My name is Alyssa Faulkner and I am currently a part-time student on the MSc Social Justice and Community Action course. I am in my first year of studying, and I also work full-time at a large children’s charity.
For my undergraduate degree at the University of Dundee, I studied ‘Community Learning and Development’. During my 3rd, I sat on the Student Representative Council as the disability representative, as well as a having the role of ‘Vice President of Social Work and CLD’ in my school. In my final year, I held the role of President of Education and Social Work, a role in which I won the DUSA Award ‘School President of the Year’. In this role I worked with students from all levels in the university, with staff members, with sabbatical offers and I gained an understanding of the background working of the University.
When I began studying at the University of Edinburgh, I struggled to feel a part of the student community, especially as I don’t live in Edinburgh and am a distance learner. I want to make it easier for student in similar positions to be, and all part-time students who find it difficult to find a community within the University, to be able to access all the benefits that studying at the University of Edinburgh brings. Part-time student and mature student matriculation rates are increasing, and as part of that we need to raise the awareness of part-time modes of study, as well as ensuring that these part-time students have everything they need to succeed.
- I will work with the other section representatives and sabbatical offers to help increase inclusiveness and engagement in current University events for part-time students.
- I will advocate for a Study Hub Learning Resource specifically tailored towards part-time students. It is highly evidenced that when you work full-time and study, the way your brain learns is different from a full-time student, and this isn’t often recognised.