Academic Affairs

Elizabeth Manners

Academic Affairs

“Elizabeth is the student voice for all things academic”

Her role focuses on promoting our students’ academic interests.

E-mail: suacademic@aber.ac.uk


About the Role

The Academic Affairs officer is be 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 AUSU’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

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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

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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

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

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Create a grace period for submitting assignments *

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

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

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