Jaden King

Candidate for Arts and Humanities Faculty Officer

  • Bring back modules that were lost earlier in the pandemic.
  • Assist in 'special consideration' applications due to recent disruption.
  • A full return to face-to-face teaching as soon as possible.
  • Raise academic concerns with staff as soon as they arise.
  • Always be on hand to listen to problems, academic or pastoral.

Why vote for me?

Having been an Academic Representative since my first term at Southampton, I have come to speak to many students about issues that they face on their courses. Many, like myself, are concerned about the reduction in module choices due to the pandemic and would like to see the wide-range of modules return. I aim to achieve this return of modules, where desired. 

As a result of the considerable disruption caused this year, many students will be concerned about academic attainment. The University has ruled against a ‘no detriment’ policy for students, so we now have to find other ways to achieve the best results possible. I will be at the forefront of helping students achieve the best academic results they can. 

As we progress into 2021 and the roll out of the vaccine starts to take effect, the University should recognise the importance of returning to more face-to-face teaching. This is the best way to engage in debate and conversation, which is central to the humanities subjects. I will help students return fully to the classroom and lecture theatre as soon as safely possible. 

Communication between students and the University is incredibly important. I will always be on hand to listen to your academic concerns, whatever they may be, and pass them onto senior tutors and others where necessary. I am also happy to talk about other issues, such as mental health or pastoral issues. Just send me an email (jwk1g20@soton.ac.uk),or talk to me when we’re back on campus again! 

Questions & Answers Ask me a Question

You advocate for a return to face-to-face teaching as soon as possible, but what would you do to support students who are unable to for physical or mental health reasons? Your manifesto seems to leave them without representation.

Thank you for your question. In my manifesto, I stated how a return to face-to-face teaching should be made as "soon as safely possible". This means that we should return to face-to-face teaching where further action has been taken to ensure that the campus is 'covid-secure', and infection rates are low. With regards to people who are clinically extremely vulnerable, the Government has now moved into vaccinating adults of all age groups who fall into this category. We can expect that a considerable number of students who are extremely vulnerable will have received their jab by the new year. As a result, I see my proposed rapid return to in-person teaching in the new term as safe and realistic. Please do not hesitate to contact me or ask another question should you have any other queries! Best, Jaden

This question was also only asked to JadenAnswered by Jaden on 20/02/21 19:01

What are your 3 core values?

Thanks for the question! My belief in supporting people out of feeling of moral duty, rather than compulsion, is something that I view as important in all areas of life. This is particularly pertinent with regards to helping students, who, for a number of reasons, will inevitably struggle (academically or pastorally) from time to time. This is something I strive to do - to help others. I also hold the ability to talk with and debate people you disagree with as an important value. Within our subjects this is particularly important - to truly listen and try to understand other people's arguments, and avoid caricaturing them. This is important to me because it allows a deeper understanding of the way people think, which is crucial academically and socially. It is though understanding other people's world-view that we enhance our own! Closely linked to debate is my third 'core value': tolerance. I firmly believe that even if you disagree with someone or something, you should portray your arguments respectfully and clearly. This does not mean people who hold controversial or unpopular views should keep quiet - quite the contrary. I believe these views should be expressed, but in a way that is respectful, tolerant and in a way that (other than where unavoidable) evades causing offence or hurt. This is important within our multi-cultural, free society, where different people inevitably have different views on politics, gender, religion, and much more. I believe that by sticking to this value of tolerance in debate, and society more widely, we can take the controversialist nature out of many of the issues we discuss and face today. If you have any other queries, please do not hesitate to get in touch, or ask another question! Best, Jaden

This question was also asked to Alice ChadwickAnswered by Jaden on 20/02/21 19:19


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