A vote for Sarah is a vote for success
My name is Sarah Kwedi and I am the current vice-president for Education. I am also a masters graduate in Law and a previous undergraduate law student here at the University of Hertfordshire .This means that I have been at the University for almost 5 years, thus have a good understanding of the student life here and more specifically what needs to be improved on.
Before coming into my present role I was also a student guide, during my studies here and I helped international students in their first week at uni to settle down and find their feet. I have also beeen part of different societies and student led projects in my time at University.
This goes to show that I am peoples' person and I derive joy from doing things and fighting a cause that will benefit the general good of students. Based on this, what better way to continue in this path than to be a vice-president for Education were I can work to further represent the academic interest of our students and set up campaigns that work for their benefit.
What have I done so far?
I was the mind behind setting up Acadmic English and Mathematics support which is now accessible to all students. In previous years there was not much around academic support for students except for Case in the Business school. But by introducing this support to all students accessible in both libraries Monday-Friday I have contributed to ensuring students academic success.
I also set up and led on the academic misconduct campaign #steessless. This campaign was aimed at informing students on what qualifies as academic misconduct and the consequences that come with it. Alongside this I worked to ensure that students remain stress free during exams by giving out free water, fruits and exams essentials.
I also worked on addressing the attainment gap for BME students, by putting in place student advocates to address the issue and research on students' needs towards improving on their academic success.
Other things I worked on include setting up events for black history month. Working closely with student representatives on ensuring to gather student feedback to be taken to the University's management.
What I will do:
I want to start a campaign for a general review of marking and feedback, to ensure this process is anonymous at transparent and in the best interest of students.
I want to set up a hardship fund system that provides financial assistance to every student irrespective of their country of origin. This in a bid to acknowledge that all students can go through hard times and they need to be supported accordingly.
I also want to lobby for the University to provide end of year books for all courses in their final year of studies. I believe that a student's journey to graduation is important and having memories to mark that experience is key. It is also important for our students on graduation day to feel like they are valued a symbol of which is their end of year photo in the graduation magazine.
I also want to campaign on ensuring that services to improve on our graduates' employability skills are enhanced. In this sense I want to work closely with careers and employment and other services within the schools to make sure that students across disciplines have their skills enhanced.
I want to lobby for the right to work of international students upon graduation. Most international students come from across the globe to seek a UK education, but also to acquire the relevant work experience. However the current immigration laws make it hard for them to obtain jobs after graduation. Nevertheless there are several companies across the UK that are willing to sponsor international students visas seeking employment, and I want to make it my priority that students across disciplines are made aware of who these companies are and what the process entails to obtain these working contracts.
I also want to support our commuting students in their journey at education across different aspects such as, lobby the university to amend timetables for students that are traveling from for over 90 minutes to get to uni. To lobby for a commuters space with lockers where they can stay during the day and keep their belongings safely without having to dash in and out of uni as soon as lectures are done. I want more commuters breakfast, support for parking, and commuters accommodation. This accommodation will be a pool of few rooms that are bookable through out the year for days where commuters will gain on spending the night due to exams or other University commitments.
Vote for me vote to continue our journey to success.