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Joel, VP Activities & Participation

VP Activities & Employability

Your VP Activities is responsible for ensuring your voice is heard on all issues relating to extracurricular activities, including sports, societies, volunteering and events.

Joel

My Name is Joel, I studied Visual Effects here at LSBU. My first involvement with the SU was in my first year when I put myself forward to take over running and hosting the weekly Quiz here on campus! This year I have been working with the opportunities team to make sure sports and societies are more inclusive than ever, working with the Events Coordinator to ensure that the online events calendar was ever changing and evolving to student demand. I was limited in my role by the online working during the pandemic, but I am so excited to do the things I had put on hold this past year to make YOUR student experience outside of the classroom an immersive and engaging experience.

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2020-21 achievements

  • Made the process of setting up a new Team or Society easier 
  • Developed an adaptable, engaging & inclusive online events calendar
  • Supported committee members through the pandemic by sitting down and listening to their needs & issues 
  • Lead the Union Freshers & Varsity Events 
  • Worked with the Schools & Union to increase the creation of Academic and Course Based Societies 

Roles and Responsibilities 

  • To ensure that the Student Voice is heard in all things Extra Curricular and Employability. 
  • Looking after the best interests of students outside of the classroom including Sports, Societies and Events. 
  • Work as part of the sabbatical officer team to uphold our values, processes and constitution
  • Acting as a Trustee of the Union to ensure we are compliant and meeting our strategic objectives

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    Awarding Gap

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    What's the big idea?

    At LSBU, a full-time black student is 18% less likely to receive a 1st class degree than a white student. The university knows this and is addressing it, but the plan is five years long and still in the very early stages. We now need a comprehensive review of what we're doing right and what we're doing wrong. This kind of gap is entirely unacceptable; universities are meant to be the epicentre of modern life. How can we lead the world in this new post-pandemic era when we have an awarding gap that is this severe? Whilst the university is aware of this and is currently actively starting to try and come up with a solution – they are not doing enough. We need to bring together all communities and reach out to ensure that no group is left behind.

    How will it benefit students?

    We need to put more pressure on the university to address this. The university needs to apportion more funding so that solutions to this problem can start rolling out in the next academic year, with changes from this September. We need to focus on: - Decolonising the curriculum, removing structural racism from any aspect of the teaching syllabus by doing away with relics from the past. We need to push for more positive role models from a wide range of backgrounds with various life experiences. - Diverse hiring, so more lecturers and university leaders are inspiring figures for all of our students to look up to as role models. - Strict procedures to deal with any form of racial harassment or discrimination. So that abuse of any kind is dealt with in a zero-tolerance manner. Any hate crime or microaggression is still a breach and must be dealt with in due course. I want to bring all students into this conversation, the solution to this is very complex, and we need to ensure that all avenues are explored. I want students to be aware of the problem, and so together, with the university, we can actively begin to solve this. I want to be your ally and end hate crimes at LSBU whilst ensuring a high level of diversity is attained throughout the university. We must continue to promote diversity and inclusion throughout the university, creating an environment where everybody's voice counts.

    Updates

    During my first month, I've been involved in many meetings looking at this issue. I've expressed my disappointment that this is a five-year plan, but am being told that this is a requirement. 

    Currently, I hope to work to bring more students in on this conversation and set up a series of comprehensive, far-reaching focus groups.

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