Why is this role important?
Getting quality education is an important part of being a Student. Hence, a position such has this should not be taken lightly. It is part of what makes up the rankings on league tables. Also, while several education policies are currently being passed down there has to be a stable representation from the students who are also stakeholders in this education process.
Why I want to be in the role?
I believe I am the best person for this role because of these 3 things;
While I would be playing the role of an unjust judge. I intend to bring in some of my experience as a BME International PG Student and see how I can work with the existing structures to make the transitioning smoother. This would also lead to an increase in diversity of the student governing board, LUSU. Hence, the different sectors can be well-represented at discussion and policy-making meetings.
Also, I would like to address the recent TEF and HE Bill. While it has good intentions; the dark sides might be overlooked to easily. Should I be given this role, I would lobby the University around the future academic planning which would undoubtedly involve increase in fees. I, with the support of the LUSU team negotiate a freezing of fees as it better enables students and parents plan towards given their children quality education at such a prestigious University as Lancaster.
Also, I would be looking into things like BME Attainment Gap, to see if such hypothesis hold true at Lancaster. Given my background as a Masters student, I would be organising well thought out surveys and field experiments to get a true description of the current situation of the BME Attainment Gap at Lancaster University. Chairing and supporting campaigns like Why is my Curriculum White?
Also, the impact of BREXIT on the cost of running the institution. I would work closely with the University’s top management to the extent of my power to see areas where a compromise can be reached to have something favourable to both the University and the Students (prospective/current).
Finally, Free Wednesdays, should be elected into this position I would lobby for an incorporation of extra-curricular activities into a student’s curriculum. Thereby, taking the “extra” out of the extra-curricular. It needs to be engrained. Research has shown that participation of students in extra-curricular activities improves their employability’s by helping them develop skills such as Time-management, teamwork etc.