Meet the candidates: Education

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The Education Officer takes care of anything academic-related. This includes topics such as personal tutors, placements, exam conditions, appeals, research and feedback (to name a few). They are also responsible for coordinating the Academic Reps, the Faculty Reps and the Senate Reps. Moreover, they take the lead on postgraduate issues and meet regularly with senior University staff members.

Elliott Campbell

What manifesto promise is the most important to you?elliot

Improving the quality of coursework feedback and encouraging the wider provision of exam feedback across departments. Only because this is something that personally I felt has had a really negative impact on my experience. We’ve all come here to learn, but without high quality feedback, this is exceptionally tricky to do.

What do you think is going to win the campaign for you?

Hopefully it’ll be my extensive representational experience, as well as the policies I stand for. I also think it’s worth mentioning that I’m a fighter – I’ve clashed with University Senior Management before and I’m not against doing it again. I do understand that sometimes it’s important to work together,  but this isn’t always the case and can occasionally cause more harm than good. I am not prepared to just sit and be the VC’s lapdog.

What would you class as a successful year?

At the risk of sounding cliche – making real change. I think a year wouldn’t be successful unless I’d had a major positive impact on the educational experience of at least one student’s life. It’s easy to think of the student body as one entity, but I think it’s also important to not forget that they’re actually a collection of individuals, and if I can’t make a difference to people at an individual level then I won’t feel like I achieved anything

If you could change one thing about the Uni, regardless of money, what would you do?

I’m not sure this is directly related to the Uni, but Bathwick Hill is a joke. So I think I’d either install a giant escalator or ski lift up the hill to save the hike and fix the perpetual bus issues too – there’s a Presidential policy for you!

What is your favourite thing about the city of Bath?

The views. Walking down Widecombe Hill at sunset is awesome. I doubt many other university towns are quite so lucky.

Which three songs would you take to a desert island with you?

Brimful of Asha – Corner Shop (Norman Cook remix.)

Hurt – Johnny Cash

Ziggy Stardust – David Bowie.

Do you support the new academic year shape?

Bluntly – No. But I think there is scope to look at how the year is structured, I just think the particular model the Uni tried to thrust at us isn’t the right one. It is worth having an open conversation though, but it would have been nice to have had it without feeling like we only had one option, and that a change HAD to be made.

Lucy Woodcock

What manifesto promise is the most important to you? lucy

To boost academic representation and ensure that we have effective feedback loops in place within departments. We have a strong academic representation system at Bath and it is important that everyone benefits from it. Communication is vital and can definitely be improved.

What do you think is going to win the campaign for you?

My enthusiasm, experience and determination.

What would you class as successful year?

A successful year would comprise of me achieving my goals, delivering change, improving experiences & increasing engagement and participation, with lots of learning and fun along the way!

If you could change one thing about the Uni, regardless of money, what would you do?

Introduce common rooms into every department with working space, social space, tasty refreshments, entertainment and nap pods!

What is your favourite thing about the city of Bath?

The friendly buzz all around – it is like living in a big village! The stunning architecture, great pubs and beautiful views from the Skyline walk are pretty good too.

Which three songs would you take to a desert island with you?

To chill:           Banana Pancakes by Jack Johnson

To dance:        Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson

To sing:           Livin’ On A Prayer by Bon Jovi

Do you support the new academic year shape?

I do not support the new academic year shape in its current form as it poses too many problems for the student body and the disadvantages outweigh the benefits.

I’ve enjoyed being part of the group working alongside the current Education Officer on this as part of the ongoing consultation with the University.

It will be interesting to see how the situation develops and I hope that the outcome will be a positive one for all students.

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Benjamin is the former Deputy Editor-in-Chief of bathimpact and covers stories on University of Bath, University of Bath Students’ Union, Bath politics and student issues

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