University of York Students' Union (YUSU)

BAME Officers

Nayomi Karthigesu & Hannah Joseph-Asikhia

The Black Asian and Minority Ethnic Network (BAME) represents the views of students’ at York who self define as BAME, which is including but not limited to students with African, Asian, Arab and Latin American heritages.

 

  • Awareness: Get Learnt - We want all students to know that the BAME network and officers exist to support all students that identify as BAME.
  • Activism: Get political - We want to get students more involved in issues on and off campus.
  • Academic: Get more colour in my curriculum - We want to push for more BAME lecturers and BAME related topics in course curriculums as well as for the public via open lectures.
  • Help: Get Help - If you experience discrimination or lack of representation we want you to know that we're here to help you out.

 

Nayomi KarthigesuHannah Joseph-Asikhia

bme@yusu.org

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Disabled Students' Officers

Chloe Hann & Scarlett Bacchus-O'Callahan

The Disabled Students' Network (DSN) is a peer support network for disabled students; we discuss issues affecting disabled students at York and plan campaigns and events.
  • Disability Awareness and Pride - campaign for awareness of the diversity of disabled students and disabled history
  • Signposting - improve the information online regarding available financial support and transition to university life
  • Careers - increasing information available to disabled students regarding work and placements, and more tailored advice

 

Chloe Hann & Scarlett Bacchus-O'Callahan

disability@yusu.org

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Environment & Ethics Officer

Oscar Bentley

The Environment & Ethics Network exist to promote sustainable and fair practices at the University of York. We consult with the University management and influence policy. We raise awareness through student-led campaigns. We aim to make saving the planet enjoyable and accessible for all. We strive to influence student habits to live a greener, fairer lifestyle.

  • G - Get food waste bins in the library and study areas
  • O - Offer more vegan options in catering outlets
  • O - Opt for renewable energy sources
  • S - Staff at the University should earn a decent wage
  • E - Excellent rating for YUSU in the NUS Green Impact scheme

 

Oscar Bentley

environment@yusu.org

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International Students' Officers

Tim Nguyen & Konstantina Mirtzan

The International Students’ Association’s (ISA) primary goal is to represent the interests of international students here at the University of York.  Through promoting cultural exchange, addressing welfare issues and fostering a welcoming community. We currently represent ~ 4,000 students and host coffee afternoons every Wednesday, along with some of the biggest events of the year, including a Winter Ball and Global Week.

  • Further integration
  • Better representation
  • More involvement

 

Tim Nguyen & Konstantina Mirtzan

international@yusu.org

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LGBTQ Officer

Gem Card

The LGBTQ network is how LGBTQ students are represented in YUSU. We try to make the uni a better place with weekly meetings to plan campaigns, events, and to feed back about LGBTQ life. On top of this, we run discussions, chills, and get involved with events like York Pride and to have a chance get to know each other and learn about a range of issues.

  • Remove stigma around the network
  • More equal focus across the spectrum
  • Abandon gender boundaries to make Uni a more accepting and diverse place
  • Better interaction with colleges

 

Gem Card

lgbtq@yusu.org

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Mature Students' Officer

Hanna Bryszewska

As Mature Students' Officers, we're here to help integrate Mature Students into the crazy, and sometimes scary world of university. We're here to answer questions or just as someone to talk to. We also organise socials where you can mingle and get to know each other.
  • Inclusion - organise more events that suit mature students
  • Support - appoint mature student representatives in every college
  • Facilities - create a common room for mature students
  • Committee - establish a strong committee for MSA
  • Academic support - work with Student Hub to create academic aids
  • Wellbeing - promote events that focus on wellbeing

 

Hanna Bryszewska

mature@yusu.org

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RAG Officers

Elina Kukk & Lucy Waldren

YUSU RAG is the home of fundraising at York! As a student-led committee, RAG brings you fun, cross-campus, events and adventurous activities – all in aid of good causes! Whether it’s a game of Bubble Football, one of our challenge events such as climbing Kilimanjaro or taking on Jailbreak (30 hours to get as far away from York as possible), we really do have something for everyone.
  • Accessible RAG - introducing additional challenges like Jailbreak, with small fundraising goals to help make making a difference achievable for everyone
  • Charities - working more closely with our charities, creating opportunities to work with charities other than fundraising or donating
  • RAG Network - establish a RAG Network, giving students opportunities to get involved as a volunteer, get support for their own projects and make friends when fundraising

 

Elina Kukk and Lucy Waldren

rag@yusu.org

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Volunteering Officers

Chris Oldnall & Morgan Steigmann

We oversee all 16 student led volunteering projects and also host our own one-off volunteering events. There are so many different ways to get involved- whether you volunteer regularly or just want to have a go!
  • Promotion of work with local charities - encouraging York students to engage and build greater links with the community
  • Development of college charity systems - a wider more independent decision on each colleges' approach to selecting charities
  • Freshers' Week integration - short-term volunteering options as alternative events in Freshers' week
  • Education - recognise the value of younger education and our wonderful careers department

 

Chris Oldnall & Morgan Steigmann

volunteering@yusu.org

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Women's Officers

Nadine Smith & Sophie Meehan

Women's Network is a group designed to represent and advocate for all women and non-binary students on campus, through positive, solution-based discussion and action. At our weekly meetings we invite these students to talk about issues affecting them and how to tackle them. We operate as a supportive, open-minded, beginner-friendly community based on the values of equality and respect.
  • Strengthen and encourage the existing community - we want to be an approachable and inclusive network
  • Delivering more events and socials - film screening, Galentines nights, quiz nights, club nights, pizza evenings, Feminist Festivals
  • Establish Women's Officers in every college - to extend the support for women and non-binary people
  • Involve the network in wider initiatives - engage with larger scale campaigns outside the University community
  • Be more active in Freshers' - more events and improve consent workshops within colleges

 

Nadine Smith & Sophie Meehan

womens@yusu.org

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Working Class & Social Mobility Officers

Connor Drake & Sean Price-Regan

This is a new role, the officers will be tasked with ensuring wokring class students are considered in decision-making.
  • Create a sense of community and belonging - coffee mornings and buddy schemes to help welcome new students
  • Raise awareness of class issues - hosting events featuring academics, campaigners and students
  • Push for greater information of various university schemes - as well as introduce an Activities Bursary
  • Work with the University to reduce hidden costs - such as books and trips
  • Advocate for cheaper rents - as well as mitigation of accommodation deposits
  • Extending the childcare centre's opening hours - for students who finish after 6pm

 

Connor Drake and Sean Price-Regan

wcsm@yusu.org