Adnan Hussain, President

Adnan Hussain, President

  • Ensuring that students are being looked after during this pandemic, continuing to bring student issues to the University during this uncertain time.
  • Continue to push for Drug Harm Reduction support
  • Racial equality in our curriculum
  • Improving accessibility
  • Reducing gym membership costs
  • Affordable bus travel.

Supporting students through the financial difficulties COVID has presented, by asking the University to agree to a list of demands. More info here.

COVID support and advocating for racial equality – 17.11.20
Refund the Rent: Help us get our final win for Halls students – 11.12.20
Take your place as Guild President - 10.02.21
Renaming Gladstone Hall of Residence - 09.023.21

This committee oversees university processes for academic standards. They look at all of the university processes in place, such as how the university forms practical decisions regarding courses, and ensures that they are robust, consistent, trAssessment and Feedback Working Groupansparent and reviews any proposed changes to processes.

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.

In 2018, the committee supported changes of the university’s Late Penalties policy led by previous Guild President. Find out more here.

The University clinical societies (Medicine, Dentistry & Vets) meet to discuss updates and other information. We sit on the meeting as a non-voting member.

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).

I will ensure that that the University are prioritising students when they are setting their strategic aims for the academic year.

Nominations Committee

This committee reports to Council and nominates actions and recommendations for members and representatives at Council. The committee ensures there is an appropriate allocation of workload and planning for Council.

Joint Committee on Honorary Degrees

This is a council sub-committee where members decide who is going to receive honorary degrees at the annual winter and summer ceremonies.

This group formed since the cancellation of face-to-face teaching and the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. It covers anything to do with education and COVID-19. For example, plans for hybrid active learning (first semester teaching) were seen by this group..

The committee informs the University’s strategic requirements in regard to education-related digital systems (such as lecture capture and VITAL) and services, in order to achieve Strategy 2026 objectives.

This committee is for all things education in the University. This is where staff discuss new ideas, policy is brought to be signed off and the group monitors different student issues such as widening participation, technology enhanced learning and student support. The group also has oversight over quality enhancement by looking at the quality assurance agency code and NSS results.

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, this led to the Task and Finish Groups focusing on the attainment gap through the University’s Access & Participation Plan.

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. This includes rolling out a new reporting tool, ‘Report and Support’, which should make it easier for students to report all forms of harassment.

Adnan: Fellow Guild Officers and I 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. Systemic or overtly, I have raised the fundamental issues that exist for Students of Colour over the past year.

The University consult with the Guild on rent setting for future academic years at this meeting. This did not previously take place until a former Student Officer’s ‘Cut the Rent’ campaign which won students a ‘memorandum of understanding,’ more details on this here.

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 activity.

This working group primarily deals with study abroad matters, such establishing exchanges to other Universities, grade conversions, module changes and of course Brexit. This group is not meeting currently but may come back in semester two to plan for the next academic year.

This committee plays a significant role in acting as channel for fostering inter-faith activity and sharing updates of each respective chaplain. There are four chaplains shared with John Moores University. Chaplains often play an important role in developing and maintaining positive campus cohesion. The chaplains also develop good links with relevant societies.

Liverpool Student Homes is a student accommodation service that is funded by University of Liverpool, John Moores University and Hope University. The group includes members from different universities who report on the service in their respective campuses.

As student officers, we can feed into how the service works and what improvements can be made.

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

I would like to ensure that students who are on our online programmes are being supported in their education and wellbeing.

Focusing on post-graduate research students, this committee oversees any proposed changes to post-graduate policies, for example assessment or recruitment and has an active engagement with mental wellbeing of post-graduate students, for example, funding the PGR Mental Health & Well Being Catalyst Project to take place in the Liverpool Doctoral College.

Last year, a policy was put through which means if a student has major modifications on their thesis, they still have an opportunity to pass by working with their supervisor. This policy has come into force which will be beneficial for post-graduate research students going forward.

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.

Adnan: It is our jobs to make sure that the University are truly implementing change that will benefit students.

This committee sets all tuition fees and bursaries and formulates strategy on student numbers and widening participation students.

It is our job as student officers to ensure that the University is being fair and considerate, when recruiting potential as well as to guarantee that our current students are being offered a fair progression to following years.

The Personal Success strand of the Student Success Strategy addresses the University’s institutional aim to ensure that ‘all students experience a welcoming and supportive environment which prioritises well-being and belonging’.

Adnan: This will include joining a student society, sports club, volunteering, use of libraries and more.

The Future Success strand of the Student Success Strategy addresses the University’s institutional aim to ensure that ‘all students have space and opportunity to build their intellectual, social and cultural capital for the future’.

This committee looks at incidents and safety problems on campus, working with campus security to address crimes and anything related to student safety.

I will work to ensure that Harm Reduction is on the agenda for the campus.

A bridge between the Guild campaign and work with the University in committing to drug harm reduction. This group was set-up by a Student Officer.

Discussing and leading on the University’s sustainable approaches, the group facilitates the sustainable activities on campus and partners with Guild and city-wide campaigns. The University’s annual Sustainability Report is discussed at this group.

Following the success of pushing the University to commit to fossil fuel divestment, the Guild lobbied the University to do more on sustainability. They set up 6 working groups (details below) that each specialise in a different area of sustainability on campus and an Education group.

  1. Built Environment Working Group
  2. Responsible Consumption & Production
  3. Travel and Transport Working Group
  4. Education Working Group

Working across the University, this group receives and responds to live timetabling issues, support collaborative resolutions of issues and supports the process of producing the academic and exam timetables.

This group will be especially important during the pandemic, and I will work to ensure that students are receiving clear timetabling information.

This group has oversight of the Year in China at XJTLU. The group focuses on any issues relating to the Year in China such as grade conversions, module changes, the student experience and wellbeing, and quality of teaching. This group is not meeting currently but may come back in semester two to plan for the next academic year.