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Candidate for the position of VP Postgraduate

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Janice Hoang

Make better changes, together!!!

Hi, my name is Janice Hoang

·         3rd Year PhD student in Medical Education

·         Graduate Research Student Representative for Education 2018/2019

·         President – Vietnamese Society of Exeter 2018/2019

·         Academic Tutor of Making Sense of Evidence at Medical School

·         Data Analyst Internship at Wellbeing Service, University of Exeter 2018

·         Awardee - SciCulture ERASMUS+ Institutional Grant related to the future of     education, in particular exploring learning in the age of the Anthropocene with a focus on climate change

Position standing for: Vice President Postgraduate

Why are you standing for: 

 From my postgraduate student experience in Exeter, I realized the importance and necessity of a VP Postgraduate throughout working as postgraduate representative role last year. This role contributed to the general improvement for postgraduate student’s life including mine. However, when I received an email from the Guild and read the words “no one stands for this role”. I decided to stand for VP postgraduate, an invaluable role, and enrich students’ postgraduate experience.


What I plan to do if elected:

My main focus as a VP Postgraduate will enhance equality, wellbeing and promote interdisciplinary and international collaboration among postgraduate students. I will strive for postgraduate scholarships for fieldwork, conferences, publishing, workshops; PGR study spaces availability; and an improvement to wellbeing supports services.

  • Campaign for better Student Welfare. Now, the hardship and retention fund is only open in Term 1, Term 2 and Term 3, however research postgraduate students continue with their studies over summer time on Campus. Therefore, research postgraduate students will not be able to apply for this retention fund causing delays and uncertainty at a crucial time. Study space availability still needs to improve, especially labs for research students. Because there has been a considerable increase in number of students over 1000 students between 2017 and 2020. Meanwhile, research labs and study spaces  have not increased accordingly. Additionally, attending external workshops, conferences or conducting fieldwork are expensive and deemed an important part of their study (conference fees can be around £ 300 causing financial pressure for postgraduate students. However, the University support only £ 1000 per PhD students over 3 years. Furthermore gender equality needs realignment together with  race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation in the student community by communicational and educational activities. 
  • Create more events, workshops and activities to promote international and interdisciplinary collaboration for the student community. This can create a diverse platform for discussing, learning, sharing and working together to come up with innovative ideas and solutions on global issues such as climate change, population crisis, or global outbreak of infectious diseases. This can inform the university of possible pathways in achieving sustainability and enhance reputation for the University.
  • Work with the Academicteams in all faculties to support all international students with their UK visas pursuing academic careers after Master, MPhil or PhD degree encompassing, also, those affected by Brexit, resulting, possibly, in an increase influx of visas applications and uncertainty.   

How do I represent students?

·         Give regular feedback to the Guild & my Faculty

·         Actively participate in delivery of Welcome inductions

·         Attend Course & Faculty Meetings

·         Support Students OUTSIDE my remit

·         Being accessible to everyone

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