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Candidate for the position of VP Education

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Charlie Atkinson

I have worked as a writing mentor within the Writing Café, as well as currently being a Course Rep, and the School Rep for Humanities and Performing Arts. 

COVID-19 has been a major issue through this academic year. Ideally, the upcoming academic year will be less reliant on Zoom and blended learning. If this is the case, I will endeavour to ensure that students feel safe to return to campus, and I will also fight and lobby the university to ensure that those students who do not feel comfortable or ready to return to face-to-face teaching have alternate methods for teaching, as I understand the potential impact on student's mental health. If COVID-19 remains an issue next year, I will be aiming to ensure that the issues that have arisen from Zoom lectures and that staff understand how to improve teaching, by working with student groups such as Course Reps to communicate feedback of the issues students face with Zoom straight to the university.

The university is positioned to work with local businesses to help students to develop and progress. To try and achieve this, I want to advocate and express the opportunities that are available to students to work and gain experience within the city, be that through placements, part time work or volunteering, with the aim of helping students to leave university with as wide a range of experiences as possible. To do this, I aim to introduce clear advertisements for these roles through the SU website and publications. 

As a postgraduate, I understand that postgrad students can feel isolated and unrepresented within the student union. I will raise awareness of the role that Course Reps play within the SU, as well assisting the Postgraduate Officer to cultivate an attitude of inclusivity between Postgraduate Students and the SU.