A word from our President
The Students’ Union has come a long way since I started university in 2014. I sat on our Student Council throughout my whole degree as Faculty Officer and LGBTQ+ Part-time Officer and have seen the changes which were put forward, discussed and voted for or against. Over the years I realised how complicated our structures and processes are.
Currently, our democracy and the way students can implement changes on the ground as well as on a strategic level, are very complex and confusing. The language alone makes it difficult for the beautiful diversity of our students to engage. Numerous times could we have saved time and effort in the past when motions that we could have just implemented rather than having to discuss and vote for them, were discussed. Instead of discussing issues that affect ALL students, we got caught up with bureaucracy and administrative changes.
The frustrating realisation that the SU was not relevant to most of our students, that a lot of students held negative perceptions regarding the SU and that structures and events were not accessible for most students to get involved, was probably the main reason for me to stand in the elections last year. It was important to me try and change the culture at our Students’ Union as well as the University. After numerous conversations with engaged and non-engaged students, I discovered that there was a huge discrepancy in the students’ experience.
I know that regardless of which aspect; social, employable, supportive or political, there is something we can do for or help with all of our students regardless of their demographics. Having been involved with the SU through different roles throughout my time at university and even more so as president now, I know that we need this Democracy Review and that we need to radically change the way we are representing our students and the structures of how students can get involved with us.
I am in full support of this review and am super excited to take a lead and consult with our students to change the culture of our Students’ Union and make us more relevant as well as accessible!
President- Student Union, University of Greenwich