Our Welfare and Diversity section continues to go from strength to strength, promoting positive health and wellbeing as well as providing under represented students with a voice and support platform.
Some of our successes this year are:
– The creation of the Disability Support Network, giving students with physical disabilities priority access to the Union building and areas within the nightclubs if they require additional space.
– Election of 15 Hall representatives to promote the messages of the section to their respective hall members, creating an inclusive and non-discriminatory environment.
– Hosted the most successful Black History Month celebrations ever at Loughborough.
– Launched LGBT+ Sport Experience Survey at Loughborough University, as part of our nationally recognised ‘Play with Pride’ campaign.
– Organised and hosted the most successful Diwali celebrations at Loughborough Students’ Union yet, with over 400 students in attendance.
We have also made great strides in reaching out to our College members over the last year to build an ever closer partnership with the College, emulating the outstanding University model.
Firstly, we have expanded our rep system and have successfully trained 270 students to represent their peers on their course and as a result, have gained valuable data and information about how College students feel about their experience.
We gave out 3,000 LSU lanyards to College students on their first day which contained lots of information and event details, so they were able to participate in our Freshers Week activities should they wish to.
We have established the LSU Office in the Big Space, so College students have a permanent point of contact and representative to chat to.
We plan to develop our shop office and common- room facilities at the College for next year including opening a Starbucks coffee facility as part of a student social hub.
Our work with Postgrads has developed dramatically during the course of the last year. We have supported the establishment of the Graduate House and have utilised it for our events.
We have had stronger academic representation than ever before, with our PGR Programme
President Team engaging strongly with Loughborough Students’ Union Executive and staff.
LSU has made an important commitment in electing our first Sabbatical officer with a special brief for postgraduates, building on our existing specialist Postgrad staff support in Student Voice.
With the opening of our campus in London, we have made an outstanding start establishing LSU as an integral part of student life, forming a new range of extra-curricular activities led by an elected committee including regular sports events, an International Day and Chinese New Year Celebration, as well as student media and societies.
We have, with University support, strengthened our LSU London staff team to two members in anticipation of more postgrad student numbers.