to make sure you get the most out of your education. I believe my connection with students will help me to be a good advocate and a strong voice as the face of the Students Union, allowing me to take your energy, enthusiasm and creativity forward using my skills, knowledge and experience.