My name is Afreen Begum and I am the Student Rep for Postgraduate Law 2018- 2019.
Fun fact: I was 15 days late in coming to the UK, so I ran for Student Rep from India. And to my surprise, I won. It’s the best decision I have made so far, considering how many opportunities I’ve got because of it.
It is my first time abroad and I didn’t know anyone before arriving here - but I knew I had a chance to write my own narrative. I can be who I want to be here, and that’s the beauty of it. There is so much to do and there are so many opportunities to be grabbed while you’re here.
Being a Student Rep is an opportunity that has opened up a new and different world to me. I have met some amazing people in the Students’ Union: People who are so young, yet so determined and inspiring.
The support system is beyond what I ever expected. The culture of supporting and uplifting each other is something that should exist everywhere yet is rare to find, and I am lucky to have found that in our Students’ Union.
I’d been here just four months when people encouraged me to run for a Full-time Officer role. Even though I didn’t win, I will never forget the experience I gained and the fact that so many people believed in me. Being a Rep made that possible for me.
Student Rep is not just a title - it’s a responsibility that we sign up for when we decide to run. As a Student Rep, I have listened to my fellow classmates continuously and still continue to do so, so that everyone can have a better university experience.
I have worked together with my course convener to have a special workshop for international students; given feedback in meetings to make sure there is consistency, and so on. There is still a lot to do, but I feel a little better knowing that I have been able to make a little difference at the University.
We also have an amazing Student Rep Assistant, Ellie, who is always there with a smile to greet you and to help solve your problem no matter what. Plus, we got a pretty rad hoodie and a tote bag along with our awesome socials. I would definitely encourage you to run to be a Student Rep. It is an experience you will never forget.
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Fri 19 Jul 2019
Clearing is open. There are still places, plus an Oculus Virtual Reality headset to be won.
Thu 18 Jul 2019
Pilot project led by your 2018/2019 Undergraduate Officer, Ella Asheri, is a huge success with students and academics.
Mon 15 Jul 2019
We have hired 231 student staff over the past year, in line with our pledge to make your employability a top priority.
Thu 27 Jun 2019
After three days of cleaning and sorting, we have organised the 200+ crates of items left in halls of residences over the move out weekend, donated some to charity, and kept some for our September Free Shop.
Tue 18 Jun 2019
Natasha Mansley, our Role Models Project Coordinator, has been awarded the Better World award at the University's Education Awards.
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