Hi I'm Pippa and change starts with trying
My name is Pippa Davies and as Faculty representative, I believe the Faculty should focus on :
So you’re studying for a science degree? How are you finding your university experience? Do you feel supported by your department to perform at your best?
Over my 3 years at York, I’ve had some rough times, but I’ve been fortunate enough to have received a great deal of support from the Electronics department; so that despite those rough times, uni has still been a positive experience overall and my performance hasn’t been significantly affected. I want to ensure this is the experience every student receives whilst they complete their studies and to this end I am looking to secure the following:
More departmental study spaces.
Studying together and working together is vital for building academic communities. Studying can be lonely and isolating for some students and by creating more departmental study spaces I believe students will benefit from sharing their concerns and supporting each others progress in their studies.
The University is willing to invest in more accommodation, but what about spaces to study? I will push to ensure every department within the faculty has their own study space.
Departments go paper-free for accessibility and sustainability.
YUSU has just declared a climate emergency, and the University has announced it will divest from fossil fuels, but why are the nursing students printing off reems of forms to claim their expense back, and why do some departments still expect us to print off pages and pages of assessment submissions when we are in an digital age of e-submissions?
Paper hand-ins are not accessible for all students.
I will lobby the University for all hand-ins and application forms to be paperless.
More constructive assessment feedback.
Constructive assessment feedback is about not only receiving your marks for submitted work, it’s also about knowing what you need to do to obtain a better mark next time.
People might not have had the same previous study experience and constructive feedback is a really good way of helping reintegrate into education.
Women and non-binary in STEM thrive better in smaller-group teaching and constructive feedback is a way of balaning the gender gap.
I will lobby the University for consistency between different markers, and more informative feedback.
I am an experienced Department Rep who has successfully lobbied within the Electronics Department.
Vote for me, Pippa Davies, as Science Faculty Rep and I will work with the Faculty to deliver on my manifesto!