I’m Laura, a second year HSPSer specialising in sociology at Trinity Hall! After being involved with Class Act in my first year, I thought it was time I would try and facilitate a strong base for the few disadvantaged students that make up our university – something possible through organised events, collaborations, reading groups, and socials! Though there are elected access officers responsible for much of the access work Cambridge does, it is the responsibility of Class Act to confront the fact that getting in is not what suddenly transforms our class status, but what might force us to confront it. Creating an inclusive and supportive space of people who ‘just get it’ is likely what a lot of us need, and what our campaign is committed to.
What are our plans? This coming Michaelmas we have a selection of events and collaborations for Class Act-identifying students you will find on our term card. As a campaign, we are in contact with disadvantaged schools across the UK about delivering talks and helping the students there with application processes in education. Behind the scenes, as a committee, we are confronting unfair conditions held up by the university relating to obligatory educational trips, the cost and culture of formal dinners and May Ball tickets, and the accommodation rules around May Balls. We’d like to also let new and returning Class Act-identifying students know that we’ll act on behalf of you – to acknowledge discrimination, to restructure ‘good’ experience, and to make sure that your time at Cambridge is as good as it can be.