Dean Tsang

I am running for the role of VP Education as I believe the role is crucial in representing the student voice. With the threat of TEF and the HE Bill, that voice is more important than ever. There have been some great developments with academic representation this year, with more students sitting in Senate, and faculty forums providing a stronger structure for students to come together and voice their opinions on certain issues.

However, there is still a fair way to go. Lancaster needs to elect a  FTO team this year who will collaborate with and challenge the University as it moves closer to its 2020 strategy, and ensuring that the voice of the students are heard loud and clear.

My policies are to:

  • Continue strengthening academic representation by working with PTOs and liberation campaigns to ensure all aspects of academic representation are covered; giving a clearer structure of where reps can go if they are having difficulty in engaging with students/staff.

 

  • Give students more access to study spaces allowing for non-society groups to be able to book into vacant seminar rooms and workspaces on iLancaster; looking into areas in campus and town where spaces can be repurposed into study areas.

 

  • Campaign for more electronic assessment and feedback, encouraging more paperless essay submissions across departments to lower printing costs and help Lancaster reduce its carbon footprint.

 

  • Strengthen employability in all faculties by encouraging integration of careers with more departments; working with departments and JCRs in contacting alumni to come and visit departments to give first-hand advice on specific career pathways; campaigning for more awareness of careers services such as Targetjobs, as well as more specificity in job alerts.

 

  • Provide a stronger awareness of learning sessions including English Language and Maths provisions for international students; plagiarism, managing workload and referencing.

As the PGT faculty rep for FASS, I have shown passion for student representation by regularly gathering student data through Student Voice, and also in helping facilitate faculty forums. My feedback as an academic rep has lead to adjustments in the scheduling of workshop submissions and has started discussion on giving students access to vacant study spaces in LICA. I also currently have a seat on Senate as a student representative, allowing for engagement with students and staff in all levels of consultation.

 At the moment, I am currently working on a report on PGT assessment and feedback across multiple departments, and have recently joined the Make Your Voice Heard campaign, which will look into raising awareness of academic reps and methods of student engagement.

If elected, I promise to combine my experience in student representation and my passion for education together to represent you to the best of my ability.

#TsangCan make a difference.