I'm in the first year of a two-year part-time MSc in the Politics of Conflict, Rights and Justice.
As Academic Affairs Officer I will:
- continue the de-colonisation of SOAS via
- working with reps in their respective courses to gain course materials and speakers that are written by those in the regions they're studying
- foster effective links with the subject librarians to get the books you need most; utilising my experience of library champion in Exeter as an undergrad where I co-managed a budget of 3000 Pounds
- have a weekly office hour that will allow any student to come and see me ensuring greater transparency in my work
- organise socials for reps to allow for sharing of best practice and peer support
- be a conduit to help students organise study groups for challenging modules
- help address the administrative challenges part-time students and student-parents face with their contact hours - being a commuter from Oxford, I have personal experience with this
- provide clearer signposting for students struggling with timetabling issues
- investigate how best to advertise SOAS and external scholarships to make higher education accessible
- provide greater support to SOAS students looking to either continue their studies at a Masters and PhD level
- investigate the possibility of academic tutors taking on more wholistic role in providing care through a new 'personal tutor' system where students can share non-academic issues
Given my two years of previous experience as a Course Rep, Subject Librarian and Employability Officer in Exeter, I believe that I have sufficient experience to help me adjust to the role Academic Affairs Officer.
Hugh for You