My name is Afreen Begum and I am the Student Rep for Postgraduate Law 2018- 2019.
Fun fact: I was 15 days late in coming to the UK, so I ran for Student Rep from India. And to my surprise, I won. It’s the best decision I have made so far, considering how many opportunities I’ve got because of it.
It is my first time abroad and I didn’t know anyone before arriving here - but I knew I had a chance to write my own narrative. I can be who I want to be here, and that’s the beauty of it. There is so much to do and there are so many opportunities to be grabbed while you’re here.
Being a Student Rep is an opportunity that has opened up a new and different world to me. I have met some amazing people in the Students’ Union: People who are so young, yet so determined and inspiring.
The support system is beyond what I ever expected. The culture of supporting and uplifting each other is something that should exist everywhere yet is rare to find, and I am lucky to have found that in our Students’ Union.
I’d been here just four months when people encouraged me to run for a Full-time Officer role. Even though I didn’t win, I will never forget the experience I gained and the fact that so many people believed in me. Being a Rep made that possible for me.
Student Rep is not just a title - it’s a responsibility that we sign up for when we decide to run. As a Student Rep, I have listened to my fellow classmates continuously and still continue to do so, so that everyone can have a better university experience.
I have worked together with my course convener to have a special workshop for international students; given feedback in meetings to make sure there is consistency, and so on. There is still a lot to do, but I feel a little better knowing that I have been able to make a little difference at the University.
We also have an amazing Student Rep Assistant, Ellie, who is always there with a smile to greet you and to help solve your problem no matter what. Plus, we got a pretty rad hoodie and a tote bag along with our awesome socials. I would definitely encourage you to run to be a Student Rep. It is an experience you will never forget.
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Thu 19 Sep 2019
Tomorrow - Friday 20 September - a massive global day of action is planned in response to the growing threat of Global Climate Change. Join the movement on Hove lawns.
Tue 17 Sep 2019
Did you know that the Union runs a support service which is confidential and independent of the University? Last year 95% of students surveyed said they would recommend Support & Advocacy to a friend and 80% were less worried after talking to us!
Tue 10 Sep 2019
Visit the exciting new recycling initiative, led by students, at the Tuesday Farmer's market in the new term.
Wed 04 Sep 2019
'As reps we listen to the student voice and any concerns that students have to provide a unified student voice to the faculty and University management. We make sure the university is hearing what you have to say and that they are aware of anything going well or needing improvement.'
Thu 29 Aug 2019
The USSU has scored 351 points for the NUS Green Impact scheme, scoring well above the threshold of 300 points to receive the highest award.
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