Rep of the Month: Tana Randle

To celebrate all the hard work and dedication of our Academic Reps, each month we highlight one rep who has really gone above and beyond to improve the experience of the students within their department. Congratulations to third-year Classical Archaeology and Ancient History Course Rep Tana Randle for receiving Rep of the Month!

To celebrate all the hard work and dedication of our Academic Reps, each month we highlight one rep who has really gone 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, we're celebrating third-year Classical Archaeology and Ancient History Course Rep, Tana Randle!

Why did you want to become a rep?

I became an academic rep in my first year because I knew I was on a small course and I like trying to improve things to make the academic experience better. I have always been involved in improving student experience as a prefect at school and throughout my time at university.

What’s the best thing about being a rep?

I would say the best thing about being an academic rep is getting to know academics more personally and helping to improve the department generally. It’s great to think that incoming students will have a good experience in their department due to the work of reps in previous years.

How do you see being a rep impacting your future?

I think being a rep will definitely help when it comes to writing job applications and being able to give examples of the work I’ve done and the impact it had. Being a rep has also given me the confidence to speak up in higher-level meetings to give feedback and identify solutions to help make a difference.

What’s your biggest achievement as a rep?

Throughout my time as a rep, I've been able to give feedback about modules that has led to positive changes to the course. I'm really glad that incoming students will benefit from the changes and have a better academic experience in the department.

What has been done?

Tana was the only academic rep in the Classics Department to attend a ‘Town Hall’ meeting earlier this year which covered a range of topics such as module choices, department community, assessments, and student support. Several actions came out of the meeting including an increase in module options, plans to engage more first and second-year students with the Classics Society, and increasing accessibility measures for presentations by allowing more alternative assessment methods.

This is just a summary of the fantastic work Tana has done this year so the recognition is well deserved, congratulations again!