VP Community

Georgie Harris 



 

 

 

 

In my role as Vice President Community, I work directly on matters relating to students as local residents, including housing, the environment, sustainability, transport, local council and citizenship.  I also contribute to and inform University strategy on local community and sustainability issues.



Email me at VPcommunity@eusa.ed.ac.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
  • I’m Georgie Harris, your elected Vice President Community. I'm from Manchester and over the last four years I have been studying Spanish & Politics. Talk to me about the state of British politics, my top Eurovision songs, or why Dyson hand dryers are bad.
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  • During my time at the University of Edinburgh I was the School Rep for the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures, where I focused largely on year abroad issues, running an an event to encourage students to look after their mental health while on their year abroad.

1) Engaging with the Community
Reaching out to students and improving links with the local community.

 


2) Improving Student Housing
Advocating for a university housing strategy that meets the needs of all our students.

 


3) Promoting Sustainability
Pushing for the reduction of food waste and unsustainable materials to create a more responsible university.

 

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Housing

  • Frustrated with dodgy landlords and letting agents? Me too. I want to create an independent “rate your letting agent” website for students to share experiences – name and shame.
  • Finding people to live with can be tricky. I’ll develop a flatmate finder app to make it easier for students to find like-minded flatmates.
  • With thousands more students every year, there is just not enough accommodation. This one’s simple – build and buy more housing!

Transport

  • The KB shuttle bus is a constant source of complaint. Students need more frequent and reliable shuttle buses that work around their timetables, not the university’s.
  • Students at Easter Bush and Little France can’t just roll out of bed into George Square – I’ll conduct a review into transport for our satellite campuses.
  • I want to improve cycle routes to campuses other than Central for more sustainable ways to get about.

Local Community

  • As the student bubble is expanding further into the city, students should feel part of the Edinburgh community. We should feel part of the Edinburgh community.  We should develop a reciprocal volunteering scheme – students can get a voucher for their time, from Big Cheese queue jump to a free drink at an Edinburgh café.
  • Democracy is cool! Let’s implement automatic voter registration.
  • Bettering lighting and CCTV in the Meadows? Yes please!
  • Only around 4% of people regularly donate blood – we should set up blood donation drives in Potterrow to make a difference in Edinburgh.

Uni Community

  • The university should be working to combat period poverty, along with MSPs and charities. I’ll lobby for free sanitary products in bathrooms on campus!
  • As LLC Undergraduate School Rep I’ve raised awareness about mental health on your year abroad. Third years who are away and exchange students here should still feel part of the Edinburgh community and be made aware about what support is available.
  • Students should have a say in which campaigns the Students’ Association runs – let’s have a students’ priority campaign that students can propose and vote on.
  • Hundreds of students work for the Students’ Association – they deserve the national living wage.

Sustainability

  • I’m a big fan of communiTEA – I want to introduce Free Tea Fridays for every student who brings their KeepCup to Students’ Association venues to encourage the use of reusable cups.
  • Since the university no longer uses Vegware, we should be lobbying for the use of recyclable disposable cups to avoid waste.
  • Finally….I love my KeepCup but I also want the Students’ Association to sell its own reusable water bottles.

Coming soon