I’m back – let’s #GETreDEDUCATED!
My name is Samuel Dedman – your Vice-President Education for 2017/18 and running again for 2018/19. From improved study spaces to free hot water I’ve led a range of successful projects over the past year, but there is still a great deal to be done to continue to make student life better, simpler and more enjoyable. Make sure you vote to #GETreDEDUCATED.
#1 Studying made simpler
- Student-centric study spaces: Quality study spaces remain in high demand across our campuses, and so I’d push for increased access for both undergraduates and postgraduates to spaces designed with input from students. I’d also develop the Union’s own facilities, providing well-equipped spaces in a less formal environment.
- A digital campus: I’d lobby the University to expand scale and scope of digital resources provided. From recorded lectures to specialist software, this will help ease demand for physical spaces whilst also improving accessibility to resources both on and off our campuses.
- Unpacking printing costs: Pressure on student finances is high, so I’d challenge the University on the value-for-money and experience they provide when printing. I’d aim to launch a free Union-led printing offer, which even in a limited form would finally deliver on a long-standing student request.
#2 Representation made broader
- Representing you better: Considering the University Restructure, I’d seize this opportunity to develop our Academic Rep structure. I’d devise new roles where appropriate to ensure comprehensive representation, working with the reps to increase their visibility and ability to collect feedback from all students.
- Strengthening our Postgraduate representation: I’d commit to a redesign of Postgraduate academic representation at Southampton, working with current Postgraduate Research and Postgraduate Taught students to ensure that they feel represented by a Union which stands for them as much as anyone else.
- Making the University listen: I’d emphasise to the University the need to consult widely with their student body, using Student Forums to give students the chance to directly contribute to the future direction of the institution. I’d also work with the Sabbatical Team to push for a student presence on the University Remuneration Committee which decides executive pay.
#3 Successes made visible
- Remaining visible: I’d continue to deliver weekly updates of my progress to the student body, as well as directly to reps and societies. I’d also increase the visibility of the Education Zone, making it a recognisable force for consultation and change.
- Celebrating our Reps: I’d ensure that the successes of our Academic Reps are properly recognised across the institution, continuing our current series of Academic Rep celebration events. I’d revisit the idea of a Union reward scheme, literally putting our money where our mouth is when rewarding our volunteers.
- Promoting Society successes: I’d commit to promoting the fantastic work of the Education Zone’s societies, engaging them directly in the work of the Zone itself. I’d also be keen to work alongside the rest of the Sabbatical team to examine Union Grants, and how we can best support our clubs and societies.