Elliot Morris

Candidate for Vice President Welfare and Community

  • I will enhance enabling services.
  • I will provide a platform for community voices.
  • I will advertise student services.
  • I will use social media to give students a better knowledge of projects in progress.
  • I will maintain the current community campaigns.
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Why vote for me?

Why Me?

Hi! I’m Elliot and I want to be your VP Welfare and Communities because I want to make YOUR Union work for YOU! 

Having been on four committees over my three years at University I have learnt a lot about working within the union and understanding the layers of red tape that often hinder progress. I hope to use this experience to carry out my five point plan to make YOUR union work for YOU

I will enhance enabling services.

  • Even without the added stress of a global pandemic, uni is tough. I personally have really struggled with my anxiety at university. Thankfully I was able to go to enabling services who could signpost me towards the appropriate help
  • However I believe enabling will be a more useful service if it can do more than just signpost. I want to do as much as possible to transform it from an advice center into a service that can support students in meaningful ways 
  • Having relied the services before I believe I know where they can be improved

I will provide a platform for ‘community’ voices. 

  • I am just one person and cannot hope to know what is best for every student which is why I want the primary focus of my day to day projects to be dictated by YOU
  • I hope to do this by working with the community driven societies in order to understand what students are thinking and feeling. My experience on committees has given me great communication skills and a knowledge of society politics.
  • Community driven here meaning: LGBT+ Soc, FemSoc, WOCSoc, ABACUS,  etc. (Rather than activity driven societies)

I will advertise student services.

  • Many students i have talked to often aren’t aware of all the services the university and union provide. 
  • I believe that fully highlighting (through a series of videos) the extent to which the university offers support might help mitigate some of the dissatisfaction that has been expressed by many students 
  • I have extensive experience in videography and social media marketing which will help me employ this policy

I will use social media to give students a better knowledge of projects in progress.

  • Something which frustrates me as a student is not knowing what is going on behind the scenes at the union. Obviously not all of it can be shared with students but even something as simple as letting students know about what projects are in the pipework would help them understand the day to day workings of the union. 

I will maintain the current community campaigns.

  • As much as I want to bring to the role it would be remiss of me to not mention the current projects that I wish to continue to support
  • The union’s current community projects and campaigns (Pride Month, Black History Month etc.) are all important and commendable, Nicole and the student volunteers have done a fantastic job at keeping them alive during this pandemic and I hope to learn from their experience.

Questions & Answers Ask me a Question

How do you plan to improve student welfare?

TL;DR: I want enabling services to employ therapists. Should they be unwilling to spend the money I have a number of cheaper alternatives that priorities student support. Finally I believe that through better advertising students will have a clearer picture of the services that they are already entitled to! This is obviously a subject I could talk about extensively as it makes up 50% of the role! So let me try and keep it brief. My first priority is enabling services, I want to transform it from a purely advisory service into one that can provide real support. In an ideal world this means the university employing therapists which students could use for free. Obviously this would come a quite a cost to the university but I truly believe that now more than ever the university are willing to spend money on mental wellbeing services. But I am realistic and have a number of other plans should I not be able to achieve this one. One of these plans is the ‘One on One’ system whereby we eliminate waitlists and instead allow students to be in charge of their own booking. Additionally keeping the option of online counselling even after the pandemic as it better suits some students. Another plan I have to improve student welfare is through a series of marketing campaigns to draw focus to student life and other wellbeing services. Student life were a huge help to me in first year when I really struggled with my anxiety and yet as far as I could tell most students I talked to weren’t really aware of what they did specifically. I believe that with better advertising students will be able to take advantage of what is already theirs!

This question was also asked to Rostislavs PopovsAnswered by Elliot on 19/02/21 09:53

How do you plan to improve student welfare?

