Hello to you all and I hope that you have had a very good Freshers’ and a smooth start to the academic year. I’m Louise, your Vice President Community and Welfare, and I work to represent you on issues of student welfare, community engagement, housing, equality and diversity. The last four months have been one rollercoaster journey, but so many exciting things have been happening: a lot of trainings, meetings and planning for the year ahead.

I work very closely with the Networks within UWESU, some of which were formally known as Societies last year. I’m extremely proud of all their hard work, and the commitment shown already from the committees. It’s definitely going to be a good year! If you want to find out more, make sure you get in touch.

I successfully ran my first campaign, which was on Mental Health Awareness Day, where I worked with a brilliant organisation called “Time to Change”, which works hard to end mental health discrimination. Student mental health and wellbeing is such an important issue, as it’s important that you have the best student experience as possible. While being at university is about learning to be independent, it’s important to remember the amount of support that is available.

We’ve worked hard on an amazing free gig for Black History Month : Love Music Hate Racism gig, happening on the 25th October, Start the Bus, Bristol. Definitely an event not to miss, so make sure you bring all your flatmates along.

This year UWE Students’ Union has seen quite a change in how it represents you. But remember you make the Students’ Union, through your involvement in sports, societies, networks, student reps, and so much more. So leave your mark, and get involved.