Farzana Begum - Vice President Welfare & Equalities
The VP Welfare monitors any barriers that may prevent you from getting the most out of your time at university, and leads on campaigns to raise student awareness of health, welfare and cultural issues.
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Farzana's Officer Blog
Fri 13 Jan 2017
It's nearly time for the Christmas break. Have a read to find out more about what I've got planned fRead More
Fri 11 Nov 2016
Hear about what the Vice President of Welfare has been up to so far.Read More
Tue 16 Aug 2016
Hi I’m Farzana and I am your re-elected Welfare Officer.Read More
Hello my name is Farzana Begum and I am the current Vice President Welfare Officer.
We forget just how serious welfare issues can be for students throughout their time studying. Where students who are struggling financially, that is a welfare issue. When a student is suffering from personal issues and not performing well academically, this is a welfare issue. These problems and many others are all common student problems in which welfare support needs to be provided. While I cannot solve all these problems personally, I will continue to work for the students and ensure that support is available to them. Not only is it important for me to ensure support is available to our students but to also ensure that this is made aware to the students. Many students often are not aware of the help and support they can receive whilst studying and the lack of interaction is often what causes students to be less engaged and deal with problems all alone without any help.
I am really passionate about student well being and happiness. Coming to university can be an incredibly hard process and many students suffer from a range of mental health issues as a direct consequence. I have worked with many students who do not feel adequately supported and their academic progress has suffered massively as a result. So far these are a few of the campaigns I have worked on:
- As the first Welfare Officer I have introduced Welfare Wednesday which has been themed each month. This is an ongoing campaign and happens every second Wednesday of the month.
- I have worked closely with the Mental Health and Well-being team in raising more awareness and focused on de-stigmatising Mental Health.
- I have held campaigns to raise more awareness for sexual health awareness. I focused this around World Aids Day
I am the first Welfare Officer, meaning that I bring vital knowledge and skills to the role. With this being the widest remit, and it needs the right person with the right experience to steer it. I have begun to achieve good things with the role, and if I get re-elected, I can continue to take this position to a higher level.