What Are They
‘Liberation’ is a National Union of Students concept which recognises that certain student groups have been historically under-represented and may face additional barriers in education and society. In order to have fair and equal representation within SRUCSA and SRUC we are enabling students with historically underrepresented characteristics to gather together and discuss what it is for them that will improve their time at SRUC and make changes to broaden the spectrum of different people who study and work at SRUC and form our community.
The campaigns provide a space for discussion, a platform for campaigning and help to build a more representative SRUC. There are four campaigns; Black, Disabled, LGBT+ and Women students. We’ll follow the NUS Liberation model and implement this at SRUCSA through four ‘equality & diversity groups. Each group should be able to elect a representative who is invited to sit on the SRUCSA Executive group and take part in SRUCSA decision making.
The Women’s Group exists to provide a space within SRUCSA where self-identifying women students can come together, discuss the issues affecting them, and campaign to improve their student experience.
'Women’ is taken to mean all who self-define as women, including (if they wish) those with complex gender identities which include
The Disability & Mental Wellbeing Group provides a space within SRUCSA where self-defining disabled students can come together, discuss the issues affecting them, and campaign to improve their student experience.
Students who self-define as disabled may have a physical disability, experience of mental illness or invisible illness - all are welcome.
The Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Group provides a space within SRUCSA where self-defining BME students can come together, discuss the issues affecting them, and campaign to improve their student experience.
'Black Students' is the collective term used in the NUS Liberation Campaign for students of African, Asian, Arab and Afro-Caribbean descent.
The LGBT+ Group exists to provide a space within SRUCSA where self-identifying LGBT+ students can come together, discuss the issues affecting them, and campaign to improve their student experience.
There are many identities which fall under the LGBT+ umbrella including, but not limited to, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, intersex, and asexual - all students who self-define as LGBT+ are welcome.
SRUCSA International Students Society: Here to celebrate diversity at SRUC and to provide a support & social network for int. students. This is to a society run by International* students but open to everyone. Although most international students study at the Edinburgh Campus, we’d like to be able to run some events and campaigns on a cross-campus format.
The main purpose will be to have events to celebrate the different countries & cultures at SRUC. The society can also act as a support network for students and campus council reps will ensure international students are effectively represented within SRUCSA.
The group also provides an opportunity to share ideas & experiences with others, meet new people and recommendations for exploring Scotland!
*International – from outwith the UK. Includes ERASMUS students