Sophie Schenk

Peninsula Medical School


I am a third year medical student and the Peninsula Medical School Representative. This role interests me because I value good interaction between students and staff. Students need to have a voice to raise issues that are important to them, and to be part of the decision making process to facilitate progressive changes. Through this sort of collaboration students will have a more positive academic experience. I believe as the medical school representative I will communicate effectively with the course representatives to discuss student concerns professionally. I’m confident that I can find ways to improve student satisfaction through brainstorming with course representatives. I will enjoy representing the medical school and presenting in UPSU and university meetings.

A specific area of concern relates to student feedback for academics following each lecture.

  • I sense that the quality of lectures could be improved if more students gave honest anonymous feedback via the app. I would encourage fellow students to do this.
  • I would also strive for more consultation with students before strategic decisions are made. Even changes to the JBB cafeteria affected us.

I will:

  1. Listen to fellow medical students' worries and concerns and welcome their ideas and feedback and communicate these on their behalf at meetings.
  2. Represent all medical students and their interests.
  3. Support constructive changes and communicate important information back to my student colleagues.

I believe I have suitable skills for the position, having had experience as the captain of science and a member of the prom committee during A-levels. Last year I was secretary of the Plymouth University Yacht Club so I have practice in communicating, listening and organising. Above all, I am a friendly, caring, reliable person who is easily approachable and ready to represent my medical school.

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