One De Montfort University (DMU) student’s ground-breaking research is hoping to break down the barriers that society members may face – but now she needs your help.
Luci Wilde, a third-year Psychology with Health Studies student, is Society Researcher Frontrunner at De Montfort Students’ Union (DSU) and has been looking into student engagement since August 2016, and has now opened a survey to examine the experiences of current society members.
You can fill out the survey and help shape DSU’s future society support by clicking here.
“It felt like just a natural thing to do, to research current members,” Luci said.
“I am basically asking questions about them as individuals. I have already done some analysis of the current data and there are some striking statistics.
“According to the data, both disabled students and BME [Black and Minority Ethnic] students are less likely to be committee members than other groups.”
However, in percentage terms, Luci explained that the number of BME students on society committees has almost doubled in 2016/17 compared to the last full academic year.
She continued: “From this research I am hoping to create some recommendations [for the Activities team] to employ next year so that we can get more students engaged and increase opportunities for all students at DMU.
“By filling out this survey you are not only helping yourself and your society, but also future students in getting involved with a society and having a better experience at DMU.”
The survey is open to all current society members. Click here to fill it out before it closes on Friday 17 February.
You can also find out more about getting involved with societies at DSU by clicking here.
Luci's research will be used to write a series of recommendations for DSU's Activities team, who support societies and student groups.