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Candidate for the position of Widening Participation Officer

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BRAEDIE ATKINS

 

 

Vote Braedie for Widening Participation Officer

Vote to end educational inequality and classist stigmas at Warwick

About me:

Hi, I’m Braedie! I’m a 2nd Year PAIS student running to be your Widening Participation Officer. Being raised by a single mum on benefits and currently taking a year out to help school my younger brother, I have experienced educational inequality and classist stigmas throughout my life and know how impactful intergenerational poverty is on one’s life chances. Whether it be free school meals, food bank trips or coming from a deprived docking town, I know the gaps in university support and understand the barriers we face in getting here and throughout our time at Warwick. We deserve better. I will fight for no less.

What is WP?

With only 57.7% of us state-educated and 4% of us from deprived backgrounds, Widening Participation (WP) needs to be central in everything the SU and University do and needs to take a lifecycle approach. I will fight to ensure our faces are seen, our voices are listened to, our futures are secured, and our well-being supported. WP also has to be intersectional. I promise to work closely with our liberation officers to serve the priorities and values of disabled, trans, LGBTUA+, ethnic minority and women students from WP backgrounds, as well as underrepresented groups such as working-class boys.

My Experience:

  • Member of Warwick’s Widening Participation Student Network - 2019-21
  • Volunteer, Hardie Community Park- running the Community Fridge program and preparing meals for children on FSM during the pandemic - 2020-21
  • Writer, Warwick Globus, The Boar and Perspectives Magazine – specialising in inequality, class and sustainability - 2018-21
  • Mentor, IntoUniversity - 2018-20
  • Democracy Assistant, Warwick SU - 2019-20
  • SSLC Representative in PAIS, WP Committee Member- 2019-20
  • Deputy Editor, The Boar Travel - 2019-20
  • Publications Executive, Warwick ASEAN Conference - 2019-20
  • PAIS Liberating Curriculum Program - 2019
  • Teaching Assistant, Gateway Academy - 2019
  • Vice-Chair, Thurrock Youth Council - 2017-18

Any Questions? 

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  • Email: braedie.atkins@warwick.ac.uk
  • Facebook: Vote Braedie for Widening Participation Officer 
  • Twitter: @braedie2

My Priorities:

1. 'Our Faces' - More of us at Warwick

  • Widening Participation Ambassadors on Open Days for prospective students
  • I will lobby the university to increase the number of contextual offers for underrepresented groups such as disabled students and care leavers

2. 'Our Voices' - Representation and Awareness

  • Continue to enforce WP representation in all departments and faculties
  • Create a forum for students to offer advice and support and share opportunities
  • Run a social media campaign to raise awareness of classism at Warwick and ending these stigmas with webinar discussion events

3. 'Our Wellbeing' - Welfare and Support

  • I will lobby the university for an increase in bursaries in line with rising living costs
  • Transition Mentoring Program where freshers are paired with a student to help with issues such as imposter syndrome
  • Masterclasses held by Wellbeing Services on topics such as studying from home, juggling caring responsibilities or dealing with anxiety

4. 'Our Futures' - Increased Careers Support

  • Warwick Careers Service running LinkedIn sessions and interview coaching
  • Raising awareness of current programs and societies offering careers support
  • I will lobby for more support for WP students wanting to get into creative industries
  • Targeted webinars covering graduate opportunities for WP students with disabilities, mature students and BAME students

Thank you so much for reading my manifesto!

Voting starts on 22/2 at 12pm and ends on 26/2 at 7pm

Vote Braedie for WPO!

 

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