Director of Wellbeing and Equality
About my role
I represent students on welfare, equality, diversity, and inclusion. I work a lot 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 welfare. I also organise the Students’ Association Elections in Semester 2.
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:
The Director of Wellbeing 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; and the Interfaith Steering Group. They also work closely with the University on initiatives like Report and Support and the Emily Test Charter.
The Director of Wellbeing 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 involve 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.
The Director of Wellbeing supports condom distribution across the University, free period products, and promoting sexual health resources and services 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, and promoting bystander intervention.
Alongside Student Services, the Director of Wellbeing line manages the three StAnd Together strands. StAnd Together focuses on peer-led interventions, and each strand is supported by a team of student volunteers looking at an aspect of student welfare.
- Got Consent?: events, training, and workshops on consent, SGBV, and bystander intervention.
- Got Limits?: events, workshops, and resources on alcohol safety.
- Peer Support: student volunteer supporters meet students one-to-one for coffee, a chat, or to accompany them to society events to help combat issues like social anxiety and loneliness.
Note that the role became a sabbatical position in 2017, when DoRep split into DoWell and DoEd. Past DoReps (Director of Representation) are included here for reference.