Name: Leanne White

Role: Area Association Representative for England

What this role involves:

To be a presence for OU students living in England, in virtual and real life spaces.

To ensure that student's voices are heard by the relevant people in the University.

Fostering a community in both local area groups and nationwide settings.

What you’ve studied and are studying at the OU:

I’m studying a BA (Hons) in Criminology and have just finished level 1. I'll be starting level 2 with DD212 next.

Why you decided to volunteer and any previous volunteering with the association:

I’ve been a volunteer with the Students Association for about a year now. The first thing I did was take part in a student consultation, and got the passion for volunteering. Since then, I have taken on many more roles including Senate Reference Group member, Central Committee Representative, Disabled Students Group committee member and online meet-up host. The CEC seemed the logical next step for me to be able to continue on with my passion for volunteering and supporting students. 

Summary of what you want to do in your role:

I would like to increase student awareness of, and engagement with, the Students Association through holding events both online and face-to-face. I hope to bring the regional online spaces back to being used regularly, and to be a presence in them for students. I also hope to be able to host a monthly session for students to bring any questions or concerns to me, which I can then take to the relevant parties and hopefully feed back on.

Any other interests you’d like to share?

I enjoy reading (currently on a dystopian fiction kick) and gaming (I run a successful online game server with my husband), and I’m a huge fan of all things RuPaul’s Drag Race.

Social: Facebook, Twitter

Email: leanne.white(AT)