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Candidate for the position of VP Postgraduate

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Josip Martincic

Making the Postgraduate voice heard! #GladToBeAPostgrad

 

STUDENT EXPERIENCE

I will work on:

Desk space

I will unify the good work being done on this important topic by different groups in the University and keep students updated on progress.

University processes

I experienced the complex withdrawal from the Masters course to accept a PhD offer. I will streamline and simplify systems which cause unnecessary frustration to both students and staff. 

PG-specific advisor

With the upcoming UCU strikes, the University will have money to redistribute. I will ensure we get dedicated wellbeing support.

PG Mental Health and Wellbeing Week

I created this successful campaign last year and will run it termly.  

BME and LGBTQ+ Profiles

For Black and LGBT History Months, I will run profiles of current postgraduates about the personal impact of icons from their communities. 

 

Academic Representation

I will: 

  • have termly 1-2-1 meetings with PG reps

  • reward Rep of the Month, raising your profile and sharing good practice

  • guarantee refreshments at all Guild meetings chaired by me, as this is the least we can do to say thank you

 

MATURE STUDENTS

Anyone over the age of 21 is considered a mature student, which is most PGs. We have specific needs and I will address them in this role. 

IT induction 

The University expects a level of technological literacy. Having done my undergraduate degree at another university, I needed support to navigate the Exeter systems. I will lobby for a comprehensive, inclusive induction for PG students.

Rights as tenants 

Landlords abuse mature students, who experience issues such as being forced to pay council tax. I will make sure that any such agencies are not University approved.

 

PGTs

You make up nearly 15% of the student population, but the University often overlooks your diverse international community, with your complex needs not being met. I will address this by running consultations and inviting you to relevant meetings.

 

PGCE

Students have limited time (1st term) to get accustomed to St. Luke’s and the University. If elected, I will:

  • Ensure better Guild presence at St. Luke’s, including Freshers’ Week

  • Lobby for the return of the shop, which has been missed by the community

  • Spend one day a week on St. Luke's, meeting reps and running proportionately equal amount of socials

 

PGT Reps

Masters students need a stronger presence on SSLC and I will ensure this through training and following-up with staff members. 


 

PGRs

As a current PhD student, I know first-hand the challenges we face as a community, especially in the current funding climate. I will lobby the university for more college-level PhD scholarships.

 

PTAs

A lot of PGRs, including myself, teach. The Guild only represents us as students, not employees, so why are the University and UCU not representing us fairly?

If elected, I will:

  • Ensure all colleges and, where applicable, departments have a PTA rep

  • Liaison with these reps on PTA rights, including fair marking pay

  • Ensure PTAs have good communication with the UCU PGR rep

  • Advertise existing HR PTA workshops and lobby for more online, widely accessible content 


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