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Hi, I’m Hillary and I’m your Undergraduate Education Officer. My role involves representing, protecting and enhancing your academic life. From how you’re taught, to what you’re taught and how you’re assessed, I’m here for you!
I was a Social Policy student whilst at the University of Bristol and spent a lot of my time getting involved in wider university activities. Most notably, I really enjoyed being the Chair of the Widening Participation Network where I got to work with the SU and university in promoting a more inclusive and diverse student body and student experience. I was also a part of the African Caribbean Society where I got to connect with people from my background and share my culture with fellow members and the wider university.
The highlight of my time as a student was being one of the SU’s NUS Delegates, where I was able to engage with other unions and national campaigns advocating for students, like the People’s Vote campaign!
I’m super excited to be able to represent students full time and continue to fight for a better educational experience for all students. The areas I’m determined to address include: continuing the efforts to decolonise the curriculum, making assessments more suited to student development and making sure pastoral support is the best that it can be.
If you ever want to have a chat about anything, whether it’s an issue with your university work, or you just want someone to listen and have a laugh with, feel free to email me here. You can also find me during my officer open hours on campus.
This policy has been overridden by the policy 'New Year, New Tactic' implemented in November 2017.
Responded to national consultations: one on the Green Paper detailing our concerns with the HE Bill and another on how NUS should lead an NSS Boycott.
Attended APPG roundtable in Parliament in July to address our concerns with the HE Bill directly to Jo Johnson, the Universities Minister.
Lobbied senior management at Bristol and asked them not to participate in the TEF.
Voiced concerns at Education Committee, Undergraduate Studies Committee, Academic Quality and Standards Committee and Senate.
Met with the PVC Education to explain our opposition to the TEF and the implications of the TEF Off campaign on how able we are to collaborate on projects where the end goal is to raise fees.
Wrote to Thangam Debbonaire MP and met with Kerry McCarthy MP to lobby them to oppose the HE Bill in Parliament.
Mobilised students and raised awareness through: holding a student activist meet-up in Welcome Week, speaking to and signing up 100 students at Welcome Fair, theming the Tea Tent on the TEF, training course reps and faculty reps, publishing blogs, regularly emailing the campaign mailing list with updates, running a social media campaign, holding a panel event, running a session on TEF at the Regional Network we hosted and helping to have Bristol SU staff trained on the TEF.
Wrote open letter with UCU to Hugh Brady asking that they do not participate in TEF and for full transparency to students about where the decision will be made.
At our Course Rep Conference and Student Council, I asked reps to think about what excellent teaching is in order to make an ‘alternative vision of teaching excellence’. Trained Course Reps on the TEF.
Organised coach to National Demo (Nov 19) with Bristol UCU, UWE UCU and the SU at UWE.
Jan 17 - Feb 17
Launched NSS Boycott action after TEF decision was announced. See NSS policy for updates.
ZB will be participating in a panel event on the TEF alongside the VC, PVC Education and Students and a UCU colleague
Bristol SU have produced a response to the government’s Green Paper which calls for fees not to be increased further and denouncing graduate earnings as a metric to measure teaching quality.
Have lobbied the university and the Russell Group on their response to these proposals.
Contacted all MPs in Bristol lobbying against cuts to maintenance grants. Charlotte Leslie is only MP to have voted to scrap maintenance grants.
Worked to mobilise students and raise awareness about the TEF through: holding a student activist meet up in Welcome Week, speaking to and signing up 100 students at Welcome Fair, theming the Tea Tent on the TEF, training course reps and faculty reps, publishing blogs, regularly emailing the campaign mailing list with updates, running a social media campaign, holding a panel event, running a session on TEF at the Regional Network we hosted and helping to have Bristol SU staff trained on the TEF.
In conjunction with Bristol UCU, Officers have written an open letter to Vice-Chancellor Hugh Brady asking that the University does not participate in TEF and for full transparency to students about where the decision will be made.
ZB attended an APPG roundtable in Parliament in July to address our concerns with the HE Bill directly to Jo Johnson, the Universities Minister
26/5/16 both UG and PG Education Officers flagged the Just Ask service in their newsletter to academic representatives - asking them to signpost any students to Just Ask where relevant
26/5/16 - during exams period Sumemr 2016, Bristol SU has put up posters advertising the service to students
26/5/16 - Just Ask has been promoted through Mind Your Head month