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As Women’s Officer, Nilisha will work with the Union, the university and the local community to protect students from all forms of discrimination.

I am…

Compassionate. Practical. Friendly.

I was involved with…

Teaching. I was a teaching assistant on a module led by Dr. Sushrut Jadhav in the Division of Psychiatry. I have also served as a Student Residence Adviser (SRA) in one of the UCL halls of accommodation.

I study…

PhD in Mental Health Sciences (Division of psychiatry)

I ran for election because…

During my time at UCL, I got a fair and first-hand idea of what life is like as an international post-graduate student with tier 4 restrictions and monitoring, limited friendship circle, and lack of time to socialise. My role as a teaching assistant gave me further idea of how students struggle with their academics and how being an international student is an added pressure with language barriers and cultural isolation. Given my background in mental health and my work as an SRA in a UCL hall, I felt the need to do more to integrate the students at the margins - international students particularly women, non-binaries and LGBTQIA+, women with caring responsibilities and disabled students more into university life. Hence, my decision to stand for a union position.

Something you don’t know…

I am a total cat person! Maybe a lot of people who know me already know that. I am Aphantasic, meaning I literally cannot imagine. Not many people are aware of this and research on this is still in infancy. Aphantasia is when one cannot voluntarily visualize/form pictures in their head, like trying to ‘see’ a beach or their mum’s face.