Officer Report

VP International

Third International Students’ Mixer

On the 27th of November, the SU and I hosted the third International Mixer with the International Students Association (ISA). Over 40 students attended from over 12 countries across the world! Students were able to introduce themselves to one another and each shared about their country, which enabled them to learn more about other cultures and make new friends.

Third National Insurance Number (NINO) Interviews Session on Campus

I arranged for the third session of NINo interviews on campus, which was hosted on the 6th of December. 75 students were allocated slots and given the chance to have their interviews on campus. I have requested for a NINo session in Southend campus - this has been confirmed and will take place on the 2nd of February for over 30 students!

2nd Officer Question Time

On the 5th of December, a second Officer Question Time took place. I give an overview of the progress I've made in my sabbatical role so far, as well as an update of the events I have planned for spring and summer term including One World Essex and One Essex event.

Winter Break Launch

On the 12th of December, I assisted the SU in launching our Winter Break activities which includes coach trips to Oxford and London's Winter Wonderland, free minibus trips to local areas such as Flatford and Felixstowe as well as the Christmas Eve Get-Together. We spoke with students on their winter plans and gave out hot tea and coffee for free – the responses were overwhelmingly positive, and many of the trips including to Oxford and London were sold out.

One Essex Event

Along with a first-year international student Dinie Musa, I am organising a One Essex Event to be held within One World Essex Week in late February. We will be working closely to address misconceptions and break stereotypes of international students in Essex in collaboration with cultural societies.

ISA Christmas Eve Get-Together

Along with the ISA Chair Emyliyana, I organised the ISA Christmas Eve Get-Together on the 24th of December to enable those who were staying on campus during winter break to meet new people and celebrate the holidays together. It was a very festive event with over 40 students attending, with many of them reporting that they’ve been quite exhausting poring over assignments in the library and were glad for the break! The games and food and drinks were very much appreciated – students stayed past an hour over the event, and even helped us clear up afterwards which was much appreciated.

Engagement with Oxford Students’ Union

Not to forget, on the 18th of December I visited Oxford and met Farheen Ahmed, the Welfare and Equal Opportunities Officer of the University of Oxford's Students' Union. Although Oxford has a distinctive collegiate structure which differs from ours (their 38 colleges are financially independent and self-governing), it was nonetheless a pleasure to get an insight into representation and activism at Oxford Students' Union.

YASMIN ABDULLAH

If you have got any questions or comments about my report please post them below or contact me at vpinternational@essex.ac.uk.

Thanks

Yasmin


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