Term One Report: What has Jessica been up to?

Here’s what I’ve done since becoming your VP Postgraduates!

The year started with me initiating and organising KCLSU’s first postgraduate events programme during Welcome Week. This programme was run across all campuses and externally. The events list for the prgramme included a film night, meet and greet, coffee morning and a trip to an adult ball park!

I also planned continuous postgraduate events, such as PGtea, which is a chilled out weekly drop in for all postgraduate students. I have also organised a postgraduate forum for postgraduate students to give feedback, discuss issues pertaining to the college and postgraduate student experience and a chance to be updated on issues.

During Black History Month, I led the Students' Union in planning multiple events  including an opening night, a panel discussion on race and resistance, a movie night and a trip to the Black Cultural Archives.
 

I have also initiated a campaign inspired by Sheffield SU titled #sheshouldrun to address the gender imbalance in women students running for leadership positions in the SU, particularly sabbatical and trustee roles. The main campaign will be launched for the spring election, but for Autumn I invited current women trustees to create a video as part of the campaign. I am working with the Women’s Officer on this, and targeted communications will be going out to students.
 

I have helped build closer relationships for postgraduate student interests both within and outside KCLSU. I developed a relationship between KCLSU and the Centre for Doctoral Studies, agreeing on regular meetings, and I set up a network for Postgraduate Officers in the UK.

 

Finally, I have been working with the King's Diversity and Inclusion Team on the university’s staff/student misconduct policy. I worked with them to refresh parts of the policy and gave recommendations based on best practice from other institutions.

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