Since I took office as ULU Vice President in August, 2012 I have:1.
Played a central role in the campaign to
defend international students at London MetropolitanUniversity
won the campaign to stop international students having to queue through night forcertificates from the police.
Launched a ULU housing campaign
: produced in-
depth ‘Know your rights’ materials, organised withstudents in halls of residence, and began the London students’ tenants Union.
Revived and rebuilt ULU’s struggli
ng sports and societies department
; set up an online sports & societiesshop whereby the profits are used to fund student projects
run high quality cultural and sporting events,established a ULU Volunteering section, made it easier for clubs and societies to access rooms, organisedsuccessful intercollegiate sports competitions; provided development & training opportunities for sportsplayers, developed sponsorship and grounds hire initiatives for sports teams.4.
Supported the fight for workers’ rights, fr
producing ‘Know Your Rights’ materials for students
central to the fight by University of London staff for sick pay, holidays and pensions
, to building athousand-strong student bloc on the TUC demo;5.
Set up the ULU Small and Specialist colleges network
: gave a strong voice to previously underrepresented
small universities and students’ unions, greatly expanded the support and offering to students at small
and specialist institutions;
Been active on ULU campuses like never-before
; radically shaken up the relationship between ULU and
its college campuses: set up agreements with constituent college students’ unions that set out joint areas
of work, and expectations of ULU. I have positively contributed to student work that is being done locally.We have also built strong links with non-ULU student unions in London.
I have been an honest,accountable, available officer, publishing frequent reports, updating my blog every few days.
Helped activists start a London student liberation network
, hosted many liberation events and createdfully autonomous LGBT, Disabled, Black liberation campaigns
, including a full time women’s officer;
We will now have nine new executive positions, including part time liberation posts,and a ful
l time women’s officer.
Developed ULU’s lobbying activity
: in a city of many hundreds of thousands of students, with a largegovernmental body
the GLA - we have developed a ULU lobbying wing
built relations with MPs, theGLA and th
e Major’s office, rel
eased in-depth reports and briefings on key student issues, with a focus onhousing, youth unemployment and international students.
You can read a lot more about what I’ve been doing at dancooperulu.wordpress.com