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Projects and Priorities

  • Student wellbeing is not negatively affected by learning remotely

    Working on it

    I will achieve this by developing a criteria and process for prioritising access to study places on campus and working with the Student Support Review Group to ensure the regulations and procedures which underpin these have students interests at the forefront.

    I will also work closely with the Education Officer on two isses; making lectures more accessible through Lecturecast and tracription and retaining self-certification for extenuating circumstances. 

  • Student wellbeing is not negatively affected by learning remotely

    Working on it

    I will achieve this by developing a criteria and process for prioritising access to study places on campus and working with the Student Support Review Group to ensure the regulations and procedures which underpin these have students interests at the forefront.

    I will also work closely with the Education Officer on two isses; making lectures more accessible through Lecturecast and tracription and retaining self-certification for extenuating circumstances. 

    Update 20/11/20

    Prioritising access to study spaces has not been in the spotlight so much recently as the current system seems to be working well, although I have been keeping an eye out for any concerns that may be raised regarding access to study spaces by any students with difficult circumstances (e.g. students with disabilities, students with caring responsibilities, those without access to technology/internet at home). Recorded lectures now have an automatic transcription feature (which still often requires manual input due to accuracy but the workload is significantly less for teaching staff) which will benefit those who require closed captioning. We went into AY20/21 thinking all modules would have an opt-out lecturecast policy but that has since changed and PSO and EO are working on getting that resolved. Student Support review group is currently looking at the EC procedure and policy. A staff consultation has gone out and we are working with UCL academics to come up with a a student consultation (done through our SU website) followed by the recruitment of student interns who will work with us to do a policy design based on findings from both staff ans student consultations. Hoping to get a policy formed by April to be added to the Academic Manual for AY21/22.  

  • Students are able to access support in whatever circumstances they find themselves in

    Working on it

    I will do this by building relationships with external partners that support students in difficult circumstances, and working with UCL to improve the Report + Support tool. 

    I will also provide more training for those who students look to for support, as well as more information for students on where to access specialist support. 

    Update 20/11/20

    Work to begin on this shortly.

  • Students have more spaces where they feel more comfortable and part of the University community

    Working on it

    In order to make this a reality I will build a more inclusive events programme, as well as lobby UCL for more Union space to provide students with more inclusive community-building spaces. 

    This drive for more inclusive spaces will also come through working with the Democracy, Operations & Community Officer, in order to diversify our cafe offer on campus.

    Update 20/11/20

    So far, club and society events have been more inclusive and diverse. Currently planning events for international students over the winter period as well as having events which represent our diverse student body. SU is currently looking to get more space for union activities and when discussions on their use take place, i will be involved in those to advocate for alcohol-free evening social spaces. Yet to have conversations about our menu offer in our cafes. 

  • Students in clubs and societies, are better supported by their welfare officers to improve their wellbeing

    Working on it

    This will take place by working with the Women's Officer to eradicate  bullying, harassment and sexual misconduct in clubs and societies, as well as providing funds to develop wellbeing activities in clubs and societies.

    I will involve welfare officers more in discussions at the Welfare & Community Zone, and develop a handbook for these officers which supports them in their role.

    Update 20/11/20

    AGD was passed at the most recent Union Exec to include welfare reps in the WCZone. Plan to start conversation with Activities team on how to elect these reps. The idea of a handbook was discussed with members of the activities team and it was agreed that this would be most appropriate to introduce in term 2 as a refresher along with any additional support that may be needed after we’ve seen what term 1 was like. Action is to get these conversations started again. 

     

  • International students have better access to improve their English language

    Working on it

    I will achieve this by working with UCL Academic Services on assessing whether a no detriment policy should consider English language proficiency, as well as working with the Advice Service to develop language and writing support within our remote operation.

    In addition, I will work with the International Students' Forum to develop informal opportunities for students to interact online in order to improve their English proficiency, and support the International Students' Officer to rebuild the International Students Network, creating a supportive community for international students. 

    Update 20/11/20

    A new International Students’ Network, led by the part-time officers, has been set up and there has been one event run under that so far. We are trying to encourage the use of international common rooms (on MS Teams), but students haven’t been engaging with them as much as we’d hoped so we are currently looking at other ways to get that engagement. ISN will be hosting monthly structured socials as well as running their own campaigns. With the establishment of the network, committee members can recruited and it can become more student-led. An international students’ newsletter has also been set up to communicate the necessary information to our international students. 

Get to know Yasmeen

I stood for election because I had experienced some things during my time at UCL which I didn’t think were fair or just, so naturally, I thought the best way to tackle those issues was to stand for election and hopefully be given the opportunity to make changes which positively impact our students.

This year my main priority is to ensure that students feel safe and welcome in the Union by fighting for inclusivity and representation of all groups and identities and by building a solid support system for student concerns across campus.

Read my manifesto