Michael Carter

Environment and Life Sciences Faculty Officer

Key Points

  • Improve staff-student communication
  • More opportunities for inter-departmental learning within the faculty
  • Work to suit needs of each school within the faculty
  • Champion student issues
  • Actively promote the amazing work from the faculty

In short, I am running for faculty officer for Environmental and Life Sciences (FELS) because I want students to have the opportunity to make the most of their time at university. Three years is not a long time and yet, in that time we have the chance to learn from some of the best minds in our respective areas and transform ourselves into world-class graduates from a top university.

Having previously completely a degree in the school of biological sciences before becoming a student nurse, I have worked extensively across the faculty and am in a good position to represent its many students, building upon my knowledge of the faculty and also my current experience of being an academic course rep, where I already represent my course-mates.

As faculty officer, my main focus is to improve staff-student communication. From experience, academic issues which cause students the most distress could largely be avoided with good, effective communication from academic staff. As someone who already knows a large number of the faculty staff, I feel I am well-poised to be able to achieve this. 

As well as iron out kinks in the system, I want to use this role to positively promote the great work of FELS. I believe there is no one you can’t learn from and, as a faculty, there is so much we can learn from each other. My goal is to see more inter-departmental learning, giving students the chance to make the most of their time at Southampton.