Candidate for the position of Vice President Education

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Leah Duncan-Karrim

Recognising the Power of Student Voices to Influence Change

Who Am I?

Hi, my name is Leah and I’m running to be your new VP Education!

I’m currently in my fourth year of studying MA Chinese at the university and will be graduating this summer. Outside of my studies I am a member of the Edinburgh University Singers, work with EUSA as an elected representative and collaborate with organisations across Scotland to promote Chinese language education. All of these together have provided me with significant experience in representing student voices, understanding university bureaucratic processes and advocating for quality education.

I will aim to use these experiences to work on behalf of the student body in ensuring consistent, inclusive and diverse teaching across the university for all students. In a time of such change and uncertainty in both academia and our daily lives, there has never been a time when the power of student voices to influence change has been more audible. This is something which I hope continues to grow and thrive with support from your newly elected Sabbatical Officers.


  • Undergraduate Representative for the School of Literature, Languages and Cultures (2018/19 and 2020/21)
  • Student Member of University Senate (2020/21)
  • Student Representative at School level committees (2018/19 and 2020/21)
  • Student Representative at College level committees (2018/19 and 2020/21)
  • Created a Student Council motion to improve the way that Special Circumstances procedures protect and support victims of trauma (2021)

What I Aim to Do

Student Support

  • Improve student support for placements (including year abroad)
  • Support the University in reforming the Personal Tutor system
  • Ensure mental health training, including approaches specific to tackling trauma reporting, is available for Personal Tutors
  • Increase student awareness of reporting processes for concerns

Inclusion and Diversity

  • Work with the University to make campuses more accessible
  • Increase uptake on lecture recording, particularly when classes return to campus
  • Campaign against hidden course costs
  • Increase awareness of trauma-informed pedagogical processes throughout the university
  • Work with the University on decolonisation efforts

Learning and Teaching

  • Ensure the continuing impacts of the global pandemic on the student population are acknowledged by the University
  • Improve consistency of hybrid teaching models
  • Improve support for students on joint degrees, particularly those which are owned by more than one School.

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