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Postgraduate Education: Leah Martindale

Hi, I'm Leah, your Postgraduate Education Officer! My role is all about ensuring postgraduates are fairly represented in University structures, systems, societies, and culture. No matter your background, level of study, interests, or intersecting identities, I will work to uplift your voices in university spaces and beyond!

I represent students from all groups that intersect with Postgraduate life, and will work with other Officers in areas including wider educational issues, wellbeing, and extracurricular life.

I joined Bristol in 2016 for my Undergraduate degree in Film & Television. After graduating in 2019, I stayed in Bristol and started my part-time MA in Film & Television, while also editing Epigram's Film & TV section. Don't let that fool you though, I have a wide range of interests, from diversity in higher education to bridging the Postgraduate financial gap, contemporary civil rights activism to veganism, and Musicals to travel.

My engagement with this role came from a feeling of disillusionment from the university community which changed when I moved from my undergrad to my postgrad. It is my firm belief that all students deserve a student experience where they are valued as highly as any student, regardless of size of cohort, age, or identity, or the strength and volume of their representation amongst the student body. 

This year, I will be working to ensure Postgraduates' voices are heard in conversations with the University, the SU, and the wider student community. I will work on making COVID provisions fair and representative, and on making sure positive change is learned from and carried forward in the future

Student Wellbeing

  • Reassess the formative vs summative split of assessment in PGT 
  • Encourage methods of continued & post-study support 
  • Tailored support for PGTs 

Fees, Funding & Finance

  • Increase financial support 
  • Increased transparency and ease of access to resources 

Student Community

  • Support PGTs to engage more with (Re)Freshers
  • Create society comms & outreach to target PGTs and Rs 
  • Make it easier for PGRs to engage in sport & activity 
  • Push for PG Reps on every Network 
  • Increase Postgraduate visibility amongst students 

Digital/Blended Learning

  • Push for clarity in PGRs’ roles and responsibilities 
  • Value for Money (especially internationals, self-funded or Taught) 
  • Good teaching = good learning – PGR wellbeing will impact on UG education
  • Equality in access to digital services 

BME Representation

  • Decolonising Campus 
  • Scholarships & Bursaries to diversify PG student body 

Student Facing Services

  • Training for Student facing staff on the diversity of the student body 
  • Diversify points of access for student support 
  • Diversify the times and locations of student services