Student Officers

Balraj Dhingra

Balraj is the Sport Officer

2 posts
Last post 15 Oct 2018
Ben Newsham

Ben is the Democracy & Development officer

3 posts
Last post 18 Oct 2018
Emily Dunford

Emily is the Postgraduate Officer.

2 posts
Last post 23 Feb 2018
Jemma Ansell

Jemma is the Welfare Officer

2 posts
Last post 19 Sep 2018
Larissa Kennedy

Larissa is the Education Officer

1 post
Last post 08 Oct 2018
Leo Palma

Leo is the Societies Officer

No posts
Liam Jackson

Liam is the President.

5 posts
Last post 04 Oct 2018

Part-time Officers

Alex Lythall

Alex is the Trans Officer.

No posts
Anne-Marie Matthews

Anne-Marie is the Part-time & Mature Students' Officer.

No posts
Josh Johnson

Josh is the LGBTUA+ Officer.

1 post
Last post 19 Sep 2018
Julie Saumagne & Christian König

Julie and Christian are the Ethics & Environment Officers.

No posts
Laura Addison & Amy Moores

Laura and Amy are the Women Officers.

16 posts
Last post 23 May 2017
Last comment 08 Mar 2014
Melissa P. Martin

Melissa is the Disabled Students' Officer.

5 posts
Last post 29 Sep 2016
Last comment 08 Mar 2014
Namir Rahim Chowdhury

Namir is the Ethnic Minorities Officer.

No posts

Nat Panda

Nat is the Postgraduate Officer.

£500,000 of widening participation bursaries for taught Masters students

The University has just announced £500,000 of widening participation (WP) bursaries, which will be available to students starting a taught Masters course in 2016/17. These are available to Home/EU students who meet particular WP criteria, and the bursaries are in the form of 100 awards of £5000 each. This is available in addition to the government Masters loan of £10,000 which I blogged about back in December 2015.

Increasing access to education is an area that I am extremely passionate about. I believe that, in many respects, the financial barriers at PGT level can be even greater than for undergraduate degrees for Home/EU students. The provision of these WP bursaries is something that I have been fighting for since I became PG Officer - I challenged the University to address the issue in a blog back in October 2015 and brought it onto the agenda at the University’s Board of Graduate Studies. I then used the opportunity of Vice-Chancellor’s Question Time to get the issue higher up the agenda, and it was there that Vice-Chancellor Stuart Croft committed to take a closer look at the matter. I am delighted that, after many months of negotiation, the University has approved this financial support for postgraduate students in a bid to widen participation.

The move is a very positive one for a number of reasons:

  • The University is acting independently of the government, who have pulled their direct-matched funding for widening participation at PGT level.
  • The University is acting upon the evidence that Masters loans will not be sufficient for addressing WP at PGT level.
  • The University has moved beyond the government’s narrow definition of widening participation backgrounds to include some notion of mature students and carers.

Considering points in my October 2015 blog, there are a number of areas that I hope that University can build upon for future years:

  • The WP eligibility should be reviewed further to explore the inclusion of BME and gender WP criteria, for example, and whether any subject specific eligibility should be incorporated.
  • An earlier release of bursary information, since June is very late in the year for applications for a 16/17 start.
  • Consider whether WP eligibility can be extended beyond solely Home/EU students. Whilst not directly comparable, the University has been able to provide 20 scholarships for refugees this year.
  • Consider how to address postgraduate research WP.
  • The bursary, coupled with the full government loan, would amount to £15,000 - which still falls short of many of the course fees plus living costs necessary to study at Warwick. We may need to consider whether a more nuanced level of bursaries would be preferable to ensure that all of the University’s courses are within the reach of students.

I look forward to working with the University to review the scheme for 16/17 and amend the scheme where appropriate for 17/18 and beyond.

Full details about the Warwick Taught Masters Scholarship Scheme can be found on the following webpage: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/academicoffice/gsp/scholarship/typesoffunding/wtmss

The application deadline for the scheme is 21st July 2016.