VP International - March 2016

VP INTERNATIONAL

Immigration Policy Campaign
  1. I am currently in contact with the International Officer of NUS to talk about the NUS campaign against these new measures.
  2. Stage 1 of the campaign is completed now stage 2 is in progress. I have confirmed the attendance of the Colchester MP Will Quince on campus on the 22nd to talk about the new polices and bill.
  3. The VC and the university are in full support of this campaign and will be attending  the same meeting
     
Tolerance of language difficulties campaign

This is an online campaign where we will show to students and staff that they have to be more sensitive and patient with people that English is not their first language and they need time to adjust. I want to bring awareness that a lot of students will struggle to understand and they need encouragement to speak in English and show them more patience and respect when they are trying.

This campaign has not yet be launched we are hoping to launch it next term.
 

Holi Festival of Colour

Holi Festival was a success in collaboration with the Societies Guild. This year we held it during the final day of term. Roughly 500 attended and we had sufficient paint and enough measures for everyone to have a great time. The event went longer than what we anticipated which means that students had more fun running around and playing. Face painting and a DJ was there for students to dance and play, we gave out 100 T-shirts to our students to wear. We had around 30 volunteers to support the event. It was an amazing day we have definitely found the secret recipe to holding this event in a way which is successful and our members enjoy themselves.
 

International Students’ Association Awards

The awards are taking place on the 3rd of May at 7PM in the Hexagon. This year we are introducing 10 new awards were they will ensure that no students is left without the recognition he has contributed to the international students.

Applications will be launched on the 09th of April 2016.
 

Rise of fees of international students & scholarships

This is an ongoing discussion with the university, to reach to a solution.
 

Confirmation of Accommodation in the summer in early stages

The meeting for this decision has been postponing till next term.
 

International Strategies in SU

We are reviewing the promises in respect to what we deliver in our promise and whether those promises apply and how they apply to our students. We want to ensure that they are not UK-centric but they support the international community all the same.

One of the ways we are trying to support our students is by giving a small understanding through their prospectus before they come in Essex of who we are and what we are here to support you with.
 

International Careers Fair

We are taking small steps to prioritize the skills we give to our students and then support the motion of inviting international firms and companies to come and meet students who can ask them different questions.
 

Accommodation

We are looking to whether the international students who receive their results before June or July to get a confirmation of accommodation so they can start booking cheaper plane tickets to come rather than waiting till Alevels results of the UK come out.
 

Airport Buses

I am working on a project to view potential use of the Safety bus as a transport to the airport to pick up or/and drop of students for a small fee to cover just the service of the bus (fuels and staff pay).
 

Flag Policy

The Flag Policy would be a policy by which the Union would be able to use the national recognised flags deriving from UN Policies. To avoid conflicts and creating any negative feeling on campus on a specific flag, this policy has been drawn up by me in respect to the UN Policies. We are not in a position to support a conflicting nation, even though we might share compassion, we are not here to do that and conflicting flags of NOT recognised UN Nations will not be used. Nevertheless, a member through the student ideas platform can make the suggestion of a specific nation being included within the policy so that policy will then be updates if the campus votes positively on such change. However just to emphasize that this policy is drawn to maintain good practices of the campus events and campaigns of the campus populations and maintain peace on campus.

The reason to this policy it is because in the past going back to 2011 we had different disputes and complains over flags and this needs to find a solution. We are challenging that same issue. So soon enough the student body will be called to vote through student ideas to pass this policy. I hope you do pass the policy because it will mean a great deal to our international community.

The policy has detailed information on each nation why their flag is included or not in our policy. We invite all suggestions and feedback once the policy is out for voting.

CHRISTINE ANASTASIOU

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