Candidate for the position of Vice President Education (Arts & Sciences) (full time, paid)

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MOHAMED SALHI

...because you deserve MO-re!

Hi my name is Mohamed, I’m a Physics student and I’m running to be your next Vice President of Education (Arts & Sciences).  I am running because I want to ensure that students are SUPPORTED, FUNDED and INCLUDED.

 

In my three years of being at King’s, I’ve seen what the student movement can achieve when they realise the power of their influence. I want to work with you because you deserve so much Mo-re!

 

My four main points of focus are:

 

ACADEMIC SUPPORT & PASTORAL CARE:

The academic student experience isn’t great at KCL, which is something I aim to change. All of our students should feel supported and feel that they are in the best possible position to achieve their academic goals and career aspirations. So, to help student not just survive, but thrive at university, I plan to work for:

ACADEMIC SKILLS WORKSHOPS and more sessions and support to deal with dense reading materials

ONLINE FORUMS where students can share notes and support each other according to their subject and department

IMPROVED DIGITAL MEANS OF LEARNING, such as throgh better and more consistent use of lecture caputure, tablets and technology

IMPROVED PASTORAL CARE from personal tutors

TWO READING WEEKS across all departments

FREE LANGUAGE COURSES

 

MENTAL HEALTH & WELL-BEING:

Your mental health and well-being is my priority! This affects more than just academic achievement and it is vitally important that support is available to you whenever you need it, not just after a six-week long wait. One in four students suffer from mental health problems; anxiety and depression being the main causes. It is vital that there is a system in place to support students throughout their time at King’s.

That is why I will:

- Adapt the CENTRALISED MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT MODEL, which pools resources and aid from across the college, providing a bigger and better service that is more readily available

MENTAL HEALTH TRAINING for mentors producing culturally competent counselors

CUTTING WAITING TIME for counselling

 

FUNDING & FINANCE:

No one's education should be affected by the cost! Tuition fees continue to rise and while students are paying more, they are not getting more. It is our duty to ensure this does not discourage the brightest of students from applying to King’s. Whilst continuing to campaign for and end to tuition fees, I also plan to:

INCREASE THE LIVING BURSARY AND MAINTENANCE SUPPORT for Home and International Students

INCREASE THE NUMBER OF SCHOLARSHIPS available to high achieving students from low income backgrounds

ENSURE PRINTING IS FREE by increasing and renew the printing allowance each year, especially for compulsory assignments

 

INCLUSIVITY & INTERSECTIONALITY:

I want every student to feel that they are represented and truly belong here at King’s. Our greatness comes from the achievements of our diverse community, which is why I’ll work towards:

DIVERSIFYING THE CURRICULUM by ensuring that gender, intersectionality and structural inequality are addressed in the curriculum

ADDRESSING THE BME ATTAINMENT GAP by raising staff knowledge and awareness, recognizing the BME student voice and adjusting approaches within curricula and campus to ensure students feel that there are no barriers to their achievements

INCREASING CAREER AND ACADEMIC SUPPORT for women in STEM subjects

TACKLING PREVENT, by working with the Students Not Suspects Campaign

FIGHTING SEXUAL HARRASMENT on campus by working with the It Stops Here campaign

INCREASING ACCESSIBILITY FOR DISABLED STUDENTS and staff

PROVIDING SANCTUARY SCHOLARSHIPS