For those of you that don’t know, I have been re-elected as your VP Education for 2017/18. I am overjoyed and cannot wait for another year of working to improve your education and employability! This has meant that I’ve taken a week off of the last month to ensure that I was able to campaign effectively!
That is this Saturday (4th March). Tickets can be reserved at www.essex.su/diversityday. It would be amazing to get a good turnout at this event!
Social Media Issues
It will come as no surprise to most that a great deal of my time this month has been dealt with looking at our social media presence, and dealing with complaints and abuse through these channels. From receiving personal attacks and threats, to dealing with students being the victims of LGBT hate crimes, to reporting incidents of racism, sexism, homophobic and ableism to the university Proctor, this has taken a great deal of my time, energy, and mental capacity.
I want to take this platform to remind people that while sitting behind a computer it may feel powerful to send these messages. However, there will always be someone at the other end, so please be weary of the upset and harm you can cause through these channels.
This is a difficult one. I have spent a lot of my time in the last month working on some huge institutional changes to education at Essex. However, pending these getting approval at Senate at the end of March, I will not be making announcements regarding these just yet. However, rest assured that some is related to my BAME Attainment work, which I was mandated to work on in this academic year, and some is part of my Hidden Course Costs campaign, again mandated through this years manifesto.
Term two is a crazy term for university committees. I have already had this month an Academic Quality and Standards Committee (AQSC), and an Education Committee (both averaging 200 pages of pre-reading, and a 3 hour meeting). I still have another AQSC, another Education Committee, and Senate at the end of March.
Empty Officer Report
My officer report is looking rather bare this month. However, with taking a week off, that obviously left me with 400 emails to catch up on. Furthermore, with other officers taking annual leave and not being around as often as myself, I have been jumping around covering tasks of other officers, and this has affected my health and my workload for my role.