The Vice President Health & Education and Science & Technology represents all students within these schools at Middlesex, and works closely with the School Voice Leaders on the MDXSU Exec. Each Student Officer also has particular interests in and responsibilities for other areas of student life.

I studied Psychology with Criminology. During my three years at Middlesex University, I was a Student Ambassador, part of the Volleyball and Fitness teams, whilst working as a Student Intern for MDXSU. 

As your Vice president, my role is to support all students in the Health & Education and Science & Technology schools, not forgetting about all students in placement or who have classes outside our campus. Throughout my academic life at Middlesex University, I noticed that there was not enough awareness about mental health – the counselling services weren’t working as fast as needed and there were not many alternative ways to deal with stress. 

My main focus for this upcoming year will be tackling these issues – in specific, alternative ways to ensure every student has an enjoyable experience at MDX. Some of my ideas consist of animal campaigns by giving students the opportunity to play with dogs and cats to relieve stress, and yoga classes, art-therapy and self-care sessions.

If you have any problem, any great idea or want to be part of MDXSU, come by the office and I will be here to help you! Enjoy your time at MDX!

R.Marques@mdx.ac.uk

    

MENTAL HEALTH

COMPLETED

  • Bring awareness to World Mental Health Day with a Welfare-Ground of activities designed to start the conversation about wellbeing.
  • Collate a list of activities to help reduce levels of stress, based on students feedback.
  • Introduce a 'Look After Your Mate' initiative, by training Student Leaders on counceling.
  • Introduce 'Dogs-on-campus' to help with student retention after end of year holidays. 

IN PROGRESS

  • Work with engaged groups of students to create a 'Listening Platform' and introduce peer-to-peer support.  
  • Lobby the university to make mental health e-learning & workshops mandatory for all staff. 
  • Work alongside Health & Safety and Safeguarding Officers to gain Mental Health First Aid for all staff members. 

WELLNESS

COMPLETED

  • To promote physical health, build on our partnership with MDX Sports by attending Team Captain trainings.
  • Provide additional services in Alianz Park by securing a food van.
  • Support the Freewheelers Bike Scheme.
  • Run a special bike ride events with external partners, supporting the Freewheelers Bike Scheme.

IN PROGRESS 

  • Offer physical activites for students by running wellness events in collaboration with S.O.S (Stressed-Out-Students). 

SCHOLARSHIPS FOR REFUGEES

COMPLETED

  • Secure a seat on the Barnet Refugees Welcome Board .
  • Free English tests for local resettled refugees wanting to study at MDX.
  • Fee Waivers for refugees who are offered a place to study at MDX - securing 3 Fee Waivers this year.
  • The unveiling of 'Children of the Mediterranean' sculpture on-campus by MDX student refugees, dedicated to child refugees. 

IN PROGRESS 

  • Work with CUK to help prepare refugees for Higher Education enrolment, through pre-sessional English classes. 
  • Get feedback from MDX refugee students and how we can improve processes for scholarships. 
  • Look into how Community Placements can support the resettlement of local refugees. 
  • Organise university 'Conversation Club' with English and Arabic speaking MDX students, voluteerning to encourage refugees to go for Higher Education, and introduce them to the MDX student life. 

 

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