Hi, I'm Ruairí Power, your Welfare Officer
As Welfare officer I will be using my position on boards and committees to advocate that the university provide the necessary funding for a fully resourced Student Counselling Service. I will also be lobbying politicians seek an increased proportion of ringfenced funding for counselling services.
We will be working to extend training programmes for students so they are better equipped to support themselves, and their friends/family with mental health difficulties.
Students with disabilities need to have access to timely supports to enable them to access the same quality of education as any other student. As Welfare Officer, I’ll be using my position on boards and committees to advocate for increased resources for the ALL (Access and Lifelong Learning) Centre. This included opening the student assistance fund to make it available to students seeking diagnosis/re-diagnosis. I will also be pushing for the full implementation of the recommendations of the upcoming Student Experience Survey.
As welfare officer I would like to build on successful sexual health campaigns that have run in recent years. I will work towards the provision of Rapid HIV tests on campus and will be running an awareness campaign to combat HIV stigma. We will also be running an updated SHAG week programme as well as campaigns against emotional manipulation and coercion.
SEXUAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING
UCD students are already paying the highest on campus rent in Ireland. The proposed 4% annual rent increase will push students into distressing financial circumstances. We will be advocating for a commitment to cost-rental accommodation. If UCD press on with this rent hike coming out of a global pandemic, the Students’ Union will be exploring all options available to students in on-campus res, including the possibility of a rent strike.