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#relyonbry #togetherweARE

#relyonbry #togetherweARE

Hello! I’m Bry and I’m standing for VP Education because I want to help enable students to thrive in their degrees as much as I have in mine. Whether we enjoy it or not, studying is the fundamental reason for being at university and I want every student to feel encouraged and supported. Therefore, my manifesto is based on #togetherweARE because together we need ACCESS to, RESOURCES for and ENGAGEMENT with our education.

Who am I?

  • A final-year Theology with Arabic Studies student
  • Deputy Subject Chair for Theology and previously SSLC Rep for FCH
  • Student Ambassador, SSIS Student Advocate and Humanities Ambassador
  • Welcome Team Member
  • Have been involved in many different societies in the last three years, including Xpression, Soul Choir, Theology Society, Arabic and Middle Eastern Society, Exeposé and A Capella Society

Got questions? I’d love to meet you!

Promises

  1. ACCESS TO EDUCATION: to ensure consistent help, regular support and equal opportunity for all students
  2. RESOURCES FOR EDUCATION: to materially support all students to enable effective learning and study
  3. ENGAGEMENT WITH EDUCATION: to engage all students in enhancing their academic life at university and in employability opportunities beyond graduation

ACCESS

  • FAIRER TIMETABLE FOR ALL: to ensure that no student has longer than an 8 hour day (e.g. lectures starting at 8.30am guaranteed to end by 4.30pm) and a 1 hour break for those with 7 hours of timetabled classes
  • 2 WEEKS FOR JANUARY EXAMS: continuing to push for an expansion of the exam period
  • DEADLINE CLUSTERING: review how deadlines are set to ensure that students are not bombarded all at once
  • STANDARDISATION OF REFERENCING WITHIN COLLEGES: condensing subject handbooks to make methods of referencing more transparent, particularly to help FCH students
  • MITIGATION: lobby the university to make the mitigation system centralised, more efficient and fairer
  • STUDY SKILLS SESSIONS: sessions timetabled into the teaching day for first year UG and PGT students. Academic tutors to give small groups of students advice (e.g. on essay writing/referencing) to ensure a smooth transition into university life
  • STUDY ABROAD: set up a review of study abroad options to ensure foreign universities provide adequate support and reflect Exeter's standard of academic excellence
  • MODULE WEIGHTING: reviewing assessment of modules to ensure the workload reflects accreditation to guarantee parity of student experience


RESOURCES

  • FREE COFFEE: for students with four timetabled classes starting at 8.30
  • CHARGING STATIONS: on campus for laptops and phones
  • REQUESTING NEW BOOKS: online applications rather than going through Library Champions
  • LIBRARY FOBS: to withdraw books more easily, especially if you forget or lose your uni card!
  • QUALITY STUDY SPACE: continuing to lobby the university for more study space and more effective utilisation of the space already available. Quality study spaces need good lighting, close plug sockets, a nearby printer and access to water fountains
  • EXPANSION OF STUDY SPACE APP: need to differentiate types of study space available


ENGAGEMENT

  • RE-THINKING READING WEEK: pushing for an October reading week for all subjects with a year-group specific focus
    • First years - week 6 break for welfare and wellbeing purposes
    • Second years - to explore study abroad and placement options
    • Third years – to focus on internship and grad applications
    • Series of employability workshops open to all culminating with an “Alumni Experience Fair”, bringing alumni from all areas of work to showcase the range of job opportunities for Exeter graduates. (But if you still want to read, you can do that too…)
  • ONLINE ACCESS TO YOUR SSLC: iExeter app to provide online anonymous forums to ensure ease of access for students and a coherent collection of feedback for reps
  • MEET AND GREET YOUR PERSONAL TUTOR EVENT: to push for every department to have an event at the beginning of the year guaranteeing that every student knows their personal tutor
  • TEF: with fees set to increase for International and EU/Home students next year, the university must be held accountable for the reinvestment of money back into student experience

#relyonbry #lovelesslovesmore

 

 

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