I’m Niamh, a 4th year International Relations and Law student, and founder of The Noisy Movement.
I want to create Welfare services that are F.A.I.R., with achievable policies that will improve every student’s physical and mental wellbeing.
FACILITATE HEALTHY LIFESTYLES
- Expansion of the counselling service:
- Create a follow-up counselling service beyond the current 4 sessions provided: ease in the new semester with a check up to ease pressures and prevent further issues
- Offer tailored support for those off campus: from medics, teachers, to those on year abroads
- Continue the fight for shorter waiting lists and more funding for counselling services
- Stronger support from our Schools: receiving a week extension on coursework is often not consistent, and not enough. I will lobby to provide consistency, and alternative assessment options to suit individual needs
- Leading on from the success of free yoga, I will introduce Wellbeing Wednesdays: free gym access to all students on the first Wednesdays of the month.
- Provide free quit smoking packs available from the advice place
ALLEVIATE FINANCIAL WORRIES
- No student should have to choose between paying the bills and doing well in university
- Financial situations and job commitments will be taken into consideration when applying for extensions and special circumstances
- I will increase awareness of the discretionary and hardship grant, particularly to those who are dependent on a job that is affecting their university experience
- Financial support for those who need to find counselling services that Edinburgh University cannot offer
- I will lobby to create more student friendly jobs on campus
- I will expand on current work to address the needs of low-income and BME students through the University’s Widening Participation strategy
- ‘How to adult classes’: classes and assistance in budgeting, banking, mortgage hunting, even cooking on a budget
- Support sessions for students on ‘coming out’ and transitioning: students often come to university and lead a double life. Peer support groups can make LGBT students feel more comfortable and safe to be themselves
- Expansion of gender neutral toilets, especially in the main library
- Expansion of the Non-medical Personal Help Fund for those who identify as disabled, to recognise mental and physical disabilities
REAFFIRMING THE IMPORTANCE OF CONSENT
- Expanding #NoExcuse
- Creating a pre-matriculation module for 1st year students on consent training, identifying what is consent
- include clear information on how to report a crime, how to receive support for victims of sexual assault/harassment
- I will work towards an effective report and support system to create records and links in attacks, identifying danger zones and allow for preventative measures.
To find out more, visit fb.me/NiamhMcCrossanVPW