Hi, I'm Maahwish and I'm running to be your Education Officer!
I really want to hear your views and opinions, so please make sure you check out my Facebook page or website and leave me a message. Or come and find me during elections week and scribble me a note on the whiteboard!
I'll also be posting more videos on my Facebook page for you to check out, and I promise they'll be something a little different to your usual campaign video!
Elected to the National Union of Students' (NUS) Women's Committee, working on nation-wide campaigns to better the university experiences of students across the country.
Talks Coordinator, Warwick Higher Education Summit.
Student Progression Ambassador, going into local schools to talk about higher education options with students from widening-participation backgrounds.
Re-elected on to NUS Women's Committee.
Elected Ethnic Minorities Officer.
Summit Coordinator, Warwick Universities Summit.
Deputy Talks Coordinator at Warwick Economics Summit.
Founded and President of Warwick Anti-Racism Society.
Fundraising Campaign Shift Supervisor at Development and Alumni Relations Office.
Along with all this, for the past three years I've also been working at Student Calling, fundraising for the university's many philanthropic projects and ensuring things like Scholarships, the Student Hardship Fund, Warwick in Africa and our many funds for academic, personal and social development are kept well-funded.
All of my experience has given me the necessary skills and knowledge to know how to represent you, and has given me a great sense of awareness of the breadth and scope of what a university as great as Warwick can do. I want to be actively involved in making Warwick - and your Warwick story - better!
Work on publishing "hidden course costs".
Every year students across departments, undergrad and postgrad alike, are faced with surprise costs which seem to suddenly spring up on you. Whether this is for field trips, lab coats, CRB checks, seminar handouts or all the money we end up spending on books, those costs can really add up. The reality is that current loans don't always cover all of this, let alone in combination with accommodation and basic living needs. I'd push to make sure that there is greater transparency about these costs, especially for students about to start at Warwick. Doing this means students can be better prepared, and we can work on combating these extra costs through things like second-hand book sales.
Update training for SSLC Reps and explore better avenues for student engagement with elected course representatives.
The work SSLC Representatives do is brilliant - but all too often it can go unrecognised, or it can be a little too hard to get in touch with your Rep. The Education Officer can't be in every department, so the network of SSLC Reps is vital. I'd work to better connect you with your Rep, and also better their training. Being thrown into the deep end once you've been elected Rep isn't a great position to be in, so I'd work to make sure adequate training is available.
My "Open Door" policy.
Building on everything that I've already said, it can sometimes be difficult to know who to approach when you've got a problem related to your degree. I want to hear what you have to say - whether it's a problem you're having, some feedback you have, or if you're feeling stressed because of work and need someone to talk to. I'll always have my office door open when I'm not in a private meeting or drowning in important work, meaning that you are always welcome to walk in and talk through any issues that you're having.
Thank you for taking the time to read my manifesto, and I really look forward to meeting you during elections week to talk to you about your experiences! Remember to take a look at my Facebook page for updates, and Tweet me @maahwishforedu. Voting opens on Wednesday, so vote Maahwish for Education!