Natalie Baker

My role:

Vice President Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (VP EDI).

My priorities for this term:

There are a wide number of students from all backgrounds, abilities and from around the world that study with the OU which makes it such an amazing place. There are support services that are provided by the Association and student volunteers that need more visibility or improvement. I think being able to acknowledge when things go wrong and being able to put that right is also important. I want to finish my term knowing that I have made an impact on the visibility and implementation of EDI at the OU. 

What I’ve been up to and what I’m currently working on:

Unfortunately, due to my health, I am not currently employed – this was a big part of me starting the OU, it has given me a chance to help myself grow in confidence, it has helped me keep focused and has given me a sense of purpose when I felt I didn’t have one. Being elected to the SLT was a massive step for me so I want to be sure I make the most of it. 

What I'm studying:

I have just started Level 3 of BSC (Hons) Psychology with counselling degree – Started DD310 in October. 

What I do when I’m not studying:

I am a mom to two boys and a disabled student so when I am not studying, I spend my time with them and my fiancé. I am lucky that they understand and support me when I am struggling and they are always up for a duvet and film day when my body doesn’t want to move. 

My top study tips:

Plan! Plan! Plan! – Planning is essential when studying and trying to juggle all the other commitments many students have and for me planning helps me feel like I at least have some idea of what I’m doing.

Resting and taking care of yourself are also important! Plan in rest time or at least something that is not course related even if for a short time and reach out to someone if you feel overwhelmed or lonely chances are there are other students feeling the same. 

And finally, no study session is complete without snacks! 

Where to find me:


Twitter: @Open_EDI