Time For Action And Change With Jacky. #YesWeTran
1. Elect a network committee and ensure students are aware that the network is non-partisan. Currently, many students often feel put off by liberation groups and assume that they are only open to students of a particular political stance. If elected, I want to end this stigmatisation and elevate a diverse spectrum of opinions and ensure all working-class students feel as though they have a place in the network if they want it. In addition to this, I will also elect a network committee to ensure the smooth running of the network from campaigns to events. They will also ensure that the network continues to be a fantastic place for working-class students to seek access to help and support, to share experiences and to feel more at ease and welcome at university and York.
2. Campaign to empower working-class students at York through increasing representation. I will run campus-wide campaigns on issues that appeal to all students, whilst drawing attention specifically to working-class students who are massively affected by issues such as reforming maintenance loans, fighting for fairer rent for university-owned student accommodation, continuing the legacy of #Bustice and #BreakTheCircuit and the hidden costs at university. This will help to raise awareness of the network by getting new students involved and raising awareness to others.
3. Widening Participation. I will work with organisations such as The Access Project and schools in York and beyond through NCOP (National Collaborative Outreach Programme) to get them more involved with the university and seek to improve attitudes to higher education for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. In addition to this, I will seek to work with the student hub team to provide regular ‘drop-in’ sessions for all students to utilise support and advice from debt problems to housing advice.