Neuroscience Postgraduate Student Representative
Oct 2019 – Sept 2020, University of Sussex Students' Union
- Represented all Neuroscience PhD students, collecting and presenting feedback to university staff.
- Addressed student-related issues such as study spaces, assessments, deadlines, and other academic experience factors.
- Participated in the Periodic Review for Life Sciences panel to review the quality and standards of the School’s educational provision.
- Organised the Life Sciences PhD Symposium 2020 in collaboration with other student representatives.
- Served as a panel member on various university and school-level committees (more information here).
- Elected by peers for representation, demonstrating trust and confidence in my leadership.
- Received the Student Rep Bronze Award for engagement and commitment.
- Successfully organised a significant academic event, the Life Sciences PhD Symposium 2020.
- Contributed to the improvement of the educational provision's quality and standards through strategic reviews.
- Communication: Effectively gathered and articulated student feedback to university staff.
- Leadership: Represented a large group of peers, displaying responsibility and initiative.
- Event Organisation: Successfully coordinated the Life Sciences PhD Symposium 2020.
- Negotiation & Diplomacy: Managed to present student issues effectively and diplomatically to university authorities.
- Problem-Solving & Strategic Thinking: Addressed student-related issues and participated in strategic curriculum alignment.
Founder and President of the Glasgow University Organ Donation Society
Jan 2016 – Jun 2017, Glasgow University Students' Representative Council
- Established the society with affiliation to the university's Student Representative Council.
- Formed a crucial partnership with the Scottish Government’s National Health Service (NHS).
- Aided NHS in enhancing donations to their Blood and Transplant Department by spreading awareness about the need for more organ donors.
- Successfully established a society focused on a critical social cause.
- Contributed to an increase in organ donations through targeted awareness campaigns.
- Built a strong partnership with a key government health service.
- Leadership: Successfully established and led the Organ Donation Society.
- Communication: Effectively raised awareness about the importance of organ donation.
- Partnership Building: Formed and maintained a beneficial partnership with the NHS.
Living Support Assistant
Sep 2015 - Jun 2018, Residential Services, University of Glasgow
As a Living Support Assistant (and later promoted to Senior Living Support Assistant), I played an integral role in fostering an orderly and supportive environment within university accommodation. This role allowed me to build relationships with students, and provide them with advice and assistance on the nuances of independent living.
- Served as an on-call support for students, responding to a variety of issues that arose, ranging from interpersonal conflicts to maintenance issues.
- Acted as a bridge between students and more senior staff, facilitating effective communication and swift resolution of any problems.
- Participated in regular meetings with the Warden and Senior Living Support Staff, ensuring that all relevant information was efficiently circulated and distributed to residents.
- Managed a variety of administrative duties, such as maintaining necessary paperwork, responding to emails in a timely manner, and assisting with key handouts and information distribution.
- Consistently provided a quick response to emergencies and unexpected issues, using my knowledge, experience, and judgement to make appropriate decisions.
- Successfully maintained discipline within the residence according to the University Policies and Disciplinary Code.
- Actively participated in training to acquire additional skills, including becoming a Qualified First Aider.
- Supported new students during their initial weeks, facilitating talks to provide advice and guidance on adapting to their new environment.
- Ability to work effectively as part of a team and independently.
- Proactive, flexible, and enthusiastic approach to work, with strong self-motivation and time management skills.
- Strong customer care skills, with experience in dealing with a diverse range of people.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills, with an eye for accuracy and attention to detail.
Life Sciences Undergraduate Student Representative
Sep 2014 – May 2015, Glasgow University Students' Representative Council
Elected by my peers, I represented all second-year life sciences students, fostering open communication between students and staff, and contributing to the improvement of our course.
- Represented student voices at staff-student liaison committee meetings and other smaller gatherings.
- Facilitated constructive communication between students and staff, providing feedback for course improvement.
- Successfully acted as a bridge between students and staff, leading to positive changes within the course.
- Negotiation: Skillfully mediated between students and staff, advocating for student needs and academic enhancements.
- Conflict Management: Addressed and resolved issues, ensuring a harmonious academic environment.
- Public Speaking: Presented feedback and suggestions to academic staff, enhancing communication and leadership skills.