Here we celebrate the achievements of our Officers and students, and recognise the effort you put in to making ARU a better place for everyone!
Back in novemeber I worked with Daryl Sharpe (one of our cambridge advisers) and her collective, 'Desperate Fleas', to run an open-mic 'scratch' night in support of this campaign.
Being able to work alongside someone running an event that encapsulates creativity, safe spaces, and exploration of yourself in a warm and welcoming environment has been one of the biggest highlights of my campaign. Daryl is an exceptional person with a deep understanding of survivors and their struggles, her work in supporting this campaign to reach wider audiences has been more than appreciated, and knowing there are spaces out there to not fear disclosing within is uplifting. Desperate Fleas is an incredible event, survivors are incredible people capable of creative healing without shame, and this campaign has (hopefully) opened that platform. Working with people outside of the university spaces is incredibly important to campaigns of this nature, it breaks the stigma down and opens doors to conversations usually shied away from. Thank you to Daryl and her Desperate Fleas platform for an incredible event alongside supporting this survivors campaign.
Amanda Campbell-White update:
This campaign is one that is close to my heart. As a student I worked tirelessly on what was the SU ‘pop-up’ bar in The Academy for all 3 years, and also worked in pubs in Cambridge alongside.
It came as no surprise to me that even after 4 years of myself complaining, students were still complaining about a lack of a permanent bar on campus.
Last year for the Bar campaign I took a subtle approach to raising the issue with senior staff and colleagues at ARU. I felt like I didn’t get anywhere and was just being passed around. This is why this year I decided enough was enough things really needed to change, hence Raise The Bar ARU was born. Students want tangible and concrete actions. This is why this year I am so focused on getting written commitment from the University.
January 2020 Update:
After 3 years, we finally did it! This campaign started as an idea suggestion that I put on the SU website back when I was a student! I then came into this role with the promise on my manifesto that I was going to make the Cambridge permanent bar happen. It was a lot of work and a lot of conversations. We then did research, we surveyed, we protested, we occupied and we did a social media takeover. I and Matt Hayes (Your SU President) worked in partnership with the university in a working group and the working group used my original bar proposal to collectively wrote a proposal to take to the university governors. Here I am 3 and a bit years later with the news!!!
Pronoun Badges Campaign
Your LGBT+ Rep Niamh Cubitt and Trans Rep Michael Turner have been working hard to get this campaign off the ground. They have released these pronoun badges as a way to include all students irregardless of gender.
A massive well done to Michael and Niamh!
Pick up your badges from reception!
You can keep up with this campaign here.
Best Night Out/Best Night In Campaign
This 2018/19 campaign is being run by your Vice President of Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences Amanda Campbell-White and your Vice President of Science & Engineering, Matt Hayes. They were inspired by working in the pub and night life scene to bring you a safe zone to have fun in, and to learn about the risks involved with nights out.
A big well done to Amanda and Matt for bringing you safe nights out!
You can keep up with their campaign here.
Body Positivity Campaign
This 2018/19 campaign is being run by your Vice President for Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences, Amanda Campbell-White.
She held a successful Body Positivity Showcase where students performed in The Academy to celebrate their bodies.
A big well done to Amanda for campaigning for such a great cause!
You can follow Amanda's campaign here.
Carers Awareness Campaign
This 2018/19 campaign is being run by your Vice President of Business & Law, Mary Copsey.
Mary has been working closely with a number of charities and organisations, including Mind, Vibrance, and Dementia Friends, in order to raise awareness of young student carers. She has run several Become a Dementia Friend training sessions alongside the charity. As part of this campaign, she has also managed to encourage the start of the Parents in Education society in Cambridge!
A massive well done to Mary for all her hard work on this campaign!
You can keep up with what Mary is doing for Carers Awareness here.
We got our own student spaces!
We have 92 in Chelmsford, which is located in the Tindal building. This is a great place where you can hang out with your friends or society members, get some work done, order a burger and have a drink! We also run events here such as quiz nights, so come down and check it out!
In Cambridge, we have some space on the ground floor of the Peter Taylor Building where you can chill out, get some revision in or work on your assignments, and bring your friends or society members to hang out. We also run events here, and the area is often taken over by numerous society events, so make sure you come along and check it out!
These spaces are made for you so do make use of them! Whether you're an undergraduate, postgraduate, mature, international, full-time or part-time student, these spaces were created with you in mind, and nothing makes us happier than seeing you all enjoying yourselves there!