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Candidate for the position of Vice President Welfare & Community (full-time, paid)

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Tasnia Yasmin

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HELLO!

My name is Tasnia Yasmin, I’m a 3rd year Geography student and I’m running to be your next VICE PRESIDENT OF WELFARE AND COMMUNITY!

Why me?

Throughout my time at King’s I have seen the impact that communities can have on the student experience. Communities make us feel like we are part of a greater family, they provide us with a space to not only have fun but also to feel safe. Being part of the South Asian Relief and Bangladeshi Society, I was able to find a community that I could feel at home in and I want to be able to build that same feeling of togetherness for every student on campus!

As your elected student trustee, I have seen how the SU functions and also been able to influence its direction in your best interest! 

 

What do I plan to do as VP Welfare & Community?

FACULTY LEVEL WELFARE SUPPORT

1 in 4 students suffer from mental health problems, and this is just for the students who report it.  Welfare needs a much greater focus and tailored support needs to be provided from a faculty level. Students in different departments need targeted welfare and mental well-being strategies which suit THEM and the issues they face. We need the University to recognize this as the urgent issue that it is and channel the much needed resources into allocating enough counsellors and also training and support for personal tutors to adequately support our students. 

IMPROVE LIVING BURSARIES

Living bursaries are not enough for most students especially those from a WP background as well as people living out in London. By working to improve what bursaries are available as well as increasing the KLB it will not only empower students to become better but also create a better community for WP students at KCL.

INCREASED STUDY SPACES

Do you struggle to find seating during exam season? This can be especially tiresome for commuters who travel far to get to KCL only to find there are no places to study. Despite having 4 different campuses and 4 libraries, it can be very difficult during peak seasons where all the study spaces are full. We need to make use of the spaces we have and improve study areas, so students aren’t struggling to find a desk during stressful times. This includes introducing wellbeing rooms which allow students to relax during times of stress. I will be campaigning to convert unused space in the University into permanent study and wellbeing rooms as well as introducing a time-table system that allows students to see what rooms are free each day so that they can always find a place to go. 

MOVE DEADLINES TO MIDNIGHT

Department deadlines vary which can be unfair for students. Deadlines lack consistency even within departments which causes unnecessary stress as well as increasing chances of students pulling all-nighters to complete them and therefore being tired mentally drained. By introducing midnight deadlines for all departments, students will not have to worry about working through the night as well as being to access their lecturers and the department in the day.

I will also be campaigning to introduce an incremental cap on assessments. King’s is one of the only Universities that caps late assessments at 40%. Most Universities have an incremental system that deducts 5% per day. This will have an immense impact on the welfare of students as it will alleviate the pressure of losing out on more than half your grade just because you were a few minutes late. We should value students on the quality of their work and penalise lateness proportionally to the lateness itself. 

FIGHTING MONITORING OF STUDENTS 

The Stop Watching Us campaign is incredibly important in this current environment with students often feeling targeted and distressed. This can often put their mental wellbeing at risk as well as their academic career. I will continue to raise awareness of monitoring which occurs on campus because we need to stop treating students like targets and treat them like students! International and Muslim students are disaproportionately affected by monitoring, whether its attendance or PREVENT,  monitoring can make students feel that they are not as valued within the institution as others.

Monitoring also affects academics who feel like they are unable to fully express their views, so this is about creating an environment where both students and academics can explore and express ideas free from unjust scrutiny. 

SHORTEN COUNSELLING WAITING TIME

Services have improved with the increased number of staff but the process can be tedious to some and may defer students. I will fight to continue shortening waiting times as well as making sure that the counselling and wellbeing advice is accessible and available to every single student at KCL. We need more staff who are trained in wellbeing support to help all students. 

EMPOWER WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP

#SheShouldRun is an amazing campaign which focuses on empowering and encouraging women in leadership positions at KCLSU. I will work to ensure that more is done to help women transition into more senior roles at SU as well as continue to run workshops. Being a trustee has allowed me to see how male dominated our SU is and I will work alongside SU to ensure that there are more opportunities to allow women to run for any position! 

 

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