Hello, my name is Grace Loweth (my pronouns are She/her) and I am your
RUSU Welfare Officer. I’m a born northerner but have lived in Wales
from the age of two so call Wales home. During my university
experience, I have been actively involved in Reading RAG, been an NUS
delegate, Student Voice Member, worked for the University Bars team
and have undertaken a placement year. These roles have given me the
skills and knowledge which allows me to listen to and understand the
problems students face and tackle them directly. I am an active
listener and am always interested to hear of other people’s opinions
and how it compares to my own which I think is key to the role and how
best to implement services and events to improve safety and welfare of
This year, I hope to improve the information available for students
regarding their mental health and normalise that students often have
poor mental health. I also want to increase the access of mental
health services available as waiting times for counselling can be long
which can further deteriorate students’ mental health. I hope to have
regular meetings with students to continually listen to their needs
and then adapt and create plans to work alongside students on these
needs. In addition to this, I have so many more ideas and services
that I think students will benefit from and can’t wait to discuss with
students on how best to implement them.
My main job as a RUSU Welfare Officer is making sure I represent
students voice in important decision making such as Halls (including
private accommodation); safety around campus and mental health. This
involves liaising with the Welfare Team, Counselling team, UPP and the
advice service at RUSU. I also sit on various University committees.
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My remit includes:
- Working on welfare related campaigns and initiatives.
Liaising with the RUSU Advice Service, meeting with advisers
regularly to discuss issues affecting students.
Overseeing the work and appointment of the Halls Committees while
improving the welfare provision for students living in halls.
Training, supporting and liaising with the Welfare Reps in all
sports clubs, societies and volunteer groups, as well as the new
Wellbeing Champions, a new scheme being rolled out this year!
Working on all external and internal aspects of welfare, including
all relevant University committees, and liaising with relevant staff
Lead on RUSU community relations including representing RUSU at
community events and meetings.
The committees and groups I sit on include:
Council: This is the highest governing board at the University that
sets the direction and governance of the University.
NeverOK: This committee makes decisions on how to tackle bullying,
racism, and harassment on campus.
Drug and Alcohol partnership (DAAP): This committee tackles and
campaigns about the use of students using drugs & alcohol.
Halls Accommodation Committee (HAC): This committee discusses
everything to do with halls, budgeting, food and major welfare
Student Experience committee (CoSED): all the full time officers sit
on this committee and various members of the University. This
committee ensures that student experience is flourishing and each
departments give their updates on student activities.
- RUSU Ideas Feasibility group.
- RUSU Student Voice.
- RUSU Liberation and Representation Committee.
- RUSU Trustee Board.