ANDY HARMON Wellbeing

ABOUT ANDY

Hi, I’m Andy and I’m your Wellbeing Officer for this year. I studied a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science at Manchester Met. During my time at University, I was the Chair of the LGBT+ Society where I worked with students to run campaigns and make change. I’m also a newbie vegetarian so if you want to make change or you want to send me some bangin' recipes, shoot me an email.

MORE ABOUT MY ROLE

 

The Wellbeing Officer is a new role for 2018 / 19 and they focus on issues affecting all aspects of non-academic student life, working with other officers to create positive change.

They represent students on accommodation issues, including halls, residences and private landlords, and can lead campaigns on community issues affecting students.

The Wellbeing Officer works with student volunteers and campaigners on areas of student life and wellbeing.

MY GOALS

 

GENDER RECOGNITION ACT CONSULTATION - completed 

 

In July, the Government opened a consultation to the public on reforms to the Gender Recognition Act (GRA) and trans students made a number of suggestions in ways the GRA could be reformed. The Union encouraged students to contribute to the consultation and I wrote a response on behalf of The Union.

 

GUIDANCE TO SUPPORT TRANSGENDER STUDENTS - in progress

 

I have been working with the University to make sure there is a policy statement that supports transgender students to access healthcare whilst studying. This policy is written and has been reviewed by trans students and will be ratified at the next Academic Board.

 

A WELLBEING FOCUSED EDUCATION  - in progress

 

I’ve been working with the Education Officer to create the case for a curriculum that is focused around wellbeing. This means looking at what deadline times are best for students so they are not working all day and all night. I’ve been supporting the University in creating a personal tutoring framework that works for students. I’ve also been involved with a strategic project around student mental health and wellbeing which will begin in June.

 

SUPPORTING STUDENTS IN HOUSING - in progress

 

In March, we went out and asked what issues you have with housing and you overwhelmingly spoke about issues with communities and safety. We are using this to create the case for safer and closer communities of students and will be working to produce tailored advice for keeping your houses and communities safe.

 

LIBERATION AND ACCESS - in progress

 

We have been working with the Diversity and Inclusion Ambassadors to understand what the experience of studying at Manchester Met has been like for black and Asian students. Working with the Education Officer, we supported Ambassadors on Faculty Education Committees where they can raise issues in their faculties. We are looking at ways in which we can increase their voices in The Union and creating a space for collective discussions on how we make the University a more inclusive space.

 

DRUG TESTING KITS - in progress

 

The Societies and Development Officer and I are looking to buy a number of drug testing kits and develop a set of advice resources that students can access to reduce the harm that their drug taking may cause. While not taking drugs is the easiest way to reduce harm, we know simply telling students to not take drugs will not work. Instead we want to empower students to make informed choices and help them reduce harm. We are looking at a launch around July and but we will be giving more updates soon!

 

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GET IN TOUCH

I’m trying to make sure that the community that we have still strives in offering students the best university experience.

Email: s.u.wellbeing@mmu.ac.uk

Phone: 0161 247 6519