Kathryn Younger

 

 

Kathryn Younger Welfare Officer

I Represent: Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education
Studied: Psychology
Contact me: k.younger@angliastudent.com

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What are your top 3 tunes? 

Biffy Clyro - Victory Over the Sun
Imagine Dragons - On Top of The World
Halsey - New Americana

 
What are your priorities for your year in office?
To bring a Safer Taxis Scheme to all our campuses, create a buddy scheme for nursing, paramedic and postgrad students and prioritise mental health awareness and self care at our university around exam times and beyond!
 
Tell us one thing that not many people know about you?
I'm the first person in my family to go to university!
 
What is your ultimate ILoveARU moment? 
Winning society of the Year when I ran the LGBT+ society and finishing my dissertation, obviously.
 
If you had three wishes what would they be?
To be able to stop time, learn to play the drums and catch 'em all.
 

What Kathryn is working on:

Beyond the Bathroom

Mon 22 May 2017

Lobbying ARU to look into and implement not only gender neutral toilets, but gender neutral changing rooms too.

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There has been much to say on the successful lobbying for and implementation of gender neutral toilets this year, thanks to the Gender Neutral Toilets policy passed at Student Council back in February, and consecutive previous councils. While the progress has been fantastic, it must continue beyond this year alone.

Union resolves one mandates SU representatives "to campaign to Estates and Facilities to create university regulations which ensure that all university owned buildings have at least one accessible GNT". Through further discussions with Jamie Vincent, Cambridge Trans* Rep, around trans students' interest in Gender Neutral changing facilities as a means of improving their access to sporting facilities, it seemed pertinent to include working on those needs as part of the wider policy mandate regarding gender neutral toilets.

The below recommendation, submitted to and considered by ARU's Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Group, will encourage the university to commit to developing both gender neutral toilets and changing room facilities.

Aim:

The SU would like to work with ARU to create a policy to commit to the addition of one set of gender neutral toilets per building across the core campuses, as well as the implementation of gender neutral changing rooms in existing and new gym and sporting facilities.

Background:

ARU Students’ Union has an active policy on gender neutral toilets which was passed at Student Council on 07/02/2017 (see attached as appendix 1). This policy has been active in various forms of SU policy since 2012.

The resolves of the policy are as below:

  1. To campaign to Estates and Facilities to create university regulations which ensure that all university owned buildings have at least one accessible GNT.
  2. To encourage Estates and Facilities to not only develop GNTs in the future but create or convert toilets that are gender neutral as appropriate.
  3. To proactively encourage or co-ordinate a Gender Neutral Toilets Audit of ARU core campuses (Cambridge, Chelmsford and Peterborough) to look into the practicality of converting any gendered toilets to become GNTs.
  4. To actively review, amend and change policy on GNTs for future developments such as gendered/non gendered signage of toilets and expanding this policy to accommodate gender neutral single cubical changing room facilities for the gym.

 

Through working with Hannah Hunt and Andy Lefley, I have ensured that new gender neutral toilets were created in December in the PMI building on the Chelmsford Campus, signalling measured progress in this area and Anglia Ruskin University’s continued commitment to providing a safe environment for all students.

In order to build on this success, a university policy or regulation would ensure future spaces for trans and gender non-conforming students would become standard practice and set an strong example to other universities.  

Gender neutral spaces beyond only bathrooms are necessary to expand a wholly safe environment to trans students, and so the SU recommends that the university commits to, through a policy or regulation, providing gender neutral cubicle changing rooms in future and (where possible) existing gym facilities, beyond the provision of disabled bathrooms/changing rooms.

During the meeting where this paper was discussed, it was established that changing facilities that affect students in the Faculty of Medical Science in the new School of Medicine would also need to be considered as part of this proposal.

The Director of Student Services and Director of Estates and Facilities will be havig discussions regarding the implementation of this policy.

 
Sexual Respect @ ARU

Thu 13 Apr 2017

Tackling sexual violence at ARU and building a culture of respect.

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Back in November 2016, I was accosted by a group of lecturers and students who wanted to see the university make improvements on available support for survivors of sexual violence, following the release of the UUK's report Changing the Culture. We have worked since then to outline a number of recommendations to the university that would benefit students as well as staff. Chiefly, we wanted to implement a working group with represenatatives from all areas of the university, from accommodation to Active Anglia, to ensure there was a whole-insitution approach and investment to tackling suich a widespread problem. The ultimate achievement of this group will be to create a culture of respect for one another and boundaries, whatever the situation may be.

At the last Student Council, I was asked to publish the culmination of work thus far that we as a group had achieved, approved by the university at the last meeting of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Group.

So here it is, with some minor amendments to poor grammar...

Leave questions and comments below if you have any!

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Sexual Respect @ ARU is a project that aims to provide staff and students with a comprehensive policy of structural support for victims of Sexual Violence, as per the 2016 UUK Report: Changing the Culture. This project emerged from a sexual violence task group comprised of lecturers, students and representatives of the Students’ Union.

