Education Student Charlie Baker’s incredible contribution to ensuring life at Edge Hill is more inclusive has been recognised with a University Scholarship.
In his roles as a Campus Connector, the former Student Union’s LGBTQ officer and a student guide, he has gone above and beyond to make university life more inclusive, welcoming and fun for his fellow students. He also took on the challenge of supporting students that struggled with the pressures of the national lockdown.
When Charlie, originally from Manchester, became a Campus Connector, he was unaware of how important this role would become once Covid-19 restrictions put the University into lockdown. He was able to quickly adapt and came up with a range of new ideas to support students, including hosting online events as well as signposting mental health services for students in need of help.
“University life is an amazing experience for the majority of students, but I’ve seen that it can also be a daunting place for some people. I’ve been able to support and guide people through low points and challenges which is really rewarding. It’s excellent that Edge Hill employ students in roles like this.”
As the University’s LGBTQ+ Officer, Charlie worked with his fellow SU officers on a number of projects, raising awareness for HIV and AIDS and promoting body positivity across campus. For World Aids Day, Charlie created and shared educational materials to students with the aim of reducing the stigma around HIV and AIDS.
“I’ve always had an interest in politics, and funnily enough, I said in my first month at Edge Hill that I would become the SU’s LGBT+ Officer and two years later, I did. I think I put myself forward because I really wanted to get stuck in and make a difference.”
“I hope I’ve made other students feel welcome and included with the work I did as the LGBTQ+ officer. I always made sure I represented students’ views and had a great time working with the Women’s Officer and Trans and Non-Binary Officer to widen our impact. I also had the opportunity to organise our Pride Week 2021 online celebrations.”
Through the LGBTQ+ society, Charlie also worked hard to raise their profile amongst the student body, sharing key messages about inclusivity and equality on campus.
On top of his already busy schedule Charlie works as a Student Guide for the Student Recruitment team, and an Admissions Advocate for the Admissions team. In these roles, he represents EHU in a positive manner and has participated in open days, applicant visit days, interview days, GCSE revision sessions, Access to HE, and Widening Participation sessions.