Candidate for the position of Biomedical Sciences Undergraduate School Representative

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Amelia Johnston

Hi everyone! My name’s Amelia and I’m a third-year medical science student standing for the Biomedical Sciences Undergraduate School representative post. I think we can all agree that the past year has been uniquely challenging and for many of us an isolating and frustrating experience. That is why I think it’s more important than ever to have someone looking out for our best interests. If elected I will be an advocate, fight for our voices to be heard and ensure action is taken.

I decided to stand for this role because I am genuinely passionate about our experience as BMS students. I believe my experience over the past 3 years, including being a class rep, puts me in a strong position to effectively collect feedback and accurately represent the thoughts and concerns of our BMS cohort. If elected my first priorities to address would be:

  • Earlier and more accurate communication about in person and hybrid teaching- unclear and late guidance has meant students have had to make decisions on keeping on accommodation and returning to Edinburgh without having adequate information. 
  • Extension of the no detriment policy or the introduction of a more appropriate alternative – many students feel that they are in an equal or even more unstable position than they have been in the previous year. I would push for a greater recognition of this and for an appropriate solution to be developed.
  • More support to help students struggling with motivation during online teaching- lots of students have found staying motivated and on top of things whilst studying online difficult. I would like to start a discussion on what can be done to help students with this.

Thank you for taking the time today to read my manifesto and I hope you’ll vote for me today!