Welfare & Equality

Briana Gordhan

The Role

The Welfare and Equality Officer is the voice of welfare, diversity, and equality at the Students' Union. Working alongside our new welfare team, the Officer coordinates NUSU’s welfare work and leads on all welfare/inclusivity related campaigns and events. They also liaise heavily with the welfare services/staff and sit on several University committees including the Diversity committee. In recent years, the Welfare & Equality Officer has worked on decolonisation of studies, harm reduction, wellbeing & mental health, combatting hate crime, as well as many other worthwhile welfare structures.

About Me

Hi, my name is Bri and I have just finished my undergrad in Film Practices. Moved to Newcastle from New Zealand and you'd think that after a global pandemic I'd be itching to leave - but nope, the toon cant get rid of me! For a lot of us the past year has been challenging, and that is why I aim to make sure everyone, no matter their background, feel safe and supported during their time atNewcastle University. At the same time, I am also very passionate about advocating for women's rights, people of colour, sustainability, and those identifying as part of the LGBTQ+ community.

My Aims

Review structures for students with disabilities

Introduce mindfulness and CBT workshops

Prioritize judgement-free harm reduction

Challenge & improve the Uni's Wellbeing services

Empower further work on decolonising NCL

Remove the stigma surrounding student sex work

Build a sense of community as we return to campus

Amplify the voices, perspectives, and ideas of minority groups


My Updates

Find out what I've been up to this year.


Sabbatical Officers
NUSU Stands in Solidarity with Refugees and Asylum Seekers

We at NUSU are deeply concerned about the devastating situation in Afghanistan and know it is very distressing for many of our students. As a community, we are reaching out to express our support for welcoming refugees and asylum seekers to Newcastle and believe this should be the case across Newcastle and the UK.

Sabbatical Officers
A welcome message from your new Sabbatical Officer team!

Hear for the first time from your new Officers!

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Staying Safe and Supported after the July 'Freedom Day'

Some messages of support and safety for students.

Newcastle University Students' Union
A final farewell from your 2020-21 Sabbatical Officers!

From your Sabbatical Officer team 2020/21....what a year!

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Officer Statement: Addressing the recent violence in Palestine

For students who are feeling vulnerable, please know that we take hate crime very seriously and have a zero-tolerance approach.

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7 weeks of wellbeing workshops by TEDx Speaker, Toluwa

‘Tea with Tols’ wellbeing sessions is a 7-week virtual wellbeing workshop. Each week consists of a 90-minute session exploring key mental wellbeing themes, with phenomenal guest speakers/coaches and discussion activities using group coaching techniques. Each session concludes with a reflection exercise and applied 'homework' for the week.

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Drugs are not taboo here - how we are supporting harm reduction at NUSU

Your Welfare & Equality Officer has uploaded a statement on our stance on drugs and aims towards harm reduction.