Welfare Campaigns

In the past, EUSA has campaigned on a wide range of welfare issues, from mental health to sexual harassment, housing to student representation. Below are some of our ongoing academic campaigns, as well as some past campaign successes. If you would like more information on any of the campaigns in this section please contact EUSA Vice President for Societies and Activities at vpsa@eusa.ed.ac.uk.

 

Ongoing Projects

 

Mental Health and Wellbeing - Support for students experiencing mental illness and information on mental wellbeing have been a priority for many sabbatical oifficers in the past, and as a result we have a variety of mental health projects currently ongoing. Click here for more information. This year, EUSA VPSA Andy is hoping to organise a Mental Health Awareness Week, and if you would like to be involved, please email him at vpsa@eusa.ed.ac.uk. If you have experience of mental illness, you may also want to join our Disability and Mental Wellbeing Liberation Group who can offer support and advice.

 

Sexual Harassment - Following a detailed survey into students' experiences of sexual harassment in 2013, combatting harassment became a priotity for EUSA. We have launched a number of projects, which you can read about here, and this year the focus will be on embedding the work done by EUSA VPSA Eve Livingston last year. 

 

 

All In - In 2015, EUSA VPSA Eve Livingston launched 'All In', a week aimed at ensuring that all our activities, from societies to sports teams, volunteering groups to Student Council, are inclusive of our diverse student body. We ran a series of events, half exploring the barriers to participation that some student might face, and half equipping students with leadership skills - particularly important in the run up to society committee elections. We received fantastic feedback from students who attended the sessions, and EUSA VPSA Andy Peel and President Jonny Ross-Tatum are keen to take the project forwards this year.

 

Past Projects

 

Parents and Carers - Approximately 10% of students in HE are either parents or carers (meaning they do unpaid care work for a friend, family member or neighbour) and often these students face additional barriers in accessing and staying in education (more information can be found in the NUS report 'Meet the Parents'. In 2014, the University closed its Central Campus nursery, and opened a new facility at King's Buildings. This has presented issues for some students, and EUSA VPSA Eve Livingston campaigned to ensure that affordable and accessible childcare was available to all students who need it. This issue also highlighted the lack of representation for parents and carers in EUSA's representative structure, so this year we have established a new Parents and Carers Section Group and a new Convener for the Group will be elected in the October by-election.