Sunday, 18 August 2013

Week 5 - Advice from a Caterpillar

Monday

Monday morning started off with me sending lots of female and feminist lecturers and phd students across london an email about my ULU Women's studies project. One of my pledges in my manifesto was to campaign against the attack on higher education, for better accessibility to university and also defend and promote Gender and Women's Studies in academia. One of the ways I plan to achieve this is through this project which allows people to attend free lectures and seminars on women's studies buy London's very own great academics from various intuitions and subject areas. I have quite a few responses already and I'm really excited about the whole thing!
I also visited Royal Holloway to talk to the VP Education and Welfare about the Hollaback! ULU System. I've sent out details to may of our universities and institutions about what being a Hollaback! Uni means. If you want to know more please feel free to contact me at womens@ulu.lon.ac.uk


Tuesday - Friday

So I went on a four day retreat to the NUS training course 'Lead and Change' in Lancaster. Lancaster, for all of you who don't know, (Michael Chessum seems to find this hilarious) is probably the most north of England I've ever been and vodaphone connection doesn't exist up there! Its like another country. Not being able to see work emails was a different sort of stress on this workaholic.

The course is originally designed for presidents I think but was opened to other sabbs this time. It made me realise that even though I'm quite young and I'm a first year sabb, I've been knee deep in student & feminist activism for a long while. Actually, its probably taken up most of my student life. It was nice to meet so many new people and the few other full-time Women's Officers that were there! Also Jim Dickinson is a legend.

Group 1 was amazing at Fibchester! (The facke SU exercise) I was sort of the GenSec of the team and was allowed to be in my happy place of facilitating and delegating. One of the strange perks of my learning difficulties is my joy in regorganisng the world around me to be more accessible. Super pleased to hear that we was one of the most organised teams, the group in general was very prompt and everyone worked amazingly together :) Lets just ignore the fact that the overall impending doom coming forth to Fibchester was that the university, in return of writing off the union's debt was planing to take control of all student services.... *cough* UOL *cough* That didn't hurt at all.

Anyway, was really happy to get back to work! Michael thought it was hilarious to welcome me back by jumping out from behind a tree -_- #sabbfamilylove



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