Working Class & Social Mobility Officers

Courtney Smith and Joel Stasiuk

In 2017, students at York voted in a campus wide referendum to create a Network which represents the interests of Working Class students at York. The Network promotes equality, encourages participation and advances the welfare of such students through campaigning, educational conferences and social activities.

Courtney and Joel's Priorities

  • Widening participation - Work with local schools and the York community to get them more involved with the University and improve attitudes to higher education. Create Citizens advice "Drop-ins" for students to utilize debt, benefits and housing advice.

  • Financial improvements and assistance - Create a means-tested assistance scheme -  Provide resources for those who struggle with the hidden costs of higher education. (Course books etc) Decrease the waiting time for hardship funding.

  • Work closer with the YUSU team to assure inclusion of ALL voices - Present our role at the Freshers talks to ease the transition into university life and facilitate integration/ build friendships. Continue Working class conferences.



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