Tuesday 09-08-2016 - 12:26
My name is Robbiie Young and I am the new Vice President (Society & Citizenship) here at NUS, but some of you may recognise me from my previous role as LGBT+ Officer (Open Place). Here is a little bit about me and my future plans for the society and citizenship zone.
I have a background in health and social care as well as a PGCE in lifelong learning from Plymouth University.
It is at Plymouth University Students’ Union where I got involved with the LGBT and Labour Students societies. It is as a result of my participation in both of these societies that I found myself at the NUS National Conference in 2012.
National Conference was an engaging, challenging and fast-paced experience that inspired to me to run for an elected position. I was elected NUS LGBT+ Officer (Open Place) in 2014 - a position I held for two years and now I am here, reborn as your new Vice President (Society & Citizenship).
With regards to my plans for the society and citizenship zone this coming year, I can confirm that I will actualising the plans and ideas I spoke of in my manifesto.
With so many referendums having taken place in the last five years, an example being the Scottish independence referendum that saw 16-17-year-olds in Scotland being given the right to vote in Scottish elections, I will be working to secure suffrage for young people aged between 16-17 years old.
In addition to votes for 16-17-year-olds, a sustainable education and future for all is very high on my agenda. I will be working with universities and colleges to enable them to divest from fossil fuels whilst investing in more sustainable and ethically sound fuel and business options.
Sustainable futures also extends to campaigning for more sustainable education systems.
Through the responsible futures programme, I will be working with colleges and universities to create an enabling environment for staff and students to work together to embed the principles of social responsibility and sustainability into their curriculums.
In addition, I will be working with Epona and other Fairtrade brands to ensure that our unions act and purchase their goods and services in a manner that is both ethical and sustainable.
Trade unionism is at the core of the work we do here at NUS and in my role as VP, I will continue to further and respect our role and duty as the national representatives of almost all students.
I will ensure that partnerships between ourselves and others continue to be strengthened be it through coalition building, information sharing or joint campaigning, I am here to deepen NUS’ relationship with like-minded unions.
Well, that is a little bit about me and I know you will get to know a whole load more over the course of the year.
You can always keep up with the work I am doing by visiting this blog on NUS Connect. You can also find out more about my work via Twitter, Facebook and the Huffington Post.