Women’s Officer– Catherine McClane

Autumn Term 2018 Update

Hi guys – hope you all had a good start to the year.

I’ve been getting up to a lot this term. Freshers week was a huge success! For the first time ever, I lobbied UPP to play ‘Consent is like Tea’ video from Thames Valley Police during halls induction time. This was a great move and hopefully continues in years to come.

Also, on the Thursday of Fresher’s week I hosted the Caravan Theatre who performed a ten-minute play entitled ‘Can’t Touch This’ about sexual harassment on nights out. The play was extremely powerful; thank you to everyone that came along.

I have also hosted three Women’s Networks this term; we have discussed safety on and off campus and International Women’s Week as promised in my manifesto. If you would like to get involved please email me at womens@rusu.co.uk. I have also been collaborating with Nozomi (Diversity Officer) on introducing the Free Period campaign, which should be launching in January. This will aim to provide free sanitary products to students who menstruate and breaking the stigma around periods.

My plans for next term include a consent panel discussion, of course Women’s History Month in March and using my networks to discuss RUSU and the University’s policy on sexual harassment. Until then, find me on Facebook under Catherine Thorpe and on twitter as @RUSU_Womens

PTO love xxx


What’s your favourite film?
The Rocky Horror Picture Show

What’s your biggest achievement?
Being elected RUSU’s Women’s Officer.

What’s a fun fact that people may not know about you?
I played the tambourine at Disneyland Paris.


New for 2018-19 RUSU have created student-run, peer-support networks for you. This is your opportunity to meet other students from similar backgrounds, share common experiences and receive advice and support from each other. RUSU’s Women’s Officer will be running a peer-support network for women students. You can find out when and where the next meeting is here.


Hi everyone, my name is Catherine, a Part 2 Politics and International Relations student, and I would love to be your Women’s Officer this year. I believe I have the experience (from being a Course Rep for 2 years), passion, and commitment to fulfil the role to the best of my ability. As well as furthering the work of previous Women's Officers, my ideas for the role are as follows:

Women’s Committee

I feel it is important to have an organisation representing all women at the university. For this reason, I will endeavour to set up a women’s committee, where there will be elected women representing intersectional groups to ensure the diverse range of issues that women face at university are being addressed, as well as campaigns that are run inclusive and accessible to everyone.

International Women’s Week

International Women’s day is on March 8th, and I intend to organise a week of activities, debates, panel discussions and taster sessions, working with students and staff, that celebrate Women's lives, work and passions.

Increased Support Networks for Sexual Violence Victims

The NUS statistics state that 1/7 women in universities are subject to serious sexual assault or violence while studying at university. I will promise to review the process for reporting these incidents, as well as strengthening support systems and Consent campaigns, for example making taught sessions part of welcome week.


  • I will set up a Women’s committee to make sure events and campaigns are ran inclusively
  • I will organise International Women’s Week which celebrates women’s strength, passions and diversity
  • I will review and reform the support systems for victims of sexual violence
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