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Jannatul Ferdous, VP Welfare & Equalities

VP Welfare & Equalities

Your VP Welfare is responsible for ensuring your voice is heard on all issues relating to support, health, safety, wellbeing and inclusion.

Jannatul Ferdous 

Hiya! I am Jannatul Ferdous(she/her), and I am your VP Welfare and Equality for the 2021/2022 academic year. 

I have spent three years at London South Bank University - 2 years as an LLB Hons(LAW) student and representing you last year as a Sabbatical officer at the Students’ Union. This year I will work with a fantastic officer team –Max (Union President), Rabbi (VP Education) & Joel (VP Activities). We are all committed to making sure your time at university is memorable, comfortable, and the most impactful for your career.

Along with the 21/22 officer team, I want to make sure that every student at LSBU is proud of their Students’ Union.

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How I got involved in the SU

I arrived at LSBU back in 2018 as a Law Student from Bangladesh. Joining the Law society was my first interaction with the SU. During the 2019 Refreshers Fair, I got to see how the SU worked more closely. In the same year, I started working with SU as one of the Student Trustee. From that moment, I feel like my actual journey with the Students’ Union began, and my university journey became better and better. During the last academic year, I became more aware of problems students' were facing - and areas of the university that could improve, which is how I made up my mind to run for Vice President Welfare and Equality again in the 20/21 academic year. Towards the end of my first term, I felt there was so much more I wanted to achieve for the students at LSBU, which is why I decided to re-run. 

Thank you all for electing and putting your trust in me for the 21/22 academic year.


2020-21 achievements

General

  • Rebranded SU Advice Service
  • Free sanitary products
  • Mental health facilitator for LSBU students
  • Work opportunities for the law students at the SU
  • Interfaith Forum with LSBU Multifaith Chaplaincy
  • First International Student Forum

Campaigns 

  • Decolonisation campaign
  • Islamophobia awareness caampaign

For Halls of Residence

  • Rent rebate
  • Christmas wellbeing card 
  • Rent support fund
  • First Accommodation Forum

Roles and Responsibilities 

  • Representing Students on issues relating to support, health, safety, wellbeing and inclusion to the University and on a National level.
  • Delivery and coordination of campaigns on Liberation & Student Welfare with the union and other officers
  • Providing support for our Liberation Part time officers, and creating networks for them to collect student voice and feed into the Unions work
  • Collecting views and opinions on issues such as Accomodation and Housing, Mental Health support, EDI, Decolonisation etc and feeding that back to relevant stakeholders
  • 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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    Covid-19 Pandemic

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    What's the big idea?

    This has undoubtedly been the worst year to be a student. It's been incredibly tough for all of us; online teaching, a lack of face-to-face interaction and missing out on what it is like to be a student has had a massive impact on our experience. I believe we get more from university's day-to-day life experiences than we do from just studying. Whatever your subject is, everything you do around your studies makes a massive impact on the person you have become by graduation day. We've lost so much this year, and I want to make sure where possible we make up for what we've missed.

    How will it benefit students?

    The pandemic has presented no end of new problems for us all, but the least we expect is that our university helps to provide solutions to our problems. I think most of us understand that a lot of the events of the last year have been out of the university's hands, and we appreciate all they've done to help and support us so far. However, at times there have been failures. I think it's also important to recognise the opportunities that are arising from this pandemic. We are perhaps about to enter a boom of life and energy. Let's take this time when things are bad to make services that were already lacking better than before! As mentioned, my main three aims as we hopefully see an end to this pandemic will include: - Ensuring students don't miss out on 'that experience' - Graduation Ceremonies and other key university events. - Ensuring Mental Health Support is available and absolute.

    Updates

    Currently, I'm involved in the vast planning for welcome week and freshers fair 2021. I'm pleased to share that the union team have been working for months to ensure that as much as possible, all LSBU students have the very best start to their academic year this September.

    The university has confirmed that graduation ceremonies will take place, but we're still waiting on dates. In the meantime, current graduates can get involved with the festival of success programme.

    Mental Health support is due to receive a university-wide overhaul with the implementation of the new LEAP software programme from October 2021.

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