I’m currently studying Aerospace Engineering & am running for the part-time School Officer role. The School of Engineering & Technology is one of the most respected schools in the whole University thanks to the widely accepted rigour of its’ courses. It produces graduates with a high level of ability and plenty of interesting knowledge to share from areas such as Aerospace, Automotive, Electronic, Biomedical and much more.
I believe a great step for the School would be to increase its’ social media presence by sharing the research produced and the achievements of students with the public and employers, so if I were to be elected I would be sure to implement methods to give the school a more public voice and share what it does, much like some other Universities. This could be done by creating active Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat & YouTube accounts run by a group of students to document notable & exciting events, of which Engineering has plenty of.
Ultimately the majority are at University to increase their chances of obtaining a graduate level job, so a strong CV that contains more than just a degree is vital. I have ideas to create opportunities for students to add a competitive edge to their CVs. If elected, I will aim to create more awareness about competitions so students have a greater chance to take part in them. Trips and visits are a great way to get an insight and show some level of interest to employers, so I will make it a pledge to try and arrange a handful each semester.
As the part-time School Officer, it would be my role to deal with any issues students may have and pass them on to the most appropriate member of staff. I’m approachable and will always be happy for students to e-mail or talk to me should they have an issue and I will make it my aim to keep students posted on the resolution of their problem, making sure it is dealt with as quick as possible.
Some other issues that I would like to see to and that have been raised are the large sizes of some tutorial classes that effectively turn them into lectures and the somewhat restricted access to some workshops to perform group project work.