1. Why did you get involved with the SU?
As a student representative, I wanted to ensure our voices as students were heard. At times I felt there were issues faced at a school and faculty level that were never acted upon with students in mind, so I decided to run for Education Officer to ensure students are represented.
2. If you could achieve one thing in your year as an officer, what would it be?
I want to review the levels of representation at a Faculty and School level, through collaboration with the Education team. A School Student representative role will be created to bridge the gap between student representatives and Faculty officers.
3. Who’s your icon?
For me, my icon would be Angela Rayner. She trained as a caregiver and eventually became a trade union representative within Unison, and is now the Shadow Secretary of State for Education. She is an icon for me as she reminds me to believe in myself, coming from an area where very few people attend University or even consider a role like this, she inspires me to carry on and believes in myself.
4. Away from student politics, what do you like to do?
Aside from politics, I actively read up on the ever-changing discipline of Organisational Psychology. After my time in office, I hope to continue my studies into the discipline, particularly focusing on teamwork and the perceptions of management.
5. What’s your best memory of being a student at UoM?
My best memory was probably running a Dementia Friend session. I remember feeling extremely nervous that no one would attend, but we, in fact, had around 30 people attend the training session. It was a good day for me and it really built my confidence up.
6. What’s your proudest moment?
My proudest moment was probably receiving my final grade. I have graduated with a 2:2 which for some may not seem impressive, but I am graduating with a wealth of experience and skills, and despite the challenges I faced throughout the degree I managed to complete it.
7. What are you going to do for me, the average UoM student, to improve my everyday life?
I want to ensure the University priorities your mental health and wellbeing as a priority. Especially during exams and coursework season. No student should be turned away due to the service almost being closed for the day. And I want to ensure the support available on campus is designed and implemented for students.