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Undergraduate Education: David Ion


I have just finished my undergrad degree in History, and have been working with the SU on campaigns throughout my time at Bristol uni.

In second year I led the These Walls Must Fall campaign against immigration detention with Bristol City Council, and I've also helped establish the Sanctuary Scholarship Legal Fund to help students who are asylum seekers with their legal fees in times of crisis.

Another area of activism I've been involved in is around the climate crisis, pushing for the university to endorse the climate strikes.

I was also a lead player in starting People and Planet's USS Divest campaign, working with the uni to encourage the university pension scheme to divest from fossil fuels.

As president of the Amnesty society in my final year, I worked closely with many activist groups across a spectrum of issues. I hope to continue this activism in education as the new undergraduate education officer for the SU.

Education for the Climate Emergency

  • Create a ‘Climate Emergency Day of Action’ in TB2 
  • Creation of a ‘with sustainability’ course, designed by partnership of students and academics from a range of faculties
  • Embed education around the climate emergency into all degree programmes

Decolonising the Curriculum

  • Work with the BME network to create mandatory criteria on decolonising the curriculum 
  • Get the university to commit to investing resources into decolonising the curriculum

Changing assessment to boost wellbeing

  • Gather student feedback on how assessments can be changed 
  • Ensure Covid-19 assessment changes lead to permanent positive change

Supporting our Sanctuary Scholars

  • More actively engage the SU in welcoming and supporting sanctuary scholars through their time at Bristol 
  • Continue Sanctuary Scholars Legal Fund campaign

Get arms companies out of education

  • Lobby the university to cut ties with arms companies
  • Work with faculties to find alternative sources of research funding

Online and Blended teaching experience

  • Proactively work with the university to create an digital education offering which provides the same level of engagement and value to those who cannot attend on-campus teaching as those who can.