Bailey Williams

Joint Honours Officer

Key Points

  • Strengthen representation for joint BA and BSc disciplines
  • Work closely with the new VP Education and Democracy
  • Address timetabling that leaves trapped time
  • Member of two separate faculties - Humanities and Social Science
  • Year of experience as a Student Ambassador

Joint honours students find themselves in an unusual position at university, with two or more separate subjects to contend with. This is exacerbated for some whose degree spans two different university departments, such as my own. In my two years studying Modern History and Politics, I have experienced the highs and lows of the Humanities and Social Sciences departments and got a flavour for the challenges faced by BA and BSc students. The occasionally fragile link between faculties is something I would love the opportunity to strengthen as Joint Honours Officer. A majority of joint honours students remain in one of the BA or BSc disciplines – BA English and Film for example – but increasing representation for those whose degrees blur the line is one of my main goals. For the most part things run smoothly, but there are key areas for joint honours students that still need addressing. Timetabling is a central concern, with lectures beginning on different campuses immediately after another has finished, and the rare but alarming instance of two lectures scheduled for the same time. I have a year of experience working as a Student Ambassador for the university on school visits and open days, and would relish the chance to develop the skills I’ve learnt in a more formal role.