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Candidate for the position of Medicine and Health College Officer

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Ferdinand Boucher

A graduate medical student here to represent all who study at the college, at all locations (including St Lukes, Streatham, Truro, Barnstaple and Torbay).

Hello everyone,

After studying for five years at the college, first completing a Medical Sciences degree, and now studying Medicine, I'm here to represent all our amazing students who study at the college. I've held multiple roles in my past years both with the Guild and the University. Within the Guild I have been on multiple society committees and been the Medical Societies Officer (which allowed me to represent all medical societies to the Guild full-time officers). This has allowed me to appreciate the diversity of the Guild, the work they carry out as well as their core structure. Within the University more widely, I have led on multiple peer support networks and have taken a digital lead with the BMBS website development. I believe stepping up to the role of College Officer is the perfect progression for me to offer the college great leadership and drive to move forward.

Within my role, I wish to achieve some key aims which I know will strengthen the college as a whole and continue to uphold the great work of our varied student representatives. These include:

  • Organising a monthly 'sit down and chat' hour where everyone would be welcome to come and chat with me, when we can talk about all things academic or extra-curricular which you'd like to raise at University, or importantly for some down-time to chat and relax
  • Organise two meetings per term with all student representatives in the college, allowing for greater communication and interdisciplinary work. This will aim to include all extra-curricular positions that students have. Older years may recall this being called the "St Lukes Executive", which was unfortunately removed by the Students Guild.
  • Organising a monthly email addressed to the whole college which will collate all extra-curricular opportunities available to all students (including conferences, competitions, and other events). For too long some amazing work from our students has gone unnoticed, and one must rely heavily on Facebook to find this out. I want to increase the accessibility of these, ensuring everyone is made aware of these opportunities. I will work with all societies as well as national reps for other organisations to ensure a continuous breadth in the events being advertised.
  • Continue to strive for greater equality and equity between St Lukes and Truro campus. Unfortunately, there continues to be a lack of equality of opportunities, a lack of clear representation, a lack of clear information as well as integration of students who study in Truro with the Guild. Many of you will have already signed my open letter to the Guild highlighting their appalling laws and bylaws with regards to students studying on our Cornwall campus and requesting change. With my role, I will continue to break down these walls, and ensure great parity across all campuses.

My email address is fb339@exeter.ac.uk if you would like to ask me anything about my manifesto or aims for the year ahead.

I hope I can count on your vote to represent you next year.

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