Meet the Part-Time Officers: BME Officer

Neil Dhayatker and John Olatunji, who share the role of BME Officer, explain what they do and discuss their memories of Freshers’ Week

What exactly do you do?

Neil Dhayatkier and John Olatunji

BME, just in case anyone was wondering, stands for Black and Minority Ethnic. As officers, our role is to represent the interests of the BME community within the University, for both home and international students.

We’re here to promote BME events, hosted either by ourselves or the many BME societies on campus to a wide audience to share what cultural diversity can bring to our university. We also act as a support service for all those who may be affected by specific BME issues and to make sure any discrimination is stamped out.

Our premise, however, has been to try to get everybody, regardless of race involved, embraced with our movement to spread cultural awareness and to promote cultural exchange.

What was your most memorable Freshers’ Week experience?

Neil: Passed out 10pm first day, cannot remember the rest.
John: Downing two bottles of whiskey then blacking out before the taxis. Made it into town but cannot remember a thing.

What advice would you give to this year’s freshers?

Watch out for snakes in the grass.

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