Wellbeing

Lydia Chilvers

Wellbeing

“Lydia is the voice for student wellbeing and liberation”

Her role focuses on making sure our students are as happy and healthy as possible.

Read more about Lydia...

Twitter: @WOAberSU | E-mail: suwellbeing@aber.ac.uk


About the Role:

The Wellbeing officer is responsible for:

  • Representing the student body on matters relating to wellbeing, including student support, welfare, equality and diversity.
  • Co-ordinating activity and campaigns relating to student wellbeing.
  • Informing policy within the University and Students’ Union on matters relating to student wellbeing.
  • Supporting and developing a network of students on wellbeing matters by chairing the Wellbeing Zone.
  • Working with the Chief Executive Officers and AUSU’s senior management team to achieve and shape strategic aims and outcomes.
  • Attending appropriate University Committees.
  • Attending regular meetings with relevant University departments to further the development of student wellbeing.

University Committees/Meetings Attended:

  • Student Experience Committee
  • Accessible Aber
  • Equality Champions
  • Peer Guide Network Meeting
  • Department Disability Coordinators Meeting
  • Drug and Alcohol Strategy Group Meeting
  • Trans Implementation Policy Group
  • Attendance Monitoring Group
  • Plastic Free Aberystwyth University Meeting

Current Priorities

Below you can find a list of priorities Lydia is working on this year as well as her current progress on them…

 

Continue the No Excuses Campaign by promoting the University’s Student Code on Dignity Respect and new reporting tool.*

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Work with the University on its ‘Plastic Free’ status, including the installation of compost bins on campus.

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Launch a body positivity campaign which challenges gendered societal norms such as shaving.

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Install a Community Fridge on campus which supports student hardship and reduces food waste.

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Lobby the University to continue to install gender neutral toilets across campus where appropriate.*

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Reduce the use of plastic drinking straws on campus and in the wider community.*

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Continue to work with the University on improving the support and development of Guide and Signpost Mentors across all departments.*

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Continue to seek and gather student feedback on their experiences of local health services and feed these into the University and Hywel Dda Health Board (as appropriate).*

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Provide information and guidance for students looking for accommodation.*

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Provide information and guidance on responsible drinking and the consequences of the misuse of alcohol.*

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Organise events and activities to raise awareness during Eating Disorder Awareness Week (2nd - 8th March 2020).*

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Organise free HIV testing kits to be made available from the Students’ Union.*

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Support student sex workers by lobbying the Government for the decriminalisation of sex work, as well as identifying and making contact with nearby support groups for student sex workers.*

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Lobby the University to become Palm Oil Sustainable.*

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Lobby the University to provide compulsory consent training for all students.*

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*denotes policy as passed democratically by Aberystwyth students.