Hi I'm Rosheen, a 4th year French and Linguistics student running to be Vice President of Community next year!
Edinburgh has been a community for me in many ways. From getting involved in societies, volunteering with a charity, to being a member of a local highland dance school, I am grateful for the communities I am part of both at university and in the city.
Throughout my four years, I have also come to see the major problems students face in terms of accommodation and transport, and this has motivated me to go a step further and represent students’ voices on these issues.
Read on for what I will do if elected!
- Fight for tighter regulation on rent prices so that rent can’t be hiked up year on year with no evidence to show that properties are being improved.
- Increase the availability of the University guarantor scheme – 100 places hardly makes a dent in the population of 18,000 international students.
- Conduct a survey on students’ housing experiences to get a detailed picture of the major issues affecting us in terms of accommodation.
- Organise flatmate-finding events with icebreaker activities for a relaxed and friendly atmosphere!
- Organise workshops run by students, for students, to share knowledge and tips about flat-hunting.
- Push for bus routes that suit students, such as the inclusion of a Marchmont stop on the Kings and Peffermill routes.
- Make bike pumps and tool kits freely available to use on all campuses.
- Increase funding for bus passes, including those travelling to Easter Bush and those in halls far out from George Square.
- Continue pushing to improve cycle routes in the city to make our roads safer for cyclists.
- Implement a textbook buy and sell scheme so that materials don’t go to waste after graduation.
- Distribute reusable water bottles to follow from the success of the keep cup scheme last year!
- Ensure the widespread availability of food waste bins at uni as well as making it easier to obtain a free food waste caddy for our flats.
- Make sure food from catered events is shared with students or donated so that it doesn’t end up in a landfill.
- Promote the replacement of single use plastic with reusable materials on campus.
Our Edinburgh Community
- Subsidise PVG licences for students who volunteer so that they don’t have to fork out their own cash in order to give back to the community.
- Provide support sessions with local MP’s and University staff for international students for guidance on issues such as citizenship, visas and work permits.
- Allow non-students to be on society committees: strong relationships between students and the wider community should be encouraged!
Find my Facebook page here: fb.me/RoshForVPC