Hi, I'm Emma, and I'm running to be YOUR Comparative Literature Student Chair!
Having studied at KCL for the last three years, I have been the Student Rep for my year group every year, and last year, I was lucky enough to be voted Student Chair by your support. Now, I'm back for my MA (sorry guys, you haven't seen the last of me yet) and am running for re-election! Three years of working as a Student Rep (and Student Chair) has made me highly experienced with how the SSLC functions (including running each SSLC meeting and managing your other student reps), as well as being highly familiar with (and recognisable to) the staff and students that sit on the SSLC. I am also highly aware of how the SSLC can be used to enact positive change for us within the department.
As Student Chair last year, I helped to oversee a lot of issues, such as fighting for lecture capture for Comp Lit students, creating separate deadlines for coursework and dissertation (to allow for better time management, and to reduce student stress), fighting for more spaces for Comp Lit students on jointly-led modules, seeking clarification about the Comp Lit language requirements (which are always confusing as ever), as well as the NSS Boycott! Furthermore, in response to student feedback about module descriptions on the website being unhelpful and inaccurate when making module choices, I also self-handedly organised the extremely successful Comp Lit Module Mixer event, a cross-year event for students to discuss their experience of different modules, helping them to make their module selections for the next academic year!
If I were to continue in my role as Student Chair, I would also like to restart the Comparative Literature Society, making it a society full of exciting events/talks, a monthly book club, and most importantly, a space for students from all years to socialise and get to know one another - Comp Lit is defined by the different opinions we all share during our seminars, and I believe that having a space outside of our studies, dedicated exclusively to Comparative Literature, is vital both socially and academically. Additionally, I would like to get into the habit of sending you regular updates via the Comparative Literature Student Forum on KEATS, weekly emails to keep you updated on news in the department, as well as monthly meet-and-greet socials with your student reps, so that they can be a visible presence around campus, that you can trust with your queries, comments and concerns, but also to encourage cross-year interaction!
We are only a small department, so it is absurd that we only seem to interact as a whole at the department-organised Comp Lit Christmas Party! I think it would be lovely for us to socialise without the added pressure of Comp Lit theory, critical reviews and copious readings (though they're certainly the things that bond us)! However, I also appreciate that my ideas are only half the story - this is YOUR department too, so I would be here to listen to your ideas, and the changes you want to see in the department.
I would therefore love to stick around and be re-elected to help us achieve and change more within our department!
Emma: Vote for Experience.