LUCY FOLLON Education

ABOUT LUCY

Hey, I'm Lucy – and I'm The Union's Education Officer. I studied Fashion at MMU before getting elected into my role, this is my second year and I’m really excited to keep campaigning on issues that matter and affect students, and keep on representing to try and make positive changes for students!

MORE ABOUT MY ROLE

 

I work on all things that affect students’ Education at Manchester Met, such as influencing policy on assessments, deadlines, examinations, submissions, teaching, learning, timetables, representation and exceptional factors. I believe that the university should support all students to achieve their ambitions, and I use students comments and course reps’ voice to make changes students want to see!

 

APRIL UPDATE

After presenting all your comments about Lecture Capture to the university, I’m negotiating changes to make sure more students get lecture capture, even if you’re on a small course. We’ve just had Course Rep Con which was fantastic, I really enjoyed chatting with more course reps and having speakers in from the world of activism and education to talk about things like Fees and diversity. I’m currently collecting student stories about what it’s like to be a commuter student to compile into a new report, and working with the university to reduce Examinations and review the Exceptional Factors scheme, to make it easier and more clear and fair for students experiencing hard times.

MY GOALS

 

LECTURE CAPTURE REPORT - completed 

 

The report is now complete. In the report, we take all your comments and argue that Lecture Capture should not be optional, but something that all students with lectures can use. We also argue that the release time should be reduced to 24hours and that more rooms should be equipped. I presented this to the University’s Education Committee and University Executive Group. This resulted in more rooms being equipped and also the decision to reopen a review that will take place in June to discuss the things we suggested like a compulsory policy! I can’t wait to report back soon! Send this report to you lecturer or department if you want to see Lecture Capture for your course! 

 

COMMUTER STUDENTS REPORT - in progress

 

We are currently collecting YOUR stories on if and how being a commuter makes your experience at university different to students have moved to University. We know that getting a bus or train to university can have a big impact, but we also know that going home to your family is completely different too. We know commuter students often work whilst studying, and we want the university to understand you better so that we can work to change things like bad timetabling, and making it easier for commuting students to create networks at university.

 

NO MORE PRINTED DISSERTATIONS - in progress

 

Printing your dissertation is super expensive for students, and also pretty pointless. I’m working with the Head of Assessments and the Pro Vice Chancellor for Education at MMU and we are continually making steps to end printed dissertations. We reviewed it in January and roughly 800 students were still required by their tutors to submit a printed copy. All students now have TurnitIn so if you are one of these students who has to print aswell, please get in touch and we will speak to your department to try and change this for you. We will review the number of printed dissertations again soon and hopefully the number will have gone down! Help me to end the last few! I’ve written a blog on this with more instructions on how to get involved.

 

NO MORE EXAMINATIONS - in progress

 

WE CAN DO THIS!!! This is a big campaign for 19/20, but I have been influencing faculties across the university, and we are seeing more and more courses change towards fairer and less stressful assessment methods. We know that students on average perform less well on examinations than course work, and we know that they are a super stressful thing to go through.  

 

GET DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION STUDENT AMBASSADORS ON THE EDUCATION COMMITTEES  - completed 

 

I took a proposal to the University to argue for better student representation on the Education Committees. They agreed! Now a Diversity and Inclusion Ambassador has a spot at the top meeting for every faculty! They discuss issues that affect BAME (Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic) students within Education at Manchester Met. So far they have taken data on attainment gaps and inequalities right to the decision makers that have the power to make a difference. I am excited to see what changes we see come from this, it is also a great opportunity for our students to be at the heart of change and in the rooms where decisions get made. If I’m honest, some faculties have done a better job at listening than others, but this just shows how important this work is and how much change we still have the chance to make! Find out more about our Diversity and Inclusion Ambassadors.  

 

BETTER, CHEAPER PRINTING - in progress

 

I’m collecting your feedback on printing now and working with the University to get the cost for students reduced! We’re also working on making sure there are specialist printers available for students who require higher quality and reliable printing- especially for students in the Art school and MFI!

My blog

GET IN TOUCH

Please do contact me via email, Facebook, Twitter or phone, details are here.

Email: s.u.education@mmu.ac.uk

Phone: 0161 247 6475