TL;DR: I want enabling services to employ therapists. Should they be unwilling to spend the money I have a number of cheaper alternatives that priorities student support. Finally I believe that through better advertising students will have a clearer picture of the services that they are already entitled to! This is obviously a subject I could talk about extensively as it makes up 50% of the role! So let me try and keep it brief. My first priority is enabling services, I want to transform it from a purely advisory service into one that can provide real support. In an ideal world this means the university employing therapists which students could use for free. Obviously this would come a quite a cost to the university but I truly believe that now more than ever the university are willing to spend money on mental wellbeing services. But I am realistic and have a number of other plans should I not be able to achieve this one. One of these plans is the ‘One on One’ system whereby we eliminate waitlists and instead allow students to be in charge of their own booking. Additionally keeping the option of online counselling even after the pandemic as it better suits some students. Another plan I have to improve student welfare is through a series of marketing campaigns to draw focus to student life and other wellbeing services. Student life were a huge help to me in first year when I really struggled with my anxiety and yet as far as I could tell most students I talked to weren’t really aware of what they did specifically. I believe that with better advertising students will be able to take advantage of what is already theirs!

This question was also asked to Gladys Restrepo Perdomo, Libby Evans, Rostislavs Popovs, Savanna Cutts, Galyna MandraAnswered by Elliot on 19/02/21 09:53

How has your time in societies (as a normal member/committee member) grown your passion for student welfare and the student community?

TL;DR: The friends and support network I have gained from societies have taught me that community is essential to personal wellbeing. The projects I have worked on have taught me how much can be achieved when a community works together The societies I have been a part of have really defined my uni experience, it not only occupied 90% of my waking hours but it also gave me a community to be a part of. Having that community and support structure has been absolutely crucial this past year, with zoom quizzes, online socials, and challenges we set each other, the community I am a part of has been a key part in keeping (most of) my sanity and welfare. Further to this I have also seen the power of what a community can do when they work together, in my first year I put together a cross-society group of students in order to put on the university’s first radio play! This required students from Surge Radio, Theatre Group, and Creative Writing Society to all work together and what we managed to create was amazing. I hope that I can take this community spirit with me to the role and use it to fully realise my own projects as well as projects brought to me by you, the student population

This question was also only asked to ElliotAnswered by Elliot on 19/02/21 09:25

You state that you know where Enabling Services can be improved - could you share some examples, and specific, credible plans that SUSU could realistically implement with the University to improve?

I will try and keep this answer as straight to the point as possible because I could waffle about this subject for hours! - Primarily I want the university to hire therapists to work with students - Additionally I want a new booking system for counselling that eliminates hidden waitlists and lets students see when they can book - I want online counselling/therapy to be offered post pandemic as I believe it to be an efficient and practical alternative for many students - Most of all I want to continue my dialogue with enabling services around the country because almost all of these ideas and suggestions have come from conversations I have had with support workers. I might not always know what’s best for enabling, but I can listen to those who do!

This question was also only asked to ElliotAnswered by Elliot on 19/02/21 10:37

You mention your own experience with social media and marketing - how do you see your role fitting in alongside the SUSU Marketing and Communications team? If you want to take work off of them, how will you balance this with the rest of the work that VP Welfare and Community has to do, and what will the current team do? If you want to maintain their current status, what relevance does your marketing experience have to the role you're standing for?

I would mostly see myself as an addition to the marketing team specifically related to projects I am working on. I don’t intend on taking work off them as I fear that would detract from my role as VP. However, when I have a project I wish to advertise, (enabling, student life, awareness months) I would like to think that I could work WITH the marketing team to come up with a plan. Two heads are of course better than one!

This question was also only asked to ElliotAnswered by Elliot on 19/02/21 10:22

What are your 3 core values?

- Communication. We can achieve more together and we can only work together when we communicate - Honesty. Everyone makes mistakes, but unless people own up and communicate then we cannot move past them. - Empathy. Without trying to sound too cliche we are a part of a community, that means that we won't always agree with each other but I believe that if people stopped and listened to each other we might be able to achieve more.

This question was also asked to Gladys Restrepo Perdomo, Libby Evans, Rostislavs Popovs, Savanna Cutts, Galyna MandraAnswered by Elliot on 19/02/21 10:41

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