Hey! My name is Ilyas Nagdee and I am your Diversity Officer for 2016/2017. 

My wisdom

My whole degree was coupled with working in Widening Participation which is where I worked with students who are the first in their family to go to University or come from backgrounds where they are less likely to go to University. As someone who came through the Manchester Access Programme, WP holds a special place in my heart and I’ve loved being involved in mentoring in schools and getting involved with Access All Areas in the Union. This is how I got involved in the Union and then found out about other things going on from campaigning for social justice to getting my PADI Scuba Diving Ceritification.

My favourite thing about the Students' Union

The number of things happening which shows the power of Students! From winning the Living Wage to Pangaea and from Fossil Free to putting on a Musical – The Union is here to be what YOU want to be and do what YOU want it to do. C’mon and get involved whether in our democratic structures or raising money for charity! (Why not both?) I work in a place where I hear about Students making a difference whether locally, nationally or globally and creating positive social change. The only thing that would make it better would be getting a Union Cat!

My Top Priorities:

1. Create an International Students Committee

2. Support Liberation Campaigns and embed clearer structures of support

3. Targeted Welcome Week pack for students

4. Look at the provisions of support in place for Post-graduate students

5. Continue to campaign against the PREVENT Agenda

6. Lobby the University to provide free childcare for Student Parents

7. Continue the Recognise Refugee Rights campaign

As Diversity Officer, Ilyas works as part of the Exec Team to:

 Get the Union and University to have a diverse and welcoming student body

 Direct the Union’s strategy and activities in making the Union and University more representative of International, Mature and Postgraduate students

 Liaise with and support Union conveners of liberation campaigns

 Monitor and update Union policy on equality and diversity matters

 Promote and campaign for equal opportunities within the University, Union and wider community

 Campaign to increase the diversity of the student body

Ilyas is based in the Student Voice office on the ground floor of the Students' Union on Oxford Road.

Contact Ilyas: ilyas.nagdee@manchester.ac.uk

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