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Alice Churm

Postgraduate Officer

2 posts
Last post 22 Jan 2020
Ben Newsham

President

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Last post 11 Oct 2019
Charlotte Lloyd

Sports Officer

3 posts
Last post 24 Jan 2020
Chloe Batten

Education Officer

No posts
Luke Mepham

Societies Officer

1 post
Last post 30 Jan 2020
Milly Last

Democracy & Development Officer

6 posts
Last post 10 Feb 2020
Tiana Holgate

Welfare & Campaigns Officer

2 posts
Last post 17 Jan 2020

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Alexandru Fugariu

Part-time & Mature Students' Officer

No posts
Connie Gordon

LGBTUA+ Officer

1 post
Last post 19 Sep 2018
Nathan Parsons

Disabled Students' Officer

5 posts
Last post 29 Sep 2016
Last comment 08 Mar 2014
Prisco

Trans Students' Officer.

1 post
Last post 13 Nov 2018
Rebecca Brown

 Ethics & Environment Officers

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Taj Ali

Ethnic Minorities Officer

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Talip Yaldaz

International Students' Officer EU

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Zishi Zhang

International Students' Officer NON-EU

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Tara and Bede

Women's Officer

Women's Campaigns: What I've been doing all year

 

Hello and welcome to my very first, very belated Officer blog!

It's been a really busy two terms on the Women's Campaign trail. A small team and I started the year by making some leaflets about consent and sexual harassment to give out at the Fresher's Fair, and in doing so found out that not nearly enough has been done to combat sexual harassment at SU events. A huge number of women I spoke to have some kind of story about getting groped or harassed in the Copper Rooms, to the point where some said they won't even go anymore because it's not worth the trouble. This is horrendous, and more has to be done. However, I am happy to say that early on in Term 1, we passed a motion to Student Council, mandating the SU events team to update their policy on sexual harassment to one of zero-tolerance. Please know that if you are sexually harassed at a union event, you can tell a member of security staff and you will be taken seriously.

I am also currently working with a team of wonderful activists from Warwick and Coventry Universities to combat sexism at club and entertainment venues in the wider community. It never fails to shock me just how endemic sexism really is. Earlier this year, for example, the French department invited Alex Callinicos to give a seminar. Callinicos is a leading figure in the Socialist Worker's Party (SWP) who dismissed a case of rape within his party as a 'difficult disciplinary case', instead of, ya know, a henious crime. Members of WASS organised a sit-in in the seminar, during which a WASS member told him of her own experiences of being harassed by members of the SWP at rallys – which he also dismissed outright, simply telling her 'I don't believe that.' It's disgraceful that a rape apologist was ever invited to campus and I'm incredibly proud of everyone who took a stand against it.

Hopefully you have also been aware of the No More Page 3 campaign advocating a boycott of The Sun newspaper from Costcutter, which has recently achieved success at Term 2's All Student Meeting (ASM). The numbers of voters in this ASM were a massive 70% increase on the SU's previously held record. Additionally, more people voted on the NMP3 motion than any of the others which went forward at this meeting. Quite simply, this makes the issue of whether Costcutter should be selling The Sun the most representative vote on a singular issue Warwick SU has had since the Democracy review came into effect. I like to think this had something to do with our exceptionally crap singing and dancing in our campaign video.

At the moment, I'm working with a lot of societies and clubs to bring the biggest and best International Women's Week Warwick has ever seen, which will fall in Week 9. The timetable for the week will be ready very shortly, and there's some really great things lined up. It would be great to see as many of you as possible at the various events!

All that said, nominations for Sabbatical and Liberation Officers for next year are now open, and I would absolutely love to talk to any prospective Women's Officer candidates. It's hard work, but incredibly rewarding. Please do get in touch if you're interested. 

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