Candidate for the position of Vice President Welfare

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Oona Miller

Hi, I’m Oona! I’m a 4th year Politics student, and I’m running to be your Vice President Welfare.

Whilst the University increases student numbers year-on-year, our wellbeing services aren’t keeping up. Edinburgh urgently needs to become more compassionate and less isolating – this is my plan for change.

 

Creating a compassionate university: 

  • Art-for-Wellbeing Workshops across all campuses, from life-drawing to crafting – for commitment-free ways to destress, not just at exam time!
  • Free yoga: I love the Main Library and ECA classes in collaboration with the Sports’ Union, why not expand them to King’s, Easter Bush and the BioQuarter?
  • For students affected by bereavement or illness, financial barriers should never stand between them and their loved ones – I’ll start a Getting Home Fund.
  • Medical students should be treated with the same compassion we expect from our doctors – I’ll lobby for better support for medics and mental health support while they’re on placement, to deal with the unique challenges they face.
  • Students have a right to autonomy over their wellbeing – I’ll oppose Mandatory Interruptions of Study.

 

Putting accessibility on the university's agenda: 

  • Disabled students and staff should never be shut out from the university due to dodgy lifts, back-door library access and inadequate bathroom facilities. I’ve already campaigned for Changing Places on campus and will commit the University to breaking down physical barriers.
  • Students accessing mental health services have doubled since 2012, but students often only find wellbeing services at crisis moments. I’ll make Edinburgh Welfare Aware from day one:
    • Info sessions on support, counselling and disability services in the first lectures of semester
    • Mental Health First-Aid training for society/club committees
    • More counselling facilities and more diverse counsellors, especially at King’s
  • Create a dedicated Advice Place at Easter Bush, and extend opening hours at King’s
  • Students from the most deprived backgrounds have two times higher drop-out rates than the least deprived students, and BME students frequently report feeling alienated at Edinburgh. I’ll directly address the needs of low-income and BME students through the University’s Widening Participation strategy.

 

Building an inclusive campus free from harassment: 

  • Sexual harassment has no place at Edinburgh – I’ll build on the #NoExcuse campaign by making consent training, information and support available in halls.
  • Sexual health drop-ins on every campus with inclusive advice, support and testing – for a sex-positive university
  • Work with the new Trans and Non-Binary Officer to tackle transphobia on campus and ensure the University listens to and supports trans and non-binary students.
  • Support work to diversify and decolonise the curriculum – no student should feel isolated or unrepresented by their studies.

 

Please vote Oona for VP Welfare 4th-7th March; fb.com/oonaforwelfare