You want something done? Georgia is the one!
VICE PRESIDENT OF EDUCATION MANIFESTO
I’m Georgia; a 3rd year BSc Psychology student. Since coming to Stirling, I have been involved with the Union in various ways. From society member; to working on society committees; from being a module rep; to becoming Psychology Faculty Officer. I’m passionate about improving student welfare and experience; I feel that VP Ed would help me achieve this.
- Student support /Accessibility & Inclusion services
- ARUAA (Agreed Record of University Access Adjustments)
- Ensure all ARUAAs are followed: some staff continue to be reluctant to follow recommendations on ARUAA’s. I want to change this, so no student must fight for the help they need.
- Review the extension policy: recently the extension length was reduced from 2 weeks to 1 week. Resulting in a lot of unnecessary stress for students. I want to review the change; ensuring everyone gets an adequate extension length when required. As well as clarifying the use of these extensions on dissertations and drafts.
- Publicize ARUAA’s: I want to make sure that those who need accommodations can access them to aid their studies. However, there are many students unaware of things the university can do to help.
- Personal Tutors
- There are huge inconsistencies in the quality of personal tutors. Some students find the scheme hugely beneficial, whereas others feel it is not at all beneficial; which is unfair.
- Review entire scheme: I will encourage engagement from staff and students by highlighting the positive role of personal tutors.
- I would train tutors (e.g. Mental Health First Aid Training) so staff feel equipped to help tutees.
- Combine academic and pastoral support using personal tutors through education about physical/mental illnesses and the impact they have on university life.
- Space & Resources
- Parking: work with the university to increase the number of parking spaces. And look to reduce the cost of parking permits.
- Study space: continue finding solutions to the lack of study space; increase variety of types of study spaces to accommodate all learning styles.
- Increase disability access to study spaces and lectures/classes, particularly in Pathfoot.
- Implement subtitles on lectures on Listen Again to make them accessible to all.
- Library: increase number of core textbooks in the library and increase the number of journals accessible through university login.
- Joint Honours
- Improve organization of courses/modules.
- Look to provide more choice of modules.
- Review system of dissertations and improve available information regarding dissertations.
- Assessments & Marking
- Marking: look to standardize marking through reviewing the university marking scheme; offering frameworks/training for marking to remove potential disadvantages.
- Encourage use of online assessments and exams to increase accessibility.
- Review clustering of deadlines/exams and investigate possible solutions.
- Peer Mentoring
- Based on the success of peer mentoring in Psychology I would like to build a framework and guidance for peer mentoring to be implemented across all faculties, particularly for key skills such as critical thinking.