Officer Update

We hope everyone is doing well and enjoying the slow easing of restrictions! We have a load to update you with new plans!

Starting off, we have sent out our first batch of Thank You gifts to our Nursing and Allied Health, and Health and Social Care students. However if you are a part of either of these schools and haven’t signed up for one yet, it's not too late. Head on over to the sign up form and sign up so you don’t miss out.

Following this we launched our SHAG Campaign (Sexual Health Awareness and Guidance Campaign) where we've been exploring the different ways of getting tested at home, healthy relationships and the importance of regularly checking your breasts, pecs and balls to look after your wellbeing! We will be sharing monthly reminders with you so you don't forget to keep an eye on your good bits. 

Something exciting we have coming up is Mental Health Awareness week from Monday 10 May. We’ve got lots of exciting plans coming up from us as well as some collaborative events with the University. If there's anything you would like to see happening next week, you can email Tash on Natasha.Neal@bucks.ac.uk with your ideas.

We have also just launched a new campaign focusing on hidden disabilities - More Than Meets the Eye. It's a month long campaign where we will not only be raising awareness of some common hidden disabilities, we'll also be talking to students, highlighting support, and providing tools to help you on your university journey. Our new Help Yourshelf initiative has been set up in both Uxbridge and High Wycombe where you can take what you need. From coloured overlays to help with Dyslexic reading, pea pod keyrings for ADHD fidgeters and so much more, there's something for each of you so make sure you swing by next time you're on campus for a browse. Alongside this, we've also included a bookshelf filled with resources outside of the academic. With books about sexual orientation, gender identity, anti-racism, and so much more, we'd love for you to come down and give them a read. These books do need to be signed out and returned but otherwise they are totally free for you to read at your leisure.

Personal safety is something we always take seriously at Bucks, and as part of our continuous work towards safety on campus, last week we saw staff and students alike joinging us for #BucksStandsTogether to make a pledge to always stand against gender based violence and harassment. We created a permanent installation on our High Wycombe campus and had over 200 members of our community join in and make their pledge.

Following the UK's exit from the European Union, we want to make sure that all of our EU, EEA, and Swiss Citizen students are aware of the EU settlement scheme. The scheme will allow you to keep studying and living in the UK past Wednesday 30 June 2021 as the UK leave the European Union. You can find out more here.

We hope everyone is staying safe and enjoyed the Bank Holiday. We look forward to what is set to be a great final term in the sun! 

- Your Sabbatical Team, Tom Featherston, Tamsin Grainger, and Natasha Neal.