Part-time Liberation Officers are elected by students to represent students who self-identify as belonging to one or more of 4 liberation groups - Women students, BAME students, LGTBQ+ students and students with disabilities. We use the term ‘liberation’ because we believe that working on these issues is about liberation – freedom from the discrimination and oppression people face because of their identities.
Part-time Liberation Officers undertake their roles alongside their studies on a voluntary basis in order to represent the rights of students from underrepresented and marginalised groups, ensuring that the Students’ Union and the University takes the views and needs of the students they represent into account and undertaking projects and campaigns to support and promote the rights of students belonging to liberation groups. They are also responsible for helping to bring together students who self-identify as belonging to a liberation group or groups together via Liberation Forums.
Liberation Forums are self-organising groups who come together to exchange ideas and views on particularissues that are relevant to that group. They can meet physically (where possible), organise and meet online (e.g. via Zoom) or a combination of both. Liberation Forums are supported by the Part-time Liberation Officer forthatgroup but decide themselves what their priorities will be. This could involve campaigning on an issue affecting students who belong to that liberation group, undertaking representative work in partnership with anelected officer/the elected officer team or organising socials and peer support networks. It's entirely up to each forum what they decide to focus on.
At LMSU we have 4 forums representing each of the 4 liberation groups:
Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Students Officer
Disabled Students Officer