Hey! My name is Fatema Rabbi (She/Her). I have studied Business Management with Marketing at LSBU. I come from a country of rivers and beauty; you must have heard about, yes, that's Bangladesh! My life started changing when I got accepted at LSBU. I felt "one step closer to my dream."
How I got involved in the SU
I first got involved with the SU when I realised that many societies existed except the Bangladeshi Society. I saw other societies involved with the students union and felt a lack of community for many students from Bangladesh studying at LSBU. In 2019, when I finally landed in the UK, I struggled to cope with the new culture. In March 2020, I founded LSBU Bangladeshi society with some friends intending to build the community and celebrate the culture. Since then, Bangladeshi Society has blossomed into one of the most engaged SU societies with fantastic events such as live music, boat parties, and charity activities.
In 2021, when everything was returning to normal, I started seeing the opportunity to run as a Women's Officer to represent and encourage Women's participation in the students union. I had my best time working as a Women's officer in the students union. As a Women's Officer, I consistently organised Women's networking events, successfully ran International Women's day campaigns, and attended NUS conferences. My experiences made me feel like running as VP Welfare and Equality.
I firmly believe that an organisation needs to include mental health support alongside quality education and better community support to get the best outcome. And that's where my role comes in, to ensure every student receives accessible mental health support, equal treatment, wider access to resources, and a sense of belonging.
More Support for DDS, Mature, Part-time students, and Liberation officers.
Promoting Bursaries and a Hardship fund for students who need it most.
Reintroducing the International Buddy Scheme
Introducing more food options.
As an international student, I have gone through a lot, but SBSU has helped me to have an empowering university experience at LSBU. No matter where you are from or who you are, I will make sure as a student, you get an empowering university experience as I have.
Roles and Responsibilities
- I am representing Students on issues relating to support, health, safety, well-being and inclusion to the University and on a national level.
- Delivery and coordination of campaigns on Liberation & Student Welfare with the union and other officers
- Providing support for our Liberation Part time officers, and creating networks for them to collect student voice and feed into the Unions work
- Collecting views and opinions on issues such as Accomodation and Housing, Mental Health support, EDI, Decolonisation etc and feeding that back to relevant stakeholders
- Work as part of the sabbatical officer team to uphold our values, processes and constitution
- Acting as a Trustee of the Union to ensure we are compliant and meeting our strategic objectives