David Allwright

David Allwright

Welcome to all you lovely Freshers! My name is David Allwright and I studied Bsc Oceanography at Southampton for the last few years. Fun fact about me is that I am a professional Scottish country dancer and like nothing better than improv theatre, singing and swimming.

I have been elected to be your Vice-President of Welfare which means I am passionate about a whole range of issues such as: housing problems, mental physical and sexual health, sustainability and equality. I want to empower students by campaigning for better mental health support at the university and improving how we help you here at the union. I also want to help students get easy information about student housing and get more ethically sourced food and products in the student shop. If you have big ideas about anything then contact me at vpwelfare@unionsouthampton.org and we can talk about your suggestions or meet up for a coffee.

Oh and remember that everyone is nervous about coming to uni. Just relax, don’t try too hard and everything will be ok. Settling in takes time and you don’t need to put any pressure on yourself!

About the Role

The VP Welfare works with the University to ensure action on issues which may jeopardise students' wellbeing, such as housing, mental health and financial issues. You will campaign to protect and enhance student rights and positively promote changes to lifestyle that can improve student well-being. You will also lead on campaigns that promote equality for all our members.


  • Lead on action to do with Welfare issues and promoting student well-being
  • Support the issue of employability of our members
  • Support political and social awareness and campaign for societies, and faith groups and help to run political, environmental and ethical campaigns
  • Support student-run self help groups (e.g. Nightline, and peer-to-peer groups)

Plans and Progress

Improve Wellbeing and mental health Support
Joint advertising of support services with the University
Myth busting and resilience campaign
Develop our Mental Health activities
Strengthening our relationship with Enabling Services
Run a positive, educational sexual consent campaign
Mythbusting and Housing rights campaign
Create a housing review tool for students
Sustainable procurement and purchasing
Create a health brand of meatfree food in partnership with University
Develop Sustainable Events for E&E
Championing Student Leaders and Societies
Environmental Action Group Formation with E&E officer
Support E&E officer in development of Swap Shop
Support E&E officer in sustainable cosmetics project
Work with E&E officer to produce sustainable christmas event
Support E&D officer in increasing minority participation in elections
Mental health action group formation
Actively promote and Support all student societies in my Zones


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