Hello! My name is Lisa and I’m the Academic Affairs Officer. Last year I graduated with a degree in Philosophy from St Aidan’s where I was heavily involved with the Junior Common Room. During my time in Durham I tried everything from opera to pool, and spent many late nights discussing politics and the latest reality TV (Made in Chelsea anyone?). That’s what I love most about university; you have the opportunity to try so many different things and get to know people you probably never thought you’d meet.
My aim for this year is to be an Academic Affairs Officer anyone feels they could come to with a problem, an idea or just a chat. I’m looking forward to working hard to advance the representational structures and involve more students in shaping their educational experience. I’ll be focusing on promoting course reps, developing postgraduate feedback systems and improving student facilities. Feel free to contact me with any questions or queries or if you see me around say hi!.
The Direction of the Union Every year your Student Officers will work on three priority objectives, and our new officers are working on developing these priorities right now. These are not the only areas they will be working on, but they are their key focus. They report on their progress towards these priorities during Assembly.
1. I will fix the Course Rep system so your academic interests are represented...
Because students should be at the centre of academic life in Durham, and that means student representatives that are supported and empowered to make changes.
2. I will reform academic representation of post graduates...
Because currently there are huge inconsistencies across the University in the way post-graduates are listened to, and change is needed to make sure your voice is at the centre of discussions.
3. I will fight for the rights of post-graduate research students...
Because PHD students are in a sense both staff and students, they often fall within the gap and end up vulnerable in difficult situations. I will work for better training, more support from supervisors, and fairer pay conditions.