Our Students Union liberation campaigns support and fights for the rights of BME, Disabled, LGBTQ+, Trans and Women students. Liberation is important to the Students Union because our identities affect our participation, achievement and progression in education.
We use the term ‘liberation’ because we believe that working on these issues is about liberation – freedom from the oppression people face because of their identities.
Very rarely do our identities fall neatly under one label – humans are by their nature multi-faceted with several interwoven identities.
At the Students' Union, we recognise that many students have multiple minority identities. For example, some students identify as being a woman and Asian, others identify as being trans and disabled, etc. Intersectionality recognises this particularly in the context of the oppression faced by different groups.
The oppression experienced by a particular group is compounded when you belong to more than one of them. We take an intersectional approach to our work to ensure that the many parts of our identities are included when talking about a part of our identity so as to not focus on single issues causes. We currently have five Liberation campaigns (BME, Disabled, LGBTQ+, Trans and Women) with two part-time officers each, as well as a Liberation & Access exec officer and a Women’s exec officer.
There are several committees you can join as a minority student:
For more info, check out the pages for each of the Liberation campaigns below!