#NEVEROK March Update
As part of our #NEVEROK campaign we’ve been working on creating a safe environment for students and staff, on and off campus. We have a zero tolerance to violent behaviour, harassment and abuse of others.
Alex Chalk MP
Asha followed up with Alex to check in with the toxicology reports. It was found that Richard Graham, Gloucester MP, had already raised this with the PCC, and was told that these reports are not currently being collected and held as data. Alex and Richard have said they are working with the Home Office to look into this further.
The lighting was raised to the council, and they responded to say that the bulbs near Pittville Student Village were working as normal and the lighting near Montpellier, St Pauls and the town centre were all currently being investigated further.
Policy Work and a big win!
Since the policy was raised by students, and at our Annual General Meeting, Asha and the Student Voice Team have been meeting with the university to lobby for a separate Sexual Misconduct policy, rather than one that sits within the categories of Bullying and Discrimination.
We are pleased to say that after discussing this separation, and lobbying student feedback on the policy content, the university have agreed to make the policy separate! We are so happy with this result, and hope it will make a big difference to students who view and access this policy.
Race Week Interview
Asha and Holly, the Womens+ Network Lead, were approached by BBC Points West to do an interview on Student Safety In Race Week. This gave us a space to mention some student feelings when Cheltenham is really busy during this time and was great experience for both of us!
We worked in collaboration with UniSport to facilitate two sessions across Gloucester and Cheltenham for students to get involved with. The Ju Jutsu Foundation led the session and both were sold out! We gave an option for students to register their interest if they couldn’t get a place on the class so that we had an idea of numbers to put on more classes moving forward. We are having discussions about whether classes like these will work well in our Welcome period in September.