Why vote for me?
After realising how much I enjoyed being a course rep, I believe that progressing to a bigger role would be a natural next step for me, especially such an impactful one as this. It is important that your VP Education and Democracy is someone who will enjoy their role and take pride in their work. I know I fit this description! I’ve never hesitated to confidently stand up for what I believe in or represent others. Being VP Education and Democracy would allow me to take on this challenge at a university-wide level; something I would be honoured to do.
Why vote for me?
I feel I have adapted quite well to all the changes in situations which have been thrown at me this year and have been able to work effectively despite ever-changing conditions. I have also been able to help myself and others get the most out of our learning experience by representing my cohort in SSLCs. I am someone who can take on a leadership role naturally, but I also know when to take a step back if working in a team, to apply my efforts in the most effective way I can.
I want students to feel their wishes and needs are being presented to the university in a clear and confident way. Now more than ever, student voices need to be heard. The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown the lives of students into disarray, and many feel that not enough is being done to help them. I want to make sure that SUSU is doing their best to remedy this. I will look at measures being offered by other universities and, in conjunction with opinions relayed to me by the representation teams, push for better or more comparable support from the University.
For example, one opinion that I have noticed to be circulating widely is that applications for extensions and special conditions need to
- have criteria which are made clear to all students,
- be easy to access,
- and offer mitigation comparable to other universities to ensure that standards will be in line with other university graduates.
It is vital to me that everyone feels their opinion is valid and that they will be listened to. Therefore, I will ensure clear communication between SUSU, UOS and students, via staff such as postgraduate and faculty officers, course reps and everyone in-between. I want all students to feel well-represented and confident about who they can speak to about their concerns or give feedback.
I will encourage a high level of student engagement in Union democracy. The higher the participation, the more representative results will be of the student body. This is crucial; elections should be accessible, and I will look at ways to increase numbers of voters, such as more publicity around election timelines, and showing the impact made by student representation.
Overall, I want students to have confidence in SUSU to represent them and feel that the work SUSU is doing is tangible to them.