This is a virtual space to discuss all things PGR-related. It is a safe place to share ideas, ask questions, find relevant details, and hold me to account. A monthly blog update will be posted to tell you what I have been up to in a post that allows you to comment and share your thoughts on any of my progress or setback. Looking forward to having some interactive discussion with you all.
I am responsible for representing the views and needs of the postgraduate research student community to the Guild, with a focus on well-being, welfare and academic interests of the research student community.
I lead on, and champion the experience of Postgraduate Research students at the University of Exeter, striving to ensure that the University and the Students' Guild are inclusive and mindful of the needs and experiences of Postgraduate Research students. Critically holds the University to account on all matters of Postgraduate Research.
Represents issues facing postgraduate research students at Exeter, and encourages the participation of these students in the work of the Guild and the life of the University.
Ensures that the Guild is effective in its representation of postgraduate research students within the University and that the organisation is sensitive to the needs of the whole postgraduate community.
Provides guidance on the Guild's communication methods, ensuring that all relevant information about activities, support and commercial services is effectively communicated.
Provides support for the full-time Guild Officers in representing postgraduate research student needs, and where necessary, attends relevant University and Guild meetings.
My priorities this year can be divided into three:
Welfare: the PhD process can be both isolating and exhausting. I plan to work with both the University and the Guild to insure better mental-health tailored facilities are available for PGR students at all times.
Social: working with the PG society, and through creating a new PG committee, I want to ensure all students are involved in social activities that are not only good for networking but also for studying, having reasonable breaks is always the best way to have more effective studying.
Academia: why are we in Exeter in the first place if it is not for our academic work? I want to ensure we get the best academic experience not only as a student but also as a PTA, many of whom are struggling with unfair system as in the eClaims, which is also on my agenda for review.