BRAN CATRON
Education

 

ABOUT BRAN

I’m Bran, your elected Education Officer for this academic year. I’m originally from the USA, but I’ve been living in the UK since 2012. I first came to Manchester Met in 2016 to do a Foundation year in Art, before progressing onto Photography. Being a Course Rep for all four of these years greatly influenced my decision to go for the Education Officer role.

I started getting more involved in The Union during my first year — I was a part of Rock Society, Gamers, and Nerds and made so many friends along the way. In my second year, I helped to restart the LGBT+ Society and I was Treasurer of Rock Society.

In my final year, I was Society Council’s Campaigns and Liberation Rep, as well as Vice Chair of both Rock Society and LGBT+ Society. I was also a member of ArtSoc, and got the chance to organise an exhibition in collaboration with the LGBT+ Society. I definitely think I wouldn’t be in this role today if it wasn’t for all of the positive experiences I had because of The Union.

I’m non-binary and use they/them pronouns. In my free time you can find me playing video games and drinking copious amounts of coffee. I currently live in Salford with my partner and my plants.

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MY GOALS

 

Completed

+ Make online-only study available to anyone who wants it, regardless of reason

+ Improving Exceptional Factors process and making it easier for students to get them if they need them

 

In Progress

+ Working with members of the University on their work on decolonizing the curriculum

+ Improving the quality of online teaching

+ Supporting NUS’s #StudentsDeserveBetter campaign

+ Improving accessibility across the university e.g. lectures and resources uploaded to Moodle

+ Improving the experience of students who often feel ignored, such as postgrads, commuting students, and marginalized students

 

Not started

+ Lecture transcripts alongside lecture capture

+ Every course to provide a rationale as to why skills are best assessed via exams

+ Reimbursement for doctors notes when one is required

+ Specialist necessary materials subsidized by the University

 

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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