Get to know Umair
What made you decide to stand for election this year?
The desire to contribute something back to the place and the community that gave me so much exposure and memories to become the person that I am today.
What are your top three priorities from your manifesto?
1. Make guaranteed accommodation scheme more clear to freshers, structuring it by budget and location.
2. Expand the horizons of the disabilities support network by introducing more sports initiatives and getting more students and staff involved in decision-making.
3. Quarterly feedback from students on the performance of Sabbs and Union itself.
What do you hope to achieve in the coming year?
Apart from the aforementioned objectives, I would also want to get sleeping pods installed at the campus so that students that live far away can take rest and do not have to travel back which will definitely increase their efficiency. During my tenure here I’ve seen some people struggle with using toilet paper as back home they’ve been using water. So I would like to get jet sprays installed within the toilets.
What has been the best part of your UCL experience so far?
Although I have made so many great memories during my time here but the time during my election campaign truly stands out as one of the best.
Your advice to new students?
Nothing is impossible here if you set your heart to it.
Priorities and Projects
- Mental Health and Wellbeing support
Look into what apps are available to improve Mental Health and Wellbeing.
Work with UCL to diversify student support services.
Scope and develop a student check in service to combat loneliness and isolation.
Improve communications and social media presence so students know about the student support services available.
Establish Welfare Wednesdays for students to talk through any issues they may be facing.
Look into how war affected students are supported, especially through the Extenuating Circumstances Process.
- STS - Sleep and Toilet Strategy
Revive the Sleep Strategy work.
Secure funding to pilot sleeping pods.
Improve toilet facilities on campus and in residences.
Improve toilet facilities in the Union spaces with bidet sprays.
- Cultural Ball & Eid Celebrations
Scope and develop a proposal for a Cultural Ball.
Establish and improve Eid celebrations.
- Improving Accommodation
Work with UCL to ensure all students are aware of the accommodation guarantee.
Work with UCL to partner up with more student accommodation providers to provide a broader range of accommodation.
Work with UCL to establish an accommodation helpline for prospective students.
- HFS- Hardship Funds & Scholarships
Improve and extend our provision of hardship funds for students in need.
Promote the range of student financial assistance and hardship funds available.
Lobby UCL to provide more scholarships for international students.