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Welfare & Internationalisation Officer Blog

Hi I’m Miles and you elected me to be your Welfare and Internationalisation Officer. My job is to ensure that students across all disciplines and levels of study feel that they are included and that they have a positive experience of their time here at Keele. This includes sitting on panels, running campaigns, and emphasise accessibility and inclusivity as well as deal with any problems the student body might experience personally and they need support and guidance.

I studied psychology and counselling at Keele before being elected as the welfare and internationalisation Officer at the Students’ Union. As a student, I also worked at the SU as a first aider. In my spare time, I also enjoy playing video games, cooking and the odd Jackbox games night. My favourite band is currently Nothing But Thieves!

 

Talk to me about:

  • Mental health campaigns and concerns
  • International Student Inclusivity and Diversity
  • Accessibility needs and allyship

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Want to find out more about my plans this year?

My report for the March UGM!

Accessibility and invisible illness update:
I am currently undertaking an accessibility project where i am looking into a number of aspects into accessibility, including uneven surfaces, open days.
I have met with DDS, the disabled students officer, the Invisible disability society and street team regarding accessibility issues (day v night). Following from each meeting I found a variety of issues that creep up for students with disabilities, that able bodied students/staff would not realise are issues, for example, tick boxes online not being large enough. 

I am designing an awareness campaign for accessibility and invisible disabilities with student consultation. The campaign will emphasise that not every disability is visible, and that we need to be more empathetic towards each other. Said campaign will include posters outside lifts, disabled toilets and chair lifts, as well as general notice boards around campus. 


Consent:
I have had a meeting with Kelly Prince, the serious incident officer, and have created an outline for a sexual misconduct reporting system that will be administered to SU staff. The template is clear and easy to read for those who might not have disclosures necessarily in their job remit. 

Awareness stripes.
Changing the name of the “democracy and campaigns” awareness stripe, to “Awareness and engagement” cannot be done halfway through the year, but will be in place for the next academic year.
I am organising a meeting with DDS regarding training we can give societies, looking at accessibility adjustments, knowledge for support systems, etc.

Smoking.
I am currently reading into the university's smoking policy.
We are currently in conversation regarding the outback and its layout for smokers/non-smokers.

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