Image of Adnan Rahman, Education Officer 2020/21 & 2019/20    About me. Hey Adnan here, I'm your  Education Officer for 2020/21. Course: BA Politics & International Relations. Hometown: Oxford. How do you think your friends and family would describe you? I would like to think that they would describe me as humble, friendly and determined.    What inspired you to become an Executive Officer? A combination of the inspiring stuff officers before me did which I was drawn in to, what the student movement historically has contributed to changing the world and I felt as if what we are taught at University does not encapsulate enough of our lived experiences and what is important so I wanted to try and change that. I’m quite approachable and like talking to people so I would like to think that students can see me as someone they can relate to and talk to. But I am also very passionate about what I do and am determined to ensure that in this coming year, students are at the forefront of all my campaigns and plans.

 

What is the most important change you want to make this year? I’m quite approachable and like talking to people so I would like to think that students can see me as someone they can relate to and talk to. But I am also very passionate about what I do and am determined to ensure that in this coming year, students are at the forefront of all my campaigns and plans.      What is the most important change you  want to make this year? I want senior members of the University to publicly commit to tangible and practical pledges around decolonising the curriculum so that students and staff can hold the University accountable when it comes to decolonisation.    Hobbies and Interests: Reading, journaling, chilling with friends, playing PS4 or watching Netflix. Books- the Qur’an, the Amazing Spider-Man: Spider-Verse, the Kite Runner. Songs- Lost by Frank Ocean, You Alright Yeah? By Don EE & Nado, Thiago Silva by Dave. Series- Money Heist, Kenan & Kel, Stranger Things.

 

Fortnightly Updates

Find out what your Education Officer has been doing to support you over the previous and upcoming two weeks.

 

Updates (February)

 

In the last two weeks I have been working on:

• Putting together a manifesto for the #LeicDecolonise campaign as agreed on by the student campaigners

• Feeding in to Personal Tutor training so that there is more sensitivity and awareness around student issues.

• Co-hosted 'where do my tuition fees go?' event with Mia, your SU President.

• Providing a student submission to the Officers for Students (OFS) on the Universities' progress around the Access and Participation Plan (APP).

• Worked with 'Students Against Redundancies' campaigners on organsising students and meeting with University leaders.

• The format of the Voice Awards with the SU Voice Team, Mia and Tony, your Liberation Officer.

• The formation of a Course Rep forum with the Voice Team for each of the colleges whereby they can get their concerns around virtual learning and other issues across to senior leaders at the University..

• Attended Senate and Education Committee to formally approve the Academic Safeguard package for students as well as making clear the SU's opposition to the 'Shaping for Excellence' plans.

• Meeting regularly with University Accessibility leads to work on making virtual learning and learning more broadly more accessible to students with access needs.

• Student casework around mitigating circumstances.

• Working with the University and Course Reps in the school to address issues raised in the School of Geology around flooding in the Bennett Building and how this has impacted research projects.

• Supporting Curriculum Consultants and Interns on school-level intiatives to decolonise the curriculum.

• More funding for the curriculum consultancy programme for the next academic year.

• Met with Annemarie, your next Education Officer to discuss handover.

• Incorporating employability skills with the Curriculum in collaboration with the Careers Development Service (CDS).

• Organising with students leaders nationally and attending National Scrutiny Committee meetings for the National Union of Student (NUS).

 

In the next two weeks I will be focusing on:

• Working with the SU Marketing Team to formally publish the #LeicsDecolonise manifesto.

• Working with the Students Against Redundancies Group and the local University and College Union (UCU) Branch in organising against redundancies.

• Continuing to meet with and put forward student feedback to key stakeholders at the University through one-on-one interactions as well as through committees.

• Attending Student Council to provide updates on key priorities.

• Working with SU voice team in enhancing and celebrating the voice of student reps across the University.

• Working on the student submission around the APP to the OFS.

• Bringing together all stakeholders to work on making learning accessible, inlcuding working with the Accessibility OFficer.

• Meet with Tony and all-Part Time Officers to get their thoughts on the APP.

• Working with University Senior Leaders in making sure that students are unable to get across their concerns around the safeguard package as well as reoccuring issues around 'ignite'.

•Preparing my Scrutiny Report

• Getting ready for NUS National Conference to ensure that your priorities are national priorities.

• Working on handover for Annemarie

Updates (January 11 - January 29)

 

In the last two weeks I have been working on:

• Meeting regularly with senior leaders of the University to discuss an Education Safeguard (Safety Net). The University should be sending details out to students very soon.

• Introducing the Curriculum Consultants Project, including writing a paper for Student Partnership Committee and recruiting the Interns and things like this.

• Students against Redundancies Group - supporting the students within this group, and how to get students involved - more details coming soon.

• Planning the #LeicsDecolonise - planning meeting coming up next week.

• BBC Leicester - held an interview talking about Student Experience at Leicester.

• Responding to individual student emails, and relaying concerns onto relevant members of the University.

 

In the next two weeks I will be focusing on:

• Holding a Forum to gather students views and thoughts on he next steps for #LeicsDecolonise.

• Helping to support the Students Against Redundancies Group bring a motion to Student Council for referendum.

• Continuing to meet with and put forward student feedback to key stakeholders at the university.

• Attending Student Council to provide updates on key priorities.

Updates (December 1 - December 18)

 

In the last two weeks I have been working on:

• Launching the Curriculum consultant’s project to recruit students to work collaboratively with their schools/departments on developing an inclusive curriculum.

