Director of Wellbeing & Equality
About my role
Read the Director of Wellbeing and Equality's full role description.
Caitlin Ridgway represent students on mental and physical wellbeing, equality, diversity, inclusion, and everything in between. She works on the University and Union’s approach to dealing with issues like mental health, harassment and discrimination, sexual violence, physical health, and safety. I support many of the Students’ Association’s volunteer officers and subcommittees focusing on equality and wellbeing.
You can find out more about my role below, and feel free to get in touch if you have any questions!
The Director of Wellbeing works closely with our volunteer officers to advocate for equality, diversity, and inclusion, working on initiatives like the Zero Tolerance Policy and BAME Action Plan. They chair the Association Equal Opportunities Committee, and line manage a number of subcommittees and officers focusing on equality and representation for different communities of students:
The Director of Wellbeing and Equality also works closely with the University on equality issues, representing students on University committees like Equally Safe; Central EDI Committee; Race, Ethnicity, Religion, and Belief Group; Race Equality Charter self-assessment team; and the Interfaith Steering Group. They also work closely with the University on initiatives like Report and Support, the Emily Test Charter, and the Race Equality Charter.
The Director of Wellbeing and Equality works closely with the University on student welfare, health and wellbeing. They are the Students' Association's liason with Student Services and Nightline, and they also sit on the Community Council Health and Wellbeing Subcommittee. They also line manage some volunteer officers and subcommittees focusing on student welfare:
The Director of Wellbeing is the Students' Association's lead on the Student Mental Health Agreement - a collaboration between the University and the Students' Association looking at joint projects to support students' mental health and wellbeing.
The Director of Wellbeing also represents students on the University Mental Health Task Force, Mental Health Strategy, and Suicide Safer Strategy. They also chair the Schools' Wellbeing Advisory Group (SWAG).
The Director of Wellbeing works closely with the Student Health Hub to support access to health care, and supports projects like Saints Sport For All and Healthy Body, Healthy Mind.
The Director of Wellbeing supports condom distribution across the University, free period products, and promoting sexual health resources and education alongside the Wellbeing Subcommittee.
The Director of Wellbeing works on safety, including night out safety schemes like Ask For Angela, Raisin and May Dip safety, drink spiking prevention, and promoting bystander intervention.
Alongside Student Services, the Director of Wellbeing line manages the three strands of StAnd Together, a joint inititative between the Students' Association and the University that develops peer-led approaches to support and awareness on important student welfare issues.
- Got Consent?: events, training, and workshops on consent, SGBV, and bystander intervention.
- Got Consent?: events, workshops, and resources on alcohol and drug safety and inclusivity.
- Got Support?: trained peer supporters meet students one-to-one for coffee, a chat, or to accompany them to events to help combat issues like social anxiety and loneliness.
Please note, that the role became a sabbatical position in 2017 when DoRep split into DoWell and DoEd.