I recently organised the Student Leadership Conference — the first of its kind. It was an amazing day, full of exciting workshops, as well as keynote speeches from a number of inspirational speakers, including ex Manchester United and England captain Gary Neville. Many of you sent some very touching appreciation and thank you messages and I just want to say thank you — those really meant a lot to me.
I had the opportunity of hosting Sam as part of his #SamOnCampus tour, visiting a number of Universities across the country and giving students and staff the opportunity to ask the Minister questions. As well as conversations around family heritages (my Libyan heritage and his Ghanaian heritage), and Manchester’s football rivalry, my main message to him was that we may not always agree, but it is crucial that the interest of students always be in the heart of any decision being made and that we, as student representatives, are willing to listen and contribute with any consultations.
One of the main talking points at Education Committee is around the University's intention to implement changes to the academic calendar, heading towards a semester model. The review includes consideration of the timing of assessments through the year, re-assessment and potentially looking at implementing a winter graduation ceremony. I think that the thinking behind this is good, yet there remain some things that we believe need to be re-considered and thought through.