Mature Students Officer
You can contact Sam on SU.MatureOfficer@UOS.AC.UK
A little bit about me
My name is Sam Steele and I am fortunate enough to be undertaking a MA in History at UOS this year. I commenced my higher education way back in 2013 at UOS and have seen the university grow and develop over this time. I too have grown with it and matured. That is what has brought me to represent mature students this year as I believe as an officer I can make effective change that will stand the test of time and improve the student experience for mature students.
I am also a keen contributor to the LGBT society and promote equality and diversity in all my work, my university degree for example specialised in LGBT history and this is something I have worked with the Hold on and with Radio Suffolk. In my spare time I love to travel and explore the world and l am a people person so I love meeting new people and getting to know them. If you see me around please stop and say hi, I am a talker and love a coffee and a chat. My manifesto is incredibly important to me and I am very much of the opinion that everyone can contribute and share their ideas. Hopefully this year we can all work together and form a great mature students group that will continue long after I have graduated. That is my vision and I look forward to meeting you all over the next year.
What I'm working on this year
Refresher IT and Referencing training
Mature students who start at the university can often become overwhelmed by the different IT systems. I would look to get training in place for all mature students to attend in a relaxed atmosphere. Referencing can also be tricky to pick up for many so I would be working with academic skills teams within the university to make sure training sessions on this are in place and students are aware of these.
Social events for mature students
I would be looking to hold regular relaxed social events to build a community for mature students to socialise. These will be face to face or online. They will vary from quizzes, movies, meals out to a glass or two of wine in a nice bar. We need to make sure we look after ourselves too after all!
Internal and external support for mature students
Mature students often require additional support whilst studying, I would look to work with the university to ensure that the services that are in place are made available to all mature students and to work with external organisations outside the university so they can also offer support to mature students. I also think it’s important to make mature students feel an integral part of the university and I would advocate that all events are inclusive to all and have an appeal to all ages not just the younger students, that way hopefully mature students can feel immersed in life outside the classroom as well as inside.