RUSU Welfare Officer – Dan Bentley

Hi, I’m Dan! I studied BA English Language here at Reading and I’ve had an incredible university experience, and you will too! From getting involved with RAG, to being the Welfare Rep for Wessex Hall, I’ve tried to do much as possible to enjoy the non-academic side of uni life! So, my top tip is to get involved with as much as you can – you won’t regret it!

This is my vision for a union that is able to understand, provide and care for the welfare of every single student at the University of Reading. Everyone is deserving of support and guidance for issues concerned with consent, mental health and safety, amongst many others. These issues do not discriminate, therefore the campaigns put in place must be accessible to all. As Welfare Rep of the Wessex JCR, I witnessed the amazing things students do every day, however I've also seen the devastating effects that the lows can have on young people. RUSU's Full Time Student Officers are able to positively benefit students’ lives and if appointed, I look forward to being a part of that movement.

My manifesto points will enable students to have unlimited potential in a thriving environment. If elected Welfare Officer, I will engage with students, listen to students and act for students.

Consent

Stamp Out campaign targeting sexual harassment on campus. Continued support for all students, whilst promoting a better understanding of consent.

Mental Health

Develop the availability of Counselling Services and build on campaigns for body image and self-esteem in addition to male mental health, inclusive of all.

Safe Taxi Scheme

Liaise with local taxi companies so students with no money can get home safely after a night out.

Summary

  • Produce Stamp Out sexual harassment campaign on campus and promote better understanding of consent.
  • Increase Counselling Service availability. Build on campaigns for body image and self-esteem, and male mental health.
  • Liaise with local taxi companies so students with no money can get home safely.
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