My extended manifesto for RUSU elections 2018! If you have any questions about my policies, don’t hesitate to contact me via my email of email@example.com 🙂
A Bit About Me…
Hi, I’m Kyle, and I’m campaigning to be your next Education Officer. I’m a third-year Zoology student with a passion for animals, the environment, and student politics. I feel what really sets me apart from the competition is my wealth of experience, and my drive to make change. Here’s what I want to work on over the next year;
>Consistent Study Space
With the closure of the library, the current lack of study space is a problem most of us know only too well. If elected, I would continue to build on our current study space by ensuring completion of The Study 2 and that campus buildings are left open throughout the day for us to study in. Furthermore, I will continually investigate ways to add more study space options, with an emphasis on halls that are situated off-campus.
>Long-term ECF Procedure
For those that suffer from a long term disability or illness, the repeated requirement to fill out a new Extenuating Circumstances Form (ECF) for each assessment can be stressful and expensive. As Education Officer I would seek to complete any work done already on the long term ECF procedure and ensure within my tenure the new procedure is implemented effectively. I would liaise with relevant parties to monitor the new procedure and ensure it is fair and inclusive.
>Unfair Course Associated Costs
We all pay a lot of money to be at University, and so additional costs can be frustrating. Art students having to buy materials, bioscience students having to buy laboratory coats, geography students paying for compulsory field trips and any students having to pay to print out mandatory work all have a right to feel unhappy. If elected, I will investigate how these costs can be reduced by the University to make our education more affordable, and I aim to introduce an allowance per school that can help to alleviate these costs.
>Academic Representation on the RUSU App
The RUSU App should be in place by the next academic year, and it provides an excellent opportunity for us to promote academic representation. In-app features to anonymously allow you to report positives and negatives of your course, circulate The Reading Rep, and put you in contact with your course rep and school rep can all allow for rapid changes and fixes to your course. The ability to provide feedback at any given time instead of set points in the term means students can fix what they don’t like about their course and actually have the chance to see the changes.
>Student-led Learning Events
For the last two years, I’ve been heavily involved in a careers event within my own school of Biosciences. The Young Biologist Forum (YBF) is an event ran by students, for students, and it gives us a chance to have a say in what opportunities we get. The event has been very popular, and there has been real interest in similar events being held across the University in other schools. As Education Officer by working with next year’s School Reps I can help provide the experience for these to happen, and boost the opportunities Reading students get.
Over the last few years, we have suffered numerous nasty surprises in the sense that students are often late to hear of what is happening behind the scenes at Reading. PAS review, library renovation and industrial action have all caught students off-guard, and I think it is perfectly reasonable for us to expect more transparency from our institution. If I were to be elected, I would ensure students are always prioritised when there are new developments, and that your voice is always fairly represented.
>My Experience + Past Victories
I think it is important any potential new FTO has experience of RUSU. During my time at Reading I have been a Course Rep, a School Rep, and a Part-time Officer, allowing me to learn how RUSU works, how to campaign, how to represent students effectively and how to engage with committees. I’ve loved my time in these roles, and have achieved a number of things; improving dissection alternatives for bioscience students, running a campus-wide photography competition, and lobbying new biodegradable straw policy to name a few. I’ve developed a passion for student politics over numerous years, and I’m really excited at the prospect of continuing my work in RUSU as a full time officer if elected.
Thank you for taking the time to read my manifesto – as I said, if you want to know more about anything, please just get in touch!
Smile, Vote Kyle! 🙂