Talia Adams is the current Vice President Education (VPE) Leader and wishes to continue her role next academic year. She previously pursued an academic rep position alongside her studies in Psychology, which she completed in May last year.

With a variety of experience within the academic representation system, Talia felt strongly about students having the opportunity to have their voices heard.

“I was always happy to be the person to share feedback when other people maybe didn’t feel as confident to.”

Talia worked within the SU during her studies, which heightened her experience as a university student, so she wanted to give something back.

“A big part of it is supporting academic reps, I feel like I’ve got quite a lot of knowledge to help them, and also helping academic societies. I want to make sure students are getting the most out of their experience like I did.

“I want them to feel like they’re coming away from Lincoln having learned a lot and gained a lot of experience. That’s what I want to continue. I’m keen to be able to continue with what I’m doing to see it all the way through.”

With over 115 academic contacts, Talia wishes to collaborate with the university to work on personal tutoring and ensuring the wellbeing of students is as supported as their academics. She states that training academic staff members will be prioritised to ensure they can support their students.

“I also want to continue to try and make education as inclusive as possible. So, part of that is looking at postgraduate experience, international students experience and distant learners experience.

“We’ve got a much more diverse student population, so even though their experience is different, I want to ensure they get what they want to get out of it.”

Supporting academic reps is also important to Talia, giving them more opportunities to develop their employability skills as one of her goals.

She wishes to assist academic societies by elevating their engagement. “Being involved with your academic peers is one of the best things in terms of feeling like you belong at university. And that can positively impact your well-being.”

Talia wishes to use her experience and connections within the student and academic community to help put change into place next year.

“I’ve tried to upscale my knowledge across the sector to make sure that we’re doing as much as possible.

“I feel like I’m reliable in what I’m doing. If I say I’m going to do something, then I’ll try everything to make sure it happens.”