The Society and Citizenship Officer represents students in matters relating to active citizenship, community engagement, and ethical and environmental action.
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I will use my experience to lobby the university and the council to provide more housing for students to rent in the city making sure it is affordable, good quality and accessible. I will set up a Students Union Housing Committee to help students make compensation claims for on campus accommodation as well as educate students about their rights as renters and advise them on dealing with landlords and letting agents. I also would like to use the Rate Your Landlord survey to put pressure on letting agents and landlords to provide better quality housing.
I want to collaborate with the council to make sure that every renter in Brighton can contribute to the survey in order to come up with a city-wide ranking system for letting agents. I want to ensure that every student understands their rights and responsibilities as renters by making this information available through the Student Union website, as well as working with Brighton Solidarity Federation to provide Know Your Rights as a Renter workshops.
I will lobby the University to commit to providing all new students with accommodation so that no student has to live in a hotel. I will also work with Sussex Student Lettings to increase the amount of housing that they can offer to students ensuring affordable rent, no agency fees and a good relationship with landlords and ensure that every student is aware of the new guarantor scheme. Support students who are interested in living in Cooperative housing!
I want to work with the Fossil Free Sussex campaign to lobby and put pressure on the university to commit to complete divestment from fossil fuels and to ensure that the university keeps to its new Ethical Investment Policy. I will work with the Estates and Facilities department to make sure that every campus accommodation has recycling and compost stations and encourage all students to use these facilities. What students learn at university they have with them for life! I also would like to continue and expand & Go Green Week; which Sarah has made so successful! Work with clubs and societies to promote and educate people about sustainable living with events, workshops, talks, cooking lessons and energy saving education initiatives. It would also be fun to create more events like this throughout the year and collaborate with Brighton university and open it up to the Brighton community! Set up a Sustainable fashion week.
I have participated in a Trash fashion week before and I want to make this a regular event at Sussex because it was so fun! This could involve students from across Brighton coming together and creating their own fashion items from waste and recycled materials with a fashion show and awards ceremony at the end! It would also include talks and events to promote ethical and sustainable clothing and could also be linked with Brighton Fashion Week. A clothes swap during the week would also be essential!
I will also lobby the council to provide more bike storage in town and pressure letting agents and landlords to provide bike storage for tenants so students living off campus can store their bikes. I also want to set up Bike trains going to and from union events/clubs/societies/campaigns/meetings on and off campus to make cycling to and from uni and around town easier and safer for students.
The Students’ Union has been classed as ‘Excellent’, the highest possible, by the NUS’ Green Impact scheme.
Students at Sussex will be able to cycle with greater ease with 120 new bike racks across campus set to be installed over the summer.
We send a huge thank you to all the students who donated unwanted items to the reuse scheme.