• Working with Careers to implement more work-based learning across the curriculum

• Attended the Annual Members Meeting

• Working with Mia on the Tuition Fee Campaigns, including attending two Drop in events to plan and organise the campaign.

• Attended National Scrutiny Committee Meeting

• Meeting with PVC Education to discuss Safety Net Policy and Communications around Ignite

 

In the next two weeks I will be focusing on:

• Launching a video campaign for the Stand against Islamophobia Campaign

• Developing the training for Leics Decolonise Campaign

• Continued publicity of Curriculum Consultants project

• Planning for next Semester campaigns and projects

Updates (November 16 - November 30)

 

In the last two weeks I have been working on:

• Launched 'Stand Against Islamophobia'

• Launched #LeicsDecolonise

• Launched Curriculum Consultancy scheme in collaboration with the Leicester Learning Institute (LLI).

• Attended scrutiny panel where I was held to account on my manifesto commitments and what I have been up to this semester.

• Regular meetings with the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education) discussing the student academic experience and 'Ignite'.

• Met with the University Executive Board to discuss student movement plans and communications strategy alongside the other executive officers.

• Alongside the rest of the Exec Team, met with members of the University Executive Board to urge caution, consideration for and consultation with students and staff around any planned disinvestments and restructures.

• Met with the newly elected Education network reps to discuss their priorities for the year.

• Sat on a Programme Approval Panel (PAP) for Msc Nursing with Leadership.

 

In the next two weeks I will be focusing on:

• Sit on 'Ignite Oversight Group' with Karli, your Wellbeing Officer

• To plan next steps for #LeicsDecolonise

• Appoint student interns and consultants for the curriculum consultancy programme.

• Prepare for the Annual Members' Meeting (AMM).

Updates (November 2 - November 16)

 

In the last two weeks I have been working on:

• Working with the Leicester Learning Institute (LLI) on a 'Curriculum Consultancy' programme where students will be trained and financially rewarded for contributing to projects around decolonising the curriculum. This will form part of the #LeicsDecolonise campaign we will be launching soon.

• Working with the Pro Vice-Chancellor (PVC) for Education to ensure that students have the opportunity to relay their concerns about Ignite - there is a dedicated email address for students wanting to send in concerns about Ignite (ignite@le.ac.uk).

• Working with the Academic Registrar in kick-starting a much-needed review in to the University Academic Misconduct policy.

• Alongside Elle, your Activities Officer and Hannah, your Sports Officer, met with staff from the Careers Development Service (CDS) to outline our plans and priorities around enhancing employablity for students.

• Meeting regularly with the Academic Representation team in the SU to make note of important course rep concerns and relay them on to the University.

• Together with staff members in the SU, we launched an ongoing 'Reporting Portal' for students to feedback to us throughout the year around any additional costs, barriers and issues they have had to face as a result of the pandemic.

• Alongside the rest of the Exec Team, met with members of the University Executive Board to urge caution, consideration for and consultation with students and staff around any planned disinvestments and restructures.

• Met with and delivered training sessions on 'Decolonising the Curriculum' to elected student reps at the annual Student Leaders' Conference organised by the SU..

 

In the next two weeks I will be focusing on:

• Working on student recruitment and timelines for #LeicsDecolonise with Tony Magaia, your Liberation Officer.

• Working with SU Voice Team on a forum for Course Reps to feedback concerns to myself as well as key leaders of the University.

• Planning on meeting with relevant student groups to plan for 'Stand Against Islamophobia'.

Updates (October 19 - November 2)

 

In the last two weeks I have been working on:

• Assisting with the update of policies relating to mitigating circumstances reform

• Increasing the transparency around the ways tuition fees are spent

• Delivering a taster session on Decolonising the Curriculum.

• Creating a podcast that explores the subject of decolonising education

• Ensuring that students have the opportunity to feedback about their current university experiences.

 

In the next two weeks I will be focusing on:

• Assisting with events such as “Why is my curriculum white?”, and recruiting for #LeicsDecolonise

• Attending fortnightly meetings on Ignite ensuring student voice is being considered

• Delivering talks and workshops at the Student Leaders Conference on Saturday 24 October.

 

Wins

Find out about Adnan's manifesto wins this year, and how they benefit you.

 

Changes to Mitigating Circumstances Review and Reform

 

University Learning & Teaching Committee passed a reform of the mit circs process which from this academic year will result in the following reforms:

• Removal of the need for evidence for family bereavements and sexual harrassment

• Inclusion of racialised trauma and other indentity-based trauma as a reason for mit circs.

• Updated policy to reiterate that repeated evidence is not required for flare-ups of declared long-term conditions

This is a big win for students and more longer term changes will follow. A huge credit must be given to Oge Obioha and Sana Ali, your former SU President and Wellbeing Officer respectively, who put in a lot of legwork to bring about this change whilst they were in office.

 

Priorities

Find out about Adnan's termly priorities.

 

Term 1

 

Priority 1 - Reintroduction of safety net

• PVC Education is already committing to uncapped resits and am lobbying him for a reintroduction of sorts given the challenges of the new environment.

 

Priority 2 - Ignite Accessibility

• More student voice input through forums, Q&As and response units.

• Tracking of Personal Tutor engagement.

• Expanding Laptop Loan scheme in the library.

• Sit on ignite oversight group which meets fortnightly and overlooks all strands that implement ignite, can feed in to change here

• Pushing for more accessible and clear comms around ignite

 

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