Ensuring You’re Supported During Summer Exams

During Maia's election campaign for VP Education, she pledged she would ensure you’re supported in the run-up to exams. Since then, alongside our school reps, Maia has worked with the College to make sure that you are provided with comprehensive support, especially those with in-person assessments.

Ensuring you’re supported in the run-up to exams is extremely important to me and when I was campaigning to be VP Education, I pledged to ensure all students received comprehensive support, especially those with in-person assessments.

At the start of the year, I organised a focus group with the senior College staff member who oversees assessments and our school reps; this gave our reps a platform to give feedback on the assessments planned for this summer and voice any particular worries that students may have about exams. It was amazing to see student feedback being considered at such a high-level College meeting and I’d like to extend a huge thank you to all the school reps for putting in so much work behind the scenes and creating some really high-quality feedback!

Ultimately, deciding assessment methods is an academic decision and so it is lecturers’ prerogative to select the most suitable examination style, however, this meeting was a really valuable space where we could surface student concerns about exams and then discuss how best schools could support students. After the focus group, I attended the College’s Assessment Panel and lobbied them to ensure that every school would provide comprehensive student support plans; I want all students to feel academically supported while they prepare for their exams. The panel agreed to provide support plans for students, which will include practice exams for those doing in-person assessments! They will also be linking to support available from CeDAS and Wellbeing and I will be ensuring that Schools deliver on these promises in terms two and three.

Representing your academic interests and ensuring that you all feel prepared for your exams is paramount to me and it is really rewarding that the school reps and I were able to deliver on something I promised during elections.

To all of you who had exams in the last week of term, I hope they went well and I wish everyone a relaxing and joyful holiday season!