Your Vice President (Welfare)

Welcome to Aston

 

 

Hi! My name is Safa and I am your Vice President Welfare for the 2020-21 Academic Year.

As VP Welfare, I will be representing students and working hard on campaigns on matters relating to welfare such as mental health. I am committed to implementing as many of the Students’ Union's welfare policies as possible while also creating practical solutions and support for students.

If you ever need someone to talk to or even have ideas that you wish to share with me, please don’t hesitate to get in touch via email or my office hours!

 

Supporting Your Health and Wellbeing

 

What I'm Working On

Develop the University's incident reporting system for students

Thu 02 Jul 2020

early stages

02/07/2020 - Early Stages

 
Introduce Asian Heritage month

Thu 02 Jul 2020

early stages

02/07/2020 - Early Stages

 
 

 

About Me

What is your favourite motivational quote?

"Change takes courage!" - Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

It's simple, straight to the point, and was said by a really influential woman!

Tell us a fun fact about yourself

I am a BIG fan of motorsport, particularly Formula One! My favourite F1 driver is Lewis Hamilton - I've supported him for as long as I can remember!

If you had a spirit animal. What would it be and why?

Probably a swan. I have read that swans are quite compassionate and open-minded, something I would like to say about myself.

What is your favourite book, movie or TV show?

My favourite has got to be Rick and Morty! Even though it's an animated show, it's really funny and interesting to watch. I love watching the show, especially after a long and stressful day!

If you could have a meal with someone dead or alive who would it be and why?

Perhaps Muhammad Ali. Being an African-American and a Muslim, he faced a lot of racism and islamophobia in his time, yet he still managed to be one of the most successful sports figures of all time, so I find his journey inspirational and I would love to hear his stories.

If you could change one thing this year what would it be?

Coronavirus! It has affected us all locally and globally in many ways, whether that is directly or indirectly! I know as a community, we will definitely come out of this pandemic stronger and more united, but I just really wish it never happened!

What has been your best moment at Aston (so far)?

I have so many great moments to choose from! Being elected as Women's Officer last year and organising Women's History Month is a great highlight that springs to mind. It was my first major SU project and I'm really proud of it.

Why did you stand to be an Officer?

I've only been at Aston University for two years so far, and I've already learned how diverse and friendly the Aston community is. I wanted to stand as an Officer because I wanted to be directly involved in providing support for students and working on designing practical solutions to important issues such as mental health, campus isolation and wellbeing which affects students at Aston.

What are your top three tips for someone starting at Aston?

  1. Remember you are not alone! We have many support services available to you at Aston to use, with amazing staff all ready to help you with any questions or concerns that you have so don't ever feel like you are alone because we are here to help you! Come talk to us!
  2. Join clubs and societies! Not only is it a great way to meet new people and make friends, but it will help you to adjust into the new university life and get to know campus better.
  3. Budget, budget, budget! Often university can get expensive with commuting costs, rent, course equipment, food (just to name a few!) so make sure you allocate a set budget for each week or month of spending as it will really help you keep track of your finances.