Children, Young People and Education Campaign

The Children, Young People and Education Campaign brings together all students across our campuses that are from the Children, Young People and Education Department.

This page will:

- Keep you up to date with relevant news from your Department Officer

- Inform you about upcoming opportunities to get involved with

- Provide updates on Campaign points, social activities and representation for the members 


Your SU Children, Young People and Education Officer 

Louisa Harris

 

Thank you for electing me as CYPE Office; I look forward to what the future will bring for our department!

I'm currently a Early Childhood Studies Student 
Favourite Film: Shrek
Favourite Food: Cheese
Favourite Quote: “It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.” - William Shakespeare

 

If you want to speak to me you will find me around campus (I will have an Orange SU lanyard, and might even be in my Student Officer Hoody), OR you can get into contact with me via the Typeform below

 


Here is what I will be working on this year:

1) Communication between lecturers and from lecturers to students

2) Consistency of feedback

3) Careers guidance

4) Makaton sessions

 

Here is the manifesto that I won my election on:

Hi I’m Louisa and I’m running for Children, Young People and Education Department Officer. I am currently a level 4 ECS student and have spent my first year as course rep of my cohort. As such, I have existing knowledge of the kinds of issues students have faced within our department. I have dealt with those of my cohort as best I could through my relationships with a course leader and lectures. I have attended all Union Council meetings, only having apologised for one because of its correspondence with my Course Committee meeting; which I’d like to use to highlight my dedication to the role. If elected as CYPE Officer, I would continue to engage in as many meetings and events run by the SU and our department as possible; to keep students up to date with what’s going on, what may affect our time at University, and beyond. I am passionate about our department being the best it can be and about the role of the student voice – I believe all students should have a fair opportunity to achieve the highest grades, which reflects in my first two of four manifesto points.

1 – Better Communication Between Lecturers, and From Lecturers to Students

I would campaign for better communication between lecturers in our department. With the focus on improved collaboration between module leaders and module contributors on content delivered in lectures, as well as expectations for assignments; I strongly believe students’ grades would benefit if equity of requirements was achieved. These inconsistencies could lead to discrepancies over marking and feedback, and I am passionate about working hard so students feel they have been marked fairly across all modules, with all lecturers holding the same standards as each other so students can learn what is expected of each grade. This would lead to representative feedback of the work being marked and make it easier for students to improve if needed, and know what they are doing well. I would strive to achieve this goal by arranging a meeting with our Head of Department to represent student views and discuss what could be done to improve communication amongst the department.

2 – Consistency of Feedback

This point somewhat links to my first point, but has a focus on feedback. If you vote for me I would work hard to promote consistency of feedback, with the specific goal of making the grading rubric available to all students upon receiving their grades for each piece of work. The rubric gives a breakdown of what the student scored on each assessment criteria in terms of percentage, and I would work to make sure this is accompanied by an explanation of what the student did well and what the student could do to improve and achieve top marks. Some lecturers have given this as part of their feedback, and some have not. My goal is to ensure consistency across all modules when it comes to feedback, to better students’ chances of achieving the best possible grades. I will do this by meeting with the Head of Department and taking the grading rubric idea forward as a motion to Union Council. Students who have received higher percentages on areas such as referencing in one module to another should have the opportunity to see exactly why their grade is different, and if they feel it is unjust, feel confident to discuss this with their lecturer. I believe the availability of the rubric allows for honest and open feedback and I would campaign to ensure students are confident their grades are fair and justified.

3 – Increased Diversity of Guidance and Information on Career Opportunities/Aspirations

As it stands, the careers department provide a wealth of information on voluntary roles available to students and some ideas on potential future employers or postgraduate opportunities such as SNITT. However, I feel there is a lack of information on what students in the CYPE department could do with their degree other than some of the favoured choices, such as teaching. If you vote for me, I would work with the careers service to arrange workshops and guest speakers of employers in other fields, such as in the health sector, children’s charities, roles under the Government and local authority etc. By doing so, this would enable students to see the variety of career options available to them after they graduate, as well as what else they may need to get to their desired career (further study, voluntary work, etc.).

4 – Makaton Sessions

If you elect me as CYPE Officer, I would also strive to continue the work of the current CYPE Officer who ensured the Makaton Sessions provided by the University were continued. I would meet with the Head of Department to communicate student interest in this event to get these sessions continued for the following year.

 

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