Below are a number of recommendations for the university to consider and implement over a period of three-five years.

  1. Training for Non-Specialist and Specialist Staff
    1. Security should be trained in how to deal with initial reports of sexual violence. Victims may present in a number of ways; angry, tense, crying, to name a few. This training could be done through webinars or face to face training, ideally during induction periods for staff.
    2. Personal Tutors must be given training to deal with disclosures from students. The Students’ Union’s Let’s Actually Be Honest report (2017) found that students are most aware of their personal tutor as a source of support over services and staff members at ARU. Disclosures of such incidents may be difficult for Personal Tutors to deal with and we must ensure they have adequate support to properly deal with disclosures and are able to effectively signpost to the correct services internally and externally.
    3. Counselling and Wellbeing Staff should be trained in appropriately dealing with disclosure of reporting.
    4. “Welfare Ambassadors” should be nominated within academic departments (perhaps one male, one female) to be a specialist point of call for PTs/Students who wish to disclose?
  2. Accessibility and Visibility of Information
    1. There must be a list of resources made within Student Services’ webpages to outline numbers of local charities and/or shelters/sexual health clinic helplines which may be able to provide support out of hours.
    2. There must also be a list of pharmacies and their operating hours in the case emergency contraception may be needed. This is especially important for weekends, as operating hours vary and may restrict access to contraception.
    3. The policies and procedures created by the group and adopted by the university must be fully accessible on this page.
  3. Accommodation
    1. In the instances of a victim is living in the same building as the perpetrator, emergency accommodation should be able to provide emergency temporary accommodation for the victim.
    2. Residential Assistants and Housing Management Officers (who support RAs on call) should be trained in signposting to out-of-hours helplines and supporting victims to the best of their abilities.
    3. A policy outlining responsibilities of Residential Assistants must be in place, and accessible to students, in order to ensure protocol is upheld. This training must be built into the induction process for staff and Residential Assistants.
    4. This policy must be reviewed regularly by the Working Group.
  4. Working Group
    1. We propose that a working group of the EDI committee should be assembled in order to properly tackle the scope and range of the issues tied together with instances of Sexual Violence. The working group will report to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and must include representation from the Students’ Union (at least one full time elected Officer, campaign reps and student), Counselling & Wellbeing, Accommodation, Security and the Medical Centre) and the Sexual Respect @ ARU working group currently operating.

The working group will be responsible for the creation/implementation of all of the above.

 
How To Survive Away From Home

Tue 20 Sep 2016

Kat gives her top tips on how to adult away from home!

Have one day a week to do all your adulting!

Obviously, it’s not the most fun of days, but it’s the easiest way to keep your life together. Sunday was my go-to – it was usually the day I wasn’t hanging out with a society, and it’s a good easy way to distract yourself from stressing out about assignments. Sometimes, I made a competition with myself to see if I could do everything before my washing was finished. When all is said and done, cleaning up around the house will take an hour or two max if you focus. Find a good audiobook or a playlist to keep you going while you do it – usually there’s a free trial you can get on audiobook sites, or get yourself a half price Spotify premium account with your NUS card which you can *cough* buy at the Student Union office *cough*. Reward yourself with comfort food and binge-watching something on Netflix at the end of the day – you will definitely deserve it.

Go exploring:

Get to know your new home – Cambridge, Chelmsford and Peterborough are vibrant and diverse cities with plenty going on in the day and night, interwoven with long and fascinating histories. There’s always something to do, whether it’s delving into your local museum, doing typical tourist-y days out, or finding a new place to chill out hidden away from the main attractions there is something for everyone. Find yourself a local delicacy to make a day of it – there are an abundance of great local, independent restaurants you can try offering fresh, handmade food.

But if you’re looking for something completely different, we run trips and events called Give It A Go’s – we’re off to Harry Potter Studios, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Ely, Langdon Wildlife Park – the list goes on. Find all the rest of our trips on the website!

Get going to as many events as you can:

Hands down, the best thing I ever did was go to the LGBT+ Society’s first event when I was a fresher. It was the very first society meet that I went to, timid and shy but willing to get involved. Safe to say, at the end of that year, I was on the committee running it. You’re here to make a new life, and the friends you make just popping along to a coffee social, crafting with or spending a long afternoon playing board games with will be the ones who make it for you. It only takes a small spark of curiosity to grow into a roaring fire of excitement.

Cook some home comforts:

One of the best things that kept the pangs of homesickness – and hunger – at bay, was finding a good old family favourite and cooking it up for myself. Your parents will have learned lots of little tricks over the years to make life easier that you won’t find on a typical recipe website. Even better – cook one of your favourites for your flatmates – it’s a great way for your new friends to get to know you and share your home experiences.

 
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