Tobi - Academic Officer

Tobi Falana

VP Academic


My name's Tobi and this is my second year as VP Academic for the University of Wolverhampton Students Union

Degree:

MA Twentieth Century

Proudest achievement so far:

Winning first year election and becoming Academic Officer

My role as VP Academic:

  • Co-ordinate the academic representation system and be the student lead on academic representation.

  • Attend University meetings to represent students views on academic issues

  • Actively monitor higher education issues on local and natural scale.

  • Respond to emerging educational/academic needs for starts of the University of Wolverhampton, linking in with key SU and University staff

  • Be the academic representative at departmental and faculty level, and represent individual students in academic reviews.

 

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Contact me

Phone on 01902 322029

Email at UWSUacademic@wlv.ac.uk

 

My objectives for this year are:

  1. Continue academic misconduct and plagiarism campaign to aid in raising awareness for students.

  2. Increase Student Engagement in academics through promotion of the buddy scheme and academic societies.

  3. Increase representation for international students in challenging the increase in the payment methods of international student tuition fees.

  4. Encourage university to continue to provide equipment for those whose learning remains online.

 

Objectives Tracker

1. Continue academic misconduct and plagiarism campaign to aid in raising awareness for students.

Work Undertaken So Far

  • Has already worked to influence the personal tutor policy, helping shape student understanding of Academic Misconduct. It’s been made mandatory for Personal Tutors to start initial conversations with Students RE: Academic Misconduct and what this is.
  • Has been working with the university to update Canvas with support information for students around academic misconduct. Tobi is continuing to meet with Phil and Ada to work on this.
  • Tobi utilised the Semester 2 School/Institute Councils to promote the campaign and to gain feedback on Skills for Learning sessions and Turnitin. From this, there seems to be little knowledge of Turnitin among students.

Work Remaining

  • Continue to push information to raise awareness in students. This will help create solid foundations for staff and students to build from.
  • We will continue to work with the university on addressing limited knowledge of Turnitin. Along with the supporting the promotion of study skills sessions through the student representation system.
  • Meet with appeals and conduct and determine which schools see increased cases of misconduct. From this, we can focus the campaign.

 

2. Increase Student Engagement in academics through promotion of the buddy scheme and academic societies

Work Undertaken So Far

  • Promote the buddy scheme more widely within the student body. Inform people of the benefits that come with the role and encouraging students to get involved. Tobi met with Adam to put together a draft of benefits, roles and responsibilities of buddies. This has been sent to schools/courses.

Work Remaining

  • Tobi is still awaiting volunteers for the scheme and will continue to push this, to get a team of volunteers in place.
  • Continue to meet with Marketing Lead about the scheme and monitor and suggest improvements.
  • Work with Brian to share ideas about how to increase the number of academic societies and engagement in these. Gather support for this from heads of schools/deans.

 

3. Increase representation for international students in challenging the increase in the payment methods of international student tuition fees

Work Undertaken So Far

  • Started to speak with students about their experiences with the different payment schedule and gather evidence to take to university colleagues.

Work Remaining

  • Continue to gather student case studies and investigate sector wide trends before approaching the university.
  • Challenge the University’s decision to increase payment of 50% of fees before enrolment.

 

4. Encourage university to continue to provide equipment for those whose learning remains online.

Work Undertaken So Far

  • Drafted initial ideas about approach to the University.

Work Remaining

  • Look into how the University approached this before and what their current stance is. Work alongside them to ensure we can provide security for students.

 

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