My job is to get to grips with exactly where/why the current welfare system fails students and identify what can be done to ensure that student’s rights to good health and wellbeing are protected while at this university. I believe welfare is equal parts empathy and advocacy, so while a lot of my job is running training sessions and organising events and campaigning so that students are provided with the best support possible, all of it is inherently political.
Throughout my degree I experienced first-hand how the collegiate system inevitably leads to a situation in which student support is very patchy and vulnerable students fall through the gaps. I wanted to make sure that no other students had the same experience as me by running on a platform that advocated really listening to students concerns, representing their needs and make welfare as accessible and inclusive as possible. My top priorities for the year are guidance and support for student parents and families, more thorough welfare training, intermission policy, and better mental health support.
Studied: History of Art at Newnham College
What do you do when you’re not at CUSU?
I like the creativity and physicality involved in things like cooking, painting, gardening because they’re so at odds with what I do during my job.
Favourite hidden spot at Cambridge University?
African Studies library – it’s a tiny faculty and it’s at the very top floor of the Alison Richards Building so nobody ever uses it but it’s beautiful.