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Max, President

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Your Students' Union President leads your Students' Union and champions student voice at every level of London South Bank University. They ensure that every student, no matter who they are, has a voice.

Max 

Hi everyone, my name's Max (he/him), I’m an Accounting and Finance graduate having spent my three years as a student getting fully involved with University life here at LSBU. I began my LSBU journey back in September 2018. I'd moved to London from North Wales and was excited for the journey that lay ahead. I never expected that I could be President of our Students’ Union three years later. I’ve had a truly life changing experience here at LSBU and hope to spend my year as President helping to pass on the transformational experience that I’ve had, to as many of our students as possible.

I've been here for three years, and I feel that I've seen both the good and the bad side of LSBU. I've been fully involved with university life and understand first-hand the problems we all face as students. The last academic year has been really tough for so many of us and I want to work with university teams and departments to improve the parts of our experience that are lacking. So that as we emerge from this pandemic, we can create a far greater university than it ever was before.

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How I got involved in the SU

I've held several roles throughout my time at university and have a great flavour of what is already underway and what could make things even better.

My experience at LSBU includes the following:

  • Student Ambassador
  • Residential Life Ambassador (McLaren House)
  • Business Solution Centre, Student Advisor
  • Accounting and Finance Course Rep
  • President of the Men's Football Team
  • University Student Governor
  • Chair of Union Council

These roles have given me a far greater insight into student life at LSBU. I've worked with various teams across the campus. I know what we're doing right and what can be improved. I want to use my experience so far to push for a more inclusive and more diverse university, a university that gives us all a life-changing experience and a university that allows us to reach our full potential. I've had a life-changing experience during my three years here and want to show you that even though times are tough now, together, we can get through this and achieve more.


Roles and Responsibilities 

  • Representing the voice of all students to the University and Nationally 
  • Ensuring the union is being well run, to best meet the needs of all students
  • Oversee communications to student from both the union and university 
  • Sit on university meetings and boards to ensure students best interests are represented
  • Lead the sabbatical officer team to uphold our values, processes and constitution
  • Chair the Board of trustees and 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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