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Hey everyone, my name is Mari and I am your elected Education Officer for this year. My role is to support your studies and ensure that you get the most out of your experience at Keele. I am responsible for a number of projects including Student Voice Representatives, whereby your opinions can be acted on at both a course and school level. My role also includes making sure that your voice is heard and acted on, as well as providing change to university processes including Exceptional Circumstances.

I’m a single honours Sociology graduate though I started my journey at Keele on a social sciences foundation year. During my time at Keele I have been a Student Voice Representative for three years, a Lead Voice Representative for two years and have also been involved in a number of academic societies, though in my spare time I love video games and gardening :)

Talk to me about:

  • Become a Student Voice rep
  • Issues on your course of study
  • Accessibility of resources

 

Email me at su.educationofficer@keele.ac.uk or contact me on social media below:

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Update from your Education Officer!

Hi everyone,

A lot has happened since the summer so I thought I would give you some updates about what I've been up to this semester!

Keele App

Last week, the University confirmed that the Keele App will be back from the start of next semester! This should mean that you can access your timetable from your phone in the new year. Although it should never have got to this stage, it is a massive win for students and demonstrates the power of the student voice to make change.

Student Voice Reps

Alongside the Student Voice team we rebranded ‘StARs’ and renamed them ‘Student Voice Representatives’. We had a record level of engagement and introduced ‘Lead School Voice Reps’ and ‘Sustainability Voice Reps’ for this academic year.

Electronic Attendance Monitoring and Free Printing Policies

At KeeleSU’s Union General Meeting in November, motions were passed about Electronic Attendance Monitoring and free printing. I’ll be spending some of the holidays drafting these policies before sharing them with you!

Get it in Writing

A couple of weeks ago I launched my ‘Get it in Writing’ campaign. Whenever you meet with your tutor or an academic and you’re unsure of what was discussed and you need further clarification you should send them an email to make sure you’re doing the right thing. You can view the video here:

Communication with Students

As the Vice-Chancellor mentioned in his ‘Season's Greetings’ email, communication is sometimes difficult. As an elected officer team we have been working with Marketing and Student Services to ensure that communication with students about key issues such as parking, laundrettes and accommodation is better in the future.

Study Space

Lack of study space has been a massive issue in the last few years, especially due to the recent growth in student numbers. I’ve been working with the library to make sure that the space in there is utilised properly, especially for visually impaired students. I’ve encouraged the University to show students how to book rooms outside of the library and pushed for IT suites to be open later and over the weekends. We’re still encouraging the University to invest in K2 as it has the potential to be a flexible study space during the day and a night club in the evening.

This is just a snippet of what I’ve been up to, but I thought it was time for an update! If you feel like there is something else I should be working on, please let me know. I hope you have a lovely break over Christmas and you get the chance to have some time to relax! If you need anything over the Christmas period feel free to get in touch at su.educationofficer@keele.ac.uk, or via Facebook or Twitter

Best wishes, 

Jeff

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