The Best Student Life. Bristol SU

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student living: ruth day

Hey everyone, I’m Ruth and I’m your Student Living Officer this year! My role is all about ensuring that you have the best student life possible, focusing on mental health and wellbeing, housing, sustainability, finances and community outreach.

I have done three years out of four of my degree in Maths and Philosophy – I’m taking a year out to represent you full-time, and once this year is over I will go back to finish my degree! When I was a student, I got involved in as many campaigns as I could. I was involved in Bristol, Cut the Rent campaigning for fairer housing in the city and University, and also was involved in mental health campaigning with the society Support Our Services. I was also part of the LGBT+ Society committee for two years and really enjoyed running campaigns and events to bring together fellow LGBT+ students.

I am really excited to represent students full-time in areas that I’m really passionate about! I want work to ensure that every student has safe and affordable housing, is able to access the support they need, and for sustainability to be a focus of our University and SU.

I also work with the Wellbeing Network, RAG & Volunteering Network, Sustainability Network, Care Leavers and Estranged Students Network, and Parents, Carers & Mature Students Network to ensure that student voices are represented.

Most importantly, I want to work with you to create a University and SU that works for you!

Supporting student mental health and wellbeing

  • Shaping the University’s review of Personal Tutoring, pushing for improved mandatory training and widespread clarity surrounding their roles. 
  • Lobby the University to increase wellbeing provision around assessment times. 
  • Ensure that all staff in wellbeing roles have mandatory training on issues faced by BME, LGBT+ and Trans students.

Improve awareness, training and treatment for student drug and alcohol use

  • Improve and update the University’s existing drug education campaign
  • Push for Wellbeing and Resilife staff to receive more training on drug and alcohol support 
  • Guidance for academic staff on how to support students who are facing difficulties with their drug and alcohol use

Safe and affordable student housing 

  • Continue work lobbying the University for a rent reduction strategy
  • Build further links with the tenants’ union ACORN and support students setting up a housing cooperative. 

Building supportive halls communities

  • Improve SU training for new JCR committees
  • Ensure that Resilife and current JCR committees are ready for financial handover 

Action on the Climate Emergency

  • Lobby the University to meaningfully support the climate strikes 
  • Lobby for arms companies to be banned from Careers Fairs
  • Support the student-led Divest Barclays campaign.