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Committees and Networks

Your SU has created a series of networks and committees, to help us listen to you and understand the issues you face, so we can make your University experience better. Through conversation, we hope to know how you are doing, what it is you need, how can we support you and make feel even more welcome. In addition, we want to help you create and develop meaningful campaigns and policies, so that you and all students in the networks are at the centre of change.

You, as students, own and are at the heart of these networks and committees. Presidents, Part Time Officers or a selected Chair from the membership will help facilitate discussions, and ensure that conversations are student led, with solutions and ideas generated by you.

If you would like to join a committee/network or find out more, contact yourvoice@sunderland.ac.uk.

Committees

We understands that housing is important to you and you want to make change to improve accommodation in Sunderland. When viewing properties, pictures may not always match the accommodation or the room you turn up to, and you may not have noticed the cracks in the wall or had chance to really test the internet. These things can and do have a huge impact on you and your University experience. The last 6 months during the Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted several key issues for students in private rented accommodation – students pay higher rents for their accommodation, are tied in to lengthy contracts and are provided with little to no support when things go wrong. 

Join our brand new committee and help us explore student accommodation issues. We want to bring students together to form a committee and who will help us lobby for changes and create campaigns to make change in Sunderland and beyond.

We have regular conversations for you to come together and get to know each other. Our next meeting is on Wednesday 18 November 2020, 1pm. Event details here

The Students’ Union’s Sustainability Committee brings together like minded students to discuss key issues relating to climate change, fairer trade, better human rights and ensuring we educate each other to be better. The Committee is responsible for launching campaigns and starting action.

During December and January, a petition will be available for students to sign to encourage the University to declare a climate emergency and ensure that they pledge to reduce carbon emissions, put sustainability into the curriculum, and make the campus wildlife friendly. The campaign will also help create and deliver our climate change ‘city under the sea’ campaign and how we plan to get sustainability in the curriculum. See our campaign page here

To join the committee, contact Your President: Wellbeing, Diogo Quintas

Student-led Networks

Our Black Student Network ensures that all students’ voices are truly heard as part of our wider representation platforms, and that experiences of students who self-define as Black and Minority Ethic (BME) are enhanced. The network will be led by Black and Minority Ethnic students for BME students and will be a space for projects and campaigns to be developed and created.

Students will also be able to join together and discuss issues relating to wellbeing and activities. Issues Your SU wants to understand and listen to you about:

  • Decolonisation of curriculum Academic feedback and assessment
  • Access to opportunities and activities
  • Wellbeing and mental health
  • Racism and safety

We have regular conversations for you to come together and get to know each other. Our next meeting is in December 2020. 

You can also join our Facebook group and be part of the discussion. 

 

Moving to the UK and starting life in a new city is both exciting, but also difficult. Your SU wants to help you make the transition to the University of Sunderland as smooth as possible and ensure you make the most of your time here. We also want to hear about you, your experience and provide you with a space to chat with other students going through the same journey. Through the network, our International Officer, will champion the issues you face, such as VISA, employment opportunities and access to support, and raise them with the University.

We have regular conversations for you to come together and get to know each other. Our next meeting is on Friday 11 December 2020, 11am. Event details here

You can also join our Facebook group and be part of the discussion.

 

Love is love and your sexuality, gender or fluidity is important to you and to Your SU. We want students to feel comfortable and welcome on campus, and to be who they want to be. We celebrate your Pride with you! The LGBT+ network is a space for students who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer, as well as students who are asexual or intersexual to come together, share experiences and create change at the University and in the local community. The network will ensure that students’ rights are heard, and that equality is at the heart of the University.

We have regular conversations for you to come together and get to know each other. Our next meeting is on MOnday 14 December 2020, 1pm. Event details here

You can also join our Facebook group and be part of the discussion.

 

No matter your age, when becoming a student or returning to University, you should feel at home and welcome. Being classed as mature shouldn’t define you or be a barrier - age is just a number. Your SU knows that returning to study after a period of time or starting for the first time after being in employment can be extremely daunting and there can be a number of specific challenges – environment, writing assignments and belonging. To help, our Return to Learn network provides you a place to get to know each other, share tips about your experiences and tell us about the things which matter to you the most - Your SU will help to make improvements and changes.

We have regular conversations for you to come together and get to know each other. Our next meeting is on Friday 11 December 2020, 1pm. Event details here.

You can also join our Facebook group and be part of the discussion.

 

University life can be challenging and hard to manage at the best of times, and we understand it can be harder when you have added responsibility of looking after a child, parent or family member. Your SU wants to understand your experiences better and work with students with parenting and caring responsibilities to ensure your University experiences are the best they can be. Our Parent and Carer network will enable you to discuss key issues with other students, meet likeminded people and develop friendships. It will also enable you to tell us what issues you face and the help you need to support your University life.

We have regular conversations for you to come together and get to know each other. Our next meeting is on Thursday 10 December 2020, 12pm. Event details here.

You can also join our Facebook group and be part of the discussion.

 

Being disabled doesn’t mean you can’t or define you – no matter if it is a physical, cognitive, invisible or a specific learning difficultly, your disability makes you, you! The Students with Disabilities network is a space and platform to celebrate what makes us unique, and to ensure that the University is both accessible and welcoming for students. The network will discuss issues relating to your experiences, access to opportunities and curriculum so that campaigns are created to ensure you succeed!

We have regular conversations for you to come together and get to know each other. Our next meeting is on Wednesday 16 December 2020, 1pm. Event details here.

You can also join our Facebook group and be part of the discussion.

 

The Womens Network is open to anyone who identifies as female (including cis, trans and non-binary) and who would like to create campaigns to increase equality on campus and in the wider world. The network will celebrate your achievements, provide a platform to unite you on key issues and identify areas were inequality exists so changes can be made. A focus of the network will be to inspire and provide opportunity to hear from others both on campus and in the community.

We have regular conversations for you to come together and get to know each other. Our next meeting is on Wednesday 16 December 2020, 10am. Event details here.

You can also join our Facebook group and be part of the discussion.