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Manifesto in 30 seconds

The main point on my manifesto is feedback, more communication between tutors and students, especially in regards to marking – students feel uncomfortable if their marking is unfair, students need to realise that if you have a complaint go to your course representatives.  Again in my manifesto, I want to promote course representatives.

Most important changes you’d like to make…

Firstly, the marking scheme – for students to feel more comfortable, if they feel it is unfairly marked then they can approach their course representatives.  Secondly, I’d like to promote careers fairs and events more throughout the university, I also think we should go through different avenues such as guest speakers and to promote students to go, as these are important.

Where do you see yourself in a year’s time, if you win the election?

I’d like to be in a position so that I can look back at the year I’ve had and accomplished everything that I have set out to and be proud and make the university better for all students.

What makes you the strongest candidate?

I feel my manifesto is unique, I’ve never seen the main point on my manifesto before – and I know this is a concern amongst students.  Also, I’m motivated, competitive and I have the idea’s of what I want to do, and I think I’ve got it in me to accomplish these things.

How can you improve on the last VP’s work?

I think it’s so different this year as our job description has changed so much.  I know Libby has done a lot with the mature students, international students and other under-represented groups – I will still be working with these people along with VP Welfare.  I know she wanted to do a lot online, such as forums – what to do to improve on this will be to improve the communication between students and course representatives.

 

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Manifesto in 30 seconds

I want to get individual exam feedback and for the representation aspect of the role, I’m looking to get international, post-grad and mature students more involved in societies.  I’m also looking at the heart of Clifton and working with the contractors to make sure that everything is on plan.  Also looking at video recording to be continued in lectures, and finally, having course specific software put into computers in 24-hour libraries – so it is available all day to students.

Most important changes you’d like to make…

The individual exam feedback because this is a massive part of what I want to do as on most courses, if students fail exams, they have no real feedback of were they went wrong or what to improve on for the future.  Also, software on all 24-hour computers is important, I have done Chemistry this year and it has been an issue for me not having software available after 8pm.  And finally, the under-represented groups – getting them more involved in societies, and building a bridge with VP Activities to help with this.

Where do you see yourself in a year’s time, if you win the election?

Hopefully I will have achieved all of my aims, with having only 5 main manifesto points, this means they are all achievable.  Hopefully we have a new heart of Clifton, individual exam feedback and all of my other points achieved.  And hopefully pass on to the next VP Education having everything I want to achieve in place as a core structure for them.

What makes you the strongest candidate?

I’ve been at Trent for four years, so I’ve had a lot of experience with dealing with the education system here and understanding how it works.  I also know a lot of course representatives and I’ve also always been a member of the Hindu society, so I feel that this is where my strength lies.

How can you improve on the last VP’s work?

I know that Libby has worked hard on getting video recording in lectures, and she’s done well on that – apart from that, that’s the only thing that I am going to continue to improve and work on.  I would also like to get ‘video-capsuling’, which is used in main lecture theatres, more available to all lecture theatres.

 

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Manifesto in 30 seconds

I am a course representative, so already have experience of being able to represent students and being able to present their problems and have something do., so I know I can handle the pressure.  I want to be able to change the SU and the executive because they’re a bit too distant – no one really knows what they do for the university and the SU.   So I want to become a familiar face so people can trust who I am and that I’m doing a good job.

Most important changes you’d like to make…

It’s not that I want to change anything, I want to make sure that everyone get their voices heard and because they are paying for their education, I want to make sure they are getting the most out of it.  I also want to get people’s names known – I want people to know whose representing them.

Where do you see yourself in a year’s time, if you win the election?

I’m planning on going on to a masters – I didn’t want to go this year, I thought a year out from education would be quite good.  If I can stick around as I really enjoy it in Nottingham, and I have a lot of friends here.

What makes you the strongest candidate?

I know I can do the job – I’m sure a lot of people might have more friends or be in more societies, but I work harder and I’m doing Forensic Science in which I spent a year on placement, which enabled me to get a diploma in professional practice.  I therefore have more experience in an actual job role, and finally because I love being a course representative – I enjoy going to the meetings and seeing staff listen to my opinions and have them change things.

How can you improve on the last VP’s work?

I think that comes down to actually knowing what she’s doing.

 

ScrimmersMatthew “Scrimmers” Scrimshaw

Matthew was unable to be interviewed at the time, so here are a few of his manifesto points:

  • Increase the use of audio and visual lectures, for revision purposes
  • To introduce an online forum between students and lecturers for guidance on coursework
  • Increase the amount of guest speakers
  • Better feedback time on coursework and emails
  • Increase the implementation of ‘the buddy system’ throughout all schools

 

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Jade Cragg – Trent News Editor.

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