Adnan Rahman, Education Officer
Hey Adnan here, I'm your Education Officer for 2019/20. Check out a bit of info about me below and my door will be open if you have any ideas, questions or concerns - you are always welcome.
Course: BA Politics & International Relations
Hometown: Oxford (sorry not sorry)
What's one thing most people don’t know about you?
One thing most people don’t know about me is that I have a big family Alhamdulilah (all praise be to God). I have 5 older sisters and 1 younger brother.
If you could pick one word to describe yourself what would it be and why?
I would say determined because I find that whenever I set myself an objective, I will do all I can to meet that objective.
What is your role as Education Officer and what can you offer to students?
As Education Officer, it is my job to ensure that your academic experience goes as smoothly as possible and that the university is held to account where they fall short of that expectation. What I bring to the table is that first and foremost I am an activist and strong believer in social justice, I am uncompromising in my beliefs and my commitment to student welfare. I am not in this role to make friends (though that would be a nice add on), I am elected by students for students and you guys will always be my priority. But crucially I would like to think that I am easy-going and up for a laugh so even if it’s just a chat you’re after, I am more than happy to oblige!
What inspired you to become an Executive Officer?
A combination of different reasons to be honest. From decolonising the curriculum to the hidden course costs bursary, I have seen first hand some of the amazing work that officers have done here on a local level. But what also inspired me and continues to inspire me is the history of the student movement in this country and how it has always been at the forefront of what is morally and socially just, be it supporting the boycott of Apartheid South Africa or fighting for reproductive justice in Northern Ireland. I would say the potential for change and the ability to bring about social justice is essentially what inspired me to become an Executive Officer.
What do you hope to achieve this year?
One of my priorities for the year will be on lobbying the university to do more for refugee students, both in terms of dealing with the cost of education but also in terms of settling in. I would hope that by the end of the term, that the numbers of refugee scholarships would drastically increase and that gradually we make education that bit more accessible.
What do you love about Leicester Students’ Union?
I love that in the last two years the SU has been unafraid to take a stand on political matters. The Union’s support for students organising a vigil earlier this year in honour of those who were killed in Christchurch, New Zealand was representative of that. We are all elected to have an opinion and it is only right that we are political and take a stand on these issues!
Get in touch
You can email me, follow me on Twitter and Facebook too and check out what I'm up to.
You can find out more about my role and the other Officer roles here