Sam Johnson Audini
UG Academic candidate
The one thing I'd change about Durham would be the extension system and formalising it between departments.

Manifesto

I’m Sam, a Castle Combined Honours finalist. I’m running to make academia accessible for all. As LGBT+ Association President, and Course Rep, I know limited academic support and resources jeopardise our education. I am standing on a platform that will modernise Durham and bring all departments to the standard of other leading universities. As your Undergraduate Academic Officer, I will focus on four key areas:

BETTER ACADEMIC SUPPORT

  • Clear guidelines for communication between departments and colleges when things go wrong
  • Reforming the academic advisor system
  • Increasing provision in the Language centre for international students to help them to adapt to a new academic culture

INNOVATION IN TEACHING AND ASSESSMENT

  • Departmental recognition of good lecturers and tutors.
  • Working with Associations and Academic societies to continue the fight for a more up to date, inclusive curriculum.
  • Encouraging the use of new learning formats outside of traditional seminar and lecture structures.
  • Innovation within assessment besides essays and exams.

IMPROVING RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN DEPARTMENTS AND STUDENTS

  • Opposing any cuts to student support within departments.
  • A more transparent module application system.
  • Pushing for student support staff in departments to be mental health first aid trained.
  • Reforming the extension system to one with student wellbeing at its core and removing needless bureaucracy.

IMPROVING LEARNING RESOURCES AND STUDY SPACE

  • Alternative reading lists including podcasts, online lecture series and documentaries.
  • All core reading available online as a minimum.
  • Subscription to a wider range of academic journals, especially journals that specifically focus on race, sexuality and gender.
  • Better advertising of study space and pushing for all departments to have their own working areas.

I will put students at the heart of academia and give you a say in your education. #HaveYourSay VoteSamJA