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Academic Affairs Officer

Hugh Bendor-Samuel

academic@soas.ac.uk

Hi,

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

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