Rep of the Month: Ginny Spicer

After impressing your sabbatical officers with her drive to create change and working effectively with the department to get outside lecturers coming in to demonstrate interesting skills, the March Rep of the Month has been awarded to MSc Information Security Course Rep, Ginny Spicer.

Your March Rep of the Month is MSc Information Security Course Rep, Ginny Spicer!

This month, your Sabbatical Officers were really impressed with Ginny’s drive to create change. She used her team working and leadership skills to work effectively with the department to get outside lecturers coming in to demonstrate interesting skills!

We caught up with Ginny to find out more.

Why did you want to become a rep?

I thought that becoming a course rep would help me develop leadership skills and collaborate with others on my course. I’m really passionate about the open-source community and so many of the amazing projects I’ve seen were only able to thrive because of the enthusiasm, leadership, and communication skills of individuals. People gravitate toward those who care about a project and have the skills to tell you why you should care about it too. I’d like to contribute to my field and have that same impact. Being a student rep seemed like a fun way to develop the skills needed to do so.

What have you been up to this term?

I’ve been busy! I have collected feedback, recruited an outside lecturer, organised supplementary lectures, and worked with staff to help students get the resources they need. Our outside lecturer was able to demonstrate some interesting skills and get students comfortable with foundational knowledge about networks and how to listen to them. I’ve also tried to help students individually when they ask. It has been busy but rewarding.

How do you see being a rep impacting your future?

This role has helped me learn a lot about how I can focus my energy to create change. This skill will help me tackle future projects more directly. I’ve never been one to stay still for too long and I always keep at least a few plates spinning. The skills gained as a course rep will let me focus my efforts and get more done on the projects that I care about.

What’s the best thing about being a rep?

Knowing that I am making a positive impact on my fellow students and helping them get excited about the course material is a great feeling. It was such a relief and comfort when I started hearing such positive student feedback on the supplementary lectures.

I love network analysis. There is something truly wonderful and often underrated about listening to a network, breaking it down into patterns, and starting to see the little oddities that devices exhibit when they communicate, much like how humans have our quirks when we talk. It was great to see so many of my cohorts excited about this same thing. It’s amazing the first time you see it and it was really exciting to be a part of so many people’s first encounter with this.

Congratulations Ginny!

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