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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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    DECOLONISE LSBU

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    • VP Welfare

    What's the big idea?

    - Will launch "LSBU Belongs to us campaign" to create more awareness about decolonisation - More culturally competent and in-person "Out-of office hour" mental health and well-being support. - Will make sure LSBU campus facilities are cultural and religious friendly and non-discriminatory. -

    How will it benefit students?

    As Max(SU President) has mentioned about Awarding Gap, at LSBU, a full-time black student is 18% less likely to receive a 1st class degree than a white student. Also, LSBU has a diverse student body, where most of the students come from the BAME background. But in most of the degrees (not all), "White Supremacy" is still visible, whereas it is possible to reduce that colonialism. So I will continue to lobby with the university on decolonising the curriculum. Colonialism is severe during student life and in the job market, and in life after graduation. University is a place where a student can grow for the betterment. Therefore, we aim to create a space where one student can improve themselves regardless of any "pressure of cultural difference".

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