Posted on Wed 17 Oct 2018 at 11:44 by Christopher Carter
I’ve now been your Postgraduate Officer for just over a month. I’ve loved it so far - it’s been fantastically busy, and I can’t wait for the year ahead!
As well as looking after you guys with all the questions you have for me, I have several key projects that I’m going to be working on over the year. Some of these come from the manifesto I was elected on, while some of them I have picked up since being in office. However, further to Liam’s recent blog post outlining the Top 10 priorities of this year’s Student Officer team, I thought it’d be a good idea to share some of my own priorities with you, just so you know what kind of things I’m going to be up to over the year.
With all the events we’ve been running, it’s pretty clear that my biggest priority of the year is to increase Postgrad Engagement in the SU. Unfortunately, PG students just don’t seem to get as involved in student life as their undergraduate counterparts, so I’ll be working hard to ensure that this year postgrad students feel like a proper part of their Union – whether that’s by getting involved in societies and sports clubs, having more PG-focused events, or getting involved with the PG exec. This kind of engagement is crucial for your wellbeing – postgrad study can be a lonely place sometimes, so we want you to know that we’re here for you whenever you need us.
We’ve held a fair few events in The Graduate so far, but I’m working on making this space a real hub for postgrads within the SU. It’ll be a place where you can come and study, relax or hold your own events, with a ton of resources for you to enjoy including whiteboards, wellbeing information, Sudokus and crosswords, plus some board games.
Some of you will already have experienced issues with the buses getting to and from campus – unfortunately, it’s unlikely that you’ll be the last students to have problems with this! As an officer team, we are working hard to improve the bus service - for postgrads specifically, I’ll be looking to extend the vacation timetable so that even when undergraduates have gone home for Christmas, Easter and Summer, there will still be a regular bus service for you to use. Similarly, we now have a 24 hour library, which is great, but no late-night bus service to go with that! I’ll therefore be lobbying the bus companies to put on more buses in the early hours so that more students can use this service.
I’ll also be working on a whole host of other projects including reviewing the contracts and conditions for postgrads who teach, working with the library to review their fines system, and reviewing and improving the housing provisions for postgraduate students.
It’s going to be a very busy year, but I hope to achieve as much as I can and do the best for postgrads at Warwick. If you have any questions or comments on anything that I’m working on, then be sure to email me or pop into my office, where I’ll be happy to have a chat!