Academic Affairs

Elizabeth Manners (she/her) - Academic Affairs

“Elizabeth is the student voice for all things academic”

Her role focuses on promoting our students’ academic interests.


About the Role:


The Academic Affairs Officer is responsible for:

  • Representing the student body on matters relating to academic affairs, including international and postgraduate students, and widening participation.
  • Co-ordinating activity and campaigns relating to academic affairs.
  • Informing policy within the University and Students’ Union on matters relating to academic affairs.
  • Supporting and developing a network of academic representatives by chairing the Academic Zone.
  • Working with the Chief Executive, Officers and AberSU’s senior management team to achieve and shape strategic aims and outcomes.
  • Attending appropriate University Committees.
  • Attending regular meetings with relevant University departments to further the development of academic interests.


University Committees/Meetings Attended:


  • University Senate
  • Academic Board
  • Research Board
  • Student Experience Committee
  • Research Degrees Committee
  • Technology Enhanced Learning Committee
  • Collaborative Provision Board
  • Faculty Academic Affairs Committees
  • Student Voice Working Group
  • Attendance Monitoring Working Group
  • Personal Tutor Working Group
  • Assessment and Feedback Working Group
  • Academic Regulations Due to Coronavirus Working Group


Current Priorities:

Below you can find a list of priorities Elizabeth is working on this year as well as her current progress on them.

Support and promote the needs of postgraduate students

  • Postgraduate network will exist, with at least 2 held sessions per academic term
  • Report on the experiences of postgraduate students exists with recommendations made


Increase engagement with Academic Reps and develop their sense of belonging

  • Increase in the number of academic reps attending Academic Zone
  • 15 actionable pieces of feedback gathered from meeting with academic reps


Decolonise the curriculum at Aberystwyth University

  • 30 Academic Reps participated in Race Equality training
  • There is an understanding of the number of BAME authors and BAME researchers promoted by each department


Lobby the University to enable students to edit and synchronise their timetable and Outlook calendar. *


Create a grace period for submitting assignments *


Lobby the University to permanently introduce a self-certification approach to Special Circumstances and Extension requests *


*denotes policy as passed democratically by Aberystwyth students. Find out more here.