Current Rep of the Month: Bethany Jackson
Bethany Jackson (Psychology Strands, L5)
"Bethany has taken initiative in organising the coffee sessions and has really been engaging with her peers and fellow student reps to get good feedback and assure that the students' voices and concerns are being heard and they are aware that there are reps who they can turn to. She has been very selfless about it as well and included other reps, myself included, as she organised things and when she spoke to the students she let them know that she is there for them, but also about the other student reps on the course. A student had a concern about how they give feedback via online survey and she was right on it!"
Tegan Turner (Product Design Strands, L5)
"Tegan has been an incredible student rep this entire year, but especially these last few weeks. We have had lots of trouble with our course after our course leader left, which created quite a bit of chaos and uncertainty. Throughout this Tegan has done so much work to make sure that we get the support and help we deserve. She has been constantly emailing people about what happens now, how things will be changing, and just generally making sure we are getting the experience we should be having. She has been checking in with the rest of us on what our feelings and experiences has been, what feedback we would like to give, and helped us make sure our voices are heard. She has truly been an amazing student rep, and that deserves to be celebrated!"
Lydia Butler-Hewitt (Intelligence Analysis and Management L5)
"Lydia has been a great asset to student representation at the Students’ Union, and even though I don’t have any classes with her she does do a lot for her course and for the environment. She has volunteered a lot on everything as she cares about the environment and people. She has also tried to involve peers from her class to start going to all Student Union activities. Having spoken to some of her classmates, they are all very happy with her being the student rep."
Renee Summers (Acting L5) and Tamzyn Regan (Performing Arts L5)
"Tamzyn and Renee have been praised for working together collaboratively to raise issues that are impacting both the Performing Arts and Acting students so far this term. They have utilised working with the wider Union team to support promoting a positive experience for all of the students that they represent."
Davide Berardi (Fashion and Textiles L5)
"Davide Berardi stood out in their Programme Committee and came across clearly, providing useful feedback to the Course Team. It was abundantly clear that Davide had spent time making sure that they had worked with the course team to enable early resolution of issues ahead of their Programme Committee Meeting to ensure that any immediate feedback that needed resolving did not wait until the Programme Committee Meeting."
Callum Henry (Animation, Visual Effects and 3D Game Art L6)
"Callum Henry stood out in their Programme Committee and came across clearly, providing useful feedback to the Course Team. Callum took on the role of Co-Chair and made sure that their fellow Reps within the PCM had fair opportunity to raise any issues that they are facing on their course and confidently spoke to wider student feedback of those students who were unable to attend the meeting. Callum supported in creating actions and was effective in making sure that the meeting ran to time."
Hassan Nisar (Computing, Data Science, and AI strands L6)
Hassan is the Student Rep for Level 6 Computing, Data Science and AI courses. Hassan has been highly proactive in gathering both positive and constructive feedback from students within these courses on their experience concerning their modules. He is very receptive to feedback and ensures this feedback is relayed to the right people, whether that's the course leaders, module tutors, the head of school and so on. Hassan ensures all students in the courses he's representing have their voices heard in meetings, relayed to the academic staff and more. He really cares about the students having a positive experience in their courses and giving them the opportunity to provide any feedback they have about them.
Nasifa Ahmadi (Law, L6)
Nasifa is Student Rep for Level 6 Law and is in her first year in the role. Although she has only recently been trained, Nasifa has shown great initiative and passion in collating feedback to make sure that any issues from the course are being collectively raised from the perspective of all students ahead of the first Programme Committee Meeting of the year. Nasifa has really been pushing the Union’s 'It Starts With You' campaign, encouraging students to provide feedback to help to improve their course experience. The Representation team have been incredibly impressed to see such passion for improving the Student Voice so early in the year.
