Our outgoing Activities Officer, Eleanor, shares the highlights of their year in office.
I joined Arts SU in the summer of 2019. After graduating from the Fine Art department at Camberwell College of Arts, I ran for election on a platform to make club and societies more accessible and to foster collaboration between student groups.
After running the ArtsFems and LGBTQIA+ society throughout my final years of university I learnt from so many others that my experiences as a queer disabled femme in the institution weren’t isolated and have been advocating for alienating and discriminatory practices within UAL to be ended and examined.
Working with the activities team I’ve highlighted to the University how vital student activity has been in building communities of students, especially for our Liberation societies that have become shining examples of community and liberation in practice!
In March 2020, COVID-19 changed everything in higher education and as a result when student activity slowed, I picked up more academic and policy-based work. This pandemic has really highlighted the inequalities of the higher education sector with many students being exploited by opportunistic landlords, having very real digital poverty, working on their practice in crowded houses and flats and, overall, not getting value for fees.
I urge students to continue to fight against the marketisation of education.
Free education now - for everyone.