Each year all City students elect student Officers to represent you to the University and beyond, and to campaign for improvements in the student experience at City, University of London.
Just a few weeks ago, Malek Arab was announced as City, University of London’s new Student Union Vice-President Education for the academic year 2017/2018. Upon request from our Editor-in-Chief (Christianah Babajide), he agreed to contribute a short article below for City Law Blog.
City, University of London, has in recent years made incredible progress joining the University of London; the President of the University Professor Sir Paul Curran gaining a knighthood, Princess Anne opening City’s Halls of Residence, and the building throughout the University being refurbished. It is clear that around City there is an air of continuing progress and excellence.
As a City University student, you can see the progress and the University’s commitment to its students and focus on both academic excellence and business and the professions. As a Law student, I have always felt indebted to a university that gave me much more than a fantastic academic experience. It gave me personal development that I could not have received anywhere else, it gave me friends pushed me and helped me progress in such a short space of time.
During my second year, I walked around campus as any student would, and noticed adverts for a position at the Student Union, who I had noticed more and more around campus. City Student Union has made huge progress, a lot of which we do not see and is not very well advertised, such as the removal of 6 pm examinations, the help and advice they give on a daily basis to students and the very many and an increasing number of events around the University. As a student, I thought this would be the best way to give back to a university and students that had given me so much, and decided to run for the position of VP Education at City Students’ Union.
Once I discovered it was an elected position that required a manifesto, I began thinking of the small ways in which to enhance the student experience even more and make the students voices heard, and I wrote up around five points, which included, more academic events, a printing budget, more communication with the students, earlier release of examination timetables, and more lecture capture facilities. All of which I found an appetite with the student for while campaigning.
I am currently in the process of writing up reports which highlight the academic impact of free printing and lecture capture facilities, the student advantage and need of having examination timetables released early, the impact of student progression of more academic events on students.
Malek Arab | Vice-President (Education)
City Students’ Union