William Deeley (Games Development & IGP Strands, L5)
William has helped his peers a lot when they have faced issues on their course, writing letters to and meeting with head lectures and even the Head of School. He has gotten behind these issues, raising students’ concerns to a higher level to add proper weighting. He has shown a great interest in the welfare of his fellow course mates, always asking how they are doing and making sure they get the help that they need for their coursework. William not only oversees the games development course as a student rep, but also takes care of independent development course students. He makes sure that, while being a small course, students still get their voices heard. William attends all rep meetings, taking notes and actively makes suggestions to course leaders and their teams. He also provides quality feedback on the upcoming changes to the course, helping not only the future generations of students, but also the lecturers themselves.
Joanna Mendes (Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health)
Joanna has been a rep for her group since year 1st year. She does a tremendous job at raising issues that her group bring to her. When she sees an issue, she is not intimidated by it but rather faces it head on and addresses it and feeds it back to her group. She is a keen learner and leads by example. Joanna is a great asset to the university and her group, she attends union councils to keep up to date and actively gets involved in events that are running. Her involvement in the Bucks Nursing Society as secretary has proved great teamwork and helped the society grow and establish itself.
Amy Pile (Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health)
Amy does so much for the School of Nursing and Midwifery. With her work as a rep for her own course and her role as Chair of the Nursing Society at Buckinghamshire New University. Amy made time to be there on our very first day as Midwifery students and made sure that we all felt welcomed and that we could go to her for any additional help or support (settling into the Uni, joining in Nursing Society events, help setting up a Midwifery society, within Rep roles etc). Amy also took the time to signpost us to loads of Uni resources and give lots of helpful advice, she also made sure to let us know about things like the Leadership Academy and how incredibly well the Uni has these structured so that students in courses like ours can apply and it not impede our studies. Since then she's always been a welcoming face whenever we see her, has provided support to our Midwifery students on working towards setting up a Society and made sure that we are invited and welcomed at Nursing Society events. Everyone has been lovely at Bucks, above all of them, Amy has done so much to represent the Uni. I'm so grateful that she took the time to make us Midwifery students feel welcomed and provide so much support on top of everything else she does! Congratulations on your award and for the amazing work you do as a student rep, we really appreciate it!
Patrycja Swiderek (Interior and Spatial Design)
"Patrycja has always listened to all students/peers, and has tackled any issues anyone has brought up. She has solved each issue with reasonable and effective solutions, and has helped all of us students to work in a better space and in a better way. Having our own class meetings organised by Patrycja, has brought the group together again and helped us all to communicate and relate to each other. Patrycja could not be a better rep and has helped me more than I know."
Noma Nkosi (Integrated Health Care and Social Work)
Noma was fantastic in her first Programme Committee Meeting as a student rep. Her course has faced several issues since September and Noma spoke to these concerns in such a fair and diplomatic manner - highlighting and praising the improvements that have been made since the start of term, and suggesting countless ways to improve these areas in future years. She has also played an important role in supporting her classmates and ensuring they are settling into life at Bucks. Her lecturers also spoke very highly of her and praised her approachable manner and achievements in the role so far
Sue Davies (Adult Nursing, L5 group E)
Sue is new to the student rep role this year, but being a second year student she has already established a good relationship with her student colleagues. She is always willing to speak with them and if an issue does arise will signpost and advise them the best that she can. Her class WhatsApp group is more active, and she really believes that everyone should be treated equally and strives for this within all members of her group. Sue is a great communicator and will chase issues and report back on any changes to students whilst also making sure she is representing her group. Sue is incredibly caring and highlights the ability to do what's best not just for herself but for others.
Francesca Toms (Business Management strands, L6)
Francesca has been an invaluable asset over her past few years as Student Rep and now School Officer. She is incredibly proactive in gathering student feedback and raising this with academics throughout the year. Her friendly, positive, and professional manner has enabled her course leader to implement changes that have had positive impacts throughout the Business and Law School. Francesca also played a pivotal role in the planning of our annual RepCon, coming up with the theme of “Getting Back on Track” and suggesting several of the breakout sessions, showing her commitment to the student experience outside of the compulsory work and responsibilities associated with her roles. Alongside this, Francesca was also proactive during the rep recruitment period, helping to encourage students to stand for the Student Rep role – she is a real advocate for representation and a huge asset to our student leader team.