Welfare Officer

Hello, my name is Bandy and I am the RUSU Welfare Officer. I ran for this position because I myself suffered from bad mental health during University and I wanted to make it easier for the next generation of students. University is such a whirlwind experience, with so many highs and lows- I really want to make it as smooth of a transition as possible for students.

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 JCR 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.
  • Working on all external and internal aspects of welfare, including all relevant University committees, and liaising with relevant staff members.
  • 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 issues.
  • 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.