Penning your Education
I’m Penny, a third-year Psychology student, and I’m standing to become your VP Education.
From getting involved in academic representation as subject rep and college officer, and engaging with different student-led academic projects, I have developed a thorough understanding of issues faced by students in our academic experience. I want to use such knowledge and my perseverance to create changes that will make your education experience more enjoyable and valuable, and to stand up for your academic interests with senior university managers.
If elected as your VP Education, these are my priorities:
1. Students’ voice
I will work closely with the iExeter team in finalising the Academic Representation tile on iExeter app, allowing you to give feedback to your course reps easily.
I will work closely with VP Postgraduate to improve Academic Representation structure for postgraduate taught and research students.
I will create a standardised system which closes the feedback loop, informing you of the changes that your feedback and ideas create.
I will meet regularly with chairs and college officers and give them support where needed, stand up for them when there are barriers preventing them from making changes.
2. Promotion of Equality, Diversity, Inclusivity (EDI) in your academic experience
I will work closely with VP Welfare and Diversity to create an EDI representative role for each subject, integrated into current subject council structure, to promote discussion of EDI issues ingrained in academic experience in Student-Staff Liaison Committee meetings. These issues may include academic support for disadvantaged student groups such as mature students, carers, and students with disabilities.
I will work closely with the Provost Commission in their projects on an inclusive curriculum. Particularly, I will organise events similar to English department’s ‘Decolonising the Curriculum’ conference to start large-scale discussion between students and academics about inclusivity and diversity within current curriculum across all disciplines.
I will encourage celebration of diversity and inclusivity in academia by organising a series of talks on topics such as Queer Theories and Black History.
3. Student-led projects and academic societies
I will support academically beneficial student-led projects, such as academic journals, conferences, or academic talks. I will devise platforms, such as an online community for project leaders, to encourage students to create new projects and share good practices that may be useful for already existing projects.
I will work closely with VP Activities to support Academic Societies in organising academic events and projects in collaboration with university departments.
I am enthusiastic to bring about revolutionary changes to your education experience. I will have an active presence: online, through engaging use of social media; and offline through bookable office hours on both Streatham and St Luke’s campuses. I will listen to you and engage with you, and together we will be penning your education experience the best it can be. Please vote for me if you believe in my vision!