Candidate for the position of Union Affairs Officer

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Ellie Short

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Hey! I’m Ellie Short (she/her) and I’m standing for the role of Union Affairs Officer! Currently in the third year of my degree in Hair, Make-up and Prosthetics for Performance, UAL has been a real journey for me, and the support I’ve received here has made my education possible. UAL offer great support, I want to help make it even better and make the university more inclusive for everyone, especially those whose university journey has been affected by the pandemic, mental health and/or disability. 

I have some exciting ideas I would want to implement if I got the position, including: 

  • Developing an UAL Networking Site. We have a great opportunity to collaborate at UAL, however it can be hard to find people to collaborate with! I want to help develop a networking site where you can find individuals along with their portfolios. This could be great for university or external projects. I also want to incorporate a way to meet friends through this university site, as so many people haven’t had these opportunities due to the pandemic. 
  • Developing a student support team to work alongside current wellbeing and mental health services.  Providing training to students in mental health, then implementing drop-in’s for students struggling with anything from illness, work loads and relationships. They could pass high-risk cases on to the mental health team. 
  •  Building relationships between individuals with similar disabilities or conditions
  • Developing hybrid learning techniques to increase accessibility to courses. We know lessons can be online and recorded now due to the pandemic, and this format made learning a lot easier for disabled students. I want to incorporate recording of lessons into post-pandemic life to make the experience more inclusive. 

But most of all, I want to hear what YOU want!