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Vasiliki Samuels

Guild President (she/her)

Vasiliki Samuels, Guild President

BIO

  • Favourite place in the Guild: The Courtyard - It's a great place to study and socialise in between lectures
  • Go-to Sphinx order: Rum + Coke

My Priorities

  1. Automatic deadline extensions 
  2. Expand bursary eligibility 
  3. Return of the night bus 
  4. The Sphinx loyalty E-card

Get in touch: 

@President_Vasiliki

vsamuels@liverpool.ac.uk 

In the first instance, please direct your query to the Officer’s email address. Social Media and email inboxes are monitored intermittently between 9am and 5pm on weekdays and your query will be responded to as soon as possible.

My Committees

Education Committees

This working group reviews the University’s assessment and feedback policies and practices to enhance effectiveness, consistency, and equity. The group also monitors the Code of Practice on Assessment and the PGR Code of Practice.

From peer mentoring, lecture capture, vital and the library, the committee has an oversight of all academic aspects of the Student Experience in the University and to promote its ongoing enhancement. This committee-initiated discussions about the BAME attainment gap, which led to the Task and Finish Groups focusing on the attainment gap through the University’s Access & Participation Plan, for example. This Committee is the next one down from Senate.

Education for Sustainable Development Working Group Meeting

The ESD Working group oversees the strategic implementation of the Education for Sustainable Development at Liverpool. ESD takes a holistic approach to providing information on climate change, designed to help people rethink the way we live and how to become more sustainable through education.

Bertie, an ex-President, was able to secure a ratio of a minimum 75% face to face teaching/ contact versus virtual teaching at the beginning of the 21-22 academic year. The paper that was submitted to the Education Committee was informed by the Guild’s Hybrid Teaching Survey – one the biggest surveys the Guild has ever completed with around 15% of all students submitting their views.

This group formed since the cancellation of face-to-face teaching and the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. It continues to exist to discuss arising issues in Higher Education. Student Officers proposed plans for more in-person teaching after running the Hybrid Learning were brought to this group. The student voice is a priority at this committee.

OPOG oversees the provision of online programmes and ensures the implementation of university policies and procedures in respect to online programmes.

Focusing on post-graduate research students, this committee oversees any proposed changes to post-graduate policies.

Student Experience Committees

In October 2019, the Equality and Human Rights Commission released a report on their inquiry into the racism experienced by staff and students in UK Universities, see report here. From this, the University set up a response group to co-ordinate anti-racism work across the institution.

The group has written a plan with recommendations related to race equity work in the University. Guild Officers have fed into the University’s Racial Equality Action Plan, designed to lay the foundations in a step into tackling racial inequality/racism on campus.

This group identifies key areas of focus for the EDI Committee and keeps oversight of the University’s Equality Objectives Action Plan. This includes measuring and monitoring outcomes against equality objectives and identifying areas of weakness.

This committee forms the strategic relationship between the University and the Guild. It monitors and signs off the Guild’s reporting and accounts such as the Student Voice Report, which reviews issues and feedback from Course Reps. This committee acts as a forum to discuss university and Guild joint campaigns and activities.

This committee oversees the development and implementation of strategies, policies and frameworks designed to promote research at international and world-leading standards across all disciplines in the University.

Jamilia, an ex-Vice-President, worked closely with the REC team on the REC Student Survey, supporting question design and promoting the survey to get students to take part. The survey constitutes a critical element of the REC application, consulting directly with students about their experiences with race and equality at the University of Liverpool. The information gathered through this work will also inform the University’s strategy to address equality and diversity in the institution in the next decade.

This Board addresses the University’s institutional aims to ensure that:

  • ‘All students have the opportunity and support to achieve their full academic potential’
  • ‘All students have space and opportunity to build their intellectual, social and cultural capital for the future’
  • All students experience a welcoming and supportive environment which prioritises well-being and belonging’

Corporate Committees

This committee audits and monitors the University’s compliance with the Office for Students regulations regarding Consumer Law. The focus is on student’s consumer rights being abided by when ‘purchasing’ degrees and other products from the University.

This committee focuses on students’ consumer rights being adhered to when ‘purchasing’ a degree and other products from the University. Adnan, an ex-President, successfully removed academic sanctions for non-academic debt as part of the “Cut the Rent” campaign in the academic year 20/21.

This is the trustee board of the University and its most senior decision-making body. Everything goes through Council and its sub-committees (planning and resources, governance and appointments, honorary degrees). Council is where you can influence key decision makers.

To seek and consider nominations for, and to make recommendations to the Council, for the appointment of; potential lay members to Council, and other Council-appointed members (drawn from Senate, Professional Services, and members of particular University committees and bodies).

Senate is one of the highest decision-making bodies at the University and is responsible for promoting research, promoting and regulating learning and teaching, and for maintaining the quality of standards of the University’s academic provision.

The Guild’s officers, along with three elected Student Reps, work throughout each academic year to ensure that student voice is at the heart of the decisions made by Senate about/for the University.

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