Candidates for Education President

Candidates for Education President

Nat Hobkirk

Ahliya Nalla

Tom Taylor

Nat Hobkirk

Hiya, I’m Nat and I’m your current SU President, running for the role of President of Education. This year in the job I have developed leadership qualities which I believe I can continue to use to benefit SMSU, and I hope I have shown how passionate I am about representing students. Another year in this role would provide me with the opportunity to fulfill tasks I have already started, and to make an even bigger impact to St Mary’s students. My manifesto points are:

  • Removal of the 40% cap: I have written a paper and submitted it to the university. I want to be able to complete and implement this. 
     
  • Variation of assessment: To ensure all courses offer a range of assessment options to accommodate for different abilities. This has been started this year and I want to ensure it is successfully completed.
     
  • Academic Advisor: I have written a business case for an Advisor to be considered by the university. I have dealt with a large amount of cases around academic appeals and complaints. I want to strive to ensure the SU has someone who is professionally trained to deal with cases of this nature.
     
  • Policies: To use the skills I’ve learnt from writing the University’s Mental Health Strategy, to implement other policies around bullying, sexual harassment, racism and homophobia. 
     
  • Timetabling: To improve the system as this year saw many hiccups in the process of students receiving their timetables either late or that were inaccurate.

Ahliya Nalla

 

My name is Ahliya Nalla. I am a 3rd-year geography student and I love helping others. I have worked with the SU senior leadership team as the international officer for 2 years, ensuring the student experience of international students is the best it can be. I am also a proactive global peer mentor and course rep. Now I want to help the entire student body as the education president. Given the chance, there are many things I wish to achieve as your representative. However, these are the three key areas I wish to work on - on your behalf:

1. CUT HIDDEN COURSE COSTS

-Fieldwork trips, learning resources, course kits, DBS checks and travel for placement, to name but a few.

2. SPREAD OUT DEADLINES

-Stagger deadlines to make each semester more manageable to ensure the physical and emotional wellbeing of students is the best it can be. (Even at the end of the semester!)

3. IMPROVE THE ASSESSMENT PROCESS

-Ensure students are receiving effective feedback that reflects the grade they receive and enables them to improve, such that their degree results reflects their true abilities.  

With your vote, we can break down the barriers to student achievement to help Simmies reach their full potential. Thank you!

Tom Taylor

To all St Mary’s Students,

As students paying a large amount of money for the opportunity to study at St Mary’s University, we are entitled to the best possible education that the institute can offer. The main aim for my manifesto is to guarantee that all students get the highest quality of education possible.

Campaign Points:

  1. To work with the various schools to ensure that all teaching staff are evaluated by heads of schools at least once a year, to establish whether the content is being delivered clearly and that staff facilitate the learning of all students within the courses.
  2. Refine the ways that feedback is given by introducing an end of semester report by schools, which will clearly indicate different marks achieved and exactly how they affect your overall degree. With the ultimate goal being, to have a more transparent online area, similar to the ‘Student Record’, where all feedback received throughout your degree will be present.
  3. Have course specific talks from the Careers and Student services at the start of the year, to ensure all student know exactly what the different services can do to help them.
  4. Spearhead the revival of ‘Simmies Angels’ that ran in previous years, providing water and sandwiches for students coming back on the buses from viper and ensuring people get back to halls safely.
  5. First Aid training and Mental Health Awareness courses provided for Senior Residents, to allow them to assist with issues that may arise whilst living in halls.

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