Grace Lampkin

Candidate for Vice President Education and Democracy

  • Improve representation of all students
  • Teaching during the pandemic that is flexible
  • A university experience during the pandemic that's value for money
  • Learning and assessment that takes all student views into account
  • Promote 'You Make Change' and implement more students' ideas

Why vote for me?

  • Recognise that many students don’t feel represented by SUSU. I will actively reach out to students to hear your voices and I will not be afraid of making changes that students want to see from your Union.
  • Recognise that SUSU cannot be fully representative until it represents and respects all students, regardless of their background, gender, sexuality, age or skin colour. The student’s union must work harder to combat issues such as racism and homophobia within the Union, the university and the student community.
  • Lobby the university for a blend of online and in-person teaching that is flexible, provides an effective learning experience and is value for your money.
  • Ensure that the university is transparent in their approach to learning and assessment, particularly during the Covid-19 crisis, and takes into account all student views at every decision making point.
  • Continue work to get all lectures recorded, consistently, across all university degrees and modules.
  • Increase amount and regularity of communication between students, their course reps, academic reps and the VP role. Feedback should not be restricted to termly meetings, but encouraged throughout the year.
  • Promote the You Make Change and similar platforms and dedicate more SUSU resources towards making students’ ideas a reality.

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What will you do to protect disabled student's ability to access their education while the pandemic continues and beyond?

The most important thing that I can do is reach out to disabled students' to listen to their concerns and then represent them the best that I can to the university. I don't believe that I should pretend to know what's best for disabled students when I haven't been in their position, although I will also do my best to research into the ways that the university currently supports them and how those mechanisms are being affected by Covid-19. A key point in my manifesto is that SUSU should represent all students who may feel underrepresented, including students with any disability, health problem or learning disability.

This question was also asked to Avila Chidume, Dipam Sengupta, Isaac Makponga, Amina Lechkhab, Kendall Field-Pellow, Katie Ludvigsen, Alexander Beyene, Ijeoma OpokoAnswered by Grace on 20/07/20 10:44

How do you rate the University of Southampton's policies regarding the Covid-19 outbreak- and what would you have done differently than the current university administration were you in their position?

The university's approach to the Covid-19 outbreak was very different to other universities, which I think was strange. I think that the university should have offered the opportunity for all grades in Semester 2 to boost your mark aka. a no-detriment policy. During the unfolding of the university's policies I was very active in speaking up to my course rep, course lead and SUSU about how I didn't think the policy was as fair as it could have been. The university should have also made decisions sooner and been more transparent when making decisions. Ultimately, as students we are paying for a service that the university are offering and so we shouldn't be kept in the dark about big changes to how our degrees may be classified. Going forward, I expect the university to heavily invest in online learning tools and carefully consider how to provide an education that is safe, but also value-for-money and done in a way that helps students learn.

This question was also asked to Avila Chidume, Dipam Sengupta, Isaac Makponga, Amina Lechkhab, Kendall Field-Pellow, Katie Ludvigsen, Alexander Beyene, Ijeoma OpokoAnswered by Grace on 20/07/20 10:48

How will you encourage more University of Southampton students, particularly those who feel disillusioned with student politics, to engage with SUSU's democratic elections?

I believe that it is everybody’s responsibility to be engaged in SUSU’s elections. However, if students cannot see the impact that any sabbatical officer, academic rep or course rep makes, then how can we expect them to care? Enticing us to vote by offering donuts on the redbrick only goes so far. SUSU should be transparent and dedicate resources to both implementing students’ ideas and advertising and communicating that. If a student sees change being implemented throughout their time at university, then trust will be developed and they will be more likely to believe that they can speak truth to power and make a change within the Union.

This question was also asked to Avila Chidume, Dipam Sengupta, Isaac Makponga, Amina Lechkhab, Kendall Field-Pellow, Katie Ludvigsen, Alexander Beyene, Ijeoma OpokoAnswered by Grace on 20/07/20 10:49

What would you do in your role as VP Education and Democracy to represent PGR student interests? What research have you done into the specific educational issues facing PGR students?

I would specifically reach out to postgraduate students to listen to their concerns and the problems that they are facing and bring these problems to the university. I have completed a Masters' at university and therefore am aware of some of the issues that PGR students face. A large part of my manifesto is that SUSU should represent all students, whether male or female, white or not, undergraduate or postgraduate. I will pledge to listen to the needs of PGR students and show them how SUSU is working for them.

This question was also asked to Avila Chidume, Dipam Sengupta, Isaac Makponga, Amina Lechkhab, Kendall Field-Pellow, Katie Ludvigsen, Alexander Beyene, Ijeoma OpokoAnswered by Grace on 20/07/20 10:54

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