Manchester Metropolitan University Students' Union
 

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 focuses 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.

 

SEPTEMBER UPDATE

 

I’ve been preparing for the start of the new academic year and planning campaigns with the other student officers. I am currently supporting new projects in the University around mental health and student wellbeing which will begin with the introduction of new student hubs. I have been working with the University in their review of Exceptional Factors to make it a process that truly supports students to do the best that they can. Finally, I have been supporting the University in their application for Manchester Pride and will be providing feedback of the event to the University.

 

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  - complete

 

Alongside the Education Officer, we have lobbied for guidance to academic staff for submission times to not be early in the morning so students can make the most of their time and, more importantly, get some rest. I am currently involved in a University Strategic Project on student mental health and wellbeing and I believe student voice will be critical to its success.

 

SUPPORTING STUDENTS IN HOUSING - in progress

 

Throughout the end of the academic year, we provided advice and guidance to students to support them in moving from halls into off-campus accommodation. A common thing that students have spoken about when moving from halls is their safety and the security of their homes. In the coming academic year, I will be working on projects and campaigns around student community safety. Please get in touch if there is something that we should involve in this!

 

LIBERATION AND ACCESS - in progress

 

The officers met with the Diversity and Inclusion Ambassadors to see how we can be more adaptable to responding to the things that they raise from students. We are adapting how we run Union Officers Group to make sure there is a space for students to speak to Officers directly, more regularly and with more accountability. We hope that this will make us active on issues to do with equality and access and more accountable to these issues.

 

DRUG TESTING KITS - in progress

 

We have had a few delays on this project but we will be purchasing kits soon to give to students. We have been working with other agencies and interested groups such as MANDRAKE to produce more detailed safety briefings to students and reduce harm. We will explore different ways in which we can do this.

 

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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