Rep of the Month: Elizabeth Beacon

Read more about how Psychology Department Rep (UG), Elizabeth, worked to ensure students are getting the support that they need with exam prep!

To celebrate all the hard work and dedication of our Academic Reps, each month we'll be highlighting one rep who has really stood out by going above and beyond to improve the experience of the students within their department.

Academic Reps are voluntary positions elected by you, the student body, and they exist with a specific remit to represent you and give you a voice in your educational experience. Individually and across the four levels, these reps achieve a large number of positive changes to students’ education on a regular basis. This month, Psychology Department Rep (UG) Elizabeth Beacon was nominated in recognition of her work to ensure undergraduate students are getting the support that they need with exam prep!

We caught up with Elizabeth to find out more.

Why did you want to become a rep?

I wanted to become a rep to improve the student experience and make sure that changes are made which are helpful to students.

What are your plans for the rest of the term?

I will be continuing the work I’m currently doing to help students but I also have a lot of exams and coursework due which will be busy but I’m ready to help students answer any exam-related questions that they might have.

How do you see being a rep impacting your future?

I’ve developed so many skills through being a rep including presenting and chairing meetings such as our SSC. Overall, being a rep has made me a much more confident person, especially in terms of talking to new people as this is something I would have been shy about before but the skills I’ve gained will definitely help me in the future.

What’s the best thing about being a rep?

The best thing about being a rep is developing a relationship with students who I might not have known without being a rep. It’s also great forming relationships with staff and getting to know people who I wouldn’t have met otherwise.

Why was Elizabeth chosen as Rep of the Month?

Elizabeth was told by some students that they were struggling with anxiety around exams, in particular, they were unsure of what they'd have to do in the exam, and weren't fully aware of the expectations of online versus in-person exams. Elizabeth spoke to the Psychology department about this as it needed to be addressed ASAP and as a result, their department agreed to hold exam workshops for third year students as well as giving first and second years who had already been offered a workshop more information about exam expectations.

Elizabeth also supported Maia’s manifesto aim of delivering Module Option Open Forums where students could attend to find out more about certain modules from students who have already taken them. Elizabeth organised a forum for the Psychology department which over 50 students attended and gave great feedback about the session. It’s great to see how many students have been positively impacted by the work that Elizabeth has been involved in this term as a department rep which is why they have received this recognition this month.

Well done Elizabeth!

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