I’m Rosa, I’ve just finished a BA Geography degree, and I’m so excited to be your new (and first!) Welfare and Liberation Officer! I became really involved with student wellbeing during my degree - with Nightline, college welfare and a national project on student mental health – and my desire to continue influencing student wellbeing at Durham, on a different scale, motivated me to run for this position. Over the next couple of months, I’ll be spending my time deciding on my priorities for the year; thinking about the biggest welfare and liberation issues facing Durham students, thinking about how we as the SU can tackle them, and looking at some of the great things other SUs across the country are doing in the process (and even visiting a few!). If you want to chat to me about anything wellbeing-related or want to share an idea or problem, please drop me an email on email@example.com and, if you like, we can arrange to meet/a phonecall! You can also keep up-to-date on the work I’m doing by adding me on Facebook (Rosa Tallack SU) and following me on Twitter (@DurhamSUWelfLib).
My favourite thing about being a fresher was definitely the huge number of new opportunities that there are at Durham and how many possibilities there are to try new things. At the same time, because there’s so much going on, sometimes it can feel like you need to be meeting new people/trying new things 24/7, but it’s okay to take a break every now and again – you have plenty of time at Durham! If you’re finding things tough, do chat to someone about it, whether that’s a friend, someone from college welfare, Nightline, student support staff in college, the SU’s Advice Centre… there are so many people around to support you.