Tom Clark – Candidate for Academic Officer

The Yorker’s candidate profile for Tom Clark who is running for the position of Academic Officer in the YUSU Elections 2015.

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Name: Tom Clark

Candidate for: Academic Officer

College: Derwent

Year: 3rd

Course: History

Why are you running? The role of Academic Officer has a lot of potential to help students during their time here. I’m running because I want to improve the experience of every single student who comes to York.

What are your policies? I will get more lectures recorded to provide students with increased value for their money, to help those with disabilities, medical issues, or those who don’t speak English as their first language. I will get module feedback placed online so students can make an informed choice about what to study. I also want departments to say what they’ve changed as a result of this feedback. I will make supervisors more aware of the College welfare teams to relieve pressure on Open Door team.

I will improve assessment feedback and establish models of best practice, get more support for joint honours students, improve the VLE, make students more aware of the Careers from their first year here, get more support for course and department reps, and get the Library to have phone and laptop chargers for students to borrow.

Why should students vote for you? Students should vote for me because I’m focused on practical change, and through being Academic Officer I will make a real improvement to their courses. I’ve been a YUSU Senate Rep for the past year, so I’ve got previous experience working with the University administration to improve York. I was also Welfare Rep for Derwent College, so I know about the everyday problems students can face with their course.

Manifesto in a sentence: A step in the right direction!

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Dom Lawson

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