The Support Zone

Supporting all students at Surrey

Hi everyone, my name is Leri Francis and I am your VP Support for 2020/21. My role is to lead the support zone which is made of 5 part time Officers (PTOs) and 3 full time union employees. Each of our PTOs have their own projects they want to fulfill. 
The support zone does what it says on the tin; it is there to support students and covers a variety of topics including mental health, invisible and visible disabilities, inclusivity and academic advice (ussu.advice@surrey.ac.uk). 

Have a question? You can reach me at ussu.vpsupport@surrey.ac.uk and I’ll get back to you soon!


What Is The Support Zone?

The Support Zone is made up of five Part Time Officers and led by the full time VP and together they ensure that the Union has student support in mind in all its activities.

The Zone is responsible for helping students support students through both Nightline (a listening service) and welfare watch (a service supporting students after nights out in Rubix), as well as Student minds (a service coming soon). The Zone also facilitates open discussions around important but sometime sensitive issues through the Let’s Talk campaigns. If you have an issue that is more personal, then the zone also offers some tailored support on a variety of issues including academic advice, housing, personal safety and victim support.


Your Elected Officers

Ami Tudorache

Hi! I’m Ami and I’m a biomedical engineering student currently on placement at the Research Park!  I’m involved in pretty much anything and everything, including MechSoc, Archery, Dodgeball and SuSnow and some of the support & wellbeing services on campus and for this, I was lucky to be awarded the Activity Cup at Union Ball this year. My three areas of work this year address all students on campus and include a focus on wellbeing & uni life beyond covid, personal safety & safety on campus, and an improvement in the help offered to students. I’m beyond excited to work with the Support Zone and the rest of the SU team to achieve all of my manifesto points and much more! 

Numa Begum

Liam White

Hi all! My name is Liam, and I’m a psychology student on placement at Mind Matters Surrey, which is a talking therapies service. Aside from placement work, I spend a lot of my time at Ballroom and Latin Dance, as well as at Rubix (both working behind the bar and dancing in front of it)! One of my biggest missions is to encourage open conversation about mental health, including who to reach out to when we’re feeling low and how they can help. A privilege of being in the Support Zone is being here to listen to what’s on your mind, and being able to push to make sure you have every support service you need available to you. So, if you bump into me around campus, come say hi! I am always happy to chat about anything and everything.

Margherita Curro Sacchi

Heya! I’m Margherita and I’m a third year International Relations student, I’m originally from Italy so of course I am the events manager of Italian Society and the Social Sec of Politics Society. 

This year I am particularly looking forward to working towards supporting students with their private housing experience.

Katie Crump

Join Our Meetings

All of our student-related meetings at the SU are open to any members by default (although there may be times that we need to meet in private to discuss sensitive or confidential matters). If you’d like to join us at a Support Zone meeting, here’s when they’re next scheduled:

  • August
  • 2017
  • Mo
  • Tu
  • We
  • Th
  • Fr
  • Sa
  • Su

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