1. Mobilised Students To Fight Against Job Cuts.
2. Secured Two Postgraduate Refugee Scholarships.
We are facing one of the largest refugee crisis' the world has ever seen, with over 20 million people displaced across the world. We have a responsibility as a country to support those displaced by war. I lobbied the university to commit to 2 postgraduate scholarships, through CARA. I have continued to lobby the institution to support even more refugees working with the Reading STAR network and local refugee charities such as Reading Refugee Support Group.
If elected as your next VPHE I pledge to work with SUs on building and supporting campaigns for more refugee scholarships, putting it on the agenda for higher education institutions.
3. Embedding Liberation In The Heart Of All Content And Pedagogy.
4. Froze International Students Tuition Fees.
International students face limited rights, don't have access to maintenance loans and often ripped off for their accommodation. When I discovered they were also subject to increased fees, year on year, I worked with the international students' part-time officer and developed a campaign to freeze them and stop retrospective fee hikes. I used the arguments again to ensure that regardless of the TEF scores, my institution would not increase fees for current students, and commit to not increasing fees during their academic study, for both undergraduates and postgraduates.
If elected as your VPHE I pledge to work with students’ unions on reducing or freezing international students’ tuition fees and work with student’s unions in fighting against increased and differential tuition fees.
5. Held A 'Rave Against The Fees'.
6. Organised A Not-For-Profit Career Events.
7. Introduced Feedback Policy For Examinations
Feedback is the most important aspect of students academic experience. It allows students to progress through their assessments, improving and developing as academics. I created a policy for my university on examination feedback, ensuring know how they got their grades, and how to improve on them.
If elected as your next VPHE, I pledge to use my extensive knowledge on localised student issues, I've gained over 2 years as Education Officer at Reading to support students' unions, while ensuring students' unions have training on creating and introducing policy.
8. Trained Over 500 Academic Reps On Liberation.
9. Uncovered All Hidden Course Costs.
Over the past two years, my priority was making the SU more relevant for postgraduate students. There is a historical issue with postgraduates engaging within our structures, from the difference in academic timetables, to how union campaigns and societies isolate postgraduates. I doubled the number of postgraduate academic reps, doubled the number of postgraduate part-time officers and introduced a minimum of 40% representation in Student Voice, our democratic process.
If elected as your next VPHE, I pledge to lobby institutions for more responsive and flexible postgraduate bursaries and work with students’ unions and UCU on delivering postgraduate officer conventions to increase engagement and build campaigns to tackle issues on their academic experience and employment rights.
So what are you waiting for?!
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