WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN MR PRESIDENT!?!?!?!
It’s been a while my friends, and for that I must apologise! It’s been crazy hectic, and finding time to breathe let alone type a blog is hard enough. Anyway, my last blog was crazy long and boring, so hopefully this one is a bit better! I’ve picked a few topics to chat about…. Lets go!
Oh my, time to vent some frustration! We’ve been seeing lots of media coverage on the consent campaign recently, and even how the government are looking into sexual harassment on campus’ throughout the UK to try to tackle “lad culture” (I’ll leave my opinions on the naming of said culture out of this for now)
Anyway… Why am I pissed off?? Because newspapers have been raising the profile of 9 Universities in England that have been the front runners in the consent campaign… AND WHERE ARE EDGE HILL? NOWHERE!!!!!! AHHHHH!! People don’t realise just how much Codie did on consent last year; I mean our University made it compulsory for all students to receive our consent workshop thanks to Codie last year yet we don’t have a mention anywhere!!!!
We are very much one of the leading Unions in running a consent campaign, and it would be very nice to get some recognition from somewhere! Nevertheless, Lauren will continue Codie’s great work, she’s put together and brand new consent workshop for y’all and the rest of your VP’s and myself will continue to deliver fantastic workshops
The refugee crisis
Being a students’ union makes it incredibly hard to support anything outside of helping our members. Why? We are governed by charity law, and meant to stay as apolitical as possible (Sounds fancy I know). The refugee crisis has been something of a hot topic EVERYWHERE and something I’ve spent a lot of time debating with people on Facebook….. In most cases to no avail!
I’m going to keep my thoughts to myself, but we are collecting clothes (mainly men’s), food and toiletries for those in severe need in “The Jungle” in Calais, so please help us out! Any clothes etc. donated which can’t be used will be donated to local homeless shelters so please be generous! I have to say this again…. This is not about being POLITICAL, or being right or wrong, but simply helping out those who have literally nothing in the world at this moment in time J
I had so much to say before I started typing this… And now I don’t even know where I’m going with it….. I CANNOT BLOG
You may or may not have noticed my ugly mug in The Champion this week….. We’re trying to raise awareness of some of the shocking treatment of our students by certain letting agencies and landlords. It’s worth noting The Champion didn’t publish the full article, and it will be fully released in other papers next week!
Housing is something we’re very keen to sort out here at EHSU, and a lot of landlords have raised concerns that we are tarring them all with the same brush… NOT THE CASE. We are very aware that there are some amazing landlords out there, and we appreciate them so much, but the publication of this article was an extreme method to raise the profile of the bullying of our students and it seems to be working so far!
If you need help with ANYTHING housing related then get in touch with our fabulous advice team; Phil, Brad or Esther will be more than happy to sit down with you and try to help
Finally… What has Mr President been up to?
Well….. Not to make you jealous but I’m not long back from a holiday in Paris/Chantilly and Amsterdam, which was incredible! And right now… I’m on my way back from governor training London, where I set off at 05:50 and it’s now 19:00. GO STEVE.. :(
Contrary to what “YikYak” might suggest, at the weekend I attended the UAF (Unite Against Fascism) rally in Liverpool to oppose the “White Man March” organised by some far right nut jobs who think Britain should be all white… That was amazing! 1000 people gathered to protest, and I guess luckily for “National Action”, they didn’t show up.
Workwise, I’m knee deep in submitting a democracy report to our upcoming board of trustees. I can’t go into much more detail than that for now, but I look forward to telling you the outcome.
What else Mr President? FRESHERS! Good God this is stressing me out. Planning, planning, planning and more PLANNING! Fresher’s isn’t even upon us and I just wish it was over already… Kind of. Can’t wait to meet all the new first years and see some old friends, but forgive me if I’m a tad grumpy for 87.64% of the week!
I’m rambling on now… But to finish; I’m also working on promoting our PT officer roles for the bi-election & the NUS delegate positions. I’ve been researching the prevent agenda and what that could mean for our students, and I’ve also been looking into ways in which the Union can help those students based at our Manchester campus!
Thanks for listening to me… As always feedback will be taken on board and I hope my blog hasn’t bored you too much (Rosie & Lauren are hard to compete with at this kind of shit).