What made you decide to run for Academic Officer?
I want to improve the time of every student at York, present and future.
Sum up your main policies.
– I will get more lectures recorded to provide students with more value for their money, and to help those with disabilities, medical issues [and] those who don’t speak English as their first language.
– I will get module feedback placed online so students can make an informed choice about what to study. I also want departments to say what they’ve changed as a result of this feedback.
– I will make supervisors more aware of the college welfare teams to relieve pressure on Open Door.
Describe yourself in three words.
Smart, thoughtful, focused.
What makes you different to the other candidates?
I’m focused on practical change. Due to my experience, I know what problems students face, and I’ve worked with the University administration [team] before, so I know how these can be solved. My policies aren’t ‘blue sky thinking’ – they’re easy to implement, and would have a real impact on students’ time at York.
What experience do you have that will be good for the role?
I’ve been a Senate Rep for the past year, so I have experience interacting with and representing student views to the highest levels of the University. I’ve also been the LGBT Rep and Welfare Rep for Derwent College – so I have experience running campaigns, helping students, and I know the extent to which problems with your course impact on your time at York.
What will you do differently to George Offer, the current Academic Officer?
The role of Academic Officer needs to be more visible. Whilst a large part of the role is attending ‘behind the scenes’ meetings, I will make a greater effort to keep students informed as to what I’m working on. Lecture shout-outs and block runs shouldn’t just be restricted to campaigning. They’d be a great way to keep students updated on what I’d be up to if I’m elected.
Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.
I once covered my entire body in blue paint to dress up as Mystique from the X-Men movies.
What do you think of the other candidates?
It’s great that the candidates running come from such a variety of backgrounds and would be able to put their unique spin on the position!
What do you think the biggest challenge you’ll face during elections will be?
Juggling campaigning with my course – it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of the elections!
What’s your campaign strategy?
I want to get out there and talk to as many students as possible, finding out what their problems are, and figuring out how to solve them!