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Student Officers

Alice Churm

Postgraduate Officer

2 posts
Last post 22 Jan 2020
Ben Newsham


11 posts
Last post 11 Oct 2019
Charlotte Lloyd

Sports Officer

3 posts
Last post 24 Jan 2020
Chloe Batten

Education Officer

1 post
Last post 13 Mar 2020
Luke Mepham

Societies Officer

2 posts
Last post 28 May 2020
Milly Last

Democracy & Development Officer

8 posts
Last post 27 Mar 2020
Tiana Holgate

Welfare & Campaigns Officer

4 posts
Last post 03 Apr 2020

Part-time Officers

Alexandru Fugariu

Part-time & Mature Students' Officer

No posts
Connie Gordon

LGBTUA+ Officer

1 post
Last post 19 Sep 2018
Nathan Parsons

Disabled Students' Officer

5 posts
Last post 29 Sep 2016
Last comment 08 Mar 2014

Trans Students' Officer.

1 post
Last post 13 Nov 2018
Rebecca Brown

 Ethics & Environment Officers

No posts
Taj Ali

Ethnic Minorities Officer

No posts
Talip Yaldaz

International Students' Officer EU

No posts
Zishi Zhang

International Students' Officer NON-EU

No posts

Liam Jackson


An update on Study Space developments

As we reach the midpoint of the current academic year, this is just a quick update to let you all know what’s been happening recently on that perennial Warwick bugbear: study space!

Study space is one of my key priorities as Education Officer. Although the long-overdue opening of a 24-Hour Library has improved round-the-clock availability of certain study areas, obviously this doesn’t solve the crisis during periods of peak demand and there’s still much more to do in terms of improving the number of spaces available to students and the means of accessing these.

At the start of the year, I set up a Working Group with department heads and university management to explore this area in more detail, and am pleased to announce that the University have now hired an analyst to provide an audit of existing spaces and make recommendations for better provision in future. So far, this has involved liaising with academics and departments to compile a comprehensive rundown of the types of spaces needed, their availability, location (both on and off-campus) and the different ways that students can access these. We’ll then begin benchmarking against other universities’ existing provisions and hopefully provide a complete overhaul in the way the University thinks about this issue – watch this space for more information over the coming months!

Of course, a big part of the existing problem is both the lack of bookable spaces and the ability to locate these spaces when they are available. One of my key manifesto pledges was the creation of a ‘Study Space Finder’ app, and there have been several advances on this. I’ve finally got the University to commit to technological enhancement as a high priority in future study space development on campus – one potential model I’ve been working on with students and staff is an app for the Library where you’ll be able to book available spaces via scannable QR codes on desks.

I’ve also been meeting with various academic departments with a view to improving and converting existing spaces – so far this has taken in several walks around campus identify key spaces for redevelopment.

Obviously, a lot of this is work-in-progress, so in the meantime we’ll continue to look at installing “quick fixes” to existing problems - for example, screens in the Oculus will now say “Free for Study Space” in Term 3 whenever spaces are available for general student use.  Don’t forget, too, that the SU building also has its own informal study space on Floor 1 in what was previously the Central Meeting Room (just past the vending machine beneath the staircase). It’s available for students to use whenever SUHQ is open, and we’re pleased to see that many have been making use of the room thus far!