As we enter a new academic year, we wanted to provide an update on student representation, which is more important than ever given the unusual and challenging times we are currently facing. Student representation has been pivotal in making positive changes to courses, studies, resource and so much more, including ensuring students’ voices were, and continue to be, listened to during the coronavirus pandemic.
Following a Council and Officer review in 2019, several recommendations have meant that we are currently in an ongoing complete and thorough review of the Guild’s representational structure, leadership roles and governance. We had originally planned for this to be finalised in time for elections to be held in October, however we have readjusted this timeline to ensure that the new representation systems put in place are the right ones for all students.
We will of course be updating you throughout the year on this process and what it means for students.
What student representation is there for 2020/21?
Students this year will be represented by the Full-Time Officer team:
Sunday Blake, Guild President
Ruby Jones, VP Welfare & Diversity
Liv Harvey, VP Activities
Students will also be represented by:
Equality Reps (BAME Academic Experience Rep, International Academic Experience Rep, Accessibility in Education Rep)
Guild Council (we have simplified our councils, meaning Guild Council is the only one now)
Update on VP Postgraduate
We announced in August that Josip Martincic, who was elected as VP Postgraduate, will be stepping down from his role at the end of September – more details here. Postgraduate students will be represented by all the Full-Time Officers, as well as Subject Reps, PGR Reps and College Officers. We will update this further when a decision has been made by Trustee Board on what will happen with the position for this year.
If you have any questions about student representation, how you can get involved or what it is, please get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org. We welcome student feedback on how representation is working for them, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch.