VP Education

VP Education

Hello! My name is Jane Ojiako and I am your VP Education.

I look forward to working hand in hand with the University to achieve my manifesto objectives.

I have just graduated in Business and Human Resource Management from UWE Bristol.


Click here to see what I’m working to achieve this year and my progress so far.

VP Education's Blog

We are here to represent you!

We know that some of the UWE Bristol student community are not happy with the current university experience. We understand that it is a challenging time for the student community and we want to ensure that your voice is being heard.

 
November update from your Presidents Team

Your Presidents' Team has been working hard to represent the student community to all levels of UWE Bristol. Check out this update from each of them with their progress in November

 
The Students’ Union is here for you during lockdown

With the news on Saturday of a second national lockdown, we know that some of you may be feeling anxious and unsettled, but we want you to know that The Students’ Union is here for you! Our role is to make sure that you have a positive UWE Bristol experience and we will continue to bring our services to you, whether that’s physically or virtually.

 
An update from your Presidents Team

Your Presidents' Team has been working hard to represent the student community to all levels of UWE Bristol. Check out this update from each of them with their progress in October.

 
Lead and Change 2020

This year we took to our screens for five days of virtual training with the NUS Lead and Change conference.

 
 

Contact Jane

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Jane's Manifesto objectives

Work with the university to ensure that the current curriculum is more diverse and inclusive.

Status: Updated 08/12/20

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1 July 20
Term of Office started
1 Sept 20
In collaboration with the faculty librarian for ACE, we have developed a zine project which will represent the students’ voice for the Attainment Gap project, addressing the different themes of the project such as Talking about Race and Decolonising the Curriculum. The zine will provide a cross-disciplinary platform for students and staff to share their stories, comments, views on diversity at UWE and beyond, with a strong focus on decolonisation. Also, i will also be starting a project with the library team titled decolonising my reading list.
8 Dec 20
Since the lunch of the zine project, we have organised three different workshops to educate and answer any questions students might have in regards to submitting a zine. However, due to the low submission entry we have received this academic year, we have pushed the submission deadline to 5th February 2021. My campaign titled 'Decolonising my reading list' aims to ensure that the library collection and reading lists speak to all voices, particularly those that are traditionally underrepresented in curricula and on reading lists. We are inviting everyone at UWE Bristol to suggest diverse authors that can be added to the library collection and reading lists. For more information on how you can suggest a book, please visit: https://www.uwe.ac.uk/study/library/our-libraries/library-activities-and-groups/decolonising-your-library#section-2

Build academic communities through the existing academic societies to strengthen cohort identity.

Status: Updated 08/12/20

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1 July 20
Term of Office started
1 Sept 20
Started initial conversations with VP Community and welfare.
8 Dec 20
Still in ongoing conversations with the partnership working group focused on learning communities and initiating conversation on holding an academic community week driven by students next academic year.

Work with the university to improve the current PAL system.

Status: Updated 01/09/20

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1 July 20
Term of Office started
1 Sept 20
I had a conversation with the PAL manager and we agreed that: (1) i will support in effectuating joined-up working between PAL leaders and Academic Reps so student feedback (positive and negative) reaches the PAL team and feedback loops are closed. (2) We agreed it’s crucial to be accurate and consistent in our messaging about PAL not being a taught session, and PAL leaders not teaching or acting as teachers. Facilitating, mentoring and role modelling are the three hats our PAL leaders wear once being fully trained up. (3) Finally, I have fed into PAL activity for Block 0.

Lobby the university for better quality and consistent feedback.

Status: Updated 04/02/21

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1 July 20
Term of Office started
1 Sept 20
Following up from my work last year, I intend to continue to puch for enhanced feedback. I have reached out to academic directors to continue the conversation and I have also raised this a a discussion point with the University directorates and I am aware that this is also one the Unveristies aganed as the intend to set up a working group in the near future.
8 Dec 20
As the co-chair of the assessment and feedback partnership project, we are keen that we do have an institutional focus on assessment and feedback as part of S2030. Rather, assessment and feedback should be central to the student journey, to personalisation, graduate outcomes and closing retention, progress and award gaps. We are kicking off a the project with a strong focus on assessment briefs as we believe that is the first step of students understanding what is expected of them before the feedback stage.
4 Feb 21
In the partnership project group, before Christmas we were loooking at assessment brief and then invited a member of the library team to discuss how we could make connections with professional support services easier.  In January, someone from Blackboard joined us to discuss the possibility of consistency in Blackboard and we have now moved on to looking at feedback. In the weeks ahead we would be having a meeting with a member of the directorates team to discuss how we can implement our proposed chnages to the assessment briefs here at UWE.

Lobby the university to Install Library nap pods across all campuses.

Status: Updated 01/09/20

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1 July 20
Term of Office started
1 Sept 20
The university has committed to purchsing the nap pod after the pandemic. I will follow up with the University in January 2021.

All lectures to be recorded to enable students refer back to their study materials.

Status: Updated 01/09/20

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1 July 20
Term of Office started
1 Sept 20
Due to the pandemic and the universities blended learning apporoach, this point is almost inevitable. To take this a step further by ensuring that smaller teaching groups like workshops and tutorials are also recorded, i discussed this point at the teaching and assessment recovery group were a member of staff was actioned to look into ensuring that this is achieved.

More collaborative effort between lectures to avoid coursework clusters.

Status: Updated 04/02/21

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1 July 20
Term of Office started
1 Sept 20
I have sent out emails to the various faculty academic directors as they would be in the best position to speak to the various program leaders within their faculty. I also ensured that this agenda was discussed at the teaching and assessment recovery group.
4 Feb 21
Students concerns regading course work cluster have been raised with the universities directorate team and they are working with the faculties to ensure that module assessments are constantly reviewed to ensure that students are only issuing tasks that are critical to their programmes.

Lobby the employability team to organise programs to support Tier 4 student’s to find a Tier 2 sponsorship.

Status: Updated 04/02/21

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1 July 20
Term of Office started
1 Sept 20
In on going conversations with the employability team to ensure that recruiters who intend to attend the virtual careers fair this year would be able to assist our international students with companies willing to sponsor and assit them from application stage right through to interview stage.
4 Feb 21
I am working with an external organisation called 'Grad Careers Coach' to organise a live Q&A session to speak to international students on all they need to know about securing a sponsorship job in the UK.

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