VP Community & Welfare

VP Community & Welfare

Hi, I'm Zoë...

I’m here to provide support for students on all aspects of welfare. I aim to tackle any issues they’re facing during their time at University to ensure they’re having the safest, most enjoyable time possible!

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What I'm working on

  • Led on the implementation of mandatory consent workshops for all 1st years starting in the 21/22 academic year alongside NTU.
  • Successfully ran a month-long Movember campaign designed to tackle the stigma surrounding men’s mental health. This included launching an anonymous men’s mental health survey to gage a more in depth understanding of what students need.
  • Secured millions of pounds in rent refunds for students in UPP and university-owned halls and further reductions after contacting over 60 private providers.
  • Worked collaboratively with the rest of the Exec team on the Students Deserve Better Campaign, lobbying NTU and the government on behalf of students.
  • Hosted a Q&A with NTU staff for students to ask questions on support services, tuition fees and accommodation.
  • Achieved record-breaking levels of engagement for Sexual Violence Awareness Week with multiple online opportunities for students and staff.
  • Created four new consent videos, educating students about coercion, peer pressure and online dating.
  • Worked with NTU to introduce new financial hardship funds for International and Postgraduate students.
  • Helped organise and run the launch of the Women’s Development Programme alongside NTU Employability.
  • Created and piloted a Bystander Intervention workshop alongside other members of staff at NTSU.
  • Successfully ran a month-long Testicular Cancer Awareness Month campaign with interactive stalls across all campuses using fake testicles to demonstrate to students how important it is to regularly check for lumps and bumps.
  • Successfully ran a brand-new Sexual Health and Guidance Week, highlighting to students the importance of looking after their sexual health and tackling the stigma surrounding STI’s.
  • Created brand new web page surrounding all things to do with sex. Giving support, advice, and guidance on things such as contraception, pregnancy, sex work, sexual violence and STI’s.
  • Completed door knocking throughout the year for students who felt isolated and provided information on support and activities, including weekly peer to peer support ‘Lets Talk’ sessions with Mental Health Champions.
  • Running a Stamp Out Stress campaign throughout term 3, designed to give students access to resources and activities to help alleviate the struggles of a busy final term.
  • Working with NTU to create a new sexual violence policy separate from the Student Code of Behaviour to ensure there is an effective system in place to respond to incidents of harassment and sexual misconduct.
  • Working with NTU to develop the Student Code of Behaviour to encourage an increase in educational sanctions and community service whilst also pushing for a review of the whole process.
  • Preparing for Freshers 2021 with a key emphasis on the further mental health difficulties that could come from the COVID-19 pandemic whilst also focussing on the expected increase of binge drinking and recreational drug usage for those who have missed out on over a year of night life activity.
  • Working with our Ethnic Minorities Equality and Diversity Network Chair on producing a hate crime awareness video.
  • Continuing to monitor the Equality and Diversity Networks following their launch and how they will be utilised in the next academic year.
  • Working with the incoming VP Postgraduate to continue providing Postgraduate Support Sessions and Q&As.
  • I’m currently a member of the Wolfpack Advisory Board, focusing on how to reduce homelessness within young adults.
  • Introduce a clothes fair to reduce fast fashion among students to help gain income, making NTU and NTSU more sustainable and charitable
  • Expand the mental health support for all students by linking mental health champions to social and well-being roles tri-campus
  • Launch a ‘Get Home Safe’ campaign throughout first term highlighting importance of getting home safe after nights out