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Get to Know Your SU: Students with Caring Responsibilities Officer Interview 

15 SEPTEMBER 2020 - SARAH - STUDENT LIFE

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At the University of Suffolk, there are many students with caring responsibilities, so it’s great that Axel is able to represent those students as SWCR Officer. I caught up with her recently to see how she is doing in getting into the role and this is what she wrote in order for you to get to know her a little better. 

Hi, my name is Axel and I am the current officer for Students with Caring Responsibilities (or SWCR for short!). I myself have been a carer since the age of five, and have always had a passion for helping others, no matter the circumstance. When I learned about the SWCR Officer role, I immediately felt drawn to it and realised that with my experience and understanding of my caring role, that I could bring a wealth of knowledge to other students that may be in need of support.

Election week was a brilliant experience for me. I was able to interact with other students and learn of their experiences at university, as well as support them in their own campaigns for their prospective roles. It gave me a chance to improve my public speaking and meet many students who I will be able to support over the next year.

Over the course of the next year, I plan to provide regular drop-in sessions for carers at the university, as well as create a greater variety of resources that can be used to help any students, no matter what circumstances they need help with. I am looking to set up sub-groups with other Officers in order to create a more inclusive environment for every student at the University of Suffolk. I have created a Facebook group for the carers at the university to join, where I post resources and other information on what I am working on.

I am most excited to meet with all the students this year. I am excited to create discussions surrounding caring roles and university and learn about the different experiences that every person faces.

I felt excited, but also anxious when I found out I had won. I was very excited that I can now move forward with my plans to help student carers, but anxious that I hadn’t prepared a speech (in my defence, we weren’t told to!). Either way, I am excited to work with fellow students and carers, in order to create a more inclusive, and stress-free environment at the university.

There are a number of ways that students can get in contact with me. You can drop me an email at SU.SWCROfficer@uos.ac.uk or join my Facebook group.

I look forward to being part of your ongoing caring journey!

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